Nothing is impossible!

Written by: on Sunday, February 26th, 2012
Fortune cookie with Nothing is Impossible fortune

So important to remember: you can do anything you set your mind to!

I just love this picture: It reminds me that anything is possible—if we just set our minds to it. Sure, it’s easy to be daunted by the challenge before us (e.g. getting our butt out of the house to do a run or go to the gym; lose the weight—for good; finally start living the life we want to live [instead of the one others create for us]…the list goes on).

But visualize the success you want to have, every day, and that success can be yours. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!

Half-Empty or Half-Full: How Your Outlook Affects Your Health

Written by: on Friday, February 24th, 2012
Optimists/Pessimists Sign

Only you can choose the path you want to follow.

What’s your worldview? Are you an optimist or a pessimist by nature? Do you always expect good things to happen or are you waiting for the other shoe to drop? Our mental attitude affects how we interact with others and how we respond to events and the comings and goings in our daily lives. Remarkably, our mental attitude also affects our health and well-being. How we feel, not only mentally but also physically, is significantly impacted by what has been termed our “internal guidance mechanism”.

Back in the 1960s, a plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz wrote Psycho-Cybernetics, a groundbreaking book that has been continuously in print for

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

The pioneering self-help book.

almost 50 years. Psycho-Cybernetics, one of the original self-help books, popularized the idea that the subconscious part of our mind is a goal-seeking mechanism. Maltz famously compared the subconscious to a guided missile, stating that the subconscious would do exactly what it is programmed to do. If you want to achieve a goal, Maltz proposed, visualize its successful completion. Visualize yourself driving that red sports car. Visualize the fun you and your family are having on your trip to Hawaii or Italy. Visualize living in your beautiful home. Provided that the instructions are clear, your subconscious will go to work to cause your goal to manifest in your life.

This wasn’t mumbo-jumbo. Maltz was a scientist and made a very strong case for his theory, backed up by decades of interaction with his patients. Since then, of course, hundreds if not thousands of self-help gurus have sprung up, publishing books, giving seminars, and being interviewed in broadcast media. Maltz, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Emmet Fox, and Ernest Holmes were the originals, the pioneers who promulgated the concepts and precepts of taking charge of your own life.

Glass Half Empty/Glass Half Full

Start looking at life with a more positive outlook—and you'll be happier overall.

In terms of health, attitude is critically important.

How do you respond, internally, if a nearby co-worker coughs or sneezes throughout the day? Have you noticed that if you think that you, too, are going to get sick, that in fact you do? But others, exposed to the same environment, do not. Is it possible that these others paid no attention to the ill co-worker, that they did not internalize the notion that they were being exposed to contagion? Such a scenario is not necessarily true, but it is possible. The conclusion could be that our thoughts matter. As Earl Nightingale, one of the pioneers of the personal development field, famously stated, “You become what you think about”.

So what should we do? Think happy thoughts all day long? Not really. But it is important to remember that attitude counts. If we are more frequently seeing the glass as half-full rather than half-empty, it is possible that we are going to have a more productive, more successful, more fulfilled day. And, unbeknownst to us, our subconscious mind will build on those successes and help to bring us more success, personal growth, happiness, and well-being.

Mental Toughness: The Secret to Success at Just About Anything

Written by: on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
woman with outstretched arms celebrating success

Think you can succeed...and you will.

It was several months before the recent birth of my child that I became interested in the topic of mental toughness: the idea that you can almost will yourself through pain, difficulty, and discomfort—no matter how bad it gets. I believed that this would get me through a natural, no drugs birth. And while the no-drugs birth did happen, it was not because of any mental willing on my part. (I was reduced to practically begging the doctors to give me drugs, but they couldn’t because of how fast the labor had progressed.) While in the hospital, I came to the “conclusion” that I just didn’t have a great deal of mental strength or willpower (if any at all).

That may be, also, why I read about IronMan triathletes with awe … (Please click through for the rest of my newest blog post on Maria Shriver’s site…)