Has buying into the American Dream left you a disenchanted consumer? Well, you're not the only one who has been duped by the pursuit of happiness. Many of us work infinite hours and commute far distances just so we can afford 'the good life' — hoping to find happiness. Only, most of us haven’t. And worse — we're not even sure how to. Until now...
Underneath all the great professional credentials, I'm just an everyday gal who really loves Jesus... and who longs to follow His teachings, particularly those about loving people (ALL people) and taking care of the poor and broken-hearted.
What would stir YOU to jump for joy?
A sweet, new car with leather interior? Meeting the guy or gal that's a perfect match to your quirkiness? Winning a lottery worth millions? Donald Trump with a new hairstyle?
Or what about... two lollipops?
The number one reason you don't have what you want in life: The F Word. But while it keeps you from having what you want, FEAR itself can propel you toward your best life. But which C Word can help you to do so?
Balance is not just about what we do with our time...it also has a lot to do with how we think about it.Given that our thoughts determine our actions, how we think about time may be even more important to our well-being than what we do with it.
Succeeding at your goals requires a deep commitment, self-regulation and motivation to persist in the face of setbacks. Luckily there are some great, secret weapons to add to your self-regulation artillery.
Thrivers can be pushed to their limits -- just like the rest of us -- but they have the ability to persevere in the face of challenge. They can do this because they have the Thriving Mindset, which is the most essential resource for spinning challenge, fear and risk into the ‘good life’.
Remember the children’s story The Little Engine that Could? Defying impossible odds, the little engine did! But did we somehow miss the message of this tale? 50 years have past since the book was first published, and when trying to overcome hardship or pursue our dreams, many of us still think, “I can’t.” Sound familiar?
Most of us will do anything to avoid challenge, discomfort or even the slightest bit of inconvenience (hence, the Clapper, remote controls and Velcro). But by doing so, are we doing more harm than good when it comes to our well-being?
In the world of academics, thriving is “characterized by the individual displaying less reactivity when faced with stressors, and resulting in a faster recovery or consistently higher level of functioning”. To the rest of us, thriving is Sweaty Magic – the ability to spin hardship, whether unexpected adversity or self-imposed challenge, into positive growth!