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How to Deal with Change

Seasons Change and So Do We Michael Corthell "The beauty of change is found in its ability to reveal the resilience and adaptability within us." Change is an inevitable aspect of life, whether we embrace it or not. The more we resist change, the more we experience pain. Buddhism recognizes the inherent beauty in the transformative nature of existence. It compares life to music, where if a note or phrase is clung to beyond its intended duration, the melody is lost. Therefore, Buddhism can be summarized in two simple phrases: "Let go!" and "Walk on!" Release the desire for self, for permanence, and for specific circumstances, and instead flow with the rhythm of life. Our first reaction to the unexpected change is usually quite negative. Feeling vulnerable and maybe even threatened, we can react badly. In fact, we go through stages: Surprise (shock, wondering why this is happening to us.), Panic (how the changes will impact us and if we'll be abl

The POWER of Positive Persistence

Persistence and determination are all-powerful.  by Michael Corthell Persistence in the face of negative people. We all have to deal with it in our daily lives. Very often the very first thing we have to overcome on the path to achievement is another person's lack of optimism and enthusiasm. If I had to choose one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being the most likely to bring me success, in any field, I would choose persistence. Persistent determination: the will to endure to the end, getting knocked down ninety-nine times and getting right back up for the hundredth. "Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of th

[Excuse me]...while I succeed

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” ― Benjamin Franklin The Time is NOW You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. No excuses... 1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. 2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5. 3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.” 4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank. 5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13. 6) Nadia Com─âneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14. 7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15. 8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil. 9) Elvis was a superstar by age

[Thinking] is good, finding the answer is better...

“If you can drink from the fountain, why then, should you request for a drink of water from the cup?” ― Michael Bassey Johnson A primary key to success is demanding more than good, never settle for good enough and always doing a more.

'Good' is the Enemy of 'Great'

by Michael Corthell Many of us who have been or who are successful have looked at our lives and noticed, ''How about that! Everything is going pretty well! We're happy; The kids are doing great; We have enough money; A nice home, etc etc. I have a great job, my family is awesome. Things have never been better!'' ''You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.'' —Zig Ziglar It feels wonderful doesn't it? Being safe, happy and content is terrific. But hold just one second. This happy (and very common place) can also be a very dangerous place. If you get too comfortable, and you start to take things for granted—you have settled. Settled for what? Settled for 'just good' or more rightly 'just good enough'. Life has become common place. So what happens next? Discontentment. You can easily get so comfortable in life's routine that there is a very real dang

[ACTion] All the world's a stage play...

“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.” ― James Baldwin Act as if what you do makes a difference(both positive and negative) in this world. Because it DOES. “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” ― Mother Teresa

ACT: Overcoming the Fear of Success

by Michael Corthell Researchers have tested the theory that some people who have a strong desire for success may actually be suffering from the fear of failure. The results have been mixed, even though achieving success is, by definition, the opposite of failure. It may be that those who fear failure do not necessarily hope for success. ''Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.''      ― Winston Churchill Many people are so afraid of failing at something that they decide not to even try at all. And sometimes this fear is so overwhelming that they will undermine their own efforts to avoid even the possibility of failure. The fear of failure can be immobilizing, but as we know, the antidote to the fear of anything is  ACTION. There are many causes for the fear of failure and/or success. The number one cause seems to be having critical or unsupportive parents who routinely undermined or humiliated the perso