A Key to Your Great Life

Everyone wants a better life, right? I have a key. Part of being human is to develop our potential, achieve our goals and realize our dreams.  Yet lots of people seem to search and search, strive and struggle for that perfect life (I was one of them).  Well, I’m here to tell you that you

Saying YES to Your Goals

In the 2008 movie YES MAN, Jim Carrey plays a withdrawn guy since his divorce and sees the world negatively.  After an inspirational seminar, he starts saying “yes” to life and the real life adventure begins.  He starts a relationship, and begins changing the world around him (e.g, helps a guy not commit suicide, starts

Optimism or Pessimism is Your Choice

What is the difference between someone who is optimistic or pessimistic? It’s your thinking that makes is so. And wrong thinking can lead to wrong feelings. Twenty years ago I wrote my master’s thesis on attribution theory, which basically speaks to how we explain positive and negative events. For example, are you more prideful of

Motivation in the Dissertation Process

“Once the seeds of faith take root it cannot be blown away, even by the strongest wind” –Rumi You become what you think about. You have to envision yourself as a person who has graduated, having met your end goal by obtaining your doctorate or Master’s degree. Condition your behavior by visualizing a positive end.

Use Your Mind for Good

We’ve all heard that “the mind is more powerful than we know,” “you only use 10% of your brain” and other similar sentiments.  Well I’m here to tell you that it’s true, and I’m going to show you how to better use your mind for your good.  Our conscious mind thinks in pictures, and we

Shadow Work

Do you have blind spots? Professionally? Interpersonally? Even educationally? Did you know that we have a literal blind spot in our sight? Physically speaking, where the optic nerve recedes from our eyes to our brain, there are no rod or cone photo-receptors. This results in a circular blacked-out spot (literally a blind spot) in our

Our Greatest Fear

After the recent Super Bowl, I heard Russell Wilson, the Seahawk’s winning quarterback, retell the story of he and his late father who said to him, “Why not you?”  Russel thought, “Why not me?” and “why not us in the Super Bowl?” Russell thought.  Somewhere in Russell’s belief system he felt deserving or as deserving

Life Gets Away From Us…Until We Are Role-Driven

Happy New Year to all!   Another year has come, gone, and now we’re off to 2014.  While we are making plans for 2014, I reflect upon what happened last year, “did my goals get fulfilled?” and “did I live my best life?”  Life moves quickly, and I’ll paraphrase Woody Allen, “One day we’re getting out

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and the Pygmalion Effect

Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” As we move through our days, interacting with family, friends, and business associates, our personality ethic comes through. Our personality ethic includes having a positive attitude, positive affirmations, belief in oneself, an attitude of openness, and positive expectations. The focus of

The Law of the Farm and Your Dissertation

Too often in our undergraduate years we’ve learned to cram for school and tests.  You may have procrastinated all semester, and then pulled all-nighters for the final paper or test.  Cramming is antithetical to the law of the farm.  The Law of the Farm essentially says that to be a farmer, you have to plan,