The mindset you need to create a great presentation


You can create and deliver an engaging presentationWe frequently look at a finished product and enjoy it for what it gives us, forgetting — or perhaps never realizing — all the work involved.

And it doesn’t matter what the product is. It could be a car, a movie, clothing, a ballet, a song, this blog post, whatever. And, yes, even a presentation.

When the product reaches an especially high level of craftsmanship, it’s even easier to take it for granted. When it looks effortless, it looks easy. We sometimes even tell ourselves, “That’s easy. I can do that.”

But we can fail to appreciate the countless hours of planning, research, rehearsing, performing, building, and re-building — a lot of hard work — that went into making the final product look “easy.”

It’s frequently not until we try our own hand at it that we realize the mastery involved. [Read more…]

How to get out of your own way


Don't let limiting beliefs stop you“As you work to overcome your self-created limitations, talk to your subconscious, telling it that instead of reacting, you’re now going to respond with conscious choices.”
Wayne Dyer

It’s critical to understand that, ultimately, our biggest obstacles are our self-limiting beliefs.

This may be the single most important idea to grapple with as we imagine the kind of life we want. It’s frequently the only thing standing between us and success.

Success isn’t really about knowing how to do something. Everything we need is already inside of us and everything we need to know is out there waiting for us to pick it up. [Read more…]

What’s keeping you from living the life you want?


Understand your fearsIf you’ve ever really stopped to think about the life you want and realized you’re not living it, it can be painful. You might even feel like a victim of your life, like life is just happening to you and you don’t know how to turn things around.

Beginning to realize and face your fears is critical to a turnaround; by changing yourself, you can impact everything around you. There are two basic kinds of fear we all have, and it’s important to examine from time to time how the more potent and challenging kind of fear impacts our lives.

First, we have a fear of things that happen, typically things that are beyond our control. We fear being alone. We fear growing old. We fear illness ravaging our bodies and stealing our vitality. We fear dying.

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How to find yourself is different than you’d think


Create yourselfMany people say, “I’m struggling to find myself” or “figure out who I am.” The funny thing is, there’s nothing to find—there’s only something to create. Unfortunately, most people let their fears and beliefs stop them from choosing who they want to be.

If we let go of an object, it will drop to the floor. If we drop the object ten times, it will drop to the floor each of those ten times.

Nothing in the way we drop the object, nothing in the way we think about the way it falls, will change the fact that it falls. It’s a physical law. We can’t change gravity.

But most issues pertaining to fear are not scientific in the same way gravity is. Here we’re not interested in neurology or brain chemistry, although of course they play a role in fear. We’re more interested in the stories we have told ourselves and the possibility of changing them.

More than that, we’re interested in creating the tools necessary to move forward, in spite of existing fear, not necessarily in its absence. [Read more…]

13 things

Change is now, handwriting with chalk on wooden frame blackboard, colored chalk in the corner, lifestyle change conceptHere are 13 things mentally strong people don’t do:

  1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
  2. They don’t give away their power.
  3. They don’t shy away from change.
  4. They don’t focus on things they can’t control.
  5. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone.
  6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks.
  7. They don’t dwell on the past.
  8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over.
  9. They don’t resent other people’s success.
  10. They don’t give up after the first failure.
  11. They don’t fear alone time.
  12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything.
  13. They don’t expect immediate results.


(From: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, by Amy Morin)