The Key to Successful Relationships Part 2 of 2

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Our Button Pushers are Our Greatest Teachers
We all have our “buttons” which when pushed cause us to act or think in negative ways which surpass our normal selves. Get to know your buttons. Instead of becoming frustrated, know that your “buttons” are the keys to your growth.

Instead of asking for your “buttons” not to be pushed, you should examine the cause and ultimately the belief behind the trigger and change it. See your “buttons” as the red-alert alarm which brings to your attention those parts of your consciousness that are begging to be changed.

Stay On Top With These 6 Mental Faculties

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

No one will argue the fact that having full mental faculties is one hallmark of a successful person. Working on heightening and improving mental faculties greatly improves the chances of success in life, career, or any other endeavor one may pursue. When working on improving the mental faculties, the first obstacle is in defining what, exactly, these mental faculties are and how they work.

As with any complex structure (the mind being about as complex as it gets), it is best tackled by breaking it down into smaller components. Human mental faculty can be categorized into six major components: imagination, intuition, perception, memory, will, and reason. Defining and exploring these six components will lead to understanding how they improve our chances of achieving success.

The Effects of Gratitude on Your State of Mind

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Here are some reflections on what science has to say about gratitude, which has been called the “forgotten factor” in happiness research.

Psychologists Robert Emmons at the University of California at Davis, and Michael McCullough, at the University of Miami, are foremost researchers in field of gratitude. What they have learned so far is that gratitude is good for you, really good for you.

In an experimental comparison, people who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events (Emmons & McCullough, 2003). It doesn’t end there.

The Force Is Within You

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Resilient models of thinking may not have prevented today’s economic disasters, but I can’t help but wonder if the Big Three automakers would  be solvent today if they had implemented  new models of thinking.

- Do you know how you think?
- Do you know what you do when you have to think something through?

Try this exercise:
Take a few minutes  to write what you are thinking. When you are done, take a look at what you have written. Keep the following questions in mind:

- Is your thinking organized? Methodical?
- Do you use a charting or mapping process to keep track of the flow of your ideas?
- How do you know where one stage or type of thinking ends and another one begins?