Category Archives: perspective

Turning Dreams into Reality

Turning Dreams into Reality

We all have dreams we’d like to see come to fruition, but sometimes the demands of everyday life hijack our energy and free time. Author and psychotherapist Jonathan Robinson shares shortcuts on moving forward with our dreams. His book Find Happiness Now lists a number of ways to energize and motivate yourself for turning your dreams into reality.… Continue Reading

5 Quick Tips for Feeling Good

5 Quick Tips for Feeling Good

When your days are packed with activity and stress threatens to overwhelm you, there are quick actions you can take to restore your joy. Psychotherapist and author Jonathan Robinson shares 50 shortcuts in his book Find Happiness Now. We will talk about five of these strategies. Tip #1: Ask yourself the right questions. Robinson asserts that… Continue Reading

The Power of Choice, Part 3

Today we’ll be covering the final five choices in Steve Chandler’s book, Crazy Good: A Book of Choices. Choice #11:  Testing vs. Trusting Some of us think we need to believe in ourselves in order to make changes in our life. Chandler says we don’t need to believe in ourselves to take action. We just… Continue Reading

The Power of Choice, Part 2

The Power of Choice, Part 2

So last post we started talking about Steve Chandler’s book entitled Crazy Good: A Book of Choices. Having reviewed the first five choices, today we’ll be covering his next five choices. Choice #6:  Systems vs. Dreams We all need dreams to inspire us in pursuit of our goals. But Chandler notes that to accomplish our goals,… Continue Reading

The Power of Choice

The Power of Choice

Sometimes book titles leap out at me, and this was the case when I read about Steve Chandler’s book, Crazy Good: A Book of Choices. Chandler lists 15 choices we can make to cause our life experiences go from not just good but crazy good. We will cover the first five choices in this post and review… Continue Reading

Focusing on Yourself as You Approach Retirement

Focusing on Yourself as You Approach Retirement

In the last post, we discussed the concepts of health and wealth from Disrupt Aging, a book by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP. Today’s post is a continuation of the discussion, this time focusing on self. Let’s consider this topic by answering the following five questions. How will you approach growing older? Jenkins suggests we take to… Continue Reading

Not Our Parents’ Retirement

Not Our Parents’ Retirement

As we look forward to what’s next in our lives, we Boomers know it won’t necessarily look like our parents’ retirement. But what will it look like? What can we expect to see? In Disrupt Aging, Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP, lays out a vision for retirement that looks at “exploring possibilities, celebrating discovery over decline,… Continue Reading

What’s on Your Back Burner?

What’s on Your Back Burner?

We use the expression of something being “on the back burner” to mean that it’s on our radar but not currently a priority. If you’re like me, there are several items on your back burner. We intend to get to them someday, but they aren’t critical issues at the moment. It’s one thing to have “Organize… Continue Reading

Winning in the Workplace

Winning in the Workplace

If you have avoided office politics over the years, you will want to read  Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played? by Dan Rust. This book explains office politics and the strategies you can use to “play the game under the game,” something I never quite comprehended until now. Rust, a career advisor… Continue Reading

Recognizing and Dealing with Resistance

Recognizing and Dealing with Resistance

Have you ever noticed what happens when you declare you are going on a diet, preparing for a marathon, writing a book, or beginning some other major project? There is a force engaged with equal and opposite reaction to the passion you feel for this endeavor. You can’t see it, but you can feel it.… Continue Reading

Moving from Day Job to Dream Job

Moving from Day Job to Dream Job

“I can’t imagine doing this for the rest of my life.” If this is something you routinely think about your current job, it may be time to consider a change. In his book entitled Quitter, author and motivational speaker Jon Acuff offers tips on how to move from your day job to your dream job.… Continue Reading

Write About What’s Next

Write About What’s Next

So what’s next for you, in your work or home life? Have you given any thought to changes you’d like to make? One exercise you may want to consider trying is writing about your next job or home or whatever you’re in the market for. Laura Berman Fortgang, life satisfaction coach and author of Now… Continue Reading

Weekends This Coming Year

Weekends This Coming Year

As you contemplate the new year, let’s take a few minutes to dream about how you want to spend your weekends. The best way to make sure something happens is to plan for it–block out time, do the research, make the travel arrangements, whatever is needed for your plan to occur. Half the fun of any event… Continue Reading

How to Feel Like You Have More Time

How to Feel Like You Have More Time

  Have you ever wished for more hours in a day? if you answered yes, then you were feeling time poor. When you feel you have enough time to enjoy life and get everything done, you feel time rich. In this last installment on Jane McGonigal’s book SuperBetter, we are going to discuss ways to… Continue Reading

Setting Gamers’ Goals

Setting Gamers’ Goals

We have spent the last six posts discussing gaming strategies and techniques you can use to improve your life. In this post we address the concept of goals, referred to by SuperBetter‘s author Jane McGonigal, as epic wins. According to McGonigal, epic wins are more like gamer goals than the more familiar personal development goals… Continue Reading

Taking on an Alias

Taking on an Alias

So how can taking on a secret identity or alias help you do more or be more? Well, according to to Jane McGonigal, author of SuperBetter, having a secret identity can help you focus on your strengths and achieve more than you think possible. Just as video games involve avatars, those heroic characters we play… Continue Reading

Choosing Your Quests

Choosing Your Quests

The next step in using gaming techniques for personal growth and development, as explained by SuperBetter’s author Jane McGonigal, is to set up and complete quests for yourself. Just as video game heroes need to accomplish certain feats to progress to the next level, we need to find those actions that will move us forward… Continue Reading

Improve Your Life with a Gamer’s Mindset

Improve Your Life with a Gamer’s Mindset

While I’m no aficionado of computer games, there is something to be learned from the mindset of gamers that we can use in our everyday lives. A number of years ago, game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a concussion that refused to heal. After a month of dealing with symptoms that would not go away, McGonigal… Continue Reading

The Regret-free Life

The Regret-free Life

Want to live your life without regret? Bronnie Ware, palliative care worker and author of the book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, tells us what her many patients wished they’d done differently. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I… Continue Reading

Your One Wild and Precious Life

Your One Wild and Precious Life

“…Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Years ago I heard this line in passing, but did not realize it was the last line of a poem, “The Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver. I found the poem this week and was once again struck by the… Continue Reading

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