I Need to Watch my Big Mouth

“You’re killin’ me!”  I heard my four year old say this to my two year old and I cringed.  I have become uber-conscious of the words I use and I know this is a phrase I used often.  Recently I found the books of Florence Scovel Shinn.  Her primary work is The Game of LifeContinue reading “I Need to Watch my Big Mouth”

A Lesson from Teresa Giudice & My Upbringing

I have a dirty little secret, and it’s called The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  I love this show.  I’ve watched it since its first season and have never missed an episode.  People are always surprised when I tell them this, considering how my usual topics for discussion are finances, development, and growth.  Admittedly thisContinue reading “A Lesson from Teresa Giudice & My Upbringing”

Formula to Improve Confidence

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a profound book that teaches you how to leverage your creative powers to manifest your goals. I’ve previously a summary of Hill’s review on leadership qualities.  As a third topic, I want to share his Confidence Formula.  He encourages people to memorize, and then regularly repeat it toContinue reading “Formula to Improve Confidence”

Listen to Your Inner Critic: It’s giving you tough love

As an advocate for positive thinking, I have spent a fair deal of time silencing my inner critic. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, it’s a remnant from my willful dismissal of the outrageous thoughts I had  while suffering from depression; and secondly, it’s a fearful reaction of wanting to shut down negativity before itContinue reading “Listen to Your Inner Critic: It’s giving you tough love”

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The KonMarie method for decluttering your home was developed by Marie Kondo. She describes it succinctly on page 1 of her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She writes, “Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go.” Next she makes the bold claim that if you take her approach, youContinue reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

Getting Things Done & Email Productivity

David Allen believes he mastered the art of Getting Things Done.  In his book, he puts forward some valuable tips.  One in particular is how to handle email.  Before I outline his email process, however, I will explain his philosophy regarding stress free productivity.  As I applied several of his techniques, my own stress decreased,Continue reading “Getting Things Done & Email Productivity”

Think and Grow Rich: Leadership Attributes

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill, explains what he considers to be the major qualities all strong leaders must possess.  I outline these eleven characteristics below with my interpretation of what each means.  Before we get to that, I want to highlight a specific quote from the book which explains what I consider toContinue reading “Think and Grow Rich: Leadership Attributes”