Monday, November 27, 2017
In fact, it is almost assuredly not so. Otherwise, you would have no room for further growth and development, nor any need for further human experiences.
Success in Living A Determined Life comes mostly through developing a deeper self-understanding and honing your "inner talk" skills and the conversations you hold with yourself. This also requires you to know, understand, and accept the reality of the way you are at any given point in time, starting with now.
Once you fully know yourself, you are better able to be true to who you truly are by striving to become what your soul wants you to be across all elements of your. This is the path to emotional and mental happiness.
We all occasionally struggle with controlling our emotions and dealing with down periods in our lives. It is not possible to always be emotionally up and mentally strong. And we all need motivational pointers to help us overcome our emotional weights and negative thoughts. That's why we wrote 365 Motivational Quotes for Emotional & Mental Happiness.
Here are some of our favorite quotations you'll find in the book:
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
Guilt is anger directed at ourselves.
Loving people live in loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
He who angers you conquers you.
Life reflects your own thoughts back to you.
We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what's wrong in your life, or you can focus on what's right.
Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; they can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by them.
Make it a rule of life never to regret. Regret is an appalling waste of energy — you can't build on it; it's only for wallowing in.
The motivational quotations in this book will provide you with a wealth of beliefs and ideas for overcoming emotional and mental challenges, enabling you to live a life framed through self-awareness, mindfulness, authentic happiness, being present, peace and peacefulness, love, attaining goals, and being connected with your spiritual self.
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes for Emotional & Mental Happiness is available on Amazon in paperback ($4.88) and Kindle ($2.99) formats.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Inspiration and Motivation for Living a Healthy Life
As obesity levels continue to climb, and stress levels continue to escalate across the globe, there is an old Irish saying that is very apt for today's world: "No time for your health today, no health for your time tomorrow."
Without a healthy body you will simply not be able to achieve all that you want to achieve. Your mind may be willing, but if your body is not fit or if you are living an unhealthy lifestyle, then achieving what you want to accomplish in life becomes a much harder struggle.
We all need continuous motivation when it comes to our health and wellness. That's why we have published our new book 365 Motivational Quotes for Health & Wellness.
Here are some of our favorite health and wellness quotations that you'll find in the book:
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.
A. J. Reb Materi
Fitness — if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.
If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby
As I see it every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.
We do not stop exercising because we grow old ─ we grow old because we stop exercising.
Kenneth H. Cooper
I concentrate on exercises from the waist down since that is the laziest part of a woman's body.
Almost all of us have difficulty staying motivated when it comes to healthy eating, proper exercise, and stress-relieving techniques. This book is written to spark inspiration in readers that motivates positive personal change throughout the year.
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes for Health & Wellness is available at Amazon in both paperback ($4.88) and Kindle ($2.99) formats. Get your copy today and make 2018 your healthiest year yet.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
The road to success is also a journey that is always under construction.
As you pass each milestone and marker along the way, and overcome the hurdles and obstacles placed before you, the journey becomes easier -- provided the lessons of experience are learned and followed.
Success is the on-going process of becoming better...of striving to become the best that you are truly capable of being, in whatever endeavors you choose.
Successful people are always expanding themselves -- intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, or even physically (at least in terms of health and fitness).
Successful people also find ways to motivate themselves, which is why we have written our new book 365 Motivational Quotes for Success. We hope these motivational quotations will breathe new meaning, courage, and action into your life, resulting in both continued personal and professional success.
Here are some of our favorite quotations from 365 Motivational Quotes for Success:
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
Do not be afraid of failure. Be afraid of not learning from failure.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
Success is deciding from the start what end result you want and creating the circumstances to realize that result.
Mark Victor Hansen
The twin killers of success are impatience and greed.
What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes for Success is now available on Amazon in both paperback ($4.88) and Kindle ($2.99) formats
Friday, November 24, 2017
Motivational Quotations To Spark Inspiration and a Fulfilled Life
Words and thoughts are often the great seeds that lead to personal change. They are the building blocks that touch, provoke, arouse, and stir the individual passions and desires that stimulate personal inspiration and motivation.
That’s what we hope to accomplish in our Project You 365 Motivational Quotes series of books — spark inspiration in our readers that motivate positive personal change efforts and results in more people Living A Determined Life.
More specifically, the quotations in 365 Motivational Quotes on Living A Determined Life, have been collated to provide you with a wealth of beliefs and ideas to spark your own personal inspiration for Living A Determined Life, a life framed through self-awareness, mindfulness, being present, peace and peacefulness, love, attaining personal goals, and being connected with your spiritual self.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from 365 Motivational Quotes on Living A Determined Life:
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
W. M. Lewis
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise.
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes on Living a Determined Life is available on Amazon in both paperback ($4.88) and Kindle ($2.99) formats.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
New Book Series Aims to Inspire and Motivate Personal Growth
Quotations have long had the power to inspire.
In fact, there is no innate, overwhelming feeling you can get like the one which arises from reading the words and thoughts of others and instinctively knowing how meaningful and applicable they are to your own situation and life.
Thus, we are pleased to announce the launch today of our Project You 365 Motivational Quotes series of books.
The first five books in this series are available now on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. Additional books in the series will become available in the forthcoming months.
Being released today are:
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes for Self Motivation
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes for Success
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes for Health & Wellness
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes for Emotional & Mental Happiness
Project You: 365 Motivational Quotes for Living A Determined Life
The purpose of these motivational quote books is to spark inspiration in our readers that motivate positive personal change efforts.
For, as Buddha wrote, “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind they change our world.”
We hope that the motivational quoteations in these books breathe new meaning, courage, action, happiness, peacefulness, and enhanced inner strength into your life, resulting in both continued and personal success.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Forgiving is not about forgetting, or excusing another's behavior.
There are enormous personal gains derived from forgiving others, as you will see in chapter two on the benefits of forgiving. The most important payback from forgiveness may have been identified by Dr. David Simon, co-founder of the Chopra Center, “Forgiveness is a prerequisite for inner peace."
Forgiveness requires the right mindset and attitude, an appropriate level of humility, and acknowledgment of the human values of the other person — combined with strong willpower and fortitude based on deep-seated self-understanding.
Forgiveness does not excuse the other person’s behavior or words. Forgiveness does, however, prevent their behavior and words from razing your emotions, flattening your spirit, and destroying your heart.
Forgiving is not necessarily about forgetting. Giving forgiveness to someone does not erase the unpleasant or acrimonious past. However, forgiving does prevent you from being imprisoned by this past. While grievances are not erased or deleted through forgiveness, forgiving enables you to focus on a better future, rather than a bitter one.
Forgiveness also means abdicating and releasing your instinctive and innate feelings of the “right” to retaliate. Human nature is automatically stimulus-response based: you hurt me and thus I will hurt you back. You cause me pain, so I will cause you pain.
Forgiveness is not pretending what someone did or said was right, acceptable, or even okay. More important, it is also not pretending that you were not hurt or that their actions and words do not matter.
Forgiveness is a release. It is effectively saying, “I am going to let this go. I am not going to let this matter chain me to unwanted emotions and thoughts any longer.”
You can spend months, even years, thinking you hate someone for their words or actions, when in truth you really just want to let them know how hurt you feel and the pain you feel they have caused you. Of course, they did not cause you the hurt or the pain, this was caused by your reactions to what they said or did.
You do have a “right” to whatever emotions you wish to carry with you in response to a person or event. You have the “right” to be bitter, hurt, spiteful, angry, resentful, and scores of other emotions and feelings. However, you owe it to yourself to understand how these emotions affect your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Forgiveness is a process. It takes time. The process starts with ourselves. We have to stop and admit that our strung out emotions, thoughts, hurt, and pain were caused by our reactions to someone’s deeds and words, or to an event or situation that happened to us.
It is little wonder that Marianne Williamson says, “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”
This article is excerpted from our book Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom. Today (November 21st) is the final day to download this book for free in the Kindle store.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Forgiveness is a process. It takes Time. And it starts with us.
Do you struggle to let go past hurts?
Would you like to be free of the burdens of the past but simply don’t know how to go about it?
Extending forgiveness is one of the hardest things we can do, but it is absolutely essential for our mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and growth.
There is no question that forgiving can be hard. Complete, unconditional forgiveness is harder — sometimes even impossible — to grant.
Many people are afraid to forgive simply because somehow they feel they must remember the wrong, the hurt, and the pain they experienced in order to learn and retain the lessons from these. This is utter nonsense. You can remember the lessons without having to hang on to the wrong done to you or to constantly suffer from recalling the agony you felt at the time and since.
Another thing that makes forgiving difficult is that, for some inexplicable reason, many people find it far easier to forgive others when they are wrong than when they are right. This human inclination, some say it is human nature, makes jumping onto the forgiveness road even more difficult.
Probably the biggest obstacles to forgiving are the many unconscious false beliefs we have about forgiveness and what forgiving truly means. Deciding how and when to forgive inevitably means uncovering and discrediting these false beliefs ingrained within ourselves.
If you are struggling to forgive, one or more of the following commonly held misconceptions about forgiveness may be holding you back:
- The other person must ask for forgiveness first before you should grant forgiveness.
- Complete forgiveness requires or mandates full reconciliation.
- Forgiveness means granting approval of unacceptable behavior.
- Forgiveness will help you forget.
There is no doubt that forgiveness is a highly emotional topic and one that many struggle with. In face, we all struggle with forgiveness at various points during our life journeys.
This is why we published our book Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom. This book provides tips, hints, and motivational quotes on overcoming the main obstacles to forgiveness (such as the misconceptions above).
And this is why we have made our book is FREE today and tomorrow in the Kindle store: http://amzn.to/2mFG4Y3. It is also available in paperback.
We want to help make the forthcoming holiday season one of forgiveness and peacefulness. You can help by letting others know to download their free copy of Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom in the Kindle store now.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
"Forgiveness is a prerequisite for inner peace."
This quote comes from the late Dr. David Simon, co-founder of the Chopra Center, and it is definitely true. We cannot find inner peace when we carry the baggage of holding grudges, hatred, and venom towards another person within.
Forgiveness is a process. It takes time. And the process starts with ourselves.
We have to stop and recognize that our strung out emotions, thoughts, hurt, and paid were caused by our reactions to someone's deeds or words. Or to an event or situation that happened to us.
This process comes with many hurdles and obstacles. Perhaps the biggest obstacles to forgiving are the many unconscious false beliefs we have about forgiveness and what forgiveness means. Deciding how and when to forgive inevitably means uncovering and discrediting these false beliefs ingrained within.
Many people are afraid to forgive simply because somehow they feel they must remember the wrong, the hurts, and the pain they experienced in order to learn and retain the lessons from these. This is utter nonsense. You can remember the lessons without having to hang on to the wrong done to you or to constantly suffer from recalling the agony you felt at the time and since.
Our book Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom provides tips, hints, and motivational quotes to help overcome the common obstacles to forgiveness and to guide you through the forgiveness process. And it's FREE for the next few days in the Amazon Kindle store: http://amzn.to/2mFG4Y3.
The ideas, techniques and quotes in Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom will assist you on your own journey to inner peace.
Practice forgiveness and you will find a higher level of inner peace and happiness.
Practice forgiveness and you will increase your ability to love on all fronts.
Practice forgiveness and you will become a better individual, partner, friend, parent, and even co-worker.
Practice forgiveness and you will enter the forthcoming holiday season with greater joy, happiness, and spirit.
Please help make this holiday season one of forgiveness and peace by sharing this blog post and news of our free Kindle offer (valid through Tuesday, November 21) with your family, friends, and colleagues.
May the inner peace of forgiveness be yours.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that thee prisoner was you."
The above quote from Lewis B. Smedes is so very true.
Many of us are caught within our own inability to forgive, forget, and move on.
Forgiveness is a process. It takes time. And the process starts with ourselves. We have to stop and recognize that our strung out emotions, thoughts, hurt, and pain were caused by our reactions to someone's deeds or words. Or to an event or situation that happened to us.
As we wrote in yesterday's post on Forgiveness Words of Wisdom, forgiving and forgetting is easy to say, but often very hard to do. Especially during the holiday season.
To help you find inner peace through forgiveness during the forthcoming holiday season, we are providing our book Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom for free in Kindle format over the next few days.
Currently ranked in the top 30 books on Amazon in the category of Dysfunctional Relationships and #111 in the category Personal Transformation, Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom will provide you with tips, hints, and motivational quotes to help you overcome the many obstacles to forgiveness and to guide you through the forgiveness process.
Probably the biggest obstacles to forgiving are the many unconscious beliefs we have about forgiveness and what forgiveness means. Deciding how and when to forgive inevitably means uncovering and discrediting these false beliefs ingrained within.
All of us struggle with forgiveness at various points in our lives. Please help others out by making them aware of this free book offer, which expires on Tuesday November 21st.
Click on this book title to download your free copy of Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Find Inner peace Through Forgiveness During the HolidaysForgive and forget. Easy to say. Often very hard to do.
There is no question that forgiving can be hard, even despite the spirit of the holidays. To help make this coming holiday season one full of forgiveness, we are making our book Forgiveness Words of Wisdom free on Kindle for the next few days.
Project You: Forgiveness Words of Wisdom will provide you with tips, hints, and motivational quotes to help you overcome the common obstacles to forgiveness and to guide you through the forgiveness process.
Get your free Kindle copy today: Project You Forgiveness Words of Wisdom.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
30-60-90 Day Personal Improvement Action Plan
Research shows that by the middle of the year over 50% of all New Year’s Resolutions have been dropped.
In our last two blog posts we have shared with you some of the main reasons why personal change initiatives fail, as well as the 7 Key Success Factors for Implementing Personal Change.
Today we are giving you one more tool: the Living A Determined Life 30-60-90 Day Personal Change Action Plan. This is an easy-to-use template for any personal change, personal development, or self-improvement initiative.
The majority of people will wait another six months to set new personal resolutions and goals. Mostly this is because there is no social protocol or push to do otherwise. You can change this for yourself. Here’s a short video on why it is important to make your Mid-Year Resolutions now:
Let’s make Mid-Year Resolutions a new ritual by sharing this post and the above video with your friends and family.
And, to help get some momentum behind your own Mid-Year Resolutions, here are two free articles on the Living A Determined Life website to help you create and achieve the personal improvement you desire:
Please help spread the word with hashtag #MidYearResolutions. Together we can help others achieve their personal development goals.
Mid-Year Resolutions. Such a positive and powerful way to being the second half of the year.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Mid-Year Resolutions. Make Yours Now.
Living A Determined Life is an opportunity to continuously examine your life in an on-going manner that helps you build and journey on a path that mentally, emotionally and spiritually aligns with your life's purpose.
It also means making continuous personal improvements, or what the Japanese call kaizen. For many, this means thinking of personal development as an on-going self-improvement project, or what we call Project You.
Since personal development should be an ongoing process, we have launched the Mid-Year Resolutions initiative. Research shows that over 80% of all New Year’s Resolutions fail to be achieved, and over 50% have been dropped by the middle of the year, so this is an opportune time to reflect; take account of your personal goals, dreams and hopes; and re-ignite your Determined Life Journey.
As we wrote in yesterday’s blog post, there are many reasons why we fail at personal change. For one thing, scientific research shows it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become a new habit. So if you start today, any personal improvement change will become a new habit around early September (just after Labor Day in the U.S.).
Here are 7 Key Success Factors for Implementing Personal Improvement Change:
- Put time aside daily / weekly to review the actions you are taking and monitoring progress.
- Give priority to your personal improvement initiative over other daily tasks.
- Write your personal goals in a SMART format (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound).
- Share your goals with others and allow them to hold you accountable. (It's not as scary as it sounds!)
- Focus on only 1-3 change initiatives at a time.
- Track progress and course correct as necessary.
- Recognize your effort and rewards you success.
Details on these key success factors can be found in our article 7 Key Success Factors for Implementing Personal Change.
Who says personal resolutions can only be made at the start of the year? Don’t fall into this trap. We are at the mid-point of 2017, which makes this an ideal time for re-assessing your personal goals and re-igniting your motivation with some Mid-Year Resolutions.
Please share these thoughts and the article on the 7 Key Success Factors for Implementing Personal Change with your family and friends, and in social media using #MidYearResolutions. Thank you.
Monday, July 3, 2017
7 Key Success Factors for Implementing Personal Improvement
The year is half over. For many of us those personal change goals we set back in January are no longer on track. What’s worse is that far too many will wait until next January to set themselves new personal improvement goals.
In fact, despite an abundance of motivation and sense of purpose we originally assign to our New Year’s Resolutions, the large majority of these personal change plans are abandoned within the first 90 days of each year. Research shows that 80% of all New Year’s Resolutions result in failure or are not achieved.
Why is this so? What causes such remarkable low results?
There are numerous reasons behind such dismal outcomes. We believe the main factors that contribute the most to any personal improvement effort failing to achieve the desired outcome are:
- People do not make the top of mind, each and every day.
- People attempt too many initiatives simultaneously. This is particularly true at the start of the year when the typical New Year's Resolutions list reaches double-digit figures.
- There is no prioritization, with each resolution being treating as equally important.
- An unwillingness to just "say no" to distractions and other initiatives.
- No concrete action plans. Just wishful thinking that change will somehow magically happen.
- A failure to turn the desired change into a daily habit.
- Not allowing others to hold us accountable. Keeping our change initiatives private to ourselves indicates we only have to answer to ourselves. And we are all too good at rationalizing our way out of making change.
- Not putting our goals into a quantifiable format.
- Not racking our progress or keeping journals to know what is working, and what is not.
Get Your Personal Improvement Goals Back on Track
Today, at the midpoint of the year, is a perfect time to review the progress of your personal improvement plans and implement our Mid-Year Resolutions game plan to re-ignite your personal change efforts.
To help you with this, our 7 Key Success Factors for Implementing Personal Change tips will help you overcome the hurdles listed above.
Scientific research shows that it takes on average 66 days for a new behavior to become a new habit. That’s a little over two months!
No wonder so many people give up and abandon their personal improvement plans before reaching success. They typically quit too early in the process as they underestimate the time required to fully inculcate and instill a new behavior or a new change into their daily routines.
Don’t let this happen to you. If you start today, you can have a new set of personal improvement habits in place before summer ends.
Go for it. Start Living A Determined Life by getting your personal improvement goals back on track.
Please help others discover the power of Mid-Year Resolutions by sharing this post in your social media posts using the hashtag #MidYearResolutions. Many thanks.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Re-Ignite Your Personal and Professional Development Goals
Welcome to the midpoint of 2017. Yep, the year is officially half over.
What’s happened to those New Year’s Resolutions you made a short six months ago? How many are on track? How many have you abandoned?
If you are disappointed in the answers to these questions, don’t be dismayed. Did you know that the failure rate of New Year’s Resolutions is over 80%. In fact, research shows that over 50% of all New Year’s Resolutions have been dropped by mid year.
Most people will wait until the beginning of the next new year to set personal resolutions and goals, simply because there is no social protocol suggesting they do otherwise. You can change this for yourself, as this video explains:
Help us make Mid-Year Resolutions a new ritual by sharing this blog and the above video with your family and friends.
As for yourself (and them as well), we have two free articles on the Living A Determined Life website to help in making Mid-Year Resolutions:
These two articles, combined with the Personal Change Action Plan tool that you will also find on our website, will help you kick-start your personal growth and self-development. They will also help you get those New Year’s Resolutions back on track, provided they are still relevant and meaningful to you.
Help spread the word with hashtag #MidYearResolutions.
Together we can help others also achieve their personal development goals. Now isn’t that a positive way to start the second half of the year?