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The Trick In Life – Dr. Sandy Nelson, Life Coach

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What would change in your level of happiness if you craved for nothing except what you already possess? Wouldn’t it be bliss to believe there is nothing IMG_2742more to gain because you have everything that makes you happy? Can you imagine that feeling of abundant happiness from having it all?

On the slip-side, when we make a mental list of those possessions that we feel we lack, our happiness is usually lacking as well. We believe that we can’t be happy unless we have what is missing.

Today, imagine that everything you hold dear to your heart and everything that is important to you is taken away. Make a mental list. Don’t be vague about it, be specific. Imagine your laptop, iPod, coffee pot, car, your home, your telephone, your loved ones, your friends, your cat, dog, are all gone. Plus, all memories-407021_150those other things on your list that are important to you. Envision your despair, your sadness, your emptiness.

Now, one by one, imagine that those things, and people, are given back to you—your closet once again has clothes, your car is parked in the driveway, your loved ones are around you. You again feel happiness and thankful.

The state of comfort and happiness you experience from this exercise is the state of mind you can experience every single day. Will this mindfulness visualization make a difference in your day-to-day outlook? It can.

The trick in life is not in getting what you want but in wanting what you get after you get it. —Warren Beatty and Robert Towne from the USA Motion picture Love Affair spoken by Katherine Hepburn

Think about it.

 

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Problem Shattering Strategies – Dr. Sandy Nelson

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Problem Shattering Strategies – Dr. Sandy Nelson

I’m the first to admit that I bought into the idea early on in life that my experiences day-to-day should not contain difficulties. I remember in my 20’s having the thought that if lived properly, I would be exempt from struggles and problems. You can imagine the turmoil and jolt this caused me when reality arrived. When problems would of course occur, instead of seeing them as a part of life, I viewed them as evidence that I was not doing something correctly.

Someone once said: There’s not a single human being who has dodged the experience of difficulties in life.

My life changed when I realized that what was wrong was my thinking! See your difficulties today not as evidence that you’re flawed, rather proof that you’re alive! Seek solutions, check your thoughts against reality, and seek the coping CAVTL1oWYAAqihQskills needed to overcome! Here are the strategies most useful:

1. If at all possible, give yourself 24 hours to process the problem and brain-storm possible solutions. Rarely are their circumstances where a decision is required immediately. Time provides you a chance to not react in the moment which almost always makes things worse.

2. Gather as much info as you can about the situation and dilemma so you’re able to respond with facts.

3. Seek wisdom from someone who may have experienced the same situation, or who could advise you. Gain support and encouragement.

4. Keep your feelings separate from reality. Going forward, your action plan needs to be based on what’s true, not what you feel.

5. There’s no benefit in blaming yourself or feeling sorry for yourself. In fact, it can make matters worse. Accept that in the real world everyone screws up and makes mistakes, even you.

problem6. Take responsibility and follow through with the best solution for the problem.

Steve Maraboli, a Behavioral Scientist specializing in Motivational Psychology, wrote: Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.

Think about it.

 

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The Blah Epidemic – Dr. Sandy Nelson

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Some people seem to always be in happy moods. But, exactly what is happiness? What encompasses a good mood? Is this disposition genetic or dependent on specific neurotransmitters in the brain? Is there a blah, unhappiness gene distributed to a select population?

Scientists are searching for answers to these questions which means they still IMG_2321do not know what specially causes depression, or for that matter—happiness. Previously called Melancholia, depression has been recognized as a common condition for more than three thousand years. Some experts think depression is the result of learned experiences. Others say it’s all about brain chemistry. And then there are those who believe it’s in the genes.

Everyone knows what depression feels like because all of us at one time have experienced its character traits of hopelessness, helplessness, sleep disturbances, eating changes, consuming sadness, and an inability to function. These episodes, typically, are not chronic, only last a day or two; and usually result from life events. Most of us are able to adjust to the changes in life that are uninvited and demanding. We may pout for a time, rebel at reality, express our frustration, but then accept “what is” and move on to tomorrow.

IMG_2311Just like the common cold, the symptoms of depression are generally the same for everyone, but the same can’t be said about happiness. Scientists know more about the state of depression than they do about the state of joy. Taking into consideration that happiness is the most important goal in the lives of people, experts can’t even agree on an explanation for it. What is happiness? Is it being in a good mood? Is it having fun? Is it securing the approval of other people? Lots of money? No worries? What is happiness to you? Americans might say that happiness is a consistent state of well-being, void of stress, worry, frustration, and disappointment.

The full extent of depression is unknown because the menacing stigma towards mental health remains in our culture. As a result of ignorant people that still judge mental conditions as the equivalent of insanity, many people do not seek IMG_2096treatment for depression. They suffer quietly because of the perceived rejection they would otherwise experience if more folks knew their struggles. This accounts for the strong isolation that depressed individuals experience. Our culture still believes on some level that we shouldn’t need help or support for the problems or events that pre-empt our plans and land us in despair. There’s still the idea that it’s a weakness to seek counsel or take medication for mental conditions. On the contrary, it takes strength and wisdom to seek help, and I respect those individuals who do so.

HealthyPlace.com offers a list of hotlines and referral resources for better mental health! Help yourself, or someone you care about, to be happy!

Think about it.

 

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5 Ways To Get Fired – Dr. Sandy Nelson

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1. Dress improperly

Look disheveled on the job if you want to be noticed. To be singled-out, look grody–dirty and wrinkled clothes are best. Maintain a scruffy appearance, avoid personal hygiene. This probably goes without saying, but women should wear see-through clothing, show cleavage and the upper thigh; men should have dishelvedenough shirt buttons undone to show their chest hair and make sure their pants are tight through the crotch and butt.

 

2. On most days arrive late and call in sick often

Tardiness demonstrates just how important your job and career is to you. It’s one of the best conducts to display to grab attention. It communicates a more sickzen-like relaxed job ethic that you possess and exposes your sense of superiority over other employees who have to arrive on time. Never get to work early if you’re looking to dodge that promotion. If delayed by weather or other mishap, don’t bother to call your boss. Play hooky at least two times a week. Poor work attendance will get you noticed by the right people!

 

3. Have a bad attitude towards your position and the company

Bashing the mission statement and goals of your employer, and complaining about company policies will get you out the door faster, instead of in your own office. Be sure to complain each day how stupid the company rules are. 3f3d3f54-6898-4199-9303-02a3a4fddff0-mediumDisrespect them at every opportunity. Become an agent for change through rebellion of their established protocol’s. Enact your own rules and policies; your adherence to your way of doing things will draw the attention you’re looking for. Berate the executive board members by criticizing their obvious lack of intelligence. Also make it known which executives you find hot and wouldn’t mind bedding.

 

4. Do your job below par

This plan will get you noticed: don’t demonstrate any skills or abilities. Postpone any work projects required of you by making excuses or blaming your co-workers. Let the phone ring. Collect unopened emails. Miss meetings. Don’t help your co-workers. Shoot for slacking at least half of the day. Communicate your unwillingness to take on more responsibility and refuse to be part of any new initiatives the company is planning. Keep your credentials and skills out-of-date. Stay uninformed and inefficient with computer technology.

 

5. Join the gossip band-wagon

To shoot for a reputation as an employee with no caliber, bring your personal problems to work. Describe those problems, in all their horror, throughout the BuNUuoEIIAAySEgday, repeating the saga to each person who stops at your desk. Try to get everyone in the department to feel sorry for you, because certainly you are the only one who has personal problems. If you share personal issues with co-workers, you will become a topic of office gossip. This will circulate your name around the company staff, including the higher-up’s. It’s imperative to bitch and moan about everything that goes wrong. That does something to your credibility. So does joining in on office gossip with negative and degrading talk about other employees and the boss.

Think about it!

 

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5 First Date Don’ts – Dr. Sandy Nelson

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1. Don’t Pretend

Behaving like someone you’re not, so you will be liked, is a horrible idea. Be whoIMG_3090 you are. Show up with all the wonderful glory of yourself—your personality, opinions, thoughts, humor, and goals! If you clash with the person you’re hooking up with, so be it. Move on. Altering yourself to be accepted by another person is bad psychology and you will end up mad at yourself for betraying the core of your being.

2. Don’t Reveal Your Entire Past

When you’re just getting to know a person, dumping out your total life history at one sitting can cause an overload of too much information that could come back to bite you in the ass. Keep the discussion light and more on the surface. Discerning if you can trust someone with everything in your past, takes time. Save yourself some hurt and disappointment. Tell your story in chapters.

 

3. Don’t Think You Can Change The Person

IMG_2413So, you think this person is a good catch except for a few slight defects. Nothing your love can’t change, right? Wrong. The truth is, you can’t manipulate someone’s affection or influence someone’s behavior, and have a healthy, honest relationship. If you can’t accept the person “as is,” then don’t think for a moment that you can be the change that’s needed. I have a saying: When someone shows you who they are, believe it. Don’t settle. Don’t try to change a person.

 

4. Don’t Play True Detective

This is obvious. A date is not an interrogation or a job interview, so don’t drill the other person with a hundred questions or you may be defined as a control freak, which then would probably end the possibility of a second date. Allow the person the chance to share information at a level that’s comfortable for him or her.

 

5. Don’t Have Sex

Okay so the chemistry is there and flirting is in full bloom. You feel connected IMG_2415with this person, even lured. And it’s all so tempting to just rip each other’s clothes off, but resist. Hold out. Not on the first date… C’mon… Okay, if you do succumb to the passion, make sure a condom is used. Protect yourself! Unsafe sex is not an option! EVER!

 

Think about it.

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Success From Defeat – Dr. Sandy Nelson

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Marilyn vos Savant, an American author who is known for previously having the highest recorded IQ, wrote: Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. 

images (26)I cannot compete with the highest IQ, but I can attest that when I approach life based only on my feelings, then disappointing situations become distorted and magnified. Life seems hopeless and useless. I lose a rational perspective. It appears like everything is horrible and nothing will ever be better.

Those are conclusions found from my emotions at the time, but they are not grounded on facts or reality. Reality tells me that nothing is hopeless or useless, and it’s impossible for everything to be horrible or remain miserable. I remind myself that determined individuals refuse to react on their adverse feelings in the face of difficulties. I remember that persistence is required to accomplish anything worthwhile; that I need to hold the line and do my best despite any disappointments.

There was a boy so slow in learning to talk that his parents thought he was images (71)abnormal and his teachers called him a “misfit.” His classmates avoided him and didn’t play with him. He failed his first college entrance exam. He remained determined despite that blow. A year later he tried again. He was resolute. In time he became world famous as a scientist. His name: Albert Einstein. Abraham Lincoln also knew defeat and setbacks. He failed numerous times in business and politics before he was elected President in 1860.

There are endless stories of debacles and obstacles for every person who attained achievements. So, let’s remember to rise from setbacks, maintain our determination, and keep our eyes focused forward.

Think about it.

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The Most Respected Quality – Dr. Sandy Nelson

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Looking for love before developing a strong sense of self is like trying to find the mate of a shoe you’ve never seen. —Martha Beck

IMG_2973I sometimes long for childhood scenes where taking a stand for ice cream over cupcakes seemed easier than taking a stand for myself with other people as a grown-up. Let’s face it, when you express to someone your true thoughts and opinions, it’s a risk. What if you offend someone? What if they change their opinion of you? What if they get mad? What if you blow it? That’s a gamble. But to speak or act in contradiction to who you are is worse than the experience of disapproval from someone, isn’t it?

For some people, what determines their sense of self is having the approval of images (21)someone else. What determines their self-worth and happiness is how other people feel about them. Many individuals change their personality and opinions, at any given moment, to be accepted. It’s not a surprise that relationships are often rocky and shallow when people hide their true identity. So, make it a priority to know yourself so that you have a self others can honestly know.

In The Plateauing Trap, Judith M. Bardwick writes: Real confidence comes from knowing and accepting yourself—your strengths and your limitations—in contrast to depending on affirmation from others. 

Remember, every single person has strengths and weakness, attributes and handicaps, not just you and me, everyone. The more you embrace yourself—the good parts and the not so good parts—the more you radiate confidence because you know who you are and who you are not, and that is the most attractive trait anyone can possess. When you are genuine in who you are and not acting like a fraud of someone else, that’s appealing to others. People respect that quality, a lot.

Think about it.

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You Will Make A Difference by Dr. Sandy Nelson

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Someone once said:
The highest reward in life is not what you get from it, but what you become by it.

You are capable of doing something that makes a huge difference in this worldf5813ce0-8791-4e6f-a526-32c953e7bba1-medium (1) every day, HUGE! Do you believe it? Your caring attitude, your kindness, your respect for yourself and life makes a difference not only in the lives of those who cross your path, but also makes a difference within you. No one can be exactly like you. No one will make a difference exactly like you will.

We have great challenges as adults in this world. Many people believe themselves too inadequate to make a difference; too flawed to contribute. Great things are rarely done by great intelligence or great ability, but by average folks with great hearts who care. I promise, you will make a difference in the lives of everyone you come into contact with every single day. It will be either a positive difference or a negative one. It will be one of encouragement or of dismissal; kindness or cruelty; respect or rejection. Which difference will you make?

American social critic and scholar of education, Edgar Z. Friedenberg, said:
What we must decide is how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.

When we explore our personality and characteristics for positive features and urban-438393_640skills, it can be a bit awkward. We do the world a service; however, when we recognize how we are valuable in any scenario of need. What we can give is more important than why we can provide it.

Sharing specific talents with a community or volunteer organization goes a long way to better the world. Even if that’s not what you can commit to, it will make a difference and it’s takes no time from your schedule to smile and be pleasant to people you see each day.

Author of Think Great, Lailah Gifty Akita, wrote:
Encouragement is life. Many people would have given up in life without encouragement. May your words be gracious to those who hear it.

Words have no price tag. It doesn’t cost a penny to speak. But the impact of what you say holds life-altering power.

Think about it.

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Is there evidence in your life of self-respect? –by Dr. Sandy Nelson

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images (40)People who demand respect from others are often the very individuals who lack that feature internally. With no self-respect, they look to others to treat them with regard. But in The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 16th century author and philosopher Baltasar Gracian said: Respect yourself if you would have others respect you. The trait of self-respect has long been a inner quality of accomplishment.

Individuals who have self-respect do not need to request or demand it from others. Self-respect is a trait that is evident in your attitude, morals, and actions; and it is the integrity in your attitude, morals, and actions that provides you with the respect of others.

Treating yourself with dignity, honor, and esteem is not due to a sense of pride, it is due to self-respect. Pride is vanity, narcissism, egoism, and status centered. Self-respect is accepting yourself—your strengths and weaknesses, talents and limitations, successes and mistakes. Pride denies or hides weaknesses, limitations, and mistakes. Self-respect announces them.

It can consume all self-respect to withhold a reply to an angry or rude people. IMG_2954Impulses of wanting to set the jerk straight or ask who they think they are talking to are very strong. However, replying in anger to an angry person is really the worse reply possible. Acting rude to a rude person also is not a great idea. Standing still—remaining quiet with self-respect—is the best strategy and keeps you from becoming a jerk, too.

The harmful things anger triggers you to do and the good things it keeps you from doing can be subtle and insensible, like putting up an emotional wall, or using the silent treatment. Anger can set off a chain reaction of outcomes that will ruin your health and your relationships.

It is a fact that self-respect can not occur without being able to control your anger, and handle someone’s anger toward you.

Think about it.

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What if tomorrow doesn’t come? —by Dr. Sandy Nelson

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IMG_1999Gosh, we live hectic lives. I mean, seriously, busy lives. And each year appears to pick up speed. Our day’s ordinary routine seems to blur into the next sunrise. Our daily agenda’s become something we take for granted, even if it’s one of boredom. Our family and friends come and go with hello’s and bye’s. The day leaves us exhausted as we lay our tired body down for sleep planning the next day’s schedule and obligations.

But what if tomorrow doesn’t come for us? What if today is the last day granted to us on this earth?

Sounds kind of real, or scary, doesn’t it? The tick-tock of reality is one verity weIMG_1902 tend to shove aside and not think about. We may realize that our date of departure from this earth is marked somewhere on a universe calendar, but when we tuck ourselves into bed at night, we rarely think about that date being tomorrow. We hope it’s a time way off, down the road, decades later. Yes, maybe.

Time. The supreme calendar of existence for us—of living, breathing, thinking, loving. What is it that we take, or make, time for? Should our priorities change? What should we do differently?

We have only so much time.

IMG_2922It’s a matter of mindfulness, I think. Living in the here, now. Being aware of this moment. Paying attention to one another. We can easily pick out from a crowd those who are attempting to live and give the fullest to each day—those who are kind to one another, who seem thankful, who are helping, who speak with an enthusiasm for life.

We all have a reason to be here today.

Our lives matter. Each of us have a specific task and purpose that benefits humanity. We all have gifts and talents to contribute for a better tomorrow. Because, when tomorrow arrives, life goes on.

Think about it.

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