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It’s been a big year for the Better Life Coaching Blog.

The amount of traffic has increased fivefold this year, the number of subscribers continues to increase and I’m excited about the year ahead.

Here are the most popular posts for the year.  These aren’t necessarily my best posts, but they are the ones that have been viewed the most.

So here are my top 10 most popular posts of 2011: Read the rest of this entry »

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When you walk into a room:

  • Is the atmosphere more positive?
  • Is the mood lighter and brighter?
  • Are people genuinely glad to see you because of the value you add?
  • Do you bring energy with you?
  • Do people look to you as a friend who can be trusted? Read the rest of this entry »

This is the time of year when a lot of people sit down and look at setting goals and resolutions for the year ahead.

The aim of this post is to make this time as effective as possible by giving you three simple things to think about when setting your goals.

Here are my 3 M’s of effective goal-setting:

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After Christmas and birthdays, we are often left with a wide range of gifts, some that we love and some that we could do without.

With the gifts that we don’t like we have a few choices.

We can re-gift them to someone else, put them on e-bay or take them back to the store to replace them with something that we prefer.

We keep what we want, but let go of what we don’t.

Why is it so easy to do this with presents, but not other, more important aspects of life?

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Blackberry

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Some people enjoy picking blackberries.

They’re high in antioxidants and some love their flavour.

But there’s a risk involved.

Blackberry bushes have sharp thorns that can cause painful cuts to the picker.

However, the risk is worth it to those who love them. Read the rest of this entry »

Logan, Hayden and Madison

I love Christmas and especially appreciate receiving cards and letters at this time of the year that contain updates from friends and family regarding the year that’s just passed.

2011 has been another big year in our household, so here’s our own family update.

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Just imagine three groups of people.

The first group complains about everything.

They think that the economy is tough which means that they have the perfect excuse for a mediocre career.

They feel threatened by change and resist it vigorously.

Their goal is just to get through the year.

They walk around with their shoulders slumped and their head down. Read the rest of this entry »

OK, so it didn’t go according to plan.  You tried, but it didn’t work.

Let me encourage you that it’s not a necessarily a mistake yet.

It could be a helpful learning experience if you:

  • Unearth something new from the event.
  • Keep taking risks and trying new things.
  • Gain a cautionary tale that you can use to teach others. Read the rest of this entry »

This past weekend, I had the privilege of speaking to our church about joy.

In my research on the topic, I came across a few great quotes on the subject.

Not all of them made the final cut for the message, but I thought that I would share them all here.

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Close up yellow rose

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I first found this brilliant piece on Paolo Coelho’s blog.  It was originally written by Timothy Gallwey and comes from his influential book, “The Inner Game of Tennis.”

When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice it is small, but we do not criticise it as rootless and stemless.  We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed.

When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t condemn it as immature and underdeveloped, nor do we criticise the buds for not being open when they appear.  We stand in wonder at the process taking place, and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development.

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