14 Simple Statements That Can Change Your Perspective on Life

Did you know that you can make your life better simply by thinking? Do you realize that by reading some very basic ideas, placed in a certain order, you can raise your awareness, charge up your motivation, and even totally change your life. Your beliefs are powerful. Your thoughts can take you to wonderful and unexpected places in life. Sometimes simple ideas have the most powerful and most profound effect on us. In an instant, your life can change for the better simply by reading a thought … [Read more...]

It’s Easy to Influence Our Decisions

This TED video, presented by Dan Ariely, shows startling examples of how our decisions can be influenced by flaws in our perception and thinking processes. Dan calls this cognitive illusion. This is one fact that I feel needs to be considered constantly in our own lives. People scratch their heads wondering why a woman would leave her abusive boyfriend only to return to him a week later. Or we talk to smokers who say they actually hate smoking but they can't quit. There are so many things we see … [Read more...]

My Personal Declaration of Independence – 2010

I am a firm believer that wisdom grows out of our mistakes. But the momentum gained through our troubles is sometimes lost because our patterns of thinking and behavior have not changed and are crowded out by the demands laid upon us by our family and friends; by our co-workers, our government, and the media; by our culture and even by our pre-recorded beliefs that we did not choose. As a result, our short burst of motivation born from newly-gained wisdom is quickly blown away like smoke in a … [Read more...]

How Biases Affect Your Choices and Behavior

Are you Biased? Before you answer that question, first let's look at what a bias is. A bias, put simply, is a preference or prejudice toward something, such as a particular point of view, a specific way of thinking or an inclination of one choice over another. We may not always be aware of our biases, but we have them...hundreds of them...even thousands of them. So what? Does it really matter? Well, that depends on you. Is every area of your life peachy-keen? If so, then don't worry about it … [Read more...]