Choose Happiness

It’s a beautiful spring day in Beverly Hills, California. I’m looking out my window at elm trees in full leaf and roses in full bloom, and thinking about the people who helped me get where I am today. Mark Johnson was the kind of guy some people love to hate. He was always in a great mood and always had something positive to say. When he saw you, he enthusiastically boomed, “Hello, my friend!” When you asked him how he was, he nearly shouted, “I’m on top of the world!” I was sometimes a little embarrassed by his noisy exuberance, but I was glad he was my friend. Mark was a unique worker at the Phelps Dodge Copper Mine in my home town of Ajo, Arizona. The miners followed him around. Because of his attitude, he was a natural motivator. If one of the guys was having a bad day, …

Choice and Change

OK, so here we are. We’ve switched the calendars out and made our resolutions. Now it’s time to set about the process of making those changes we’ve resolved to make. You haven’t forgotten already have you? I heard you say this year I’m going to… stop smoking, exercise more, take a few night classes, start saving for retirement, eat healthier, cut my alcohol intake by 50%, get more rest and on and on and on. Choices to change. I applaud you for living consciously enough to even realize that some changes might be good. Unfortunately there are those who don’t dare think that on any given day, we can in any way we choose change anything or everything about ourselves and thus our lives. It seems we’ve somehow been coerced into believing major portions of the course of our lives are set in stone and are therefore unchangeable. This of …

Chinese Gambling Games: Casino Games with Chinese Origins

The Chinese culture has a significant influence on the American gambling industry. Many of todays popular casino games were introduced to American casinos by Chinese immigrants. In this review, you can read about some of the most popular Chinese gambling games that had a successful immigration to the West. Pai Gow Poker Pai Gow Poker is a hybrid of American poker and traditional Chinese tiles game called Pai Gow. The original tile game Pai Gow, which means Make 9, is one of the most ancient gambling games that are still available in cotemporary casinos. Pai Gow Poker is played with playing cards instead of tiles and it uses the traditional poker hand ranking. It is one of the most popular casino games worldwide and it can be found in almost every major casino in the US. Its online version can be played at most casinos on the internet. The object …

Children Of A Star

A lot of people in our world tell stories. Stories can add insight into the meanings of our lives as well as being mediums for the transferal of wisdom and knowledge. A story that interests me is the story of us: the children of a star, a star we call the Sun. Oh sure there are many texts out there that explain who and what we are. Some are religious, others deemed to be scientific. I have always found most of these stories to be a little too complex when explaining the reality of our existence here in the Universe. What if the answers are actually too simple, shining right above us, and yet that is ironically the reason that we are blind to them? They are simply too obvious! Let’s start at the logical beginning: Big Bang, God’s creations…call it as you see it my friends. I see a …

Cheerleaders

This week’s article assumes that you have chosen a goal, dream, or task for yourself. You may or may not have started implementing your step by step plans yet. Are you a bit shaky in your faith though? Maybe you have a tendency to doubt your ability to carry this thing out to completion. You need a support system that will hold you up when the road gets rocky. Think about the people you know. Who believes in you? Who do you think would believe in your goal? Ask them to be your cheerleaders. Don’t be discouraged if there is only one person whom you feel is truly safe and will give you unconditional support. Whether it’s one person or one hundred does not matter. You decide how many cheerleaders you need for any given dream and which ones to choose. Tell them your dream. Don’t be squeamish or shy …

Check Out The New Positive Thinking Magazine

With all the new interest in changing people’s thinking toward the more positive, a new magazine has even cropped up which is entirely devoted to the art and science of positive thinking. Positive Thinking Magazine is a great new publication that will really give you some new ideas and keep you on task about your new commitment to become more positive. This is a magazine made up of people who are a lot like you. They prescribe to the belief that your life tends to turn out very similar to the way you imagine it is going to turn out. If you want that to be different, you have to change the way you think! It’s as simple as that. This is a great magazine with many hints, tips and suggestions of places you can go and things you can do and people you can meet to constantly be updating …

Character Revealed – Character How To Strengthen It

STRENGTH of character consists of an ensemble of qualities which endows its possessor with illimitable power over his instincts and his passions. It is the mastery of self at its highest expression: the application of the power of will to the multiplicity of temptations which constantly assail us.Further, it is the emancipation of the mind from the prejudices which enslave feeble souls; disdain for the petty annoyances whose repetition wears away an intermittent energy. Strength of character aids us to elicit acts of the will with freedom, at the same time enabling as to bear up under reverses as well as to realize what we set out to accomplish. It is strength of character which enables us to consummate the act that we have fixed our choice upon; and thanks to it we not only can proceed surely in the choice of our resolutions, but are also equipped with the …

Character Over Reputation

Political and church leaders, actors and actresses, singers, writers, athletes, professors, engineers, doctors, lawyers and practically everyone (although they may not be even aware of what it truly means) are undoubtedly concerned about their REPUTATION. Even if we give high regards to integrity and dignity as values taught everywhere in the world, we have been continuously startled by news of moral downfalls. We’ve all heard of government officials being persecuted, famous professional athletes linked to drug usage, popular actors involved in crimes, businessmen proven to have committed unethical practices, and preachers not measuring up to what is expected from them. Sadly, the list seems endless. More than ever, there is a necessity for us to instill in ourselves not just good reputation, but more importantly, good character. Most of us are so concerned about our image – on how others may look at us. Let me make this clear though. …

Character — Why It Matters In Leaders

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.” – Thomas Paine “The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back.” – Abigail van Buren “Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece…by thought, choice, courage, and determination.” – John Luther Long Here is a simple tip for aspiring leaders – It is far better to have character than to be one. I once heard Bob McEwen (former Congressman from Ohio) define character as the combination of morality and integrity. According to his definition, morality is not doing the wrong thing while integrity is having the strength to do the right thing. Based on this definition, …

Changing Your Attitude To Achieve Success – 10 Tips To Help You Reach Your Dreams

Changing your attitude and mindset to achieve success is so much easier than you might think. Just 10 small changes in your attitude can make a world of difference. 1. You’ve got to have a dream. It doesn’t matter what it is, but before you can get to any but a random destination you have to decide on where it is you really want to go. It doesn’t matter what your background is, or how much disapproval you might have to face. If your parents are insisting that you stay at school, or you have a family that you need a day job to support, that’s fine. You can still take time each day to plan your goals and visualize yourself achieving them. The opportunities are just as great for seniors as for schoolkids, too. Colonel Sanders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, and writer Catherine Cookson are just two of …

Changing Course

Direct Answers I’m at my wit’s end. My wife of 20 years is leaving me. She said she is sick of me always talking at her. She says she doesn’t care about money or anything else as long as she can get away from me. I pleaded with her to stay and she stayed one night in the spare room, but she refused to talk further. Next day I returned home from work to an empty house with no idea where anybody was. I was so upset my wife was not home preparing a meal for our teenagers, I went to the restaurant where she works. I am ashamed to say I created more than one scene in more than one place. I am now barred from the restaurant. I’m struggling on my own at home trying for the first time in my life to cook and look after my …

Changing Habits to Improve your Personal Life

Habits, oh those nasty habits. Habits are developed from training, influences, observation, and practice. We develop many habits throughout our life, which some are good and others are bad. Good habits we can keep, but if one wants to improve their life the bad habits has to take a hike. Getting rid of bad habits however is not easy, especially if an addiction is involved. For this reason, we can take a few steps to learning how you can change your habits. Making excuses: People wander through life making excuses. Anytime a person sees something complicated, they will often make excuses why they cannot deal with the problem. “This is just the way I am.” This is a common problem in the world, which we’ve all heard billions of times. If you are out to improve your life however, you need to say, “This is something that hinders me from …

Change Your Self Talk Through The Subliminal Message

Many of us have unwanted and undesirable traits and behaviours that if given the choice we would eliminate and replace with their positive opposite. Have you ever tried to change a behaviour or character trait merely through will-power and conscious effort? I’m sure you have. You will therefore be well aware of just how much energy and diligence this takes. In many cases the energy it takes to overcome your own internal resistance to change is so great that you just give-up. So what if there was an easier effortless way to achieve these same changes and also remove your own resistance? Well there is and it’s achieved through the use of Subliminal Message programming! To better comprehend the process we must first look quickly at your behaviours and your motivations that drive them. Every form of behaviour that you display is motivated by your thoughts. Regardless of whether you …

Change Your Life For The Better!

Are you still hoping and waiting for someone somewhere to come to your rescue, wave a magic wand and instantaneously change your life for the better? Are you praying that you will one day win the lottery and dramatically alter the financial quality of your life? Are you sitting behind your desk, daydreaming and hoping to one day rise to the top level of management without much effort and hard work? Are you hiding in the background, silently praying and hoping that you will find favor, get noticed and be thrust into the limelight of your destiny? If you are tired of hoping and endlessly waiting for something positive to happen or someone to come to your rescue, make a deliberate decision today to take charge of your own life and begin to lead a fulfilled and productive life. 4 things to consider as you decide to change your life …

Change Your Inner Conversations to Control Your Anger

Every Holiday season Vicki found herself angry and silently seething at her older sister, Susie, and mother as they were merrily chatting about Susie’s successful life. Thanksgiving was no exception. Vicki had to sit stoically while Mom praised Susie’s new house, her recent promotion at work and how well the grandchildren were doing. Not once did their mother or Susie ask about Vicki’s life in a way that sounded sincere to Vicki. As a result, Vicki was feeling ignored. Sensing this, sister Susie tried to make contact with Vicki by inviting her to her daughter’s upcoming graduation at which she would be giving the Valedictorian address. This invitation put Vicki in internal turmoil. While she wanted to be part of the family, there was this inner voice telling her things like: “Sure, they talk to me when they want something!” and “Why should I spend money on a gift when …

Change Up! – Attitude Is Everything

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James Attitude is everything. I know that you’ve heard this before and either agreed or disagreed. Either way, you were confirming its truth. Attitude is a filter for everything going into your mind and everything coming out of your mind. Right now, I have no idea what you are thinking because your attitude is unique to you. It’s not a matter of having a bad or good attitude. Everyone’s attitude is influenced by so many thoughts at one time that it is almost inevitable that your attitude is always a mixture of positive and negative words and images. While most people speak at 150 to 200 words per minute, research suggests that we think at about 1,300 words per minute. Additionally, many of our thoughts are images, which could encompass thousands of words at …