Who are you? Are you happy with your answer? Are you staring blankly? Would your family, friends and colleagues agree with your definition? Knowing our selves and our motivations will unlock how we can make change and achieve the goals we want. Here are some great articles from our experts on how to do that and stay happy.
Finding Your Mojo by Marshall Goldsmith
Consider mojo a form of self-motivation that spurs us onward to achieve for ourselves as well as for others. There are four aspects to this positive force; two are focused on the inner self and two are focused on our outer self. That split between what we are inside and how we are perceived makes the concept of mojo useful for anyone seeking to improve as well as to make a positive difference.
Let’s examine the four keys, each of which is defined by a straightforward but evocative question:
Identity: Who do you think you are? Self-awareness is an understanding of how you view yourself. The operative word in this question is think; that is, how do you perceive yourself. There are four aspects of identity – remembered, reflected, programmed and created. Understanding how each attribute affects your self-understanding provides a good handle on getting to know yourself better.
Read more about the other three motivating forces for achievement >>
The Brain and Belonging by Judith Glaser
Our need for belonging is as or more powerful than our need for safety. When we are rejected, we experience pain in the same centers in the brain and body as when we break a leg. Being emotionally orphaned is more painful than death. When others show us love, respect, and honor us, it triggers the same centers in the brain as when we eat chocolate, have sex, or are on drugs.
Read more for other brain signals and how to spread the happiness>>
Enjoy Every Sunrise by Shawn Shepheard
I am so blessed.
No really, I am.
I know those are words that we don't hear everyday, but just maybe we should.
Let me explain.
I just spent an hour at one of the best cancer treatment hospitals in the world - The Princess Margaet Hospital here in Toronto, Canada.
I am fine - I was scheduled for a routine CAT scan - as part of a series of medical tests I am going through to participate in an exercise study for people living with insulin dependent diabetes.
I walked into, and out, of the hospital free of any worry about living.
Seven Tips for Helping Your Children Deal with Stress by Sandwiched Boomers
A recent study, conducted by Harris Interactive, and reported by the American Psychological Association, found that 75% of American adults are experiencing moderate to high levels of stress. For the first time, youth between the ages of 8 and 17 were included in the survey, and APA found that these preteens and teenagers are worrying too - and in greater numbers than their parents estimate. The survey found that children are experiencing their greatest worries about school and their family's finances.
So what can you do to make it easier for your kids? Here are 7 tips to help you get started:
1. Don't try to hide your concerns from your children - you really can't anyway. They pick up signals from you even when you think you're protecting them. At the same time, don't burden them with pressures beyond their years and abilities to handle them.
2. As you all come face to face with your fears, keep the lines of communication open. Talk with your kids about their worries and let them know how you are handling yours. The more you are able to discuss the strains affecting all of you, the better you can all begin to cope with them.
Read about the other five ways to help your kids>>
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We're smack dab in the middle of winter. For many of us, the clarity we had at the start of a new year is getting a bit cloudy. Here are some questions and articles to help you find your true North and get there.
Amelia Earhart Out of the Fog by Rena M. Reese
In an autobiographical accounting of Amelia Earhart's historical flight in the Friendship called, 20 hrs., 40 min., she described her experience of flying in real fog for the very first time. She explained that it was very "disquieting" and virtually impossible to know what the plane was doing. She told of how she would be flying in circles or even upside down and not know of her position in space. She said the absence of outside landmarks leaves the pilot to count on physical feedback--such as noting if your seatbelt seems to have tightened or if your feet have dropped back from the rudder.
Read more about the gut wrenching way she navigated out of this mess and the parallels for navigating your own life>>
The Top 10 Most Empowering Questions by Larry Lipman
Let's cut to the chase.
If you answer or ask any ONE of these questions below, you or the person being questioned just might gain the insight needed to solve some vexing problems.These are great questions for kids and adults and can be asked at home or at the office --- you choose the situation.
Hitting the Bull's Eye by Sandra Ford Walston
Hitting the bull’s-eye means being on target. The term was used by seventeenth-century English longbow yeomen in small hamlets. After church services they immediately held archery practice since this was the only time when many of the archers could gather. A common target was the white skull of a bull, and the aim was to hit the bull’s-eye.
Before practicing the skills needed to hit the bull’s-eye in your life and work, you need to know that you’re aiming at the right target—then act with courage. Here are three bull’s-eye strategies>>
The Importance of Connection by Michael Lee Stallard
Understanding why U2 has thrived for so long provides insight into the factors that make groups of all types and sizes thrive, including families, sports teams, social sector and business organizations.
Lead singer, Bono, has stated that when one of the band members is in need, the band rallies around to support him and they put that need above the performance of the band. The band's motto is "everybody gets out of here alive." It’s no wonder that one of U2’s most popular songs is entitled, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own,” a song that Bono wrote with his father in mind.
The most dramatic example of U2's support for one another occurred when the band campaigned during the 1980s for the observance of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in America. Bono received a death threat that warned him not to sing the song “Pride (In the Name of Love),” a song about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at an upcoming concert. He described in an interview that as he sang the song, he closed his eyes. At the end of a verse when Bono opened his eyes he discovered Adam Clayton literally standing in front of him to shield him from potential harm.
Bono says, “People with a strong sense of family and community…are always very strong people.” Read more about connection along the way to reaching your goals>>
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