Archive for October 2015

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Advance Your Enthusiasm and Determination for Success

by: Steve Brunkhorst

Imagine being firmly committed to your deepest ambitions. Imagine feeling energetic and enthusiastic about your relationships, career, and all the things you want. Envision a future as bright and promising as any you have ever imagined.

Is this your typical day-to-day outlook? Do you adjust easily to unexpected obstacles and handle stressful situations resiliently? Do you thrive on challenges, or do you tend to withdraw from them?

Henry Ford said, “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. Enthusiasm is the spark in your eye, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of your will and your energy to execute your ideas.”

Enthusiastic people are inspired by great ideas. However, they live and thrive on action.

Does that mean they are immune to fear and self-doubt? Are they spared from feelings of uneasiness that so often accompany moving into new territories? No, they are not.

They dissolve fear by doing what they fear. They meet and resolve conflicts. They see today’s adversities as universities filled with valuable lessons. They create new maps that lead them forward.

Determined people are risk takers. However, they take sensible precautions and make informed decisions. Their invitation to wisdom and creativity becomes more compelling than self-limiting doubt.

Determined people are committed to the purpose for which they live. Commitment turns a promise into reality with words that speak boldly of your intentions and actions that speak louder than words.

Mario Andretti said it well: “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

Here are five questions to consider that will help to advance your enthusiasm and determination:

What dreams and aspirations are you committed to achieving during your lifetime?

In which areas of your life are you committed to becoming exceptional?

What are the biggest obstacles that are holding you back from what you want?

What could you do to turn your obstacles into advantages?

What would be the most compelling way to fire up your enthusiasm and determination to achieve your objectives?

Take time to contemplate each of these questions. Write down your answers and reflect upon what they mean for your future. Then take action on the insights you receive. Begin to move toward your dreams with a committed, enthusiastic determination.

You will also view obstacles from a broader perspective. Obstacles may appear at first to be overwhelming. However, they can become surmountable challenges because of an enthusiastic determination. They become valuable lessons that encourage growth and lasting achievements.

With stronger enthusiasm and determination, you will find a positive energy pulling you toward what you want to achieve. Then act on your ideas with confidence. As Henry David Thoreau said, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Advance toward your dreams today with a heightened determination and enthusiasm. The commitments you make and the actions you take with enthusiastic determination will bring you the success you are now envisioning.

About The Author

© Copyright 2004 by Steve Brunkhorst. Steve is a life success coach, and the editor of Achieve! 60-Second Nuggets of Inspiration, a popular mini-zine bringing great stories, motivational nuggets, and inspiring thoughts to help you achieve more in your career and personal life. Subscribe today by visiting Steve’s site at

Photo of the Week: Positive Attitude Month


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by: Scott A. Wardell


According to the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, nearly half of all school-aged children will become a victim of bullying. Ten percent of surveyed victims state that they are bullied on a regular basis. One research study (Craig and Peplers), found that one incident of playground bullying takes place every seven minutes. Less than 5% of the incidents that occurred had adult intervention and less then 12% had peer intervention to assist the victims. Children who are bullied can experience real suffering and emotional trauma that can interfere with their social-emotional development. Whether you suspect that your child is the victim or the bully, it’s important to act now to help your child end this common occurrence. Some of the topics written in this portion of Scott Counseling and the featured links will provide you with some valuable information to help you take action now.

What is Bullying?

A bully is “one who torments others through verbal harassment, physical assault, or more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. Bullying generally follows one or all of the behavioral characteristics listed below:

* The behavior is often purposeful.
* The behavior is reoccurring.
* The behavior often occurs due to an imbalance of perceived power.
* The behavior is often negative and aggressive.

Examples of Bullying

Bullies often use a variety of tormenting tactics to instill fear and intimidation. Below is a list of examples that a bully may use to humiliate or torment their victim.

* Verbal Assault and Name Calling: The use of insults, hurtful language or verbal assaults that promotes fear.
* Physical Assault: The use of physical force that may include pushing, shoving, hitting, kicking etc. that promotes fear.
* Personal Property Damage: Ruining or destroying ones property or personal belongings to cause fear.
* Gestures and Sounds: Using facial gestures, body language or sounds such as whistling, pounding of fist or kissing of lips with the purpose of causing fear.
* Threats: Making verbal or writing statements that threatens

School Bullying

Bullying in schools often occurs when adult supervision is minimal or lacking entirely. Bullying can occur in any part of a school building, but research indicates that it occurs most often in the hallways, restrooms, locker areas and classes that require a lot of group work. It’s important to note that many states around the country have made it mandatory that teachers receive training to become more aware of this topic as well as other topics that involve harassment issues. Some of the training that school administrators and counselors have facilitated involved teaching teachers and students to:

* Act on a bullying situation by telling someone or asking for help
* Keep asking for help until you know that the person you told is going to do something about it
* Act on the school policy that states that bullying behavior is unacceptable
* Promote caring, respect and a provide safe environment for everyone in the school
* Increase adult supervision in the halls and other areas where bullying most occurs
* Allow victims of bullying to receive assistance that includes emotional

About The Author

Scott Wardell is the creator and author of ScottCounseling offers parents hundreds of free parenting articles. ScottCounseling also offers parents online e-mail counseling services.

Photo of the Week: Emotional Wellness Month


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Career Change For Over 40’s

by: Catherine Trebble

Getting back into the workforce or changing careers after the age of 40 can be tricky, especially in this economy, but there is a great deal you can do to improve your chances.

As populations in the developed world are growing older and many countries are experiencing a crisis in the pension system, we are facing the prospect of having to work past the usual retirement age. Yet, at the same time, older people are not always welcomed back into the work force. Many also have difficulty finding a new job if they have an unbroken track record and are simply looking for a change in career after the age of 40.

There are a number of steps you can take to maximize your chances of getting a job, despite the negative views regarding age on the part of some employers.

When writing your CV or resume’, be sure to target it for the job in question. You can do this by highlighting all the skills and experience which are needed for the job and then proving that you have got them.

It is not necessary to put personal information on your resume’ – in many countries it is illegal to ask about age so don’t feel you have to volunteer your age on your resume’. You should either leave out your date of birth completely or put it at the end. Do not mention your marital status or the number of children you have or their ages. This is not relevant to the job!

The fact that you are older means that you have valuable experience in many areas and you need to make good use of this in your application. Don’t worry if you are returning to work after bringing up children – soft skills, such as communication, time management and the ability to meet deadlines are crucial in the workplace today and all of those will be skills you have developed in the intervening years. So take a good look at all the skills you have acquired both at work and in other areas of life and make a list. You’ll be surprised to see how many you have and how many of them are transferable.

If you find your particular career favors youth, consider the possibility of self-employment. Could you use your existing skills as a freelancer? If your computer skills aren’t up to date, get your kids to teach you or find out about local classes, which are sometimes free. If there have been changes in your particular industry, look into refresher courses.

Many people make the mistake of assuming that they will get job satisfaction in one place, but this is the exception rather than the rule. So make a list of all the skills you’d like to use (or learn) at work and a list of the tasks which give you job satisfaction. Then consider the possibility of becoming a portfolio worker, that is, someone who has more than one occupation. You might, for example, work as a freelancer in your existing career for two or three days a week and set up a small business doing something completely different during the rest of the week. Or you might write about, teach or run workshops in one of the skills you have developed.

This doesn’t have to be work-related – it could be a hobby you’ve been interested in for years, it could be a hobby you’re passionate about. Look at everything you’ve done in your life so far and you’ll find that there are several areas in which you are an expert.

If you are prepared to look beyond the conventional 9-5 job, you will find that there are many opportunities open to you, regardless of your age.

About The Author

Copyright (c) 2010 Catherine Trebble. All Rights Reserved.

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Video of the Week: Facing the Giants

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