A skeptic’s search for magic, one faery at a time.

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In search of something to believe in again, Signe Pike left behind a career in Manhattan to undertake a magical journey-literally.

Read more at the Pivotal Thought for the Day

Ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living from Brene Brown

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I love Brene Brown – her presentation style, her meticulous research, and her constant reassurance.

I featured this, her book, as the Pivotal Thought for the Day >>>> here

The Power of Discipline

“No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.”
~Harry E. Fosdick

Self-discipline and self-motivation are joined at the hip. Why is that? When you practice self-discipline you feel like you are in control of your life. You feel content and motivated because you’re moving toward your goals.

Brian Tracy is one of America’s leading authors on the development of human potential. He said this…”If I had to pick the #1 key to success, it would be…self-discipline. It is the difference in winning or losing; between greatness and mediocrity.”

Today, I’d like to share Brian’s introduction in The Power of Discipline…7 Ways It Can Change Your Life. Enjoy!

Introduction from The Power of Discipline

By Brian Tracy

The Power of Discipline

Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?

I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.

And then I began asking, “Why are some people more successful than others?” This question changed my life.
Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, “Success is tons of discipline.”

Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.

A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.

With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.

It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.

After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, “Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?”
He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, “The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, “Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

He went on to say, “There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work.”

Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.

In the pages ahead I will describe seven areas of your life where the practice of self-discipline will be key to your success. These areas include goals, character, time management, personal health, money, courage and responsibility. It is my hope that you’ll find a few “nuggets” that will help make your dreams come true.

To learn more or look inside the book, just click here.

Free book excerpt – Attitude is everything

Attitude is everything

The difference in success, or failure, is not how you look, not how you dress and not even how you’re educated. It’s how you think. One can’t overstate the importance of being able to maintain a positive attitude but let’s be honest…it’s not easy.

That’s why we love our new book, Attitude is Everything…10 Rules for Staying Positive. It breaks down the #1 key to success in a simple, but unforgettable way. The bottom line is that no matter what you do in life, the wisdom in this little book will help you succeed!

Today, we’re thrilled to share an excerpt from a chapter titled: “Wait to Worry,” which is great advice for everyone we know! Enjoy. http://bit.ly/UxuX9q

Books as capital

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

Thomas Jefferson

Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction


by Leo Babauta

The author writes, “At the heart of this simple book lies the key to many of the struggles we face these days, from being productive and achieving our goals, to getting healthy and fit in the face of fast food and inactivity, to finding simplicity and peace amidst chaos and confusion. That key is itself simple: focus. Our ability to focus will allow us to create in ways that perhaps we haven’t in years. It’ll allow us to slow down and find peace of mind. It’ll allow us to simplify and focus on less-on the essential things, the things that matter most. -> http://bit.ly/SAGcvZ

The Ability that Will Change You Forever

Just like riding a bike or playing piano, motivation is a skill that can be learned and mastered – and with ease. It’s not that getting yourself to act is difficult; it’s simply that no one has ever shared with you the entire process in a way that was easy to understand and apply, if they taught you at all.

To solve this problem for the millions of people just like you who want to live richer, more rewarding lives, I dedicated several years to uncovering the secrets and outlined every step of the process in The Motivated Mind – and made the entire guide easy to understand and even easier to use.

Simply by following six short steps you will gain the rare ability of instant motivation. You will actually be able to overcome all of your fears and worries and instantly feel driven to act toward your goals.

Just imagine what you could achieve in your lifetime with the ability to motivate action at the drop of a hat. You could be like one of the many readers who have made The Motivated Mind a part of their lives and enjoy experiences like…

A career you absolutely love. Challenging, exciting, and satisfying work you can’t wait to get to in the morning. Co-workers you count as good friends and a knowledgeable boss who greatly admires you and your work.

A brand new body – in shape, attractive, and healthy. More energy and juice than ever before, without a hint of the old aches and pains, not to mention the worries that come from living an unhealthy lifestyle. And best of all – a longer life.

Earning enough money to save, invest, and prepare for a comfortable retirement. Being able to donate to those in need and provide for your loved ones. And finally, enjoying a few perks in life – a new home, a new car, and vacations to the tropics.

Finding it easy to make new friends and develop relationships that make you feel on top of the world. No more worrying about fitting in or trying to live up to everyone’s expectations. Being comfortable in your own skin and in every situation.

Feeling happy. Truly happy with who you are and where you’re going. Enjoying the peace of mind that comes from being in total control of your life and its future.

How would you like to experience these things on a daily basis for the rest of your life? You can, and The Motivated Mind will show you exactly how to make it happen.

Learn from 12 of Australia’s finest coaches

Tap into the SPORTS WISDOM of 12 of Australia’s finest coaches as they reveal their personal stories and success philosophies. 

Discover valuable lessons from sport and how to fast-track your child’s personal and sporting development for a successful journey through life!

Their secrets can take you to the top of your sports parenting or coaching game!

All you need is love – the Class of 2011

In over 40 speeches given at graduations this year, the words used most were love, passion and fear, while at the bottom of the scale were words like happiness, job, career. Read more => http://nyti.ms/mgpcUq

The Power of Focus

In the past 30 years, this author has been involved in 3 successful start-up companies and each became a leader in its niche.

He says he went through many peaks, valleys and learned many lessons along the way. So, in writing You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School he distilled all he learned into 28 simple truths of leadership.

Enjoy this chapter titled: “If You Chase Two Rabbits, Both Will Escape.”

An excerpt from

You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School
by Mac Anderson

At Successories in 1997, I learned about the power of focus the hard way. I didn’t – and I paid the price. Golf was the hot sport because Tiger Woods had just come on the scene. We decided to purchase a small catalog company called British Links, a leader in golf art and golf gifts. The logic was simple:
1. We understood the specialty catalog business, and were already mailing 20 million catalogs a year.
2. We understood the wall décor/framing business. Successories had become one of the largest framers in the country and half of the British Links’ sales were from framed wall décor.
I won’t bore you with the details of why this venture flopped, but within three years we sold the golf company for next to nothing. However, the most devastating part of the deal was not the money we lost from the sale of British Links, but the momentum we had lost growing Successories, our core business.
In hindsight, I was an idiot! It was like Ray Kroc saying, after having opened twenty McDonald’s, it’s time to get into the pizza business. Many other businesses – like Starbucks and FedEx – focused their way to success. Repeat after me,

LESS IS MORE,

LESS IS MORE…

You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School is loaded with stories that are shared in a brief, but engaging way. Because I truly believe that many times it’s not what you say, but how you say it that turns the switch from “off” to “on.”

For more information, to look inside this book or to view the 3 minute inspirational movie, just click here.