Thursday, April 15, 2010

More Kudos For this Blog!

We've just been notified that this blog has been named one of the Top 100 Blogs to Help You Find Happiness by the Nurse Practitioner Schools website (we're Number 39 in the category of Self-Improvement)!

Here's what this website says about this list of blogs:

Happiness can be an elusive thing, especially when you're trying to balance nursing school with work, family and having a personal life. Yet, however hard it may be to attain, happiness is always in the end worth the effort. Not sure where or how to begin your journey to a happier life? That's where these blogs can come in handy, offering a wide range of tips, ideas and inspiration to help you change your life for the better.This is another fantastic resource for anyone who wants to improve him/herself by self study. The categories they list are: Happiness, Simplicity, Productivity, Self-Improvement, Attitude, Balance, Relationships, Health, Life Coaches, Motivation & Inspiration, and Career & Money.

Check it out here.

Thanks, readers!!

Status Quo - Fact or Fiction?

Is there really such a thing as "staying the same?" After all, isn't that really what status quo implies? If you're at all familiar with nature, you realize that no two days are exactly alike. And since, as Wallace D. Wattles reminds us, "there is a thinking stuff from which all things are made and which, in it original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe," we are all connected with all that is anyway.

So if there is no static status quo, it would stand to reason that there are only two ways the thinking stuff of the universe can take us: toward creation or toward disintegration.

So, if we are always either creating or destroying, and we are aware of this, why wouldn't we intend creation?

If we're doing nothing, we are disintegrating. Dis: "do the opposite of" and Integrate: "to unite or combine." So disintegrate really means to break apart; to lose integrity. Gravity works against us if we are doing nothing. But science also tells us that bodies in motion have an effect on other bodies in motion. As long as we are in motion, we will be in creation mode.

Now all movement is not growth. Since we're learning there is no such thing as status quo, if we do nothing, we are still moving; just at a much slower pace. And the direction is due to gravity, which is down, toward density. All objects are in motion, but the slower the motion, the denser the object.

Wouldn't it stand to reason that the same would be true for our physical energy? The faster we move physically, the lighter we become. What about our thinking? The more energized and enlivening our thoughts, the lighter (more light-filled) we become. We use the term "dark" to imply when things are off (after all, have you ever heard of a "dark switch?" When you want to fill a room with light, you turn on the "light switch."). And the term "light" has several connotations which imply things like bright and not heavy.

Given a choice (which we ALWAYS have), why not choose light and creation?

Now apply this to your home, work, or school life. If we are "staying the same," we are actually disintegrating - breaking apart, losing integrity. We tell ourselves we want to maintain the "status quo," but the world around us is changing, growing, moving, learning, creating. If we say we want to take a year off, just chill and maintain, at the end of that year we will actually be 365 days behind because we were not intentionally creating.

Our minds cannot maintain positive and negative thoughts at the same time; one has to take precedence. And if we're not putting in the positive consciously, the space will fill with the negative or denser energy.

So, one way to maintain the energy and the motion is to get around other objects that are in motion. After all, objects in motion will remain in motion when they are influenced by other objects in motion.

Like-minded and like-hearted people are the same way. They are intentionally creating their outcomes and their futures. And they will remain in creation mode when they are around others who are also in creation mode.

That's the true definition of master mind groups.

The next one starts Thursday, May 13 in Fargo. And if that's not convenient for you, let's start another one. Virtual groups can form anywhere in the world. Let me know ( if you'd like to be part of these groups.

Creation or disintegration? It's up to you.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

With Good Company!

I got notification today that this blog has been featured as one of the 70 Essential Personal Development Blogs for College Students by!

According to the editor of the website, they feel these blogs will offer students a great place to begin exploring the world of personal development as students, and will also guide their decisions and give them a leg up on emerging from school well-rounded and in control of their lives.

This website breaks the 70 blogs down into topics including The Basics with bloggers like Steve Pavlina, Experts with Tim Ferriss and yours truly (!) among others, Organization with Monica Ricci (among others), Productivity featuring Did I Get Things Done and Thinking Faster, Work and Career with Pamela Slim (Escape From Cubical Nation) and my buddy Alex Kjerulf (Chief Happiness Officer), Personal Growth with The Positivity Blog and Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life, and Finances featuring I Will Teach You To Be Rich and A Penny Saved.

Do a student in your life (and yourself!) a big favor and visit this site for amazing resources in all areas of life.

What a great graduation gift!