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Reverse Engineering Your Heroes and Role Models

Heroes and role models are obviously very important to us all. They might be your mom, your dad or someone you know in your community. They might be figures in popular culture or literature. I have personally relied on pop culture heroes throughout my life. Many, many times I have been down in the dumps or in a very very dark place and have relied on heroes and role models to pull me out of a difficult situation. They include people like Muhammad Ali, Bob Marley and John Lennon. Ali especially for me. The key for me was to sit down, clear my mind and say to myself “What would I like to be?” Soon, answers would come to me like “I would like to […]

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Should I Homeschool My Kids?

Statistics show that increasing numbers of parents have decided to homeschool their children as they observe faltering school systems, uninspired curriculum and indications that administrators and teachers are ignoring their family’s values. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, home education now grows at a rate of 7% to 15% per year. The majority of homeschooled students are in first through eighth grades but tens of thousands of high school students are homeschooled as well. The only thing that’s typical about a homeschooled student is that there is no typical homeschooled student. Some kids are homeschooled for their entire lives while others experiencing homeschooling for a limited period of time. Some parents conduct all of the education at home while others “meet” via online […]

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How To Make Quick Decisions For Your Life

We make decisions every day. Some can be extremely important, while others tend to be trivial in the long run. When it comes to making decisions, choosing the right one can at times be stressful, especially if the decision must be made quickly. Indecision often weighs us down, but there are some useful tips to make those quick decisions a little bit easier. Have a Plan Sometimes the key to making a quick decision comes down to planning beforehand for just such an occasion. We all know we’re going to come to a critical decision-making point sooner or later, so having a plan already in hand can set our mind at ease when that time comes. Business writer Suzy Welch has written a book about […]

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6 Bad Habits That Make Work Unbearable

Let’s face it, having to be somewhere for 8+ hours each day, even if you like it, isn’t ideal. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of us would prefer to be doing something other than our jobs if we felt we had the choice. It’s a statistical fact that more than 70% of people are unhappy with their current jobs. This is a frightening realization and is due in large part to the habits we develop at work. As Napoleon Hill once said, “Thoughts are things. We become what we think about all day long.” When we think negatively, we start to believe it. We then begin to develop negative habits, which will compound on each other until we become of the 70% […]

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The one question that can make all the difference: “What am I really afraid of?”

It is often said that roughly two things motivate people: interest and fear.  A lot of self-development programs and books deal with interest related topics: What is it that I really want in life?  What is my passion?  What do I really-really want to do?  What would I do if I’d win $50 million?  These are actually all very important questions, but just as important is to understand: What am I really afraid of? So this has actually been the million dollar question for me in the last couple of years: “What am I really afraid of?” This is a simple question that you should also ask yourself often. It is especially helpful to ask this question when you’re at a crossroads and must decide […]

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Questions and Answers: A Beginners Guide to Meditation


In an extract from her just-published book, Inspiration Meditation, (part of the Go Creative! series) Orna Ross, bestselling novelist and poet and Director of The Alliance of Independent Authors, answers some of the first questions asked by beginners to  meditation, allowing you to establish good meditative practice from the start. 
When Should I Meditate?Zen masters recommend that the moment you open your eyes, before the first half-conscious thought has time to form in your mind, you should get out of bed and begin your meditation. Doing it first has many benefits, not least that it sets the tone for your day.
Yogic tradition recommends the times around sunrise and sunset as ideal. This works better in countries close to the equator where sunset and sunrise are […]

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6 Simple But Effective Ways You Can Reach Your Goals

Goals push us to keep going. They motivate us and help us lock on to a target. Through evolution we have learned that the best way to get results is to focus our attention on one thing at a time. And just like hunters in the past, modern humans continue to use goals to find a target, plan to reach it and dominate it. So keeping that perspective in mind it’s important that all of us fully harness the power of goals and know how to effectively reach them. And luckily for all of you that is what I hope to share with you right now. Here are 6 Easy Tips to help you reach even the most seemingly difficult goals: 1.    Radiate Self Confidence […]

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How I’ve Managed to Make Myself Happy

I’ve had a happy, carefree childhood. For that, I feel lucky. Unfortunately, along the way I’ve picked up negative thinking habits. It was getting worse for me month by month. It felt like cooking a frog. If you slightly add to the heat, the frog won’t even notice. And when you do notice, it’s too late. Or so it would seem on the surface. I was there and got back again (yes, the Bilbo Baggins reference was no coincidence!) Basically, I went from happy, to mildly depressed, and to happy again. As I feel I had no real control over how I felt as a kid, what made me happy in the first place, and how I became slightly depressed later, I won’t write about […]

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5 Daily Habits That Will Make You A More Positive and Happy Person

When was the last time someone said that you were too positive? Never. The reason is that we can’t be. The key to success in anyone’s life is how happy we are. We may be the wealthiest person on our street, but if we’re miserable, we are far from successful. The problem most of us face is getting caught up in the daily grind of life and becoming worn out, overworked, and over caffeinated stress cases. Of course with all of life’s little (and big) stresses comes the tendency to blame, criticize, and generally take a negative outlook on life. Unfortunately, there is no way possible to live to our potential or even close to it by being a negative person. It sucks the life […]

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How to Tell if You Have Mind Parasites and How To Get Rid Of Them If You Do

Susan woke early. Early for her was any time before eight on weekdays. Weekends she would sleep in until ten or ten-thirty. However on weekdays, eight meant that she had just enough time to get ready for work, grab a bowl of Special K and get to work three minutes late. Three minutes late was her little protest that nobody could complain about. It meant she was independent. This particular morning she had a hangover, though she was a full decade out of college and graduation was the last time, on stiff rum and cokes, she had been drunk, perhaps her hangover was a result of her desire not to be at work. “Maybe I am catching a cold,” she told herself. But her hangover […]

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