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Affirmations in Action

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
May 04, 2015 Category • Affirmation, Growth

Most of us are familiar with the idea of using positive affirmations to further our growth, success and achievements, but few understand how or why affirmations really work, or actually use them in our lives on a regular basis. What is an affirmation? An affirmation is telling yourself in times of doubt that which you know to be true at other times. So how does it work? The human mind is different from those of other living creatures in that it has two unique parts the subconscious mind, and the conscious mind. These two minds work together to create our thoughts, behavior and actions. The subconscious mind encompasses the stuff of memories, conditioning, the nervous system, emotions, and your most basic underlying attitudes. It continuously sends these thoughts to your conscious mind, where this information is then used to consciously make decisions, determine goals, and gather knowledge for the purpose of taking some kind of action. The thing always happens that you really believe

The Art of Success

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
April 28, 2015 Category • Growth

The Art of Success The art of success is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth. Success is to have the courage to meet failure without being defeated. It is refusing to let present loss interfere with your long range goal. Success is relative, individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your years add up to a great life. It is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. Art of Living, Wilfred A. Peterson Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, once said, I found the great thing in this world is, not where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We are constantly on the move, engaged in basically two forms of travel. The first is physical motion travel to work, social engagements and meetings. The second is our continuous journey through time moment to moment day to day year to year. But curiously, we approach these similar types of travel in very different ways. In most instances,

Facing up to Your Strengths and Talents

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
April 11, 2015 Category • Growth

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Baruch Spinoza Most of us have an excellent sense of our weaknesses, but a poor sense of our talents and strengths. Throughout our education and careers, we become acutely aware of our opportunities for development, limitations or challenges. Parents, teachers and managers generally mean well in pointing out our deficits, and indeed, some areas of learning, development and improvement are critical to our success. But we have become experts in our own weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair our flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected. So, why are we so reluctant to focus on our strengths and make them even stronger? Despite your achievements, you may wonder whether you are as talented as everyone thinks you are. You suspect that luck and circumstance may have played a big part in your getting to where you are today. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest

Blessings and Becoming Your Own Champion

By Roxanne Kaufman Elliot
March 28, 2015 Category • Growth

You know all of those truisms we heard when we were growing up? Those old adages that told us to be cautious, not to risk too much, to believe (and prepare for) the worst that could happen? Ever wonder what life would look like if you flipped those statements around? This Ronald Wallace poem offers the following Blessings occur. Some days I find myself putting my foot in the same stream twice; leading a horse to water and making him drink. I have a clue. I can see the forest for the trees. All around me people are making silk purses out of sows ears, getting blood from turnips, building Rome in a day. There is a business like show business. There is something new under the sun. Some days misery no longer loves company; it puts itself out of its. There is rest for the weary. There is turning back. There are guarantees. I can be serious. I can mean that. You can quite put your finger on it. Really. Some days I know I am long for this world. I can go home again. And when I go, I can take

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