Are you tired of spinning your highly sensitive wheels?
Illustration by Andrzej Krauze

Are you tired of spinning your highly sensitive wheels?

Do you ever feel like you're running in circles on the "hamster wheel" of life? For many of us, it's easy to fall into the habit of doing the same thing over and over, even though our actions aren't producing the results we want. It can be difficult to break out of our normal routines and patterns of thinking. Why do we persist on the same path and expect different results? My theory is that we prefer to stick with what's comfortable and familiar, so that we can avoid the anxiety of making a change. We subconsciously value our comfort more than getting what we want. Thus, we soldier on, each time crossing our fingers, and hoping for a better outcome. A much more effective…

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What are the biggest obstacles to achievement?
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What are the biggest obstacles to achievement?

I think that the biggest obstacles to achievement are fear and pessimism. Since these roadblocks originate in the mind, it’s important to examine our recurring thought patterns.

Are your thoughts usually positive, or do you focus on the worst that can happen? Does change frighten you? Are you open to new ways of thinking and doing things? These are important questions to answer. Unless we examine our thoughts, we can easily get trapped in old, familiar patterns that don’t serve us. (more…)

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Consistency outperforms perfection by Amy Barbato

I’ve decided to apply my approach to maintaining a healthful lifestyle, to other personal goals. I’ve often reassured friends who fall short of a desired daily exercise or diet plan, to repeat after me: “So what?” Take a breath, acknowledge that you did the best you could for today (you’re permitted a diversion), and just keep going.

Health experts now concur…it is what you do over time, not on any given day, that maintains fitness and health. Consistency is the key! If you’re not 100% all the time, it won’t derail your overall success, as long as you remain committed to your goals. (more…)

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Do you think out of the box?
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Do you think out of the box?

I came across an article online about a girl scout selling her cookies outside of a marijuana dispensary. There was a bit of controversy about her going to such an unconventional location, but to me, this girl was thinking out of the box. She went to a place where she knew people would have “the munchies” and was richly rewarded by selling 117 boxes in 2 hours!

This story reminds me of a time when my daughter, Stephanie, was selling girl scout cookies. This was a time when girl scout cookies cost $2.25 per box! Anyway, she excitedly came home and told me that she wanted to sell 150 boxes to get a cool sweatshirt. She mentioned that she could start selling on a specific day after school. (more…)

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