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1,100+ High Value Positive Affirmation & Vanity Domain Names

Positive Affirmation Domains (PAD's) are unique domains that have piqued the interest of buyers who want to own a domain name that specifically define the owner or their niche of interest.
Similar to vanity numbers and license plates for individuals, PAD's are a statement or declaration of being. They can be for personal use to connect an individual to their respective talent or interests like for a fitness related site or app. As a Moniker for a big ego or a brand-friendly slogan that is also the URL, these dotcom's are unforgettable.

Vanity domains are growing in popularity as they are truly one of a kind. Recent sales of and , at $4K and $5K respectively are examples of PAD's that have been acquired. In both of these cases, the owners are leveraging the name with an associated business. is the actual website name for a real estate company in Michigan, while redirects to, a fitness supplements e-commerce site.

Rare names like or have asking prices of $50K and $100K. There are a finite number of positive, affirming adjectives that describe people in a meaningful way and there is only one of each. Thankfully, our language and others have many names with similar meaning (synonyms) so buyers can still find a PAD that fits well.

As an investment, PAD's represent an interesting opportunity to acquire good names in the mid 4 to low 5 figures currently with a lot of potential for the market to reach 6 figures as their popularity increases as more people become aware of this niche within the dotcom marketplace and more PAD's are used for successful online businesses or personal landing pages. is a great example of a domain name that could be utilized by an individual to promote their own brand, like a personal talent agency providing head shots, resume, specialization etc., or it could become the next portal for a talent agency or audition site for casting calls. would be an ideal name for a personal trainer, motivational speaker, or a coaching related website business. or are wonderful names for proclaiming your future state of financial well being or a great domain for a site on creating wealth or business opportunities, network marketing etc. is a great site for delivering hope, changing the world, making a difference. Also, great for a charity, or non-profit organization that is making a difference. obviously comes with the legalization of marijuana niche that is exploding or it could be a great outdoor activities related site, or about getting high on life, living well, contributing and serving.! Who doesn't want this moniker or slogan associated with their profile? Also, great for a company that aspires to align with this image and message.

Similarly, "We Are" dotcoms are also a unique niche of domain names that have become popular with companies and organizations around the world. They essentially incorporate slogans adopted by companies or brands that define the qualities or relationship that the company wants to promote.

These statements are declarations of who they are or what they are passionate about or represent. For example, you have acquired by the Seattle Space Needle, acquired and heavily marketed by the behemoth multinational corporation BNP Paribas, acquired and owned by DeBeers, and acquired and owned by Intuit.

Many of these domains have unreported sales in the mid 5 figures (NDA's) according to the sellers. The very recent sale of sold for approximately $18,000 via and as a recent comp. The seller went through with the deal but there was likely going to be strong interest at a much higher valuation from corporate sponsors of soccer or football who may have paid upwards of $50K - $100K - similar to BNP Paribas who invested heavily in

The opportunities to acquire and sell unique and powerful domains in this category are plentiful and interest from companies to acquire and protect their IP has been demonstrated clearly. There is no doubt strong potential for companies like Progressive Insurance, as an example, which currently owns, to want to protect its brand and also acquire the slogan based domain name "". For billion dollar companies, a selling price in the mid 5 to low 6 figures is not outrageous.

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One Domain Name Is Never Enough

When starting a new business, most entrepreneurs will reserve a domain name and URL for their new venture…and then move on to printing business cards. Not Dan Boaz, Founder and President of Dan has amassed over 1,000 domains related to transportation, and he is working on a very deliberate strategy to dominate the shipping industry by directing web traffic to his expedited shipping companies.

Is his plan working? You be the judge. Right now, shows up on page one of a web search—above UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Among his prized domain trophies, you will find,, and If you try to reserve any logical domain name in the transportation industry, you may be surprised to find that most, if not all, of your favorite picks are already tied up by Dan. To date his collection has grown to an appraised value of over $10M, but he’s not selling. Each new addition only helps keep competition at bay, while directing customers his way. So how has he succeeded in such a remarkable way, and how could you do likewise for your business? The answer is consistency.

Article courtesy of Larry Myler ~ Forbes Magazine

Following are a few examples of other companies who have utilized the same strategy:

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Positive Thinking Can Make Sticking to Healthy Habits So Much Easier

The power of positivity is pretty undeniable. Self-affirmation (which Google handily defines as "the recognition and assertion of the existence and value of one's individual self") can change your perspective, make you feel happier, and give you a jolt of motivation. And that's especially true when it comes to adopting or maintaining healthy habits.

Trashing your bad habits (or hearing someone else do so) can threaten your sense of self; self-affirmation, then, alleviates that threat. In fact, positive self-talk, can actually make you more receptive to health advice, according to a study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.

Researchers found that people who received self-affirming messages registered higher levels of activity in a key brain region while being given health advice, and were able to maintain those levels in the month following the study. Those who didn't receive the positive instruction showed lower levels of brain activity during the health advice—and maintained their original levels of sedentary behavior.

"Our work shows that when people are affirmed, their brains process subsequent messages differently," Emily Falk, lead author of the study said in a press release."Something as simple as reflecting on core values can fundamentally change the way our brains respond to the kinds of messages we encounter every day. Over time, that makes the potential impact huge."

And it's as easily said as done! If you tell yourself something positive, you're more likely to have a more positive outlook, and better luck at sticking to your healthier habits. So start talking yourself up!

Article courtesy of: Ashley Mateo

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50 Inspirational Quotes from John Lennon

John Lennon was one of those rare people who was more influenced by peace and harmony than living an affluent life. His words were not only deep but inspiring. While John did not lead a very long life, his words remain immortal.

50. “Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”

49. “Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”

48. “My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

47. “That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be.”

46. “Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.”

45. “There is an alternative to war. It’s staying in bed and growing your hair.”

44. “My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn’t know how to cry. Simple.”

43. “Well, I don’t want to be king, I want to be real.”

42. “Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends”

41. “Trying to please everybody is impossible – if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you. You’ve just got to make the decision about what you think is your best, and do it.”

40. “I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.”

39. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

38. “One thing I can tell you is you have to be free. Come together, right now, over me.”

37. “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”
36. “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”

35. “Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”

34. “Only by trying on other people’s clothes do we find what size we are.”

33. “Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.”

32. “Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.”

31. “Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.”

30. “When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”

29. “Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.”

28. “If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!”

27. “You know the way people begin to look like their dogs? Well, we’re beginning to look like each other.”

26. “A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.”

25. I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.

24. “The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”

23. “…Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I don’t know what will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. We’re more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

22. “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

21. “When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.”

20. “You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, and live peace and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.”

19. I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?

18. “Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”

17. “I’m not really a career person; I’m a gardener, basically.”

16. “Sometimes you wonder, I mean really wonder. I know we make our own reality, and we always have a choice, but how much is preordained? Is there always a fork in the road, and are there two preordained paths that are equally preordained? There could be hundreds of paths where one could go this way or that way — there’s a chance, and it’s very strange sometimes.”

15. “Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do , Something you are, And something you give away”

14. “Why in the world are we here? Surely not to live in pain and fear. Why on earth are you there, when you’re everywhere-come and get your share.”

13. “Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.”

12. “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

11. “Love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

10. “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”

9. “There are no problems, only solutions.”

8. “There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”

7. “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

6. “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done".

5. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.”

4. “If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.”

3. “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

2. “It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love”

1. “Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need.”

Article courtesy of Gregg Prescott, M.S. Editor,

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10 Daily Habits of the Happiest People You Know

Want more emotional sunshine in your world? Try these simple tips.

1. Refuse to make assumptions.

Don't you hate it when someone assumes you're thinking or doing something that you're not? Honor the Golden Rule and give yourself a mental kick when you notice yourself engaging in this harmful behavior.

2. Exist in the present moment.

Don't waste your time rehashing the past or fretting about the future. Life goes by quickly and unless you're intentional about paying attention to the here and now, you'll miss it. What this looks like: Getting offline, engaging with the real world and really listening to people who will relish your attention.

3. Help someone.

Can you do a good deed every day? Certainly. In fact, research shows that performing five random acts of kindness a day can boost your happiness. They don't have to be major gestures. Try holding yourself accountable for reaching the simple--and reachable--goal of making someone smile.

4. Socialize.

Happy people are social people. If you often find yourself stuck in traffic with no one to call it's time you became intentional about building more or better quality friendships. If this is a problem area for you, check out Jeff Haden's advice in "9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships."

5. Smile.

It follows that happy people smile more than unhappy people, but what if you're a serious type? Faking it won't work. In fact, a 2011 study found that faking a smile actually makes you feel worse and results in lower productivity. What does work: Purposefully recalling pleasant memories as a way to elicit a smile, something called "deep acting" which can improve your mood.

6. Have sex.

Maybe you can't necessarily pull this one off every day, but you should take every opportunity you can to spend some recreational time between the sheets. According to research performed at the University of Colorado Boulder, people who have more frequent sex also report higher levels of happiness. Big shocker.

7. Count blessings.

Rutgers University psychology professor Nancy Fagley recently surveyed nearly 250 college students and found found a positive correlation between appreciation and happiness. So, the question is--what can you be thankful for, right now or at any given moment? Don't take even little things for granted. For instance, when was the last time you've felt thankful for your car or refrigerator? Modern technology is grossly under-appreciated by most people.

8. Avoid energy vampires.

Everyone is surrounded by an energy field or aura that others can sense. Ideally, yours is a positive one that entices others to want to spend time with you. Unfortunately, some people consistently radiate vibes such as tension, anxiety and anger. They're called energy vampires and they'll suck the life out of you, making you feel tired and depressed. Avoid them at all costs.

9. Avoid perfectionism.

Yes, perfectionists are high achievers and can be some of the most conscientious people on the job, but they're also prone to anxiety and depression. In fact, according to a study recently published in the Review of General Psychology, perfectionism is so destructive to a person's sense of well-being it amplifies the risk for suicide. Just remember--happy people don't dwell on their every mistake and are comfortable in their own skin. They laugh often and understand most things that happen every day aren't significant in the grand scheme of things.

10. Exercise.

It's pretty common knowledge that exercise keeps depression at bay. But for a long time scientists didn't understand exactly how it works the way it does. It turns out that exercise helps your body purge a harmful protein associated with stress-induced depression. That's according to a recent study conducted on mice at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, which found that conditioned muscles adapted to exercise express enzymes that detoxify a substance called kynurenine, a byproduct of stress and inflammation.

Article courtesy of:  Christina Desmarais

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5 Tips to Live With Greater Self Confidence

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

When was the last time you where doubting yourself and the direction of your life?

I imagine it was a time when you failed or experienced an unexpected challenge.

Everyone’s confidence takes a shot at some point in time. We make mistakes. We get undisciplined. We don’t do what is most important to us and life starts to feel less meaningful.

When this is the case our self-respect and self-trust can dwindle. We become less confident in the choices we make and don’t feel as empowered about our life.

When this is the case it can helpful to have a plan to bounce back.

So, here are a few tips to help you stay more confident and feel at your best.

1. Use Positive Affirmations

I know what you’re thinking! “How cheesy! I’m just supposed to say positive statements and all of a sudden my problems are gone!?” Yes sort of, but not completely.

Clearly positive affirmation can be idle if we aren’t intentional and disciplined, but when it comes down to it, we all have self-talk, and that inner-voice can either lift us up or tear us down. So you might as well start telling yourself things that will boost your confidence.

Create some statements and start focusing on these every day. Here are some suggestions.

2. Do what you enjoy and stay inspired

When we have pleasure and enjoyment in life we feel better. When we aren’t feeling up to par it is easy to let our passions and interests slip out of view. Staying inspired is uplifting and helps us stay more upbeat.

Doing what you enjoy also helps you take back a sense of control that you can create what you want, and that you don’t have to be stuck sulking about your problems.

3. Take care of yourself

Do you prioritize your self-care? When we aren’t feeling fulfilled with life it is often connected to our daily choices and habits. There are things we do that fill us help and things that drain us.

So when things aren’t going well don’t let these important habits slip away. Brian Johnson of Entheos calls these “Blissiplines“. Make sure to eat well, get enough sleep, meditate, or whatever your “Blissiplines” may be.

4. Respond instead of react

When we aren’t feeling at our best we may tend to be more reactive and moody. We may have a shorter fuse and lose a grip on our self-control.

The gap between stimulus and response is so important to help us make choices we feel good about and that keep our integrity intact. You will feel better about yourself as you start to respond intentionally.

Next time you have an urge to do or say something, pause, take a deep breath, and think about the outcome. Will it help you feel better about yourself or leave your feeling regret and guilt?

5. Always do your best

When it comes down to it, we will have good days and bad days. But even on a bad day we can focus on doing our best. That is really all that we can ask for right?

If you don’t feel great about yourself right now, simply make an agreement that you will do your best, no matter the results. Work hard, do what you can, and let go of the rest.

Article courtesy of: Joe Wilner

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How to Create Personal Success in 3 Simple Steps

Do you have a personal motto for this year?

Part of planning for a successful year includes identifying an inspiring principle to live by at all times. When we set goals or make New Year's resolutions we often get sidetracked when daily life overwhelms us. From increased demands for our time from family or work to petty emotional skirmishes in our close relationships if we aren't dialed into the mental radio station of positivity our personal and professional goals may suffer.

To stay pumped up and get back on track we must overcome feelings of overwhelm by returning to our personal success mantra. Similar to positive affirmations, this personal life motto is a positive motivational statement that empowerment coaches call an empowering paradigm phrase.

What is a paradigm? Well, we all have them. A paradigm is a framework which explains or supports how things operate in a system. While that sounds complex, you could simply think of your paradigm as the rules or guidelines for living your life, adjusting to conflict and overcoming challenges. Your paradigm is just your belief system that dictates how you behave in or react to everything you do in your life. These paradigms get installed during our upbringing -- like an operating system in a computer.

When life throws us a curve ball, our underlying paradigm will dictate our reaction, and often our expectation of success or defeat. And let's be honest, though we are working on becoming more positive and optimistic, life will often hit us over the head with challenges!

How do you feel when you lose or fail to achieve?

According to statistics published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8 percent of people who make resolutions actually stick to them. According to research by University of Scranton Psychology Professor John C. Norcross, Ph.Da, author of, "Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions," a sense of self-efficacy is needed for success, and those who fail to achieve success or don't stick to their New Year's resolutions often report that they feel defeated. Low self-efficacy is linked to negative self-talk for many clients who say they feel like a loser. This also affects their subsequent lack of follow-through.

For example, the last time that you accidentally spilled or dropped something, did you find yourself -- whether in your head or aloud saying -- "Doh! I'm such a clutz!" Or maybe, "I always mess up!"

Now if I asked you, is it true that you always mess up? You could likely tell me many areas of your life where you've performed or succeeded quite well. But somewhere deep inside, you may not give yourself credit for those. You are more powerful than you give yourself credit for! Which means you likely have a limiting paradigm about your ability to achieve results or succeed at a given task.

As Maddisen Krown says, your self concept is your destiny. The good news is that it is not too late to change your negative self-talk and limiting beliefs!

How to Develop an Empowering Paradigm -- or Personal Success Mantra

Whether we are on top of our plans and want to go higher or we are at the bottom of an endless to-do list and need a pick-me-up, remembering and repeating our Personal Success Mantra can help us return to a more creative and powerful perspective that helps inspire us to achieve our objectives.

Here's how you can create your Personal Success Mantra in three easy steps.

Step 1.

Make a list of your top three accomplishments from last year. Next explain how you made each of them happen. Then write down a single statement about the underlying belief or paradigm that allowed you to achieve that success.

For example:

What I achieved: I lost 10 pounds and kept it off

How I made it happen: I exercised five times per week and ate fewer sweets

Why I did it: I value my health and my body

My underlying paradigm: I am disciplined to be active and stay fit and I appreciate my healthy body.

Step 2.

Make a list of three disappointments from last year and what you now know you could have done to make them be successes. Write your new mental mantra as an affirmation which is consistent with the results you would like to have.

For example:

Disappointment: I didn't save as much money as I wanted

Why it happened: I made too many impulsive purchases online

My new paradigm: I follow a budget consciously and appreciate my growing savings account.

Step 3.

Choose the single most positive, powerful and simple statement from #1 or #2 that will energize and help you focus on the SMARTER goals you've set for this year.

Your Success Mantra should be stated in the present tense and as a positive statement. Bring your mantra to mind anytime you need to be reminded of your powerful focus and belief in your ability. Like a positive affirmation, your personal success mantra can lift your spirits dramatically the more you repeat it, read it or see it. They make great inspirational postcards for social media, too!

As Jamelle Sanders points out in this great post, we can't let our past programming hold us back. We have the power to stop accepting thoughts that limit our potential or hinder us from fulfilling our destiny. So start thinking inspired thoughts and tap into the greatness within you by creating your personal success mantra today!

Article courtesy of Andrea Pennington, M.D.

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35 Quotes to Help You Stay Happy and Productive in 2015

It's all a matter of perspective, right? These 35 quotes will help you see what true happiness means.

What is true happiness?

For some, it is a fulfillment of a dream. For others, it is staying content with what you do in life and in the workplace. These quotes are meant to inspire you to find the balance between big dreams and daily contentment. Which one is your favorite?

1. "A belief in something greater than ourselves sustains us when we are in pain, scared or in dire need. That same power enhances positive experiences and gives us more joy, compassion and energy. Recognizing the power of beliefs can guide your work policies to honor others' beliefs and facilitate their practice of them. When people feel respected for who they are and what they believe, they are happier and more productive individuals." Marilyn Tam

2. "The driving force seems to be that happier workers use the time they have more effectively, increasing the pace at which they can work without sacrificing quality." Daniel Sgroi

3. "When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute." Simon Sinek

4. "This is the only country in the world where today's employee is tomorrow's employer." Marco Rubio

5. "I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement." Charles Schwab

6. "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." Maya Angelou

7. "Unfortunately, to succeed in business, organizations need to make difficult choices all the time--what to do and, more important, what not to do. The truth of the matter is that whenever we make a difficult choice, some people will win and some will lose. The winners will be happy and the losers unhappy. It's impossible to make everybody happy all the time. If everybody in your organization is happy, that may be because you're failing to lead them." Costas Markides

8. "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work." Stephen King

9. "Appreciation is the deliberate, proactive valuing of your employee and what he or she has to offer. Appreciation is letting your employees know, in every way you can think of, the following: You matter. You count. You are important." Dr. Noelle Nelson

10. "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

11. Hiring well is also part of the equation. Look for people who are positive in nature, hard-working, and will add to your team. When problem employees cause trouble, deal with it quickly or you'll end up punishing other employees by making them tolerate unpleasant or unfair working conditions. Life's too short to work with jerks." Jill Geilser

12. "People are definitely a company's greatest asset. It doesn't make any difference whether the company's product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps." Mary Kay Ash

13. "Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." Sam Walton

14. "The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity." Thomas J. Peters

15. "Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." Oscar Wilde

16 "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." Albert Schweitzer

17. "The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy." Dalai Lama

18. "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." Helen Keller

19. "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." Martha Washington

20. "To be successful you have to enjoy doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself." Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

21. "People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing." Dale Carnegie

22. "How often do we pause to be genuinely present with someone? How often do we really hear what the other person is saying and feeling versus filtering it heavily through our own immediate concerns and time pressures? Authentic listening is not easy. We hear the words, but rarely do we really slow down to listen and squint with our ears to hear the emotions, fears, and underlying concerns. Try practicing authentic listening. Be with people and have the goal to fully understand the thoughts and feelings they are trying to express. Use your questions and comments to draw them out, to open them up, and to clarify what is said rather than expressing your view, closing them down, and saying only what you want. Not only will this help you to understand the value and contribution the other person brings, it will create a new openness in the relationship that will allow you to express yourself and be heard more authentically as well." Kevin Cashman

23. "The best motivation for anyone--including employees--is to hear or see our name as often and in as many places as possible. Our name is the most potent sound we can hear and see. If you want to motivate someone put their name up in lights and/or sing it from the rooftops!" Vicki Donlan

24. "Build your people up. Make them feel important. If your people think you have a high opinion of them, it's amazing what they will do to maintain that opinion. And the more they respect you, the harder they will work to hang on to your regard." Barry Maher

25. "If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours." Richard De Haan

26. "You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone, who will never be able to repay you." Ruth Smeltzer

27. "Thirty years ago, about 80% of a company's assets resided in its plant and equipment, with 20% in the knowledge of its people. Today, the reverse is true. The knowledge of our staff is our principal asset." Susan Rice

28. "Do not check your soul at the door when you cross the threshold of your workplace. Whether you are a custodian or a CEO practice work as sacred art. Respect comes not from the work you do, but the way you do your work." Mary Manin Morrissey

29. "Far too many people have no idea of what they can do because all they have been told is what they can't do. They don't know what they want because they don't know what's available for them." Zig Ziglar

30. "Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the 'me' for the 'we'." Phil Jackson

31. "Studies show that a trusting workplace increases employees' level of happiness, work effort, productivity, and engagement. It also provides an environment that encourages open communication and promotes people to share their ideas." A. Miller

32. "Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate." Albert Schweitzer

33. "I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all." Leo Rosten

34. "If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable." Donald Trump

35. "What does being happy mean to you? What about work satisfaction? Is it flourishing? Is it belonging and feeling valued? Is it achieving? Is it seeing a task to completion? Seeing a customer or client smile, is that a priority? Everyone has a different definition of the word happiness. Start with these questions as a baseline. Is there anyway you can bring them into your current role? Even if the boss and management couldn't care, do you care enough to take full accountability for your happiness?" Dawn Barclay

Article courtesy of John Brandon: Inc. Magazine

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Affirmations Can Be Helpful In Changing for the Better This New Year

Studies have found that affirmations, positive dialogue, and motivational self-talk can encourage change in one's habits. Whether it be for physical health, emotional and psychological wellbeing, or relationships, instilling change for the better especially this coming year can do wonders for our life, growth, and progress.

Compiled below are quotations and affirmations that can help bring about change and success.

"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."

"I don't count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That's what makes you a champion."

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

"Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it."

"If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside."

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress.""Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - either way you're right."

"Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."

"No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant."

"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now."

Article courtesy of: Youth Health Magazine

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Positive Affirmations for January

1) I am living my full potential.

2) I always succeed because I meet resistance with persistence.

3) I love change and easily adjust myself to new situations.

JANUARY is often the time of year when we set new goals (or renew old ones) to improve ourselves. Regardless of the goal – whether it be to exercise more, eat more nutritious foods, take up a new hobby, or learn new strategies for anger management and stress reduction – affirmations are a tool that can help you achieve success with greater ease. The first affirmation – I am living my full potential – helps set the subconscious stage for the achievement of any personal goal. The second affirmation – I always succeed because I meet resistance with persistence – is useful in combating moments of temptation to abandon the goal. The third affirmation – I love change and easily adjust myself to new situations – is particularly helpful when your goal involves stretching yourself out of your comfort zone. All of them, however, will help you when used with consistency.

    What is an affirmation and how does it work?

An affirmation is simply a statement, positive or negative, repeated aloud or mentally, about a perceived truth about oneself. For example, when you say to yourself, “I feel good,” that is an affirmation of your wellness and you are riding the proverbial train of thought that brings a good mood and other good-feeling thoughts. A bolstered sense of self confidence infuses your conversations, actions, and energy level for as long as you’re riding that train. Similarly, when you say to yourself, “I’m so stupid,” you’re affirming feelings of inadequacy, and you ride the train to more thoughts that feel just as bad. Just as if anyone else had told you that you’re stupid, your step loses pep and your mood is depressed. Perhaps I’m so stupid, leads to, I’m such a loser, or Why do I always do this? You ride that train for a while and pretty soon you’re not trying as hard or caring as much about things.

A deeper look shows that our self-talk, or our inner dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. It’s important to be mindful of this considering our state of mind has a tremendous and intimate influence on our quality of life, including our own sense of identity and how we conduct ourselves. When we talk about “using affirmations,” we’re talking about intentionally choosing positive, self-affirming thoughts while training the mind into healthy habits.

A set of core beliefs, both positive and negative, inform our thoughts and therefore, our life experience. Good news: a belief is simply a thought you keep thinking over and over again. In other words, a habitual thought. Great news: habits can be changed! Grab the reigns of life and replace self-sabotaging core beliefs with an empowering new inner truth.

How to use affirmations for personal growth and spiritual development

In order to be effective the way we intend here, affirmations must be positive, present tense, personal, specific, and used consistently. That last point is very important. Select your affirmation and repeat it over and over for some time. Three to five minutes perhaps. Or, you can repeat them just 10 or 15 times, several times throughout the day.

There are endless ways to work with affirmations and incorporate them into your daily routine. You could write them on post-it notes and stick them on mirrors, walls, or windows. Post them any place you see every day such as the bathroom mirror, your desk at work, your computer monitor at home, the wall next to your closet, etc. Physically writing the statement over and over, also enhances its effectiveness. If you’re already in the habit of writing every day, set aside five minutes for this practice.

Singing your affirmations is a good way to keep things interesting and it also helps the mind accept a shift in perspective with greater ease. You could also accomplish this by varying the way you say the statement a little bit each time, using different adjectives or switching the order of the words. Perhaps play around with the tone of your voice, adding enthusiasm and joy. Get your emotions involved. An easy way to personally engage with the statement (and also add a lot of power to it) is by including your name. For example,” I am intelligent” becomes, “Gina Marie, you are very intelligent.” If you really want to pack a lot of power into your affirmations, look yourself in the eye in the mirror while you repeat them aloud.

Another way to enhance an affirmation is to add the powerful element of touch. Let’s say you want to rid yourself of a negative core belief – “I’m worthless.” First, take a moment to tune into your body. Which area of your body physically feels the most disturbed when you tell yourself that you are worthless? That’s the spot you should place your hand when you repeat your affirmation – “I am worthy.”

Although affirmations can be practiced any time of day and can be used many times throughout the day, it’s most advisable to do this in the beginning segments of your day. Making this a part of your daily routine (like brushing your teeth and getting dressed) is the best way to ensure consistency. I like to post affirmations on the dashboard of my car as a reminder to repeat them while I drive to work. To keep it fun and engaging, and to ensure I do it long enough so that the practice is effective, I don’t stop until I’ve driven through a certain number of traffic lights. Sometimes I feel embarrassed when talking to myself at a red light, but I get through it by assuming that anyone watching from a neighboring vehicle will assume I’m talking on the phone or singing along to the radio.

Now a cautionary note: When you first begin using a particular affirmation, it may feel like a lie. Don’t worry, it’s alright. In fact it’s typical. Let’s say George is down in the dumps, feeling bad about himself. He may feel like a liar when he looks into the mirror and confidently says, “George, you’re awesome!” He might feel foolish and assume the process can’t work, never to use the affirmation again. George mustn’t despair, though. The level of the mind we’re working with doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imaginary; a factor that makes this process viable. Over time the affirming statement becomes the present truth and feelings of discord go away.

Article courtesy of Gina Marie

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