Tag Archives: Self-improvement

Great Advice from Paulo Coehlo

19 Jul

SMART STUFF from the author of the famous and influential book, The Alchemist

​“That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”

 Paulo Coelho

Song Spotlight: Cheap Trick – “It’s Up To You”

17 Jul

FROM THE MOST MALIGNED ALBUM in the Cheap Trick catalog, The Doctorcomes “It’s Up To You.”  An ode to the power of positive thinking, it’s an upbeat, fast, blast of a motivational speech in the guise of a power-pop song. Much-needed at the moment, on a Monday…

#cheaptrick #monday

Timely Advice from a Best Friend

13 Jul

IT’S BEEN A STRESSFUL FEW MONTHS. The past has been on my mind a lot, featuring nostalgia, regret and loss, and I worry about the future. That combination keeps me from being present, and, ultimately, happy. It’s been something that I’ve battled since…I was young a kid, really.

A few weeks back one of my best (and smartest) friends gave me some great advice:

“Everyday, the following phrase goes through my mind, ‘my life is full of amazement and I’m grateful.’ Never take life for granted. It’s always changing. That’s why life is so amazing. The past is 20/20 vision in the rear view mirror. It’s behind you. If you don’t look forward, you’ll miss what’s ahead for you.”

“Don’t look at the future nor regret the past. Be in the present. Practice mindfulness. Your life is rich – but do you FEEL it?”

“Stop and appreciate your life, then build on the parts that bring you happiness, satisfaction, self-awareness and joy. These are the gravy days – you’ve worked hard to create this amazing life. Always remember, you bring happiness and joy to others.”

All the self-help advice books, advice, reading, etc.; all the time and energy spent (and wasted) stressed about the past and future…moving forward really just comes down to a couple of short paragraphs.



Gratitude Reminder

11 Jul

ON THE CONTINUOUS, OFTEN CIRCUITOUS, self-improvement path comes the reminder to remember all the things I have to be grateful for. Like a lot of people, I can easily get caught up in thinking about what’s missing, vs. all that I have.

I once had a highly-trained self-help professional tell me a good exercise is to write down every night at bedtime three things I’m thankful for. Alas, like a lot of things I mean to do more of, I have’t been that good at regularly practicing that habit (note to self: lets really try and do this again. Its easy; I always have a pen and notepad on the nightstand). But I do try and regularly remind myself of those things I’m thankful for. Particularly during those somewhat regular bouts of melancholy & sadness, thinking about what and who I miss, what’s missing in my life, etc.

So, with all that said, no better time to put that into practice right now.  I’ve got a lot to be grateful for and of…

My son, good health, a good job, family, friends, my cat, curiosity, music, my all-time favorite band of all-time, stand-up comedy, a fun car, my house, quality of life, running, a decent intellect, laughter, perseverance, great podcasts, movies, biking, insurance, summer weather, sleep, a nice pen, satellite radio, quality TV programming, water, air conditioning, sunshine, the bus, my gym, sarcasm, good running shoes, hobbies,

The Hardest Things To Do

7 Jul

OFTENTIMES THE HARDEST THING TO DO is to not do what you want to do, what you think your gut is telling you at that very moment.  To not give in to the sudden instinct or desire to do something because you’re convinced at that very moment that it might make a difference. To not give into the emotion(s) of the moment that might be the loudest voices you hear – that drown out common sense and reason.

In those times it’s often hard to remember how good having discipline can feel, that every time you don’t do something, you get a little bit stronger.


Paranoia and Pessism vs. Preparation

28 Apr

This post from last week was particularly prescient, and given the past week, particularly helpful. Maybe I’m learning, after all…

I’M NOT PARANOID, just prepared. Trying to remember to think ahead, using experiences to be and get prepared. Predictability, borne out of those experiences, is a great tool and motivation for better preparation. I used to tell my mom, “hope for the best, but assume and prepare for the worst.”  That’s not pessimism – that’s preparedness.

22 years ago a very smart VP at Sony Music once had some great advice, regarding preparation, telling us, “forewarned is forearmed.”

Think about it. 

No sense wishing I always heeded this advice but no better time than the present.

If You Knew Something Would Improve Your Life, Why Wouldn’t You?

11 Apr

One of the smartest articles I’ve read in awhile. Something I’m going to make a point to read every day. Perfect timing, too.



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