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Personal Development

We hope you find the following articles regarding Personal Development helpful.


Transform Shattered Dreams - Speaking on the sound track of the video, "Farther Than The Eye Can See," Erik Weihenmayer suggests that he wants us to "shatter your dreams" and "when you rebuild them, make them larger, greater than they were before." Erik spoke those words while the video was showing him returning to base camp after climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest. Weihenmayer is the only blind man ever to summit our world's highest mountain. How does a person, blinded when a teenager, transform his dreams into great achievements?  Click here to read more.

Getting Connected - I sipped my grande latte while I lounged on the coffee shop patio on a beautiful August day and reconnected with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. A small tinge of hypocrisy came over me when asked to write an article on connectedness. I wasn’t exactly feeling connected at the moment, having just spent most of my summer away from home, and therefore away from my normal routines.  Click here to read more.

Choosing Personal Values - For centuries the question of what is "right" or "wrong," "good" or "bad" has occupied the minds of philosophers, moralists, ethics teachers and ordinary thinkers. Much psychological difficulty and emotional pain results from developing and clinging to a personal value system that is 1) inappropriate; 2) rigid and unchanging; 3) in conflict with other value systems; 4) not based in reality or unrealistic; or 5) confused and unclear to ourselves or others.  Click here to read more.

Creating  a New Identity - One of the biggest challenges reported by early retirees and applicable to people at any point within the second half of life is how to create a new identity. Many of us identify who we are by what we do for a living. We describe ourselves as accountants, lawyers, managers, engineers or something similar that reflects what we do for a living. But what happens when you retire, leave a job, or embark on a career change so that you're no longer doing what you identify yourself as?  Click here to read more.

The Ideal Personality - "Anything the human mind can believe, the human mind can achieve." This statement was written by Napoleon Hill over 60 years ago, in a little book entitled, "Grow Rich!--With Peace of Mind." The first step in believing anything is to formulate an idea in your mind.   All human-made aspects of this world first existed as an idea or vision in somebody's mind. Click here to read more.

Meditation without Hesitation - Imagine in your mind’s eye that you are in an inviting space in your home, the aroma of incense permeates the air and sweet silence almost rings in your ears. Now, sit. Feet touch the floor. Back straight against comfy pillows. Eyes closed. Oh, sorry, eyes slightly opened and unfocused. Start over…sit on the floor with legs crossed. Back still straight. Hands…uh…palms up on your legs. Wait, maybe it’s hands placed loosely, one on top of the other, resting just below the belly button and with thumbs gently touching. Now, breathe in through your nose and out your mouth, no, NO, out your nose too. Seriously, this is impossible!  Click here to read more.

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