Self-Esteem: Your Social Network Matters

Posted by on January 13, 2016

Self-esteem is fairly well ingrained by adulthood, but it can still be influenced by those around you. On the one hand we're taught not to take things personally, on the other hand, how we're treated inevitably has some effect on how we feel.  For this reason, I believe it's important to surround yourself with positive people who bring you up.  People who have good self-esteem themselves.  People who feel good about who they are.  These are the people who are more likely to be encouraging of you, support you, and feel good to be around.  It's important to be encouraging and supportive of others too.  Self-esteem and happiness improve when…

Slow Down

Posted by on December 24, 2015

"Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it."  Remember that line from Ferris Bueller's Day Off?  You've probably heard things like- life is short, enjoy the moment, don't work your life away, spend time with your family, kids grow up so fast, etc., etc.  But how do we really enjoy the moment and not let life pass us by?  I was walking through the mall yesterday, quickly trying to make some long overdue purchases and a return.  I actually had two hours to complete this, but I still found myself rushing though the mall, passing the slow walkers on the left,…

You Must Chill

Posted by on November 22, 2015

We live in a fast-paced culture where being busy is glamorized.  Many people even think that if they take a moment to relax that they're being lazy or wasting time.  We also live in a culture where many suffer from various health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.  Stress causes all kinds of physical and mental health problems, and many of these could be prevented if people take some time to chill.  You need to have relaxation time built into your day.  Try to designate one hour of everyday to relaxation.  If you're raising your eyebrows right now, thinking there is no way you can find an hour…

The Confidence to… Fail

Posted by on October 20, 2015

Yes, it takes confidence to fail, because it takes confidence to try in the first place.  If you try something, there is always a chance of failure.  Of course you can try something and not fail, but you risk failure with any endeavor.  Often it's our inner voice that tells us what we can or cannot do.  A confident inner voice tells us to go for it, and a defeated inner voice tells us not to bother.  Remember this- great athletes lose sometimes, the best entrepreneurs have ideas that don't work, and the best teachers don't to get through to all students.  If you are afraid to risk failure then you won' t even…