From the monthly archives:

July 2009

A Little Dose of Truth and Reality

by Stephen Mills July 30, 2009
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Yes, you can have freedom in an unfree world, you can be happy in a country of unhappy people, and you can make good money in a bad economy. But you aren’t going to have any of that or achieve your dreams by changing the world or by changing anyone in particular.

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Dig For Diamonds

by Stephen Mills July 29, 2009
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“In South Africa, they dig for diamonds.  Tons of earth are moved to find a pebble not as large as a little fingernail.  The miners are looking for diamonds, not the dirt.  They are willing to lift all the dirt in order to find the jewels.  In daily life, people forget this principle and become […]

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The Power of Less – Identify the Essential

by Stephen Mills July 28, 2009
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We rationalize everything we do as important and essential when in fact it is not. Below are some questions to ask to help identify what is essential to you. But keep in mind the standard must be very high. Don’t just tell yourself everything is of the same value or everything is necessary, because it is most certainly not. Take an axe to your non-essential activities and maximize your time by concentrating on the most important.

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Beware of the Golden Handcuffs

by Stephen Mills July 26, 2009
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The term “golden handcuffs” typically means some lucrative financial incentive to keep an executive or manager from leaving a company. Financial compensation is arranged in such a way to “handcuff” them to their particular job or company. I want to expand this idea to anyone who has a traditional job. Whether we like to admit it or not, most people in traditional jobs are also locked tight by the golden handcuffs. We have, by our own behavior, handcuffed ourselves to our jobs.

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The Power of Less – Setting Limits

by Stephen Mills July 25, 2009
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Modern society is consumption oriented. Everything seems to be focused towards getting more stuff. To get more stuff we spend our time getting more money. Time is finite and so is human ability so there is a limit to what we can do. If we maximize productivity and time management practice, we can get more tasks done. But by trying to maximize the number of tasks we do, we end up doing unimportant things. This dilutes our focus and takes energy away from the more important tasks. We also end up stressed-out, overworked, and unhealthy.

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Thank God It’s Today

by Stephen Mills July 23, 2009
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TGIT or Thank Got It’s Today. Members of this club are happy seven days a week because they understand that every day is unique, and each brings with it different gifts. Members of this club are grateful to be alive; they rejoice in their many blessings and expect each day to be full of wonder, surprise, and opportunity.

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Let’s Get Some Perspective

by Stephen Mills July 21, 2009
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We are immobilized by the small stuff. Our lives are one drama after another. Everything is an emergency. We actually convince ourselves that this stuff is important and matters, but in reality the problems are coming from inside of us and not being dictated by external reality. The way we react to our situations is critical to whether we improve it or not. Instead of reacting to these situations, we need to develop a perspective that reminds us that these situations are not really that bad, important, critical, or whatever.

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How to Live Longer Part II

by Stephen Mills July 20, 2009

This is Part II.  The other parts can be found here: How to Live Longer Part I As I described in Part I, these are from the book 50 Simple Ways to Live a Longer Life: Everyday Techniques from the Forefront of Science Here are the next 9 simple ways to live longer (I thought […]

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Top 99 Personal Development Principles from the Greatest Gurus of All Time

by Stephen Mills July 19, 2009
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I read my first personal-development book over 30 years ago. Since that time I’ve read hundreds more. I bet I’ve read 10,000 blog articles in the last few years. This article contains the top 99 principles from the greatest personal-development gurus in the world. These are the ideas I felt worthy of being passed on to you. These are the life-changing ideas you can’t live without. This is a lifetime of collected guru wisdom distilled into a single blog article.

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How to Live Longer Part I

by Stephen Mills July 18, 2009

I’ve got a fabulous little book 50 Simple Ways to Live a Longer Life: Everyday Techniques from the Forefront of Science, and I recommend you get it and read it. But in the meantime I know most of you won’t, so here are the first 10 simple ways to live longer. Some of the ways the book listed these don’t make sense to me so I’m making a few modifications. Other than that, I’m supplying them right out of the book and after part V, I’ll give some of my own ideas.

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