Preventing the build up of obstacles in your imagination is easier than you think

So it is with the way we think and yes, even the most positive thinkers need to keep themselves in check.

Here are 5 ways to deal with the negative chatter that might be going on in your noggin:

1. Catch it.

We tend not to hear our own inner, less-than-enthusiastic, words. So — start to catch it! Try to keep a mental log of your negative self-talk. Set a phone alarm for every few hours to check in with yourself and see if you are carrying on an…

How To Prepare Your Mind to Attract Success Ahead

“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar

Many years ago, I began a ritual that has served me well in growth, prosperity and enthusiasm for the coming 12 months.

Just before the New Year, I set out to recreate the mindset I had when I first started my career. (In my case, 7 careers: Radio/TV Host, Speaker, Entertainer, Animation, Voice Actor and Author)

The reason is simple: Imagine how much more you could accomplish if you could go back to…

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In the summer of 1928, a children’s illustrator named Dorothy Hope Smith, heard about a contest, held by the Freemont Canning Company, to select a picture of a baby for a new product line.

She sent a charcoal drawing, made from a photograph of a neighbor’s daughter, taken at 4 months of age.

Dorothy never intended it to be her final entry, but rather a sample sketch, with a note asking, “Is this what you’re looking for? If so, I can make a more finished version.”

Weeks went by with no reply.

Finally, when the judges had looked at all…

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When was the last time you received a card or note with a considerate handwritten message? Think about how you felt and I’d venture to say, you probably read it more than once, maybe even showing it to someone else.

A study at the University of Zurich’s Computational Emotion Neuroscience lab scanned the brains of participants with MRI machines and determined that when we receive a compliment, praise or encouragement we get a “mini-high.” It is believed that dopamine, the neurotransmitter linked to pleasure, increases in the process.

This experience is no different when the admiration is handwritten and the…


Several years ago, I had the honor to serve as emcee at the opening ceremonies of the International Senior Olympic Games, held at San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium.

It was there that I met a man named Harry, whose sport was golf.

When I asked him how he got interested in the game, he explained that while his friends had always played, he was happy to ride along in the cart. One day, he picked up a club, hit a few balls and hadn’t stopped since.

Then, I asked how long ago that was.

“Twenty-two years ago.”

I wondered how old…

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On May 29, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary did what no man had done before — He climbed to the top of Mt. Everest.

He would later write about his experience,

“I continued hacking steps along the ridge and then up a few more to the right and to my great delight I realized we were on top of Mount Everest and that the whole world spread out below us.”

It is interesting to note how Hillary handled his instant fame (shortly after, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II) with great modesty. …

It can happen whether you are new graduate or a seasoned professional.

What you see for yourself in the not-so-far-off future becomes crystal clear.

You can taste it, feel it and smell its sweet success.

There’s only one problem. No one else really shares your vision.

Friends may sound supportive with their, “Yeah, sounds good,” and “I’m sure you’ll do well” But you know that they don’t really believe as you do. And, it’s really not their fault.

Well, what if there was a place, a school, a university that not only taught, but, encouraged, as well? …

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On October 29, 1941, Great Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Harrow School in the UK where he had attended and sung as a youth. It was his second visit in a year and his address to these young students has oft been quoted and misquoted ever since, emphasizing his repeated advice which he vigorously delivered, “Never give in,” rather than “Never give up.”

What you may not know, and perhaps more poignant, is how he actually ended the talk, commenting on a verse the students had added to one of the school songs. …

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