When Progress Feels Slow

In her popular self-development book Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis reveals the lies she has been told and believed, including what to do when your progress feels slow and everyone else seems to be having so much more success. My Progress Feels Slow This morning as I was mindlessly scrolling Instagram, I saw picture of a friend and her …

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Assessing and Succeeding in all Areas of Life

All areas of life deserve attention

Publishing and business expert Michael Hyatt lays out his plan that everyone can follow to have their best year ever in all areas of life.  What are all the Areas of Life? In Michael Hyatt’s book Your Best Year Ever, he has spelled out every step needed to have a productive and successful year. From the beginning thinking stages, through …

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Use Big Picture Thinking to Stay Focused

Big Picture thinking helps us make better day to day decisions

Dr. Henry Cloud, author of the Boundaries series of books, discusses in Never Go Back the the things we learn to never do again as we mature, such ignoring big picture thinking and trying to change someone else.  Mature Behavior Dr. Cloud asserts in his book, that as we grow and mature, we make mistakes. However, healthy people learn from …

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Give Your Child the Gift of Realistic Optimism

parents and children

In a partnership between a writer living in Europe and a Danish psychotherapist, Danish Way of Parenting gives us some insight into the way Danes have maintained their status as the happiest people in the world and how their parenting perpetuates this lifestyle. The Danish Rules of Parenting Alexander and Sandahl list six characteristics common to Danish parents that seem …

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No Willpower- No Problem!

Willpower Doesn't Work book cover

Author Benjamin Hardy combines personal experience with decades of research to show that developing willpower is not the secret to achieving goals. Instead, crafting an environment that encourages success will propel achievement further.  What Willpower Won’t Accomplish The prevailing advice for accomplishing goals is to persevere. Refuse to eat the sugary snack. Put in more hours at work. Run harder. …

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Build Your Dreams

Career coach and author Gay Hendricks shares more than thirty years worth of research and trial and error in this book and presents the most effective ways to conquer your fear, quit holding yourself back and build your dreams.  Build Your Dreams by Living in Your Zone of Genius According to Hendricks, we operate in different “zones” throughout our lives. …

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Clearing Mental Clutter

Clear your mental clutter with the Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a f*ck

Sarah Knight takes on the idea that we have to be invested in everything and everyone and gives us permission for clearing the mental clutter that takes over a media-infused lifestyle.  First Things First As is obvious by the title of the book, this author cusses. And I am the kind of person who would read this book with the …

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Know Yourself with the Enneagram

Know yourself with the enneagram by reading The Road Back to You

Enneagram teachers Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile explain how to know yourself with the Enneagram and how knowing your number and its associated behavior and thought patterns will help you to better navigate relationships in their book The Road Back to You.  How to Identify Your Enneagram Number The Enneagram can look like a complex set of military code …

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How to Achieve Big Goals

The Dream Giver

Bruce Wilkinson, author of the bestseller The Prayer of Jabez, presents a parable to teach us how to achieve big goals and pursue your God-given dream despite the obstacles that will inevitably stand in your way. A Parable About How to Achieve Big Goals This book starts with a parable. A man named Ordinary is given a Big Dream and …

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Find Purpose Where You Are

find purpose where you are

Blogger Shannan Martin chronicles her move from the upper-middle class comforts of suburbia to a working class town most would classify as undesirable. She show how to find purpose where you are, no matter what the neighborhood looks like.  My Personal Ordinary Place I live in a small town in Ohio. If I had been asked at age 18 where …