Category: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Templates Create Efficiency in Your Journal’s To-Do List

If your journal also houses your to-do list, then efficiency in creating those lists is necessary to get the job done. One of the biggest culprits of to-do list failure, of not achieving the goal, is the tedium of having to write and rewrite your list…

How to Write a 5-Minute Journal

When Tim Ferriss mentions his daily writing routine in Tools of Titans, I was intrigued. He calls the routine the 5-Minute Journal. The 5-Minute Journal is a series of writing prompts that Ferris uses every day – morning and evening- to recall daily highlights and to…

What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?

What has prevented you from reaching your goals? Is part of it fear? Fear of what? Writing it all down in private, in a journal  (paper or digital) helps to process what’s going on internally. From there, you have a better stance from which to address…

How to Stop Imitating Your Heroes and Just Get Started Already

In a Facebook group, a business owner asked how to become “unstuck” in the planning stage. There are projects waiting to be finished, but she’s busy reading more content from other business owners who inspire her. How can she become “unstuck” and not just copy someone…

Thoughts on Influence

As we looked through Aunt C’s personal property the other day, preparing to give away most of it, I noticed items here and there that I had given to her through the years. Aunt C displayed prominently a personalized birthday card that I sent her 6…

How to Handle Social Disapproval [Cornell Study]

According to a Cornell study, social approval (or lack of it) does not affect people who have a sense of purpose. Or, rather, it does not affect them as much as it does those whose self-esteem hangs on being liked. Anthony Burrow, a co-author of the…

Ziglar Quotes for Motivation

Hilary “Zig” Ziglar (1926-2012) was an author and motivational speaker filled with pithy quotes for overcoming obstacles and continuing with your goals. Here are a few that I hope will be helpful to you. Sincerely, Deborah Zig Ziglar Quotes “Of course motivation is not permanent. But…

How to Think about Regret

Thoughts on regret. It seems that regret should be handled like pain – it’s a warning that something is wrong and should be addressed immediately. Regret seems to be useless beyond that initial stab of discomfort. Otherwise, you’ll end up trying to change what is unchangeable-…

What Would You Like Your Life to Look Like?

Picture your ideal life. What does it look like? Are you working 6 months then off to explore other interests for the rest of the year? Are you speaking at conferences, sharing your experiences in life? Are you simply making twice as much as your current…

If you need one more reason NOT to procrastinate, here’s one.

There once was a person -let’s call the person Mr. X- who had a fatal disease. Mr. X spoke of all the things he still wanted to do in life. They were not improbable things – he wasn’t asking to vacation on Saturn. They were fairly…

Just Start Already? How?

You might have a goal. You might make plans. You might hear people tell you “just start already,” but if you have internal hangups,  you still might remain exactly where you are despite your plans. How do you get over whatever is preventing you from accomplishing…

The 3 Phases of Excitement (According to Barbara Sher)

We’ve discussed scanners before – people with varied interests. (You may also know them as hummingbirds, polymaths, multi-potentialites). When a scanner is interested or excited about something, she/he has unstoppable energy and enthusiasm and can’t wait for the idea to be realized. Barbara Sher, author of…

Your Words and Stories Are a Gift to the World (According to SARK)

I’m in the midst of reading SARK’s Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper. It’s one of those books about writing which causes you to pause and digest the meaning. Sometimes for days. One of the sentences which stands out to me is this one on page 49: All…

Here’s One Way to Savor a Moment

Use your five senses to help create vivid memories and savor your moments. Ask yourself the following: What do I smell? What do I see? What do I hear? What do I taste? What textures do I feel?   It has been my experience that slowing…

Your Many Ideas Have a Golden Thread

Hi, It’s Deborah. I’ve talked about my previous businesses before [See Content Revamp Article]. But I did not tell you this. One of my previous business ideas, one that predates this website- was that of online used bookseller. There are 5 elements to such an enterprise…

David Bowie on an Artist’s Popularity

There is an illustrated interview series on Youtube called Blank on Blank. One of the interviews I’ve recently run across is of rock star David Bowie on the subject of popularity and your own artistry.  What he says might apply to writers/bloggers, as well. “An audience…

Is Your Home a Museum of Grief?

Author Elizabeth Gilbert has a thought-provoking question which might help you and me de-clutter and grieve at the same time: Is your home a museum of grief? Do you hang on to mementos and journals that make you cringe every time you see them? Are you…

What is Your Primary Gift to the World?

Author of The Introvert Entrepreneur, Beth Buelow, asked on Facebook the other day, What is your primary gift to the world? Of course, you do not need to be an introvert nor a businessperson to answer this question. The primary gift that yours truly brings into…

Not a Morning Person? This might help.

When you are told during childhood that you are a night owl, not a morning person – that you are more energized at night then during the day- for the longest time you stick to that identity like a gnat on an overripe peach. It also…

How to Spot Opportunities

At Psychology Today, Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. teaches us How to Get Better at Spotting Opportunities. To spot opportunities, you must be promotion-focused. Says Dr. Halvorson, “You are promotion-focused when you think about what you might gain if you are successful — how you might end up better…

What is your scent?

A couple of years ago, I attended a weekend women’s conference. I was there to enjoy the company of friends, not really expecting much more than a restful mini vacation. While there, a speaker -whose name I wish I could remember- asked a question that has…

An Introvert with Roommates (6 Tips)

Yours truly has had roommates, dorm mates, apartment mates, house mates, duplex mates… you name it. It was torture. Hello, I am an introvert. I’m not blaming my roommates; they were all fine. It’s me. It’s the way I am built – I need more solitude…

Dale Carnegie on Why you Should Be Yourself

In Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, one of the seven ways to peace and happiness is to be yourself. Several times Carnegie tried to imitate others and failed. “…I set out to write what I hoped would be the best book…

A Custom-Tailored Life Restructures the Family Tree?

One December, I spent Christmas with family. I thought nothing of business and I stopping journal writing long enough to be in the moment, for once. I’m glad that I was, because I was attuned to an undergrad relative who clearly wanted to ask career questions.…