Posts Tagged ‘opportunity’

See Opportunity in Everything

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The very thought drives you crazy – Your neighbor buys a new shiny motorcycle, and suddenly the kids don’t think your dirt bike is quite as appealing.

You’ve spent months looking for the right home – and when you finally find it, it’s off the market.

You’re frantically running out the door, late for a meeting, only to find that you’ve left the lights on – and the car battery is dead!

It’s like you wandered into an Alanis Morissette song.

Life is all about the unforeseen experience—some good, and some bad. But who has the power to make this assessment, casually labeling and sorting life into these two simple categories, changing perception and understanding? YOU do!

So the neighbor’s new motorcycle steals your thunder? So be it. I mean, you’re riding a dirt bike, for crying out loud. Most people have nothing but a minivan. What an opportunity to reframe the way you see yourself!

Your dream home is gone…well isn’t that funny, and not too dissimilar from the neighbor’s new motorcycle – a better home exists out there. Now you have the opportunity to go and find it!

Imagine if you treated your life this way. Each hurdle. Each annoyance. Each routine task. You can do this. Many people do, every day, and it changes everything for them. Best of all, it has the power to lift you out of the cycle of self-doubt and woe-is-me that prevents you from finding your way forward.

Treat every experience as if it were the best thing that could ever happen to you, and have a Great Monday!

Studies Show That Money Does Not Buy Happiness

Sunday, March 4th, 2012


More than 200 studies show that money does not make people happy. But hang on—research does show a connection between success and happiness, but it flows the other way. People who are happy earn up to $750,000 more in a lifetime than unhappy folks.

So maybe money doesn’t buy happiness…but happiness apparently buys money!

People in a positive mood talk to others more readily, resolve conflicts more effectively, collaborate more willingly, help others, think creatively, and perform complex tasks better than people who are stressed and unhappy. And all THOSE things add up to greater success.

So how can you inject more happiness into your life? Interestingly, it’s by doing the very things that come easier to happy people. Get out of your cube and interact with others. Help someone else resolve a conflict. Get creative. These things make us happy, which makes it easier to do those things, which…now see the crazy, happy little wheel you’re in?

By seizing these opportunities to make ourselves and those around us happy and content, we put our eventual success a heck of a lot closer. (more…)