Month: April 2011

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Anna Selner is a freelance writer living in New York. She holds a BA degree in English Literature (Bachelor of Art) from the University of New York. She has been working for several years in the Internet media market until she decided to create the Health & Happiness Magazine. Her interests are the following: history of communication, health, self-development, nutrition, psychology and fitness feature and creative writing history and practice of journalism freedom of information communication and culture Today, she dedicates her time to growing the social venture of delivering happiness, helping understand ourselves and inspire those who read her, day by...

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20 Key Principles for Personal Success

Here is a collection of key phrases to help you remember how to work every day to improve your life and realize your dreams. Print out this little collection and display it prominently to remind you to read them (on your fridge, bulletin board, etc.). Distribute it to your family, your friends, and your colleagues and share in the success with people you love. 1. Review the completely false idea that you cannot quickly improve your life. 2. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” (Paul Watzlawick) 3. It’s not all about having a vision of what you want from life. You must be prepared to do whatever is necessary to achieve it. Otherwise it remains only a wish. 4. Think about your goals every day. Keeping your goals in mind will help you achieve them. 5. Write lists of your goals and keep them updated as you go along. 6. Your past does not determine your future. Only your present has the power to carry you. 7. Ask yourself often: “What is the most constructive use of my time and effort now?” 8. Make your passion your employment, or expand on what you are the most passionate about in your work. You’ll be much more motivated, you will get more results and you will never seem like it’s “work”! 9....

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Realize your Dreams!

Great minds are given broad objectives. Others make only wishes. Washington Irving Martin was a young boy who had a passion, for a long time, for insects. A few days earlier, he found the cocoon of a butterfly, and kept it to see it blossom. The long-awaited moment arrived. Martin saw a hole appear in the cocoon, but the butterfly seemed to have trouble getting out. After watching the long fight against his butterfly cocoon without result, Martin said he could help a little. With the tips of his fingers, he forced the cocoon and gently expanded the hole, which allowed the butterfly to get out. Martin, however, was surprised to see how the butterfly seemed low. He crawled and did not deploy its wings. “This must be normal,” he said. But time passed and the butterfly eventually died without ever being able to fly. The next day, Martin consulted his science teacher at school. The latter explained that the hardness of the cocoon was the way that nature uses to strengthen the insect and allow it to fly. By helping the butterfly out, Martin had, in a way, signed its death warrant. This story shows how our suffering, our failures and disappointments are often what we need to experience to move in the right direction. If our life does not involve any difficulty, we would not know who...

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Attitudes that lead to success

Continuous effort – far more than strength or intelligence – is the key that unlocks our potential. Winston Churchill Have you heard of the famous Alcatraz prison on an island of the same name in California? After harboring dangerous criminals, it is now open to tourism. This old prison was known for its ironclad security. No prisoner could escape. Yet many tried. When one thinks of Alcatraz, one can also liken it to other types of prisons from which we can hardly escape. These are our “mental prisons”, our beliefs and habits. Our habits and our way of thinking can make our lives extremely pleasant or, conversely, the most squalid prisons. Look how people around you live. Some are positive and successful. They are rich in their person, their thoughts, and their dreams; they walk with confidence. Others wallow in their problems. They complain constantly, justifying their position by citing outside reasons for their misery and see their life a little worse every day. The former are ambitious, seeking opportunities and meet peaks. The latter live monotonous lives, expect miracles to happen, and live a life without pleasure or hope. Our life depends on our thoughts and our habits. If we adopt bad habits, if we are irresponsible, we will live each day in our own prison. Therefore we must learn to live with habits that lead to personal...

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The Secret of the Samurai’s Success

Once upon a time in Japan, there lived a servant who served his master every day with precision and affection. One day, while serving the meal, he dropped a few crumbs of food on the lord who was invited to the table with his master. He apologized profusely; however, he said to the servant: “You will cross swords with me tomorrow, and you will pay with your life this blunder!” The servant was disappointed. He knew nothing about fighting with swords. Fortunately, he had an old samurai among his friends and went to see him. During their conversation, the old samurai, who was also a wise man, said to the servant: “Tomorrow, when you measure yourself to the Lord, take your sword firmly in combat position, and your level your eyes to your opponent’s, adopting them in a gaze of concentration and calmness that characterizes you as usual.” The servant thanked his friend for his advice and prepared for the next day. When the hour of battle came, the servant adopted exactly the position that his friend had advised. The Lord was initially surprised by an attitude as serene as his. Then the Lord began to be frightened by this turn of events. “Maybe he is a master of martial arts,” he said. “I took a risk that I’ll regret!” When in doubt, the Lord chose to abstain. He...

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