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A Small Push Toward Expressing Your Creativity

By Monica Nelson When it comes to creativity, there are three types of people – people who fearlessly exploit their creativity, people who forever deny their creativity, and a large population of people who admit to their creativity but are reticent to use it. Think of all the famous historical figures – artists, scientists, inventors, business people, architects – these belong to the first group. The second group, that denies their creativity, are the people who Abraham Maslow would characterize as on the Physiological level, or even the Safety level, of his hierarchy of needs. They are consumed by survival. If you are reading this, you are probably in the … Continue reading

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9 Counter-intuitive Ways to Improve Concentration and Get More Done

By Monica Nelson The faster our world speeds up, the less we seem to be able to get done. The technology that has come along to help us improve our lives can be just as destructive to accomplishing what we must. One of the problems we face in getting more done is that we can’t seem to concentrate enough to get our tasks done in the time they should take. Instead, we end up spending more time trying to get our focus. If this strikes a chord with you, why not slow down a little to begin with. Or take extra time to do certain rituals that in the long … Continue reading

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Stop Criticizing Your Inner Critic – 4 Steps to Analyze and Follow Critical but Stellar Advice

By Monica Nelson I read a lot of self-help and psychologically based advice. It’s served me well, and helped me to become a better person. But there are times when I question consensus views on certain positions. One of those is the popular belief that your inner critic is a bad thing. Until recently universal opinion has been that your inner critic is bad, and should be silenced. This is the part of you that is attempting to cut you down and make you believe you are worthless. The key here is that your inner critic is part of you. If you label this inner critic as bad or undesirable, … Continue reading

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Taking on Too Much Responsibility – 4 Tips to Equanimity

By Monica Nelson I was working in the kitchen the other morning with the TV going on in the the other room. It was a child’s cartoon with a clear message, teaching its young viewers the need to be responsible. This is a message that demands attention, and over the last twenty or thirty years has been sounded with great veracity. Not only to children, but to those who have grown up and still refuse to become responsible. While true that it is a necessary lesson for many people, there is a flip side – a downside to it that we have not yet come to recognize. That flip side … Continue reading

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Valuing Faith, in Whatever Form It Takes

By Monica Nelson I come from a Christian background. And I owe a lot to that Christian upbringing. One benefit that I am truly thankful of every day is how my spiritual beginnings instilled within me a strong and vibrant faith. I bristle when I hear people put down anyone’s faith as misplaced, of no real value, or even harmful in any sort of respect. This is my personal take on faith and its value to you as an individual, and society as a whole. What is faith?   This is where most of the problem lies – in the definition. Ask any two people you choose what faith is, … Continue reading

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What Makes Us Perfect is Our Imperfection

By Monica Nelson As a writer, I adore watching movies in order to study story structure. I will devour the really well made flicks over and over to catch nuances that I may have missed in the previous viewings. When I started this pastime, I discovered a side glitch that I didn’t expect. I began to see errors in production – for instance, an article of clothing that was invented or used only after the time period the story took place. Or a glimpse of a piece of filming equipment in the background. All imperfections to an otherwise perfect creation. I realized that this is a very apt metaphor for … Continue reading

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Which Side of the Self-Righteous Indignation Movement are You on?

By Monica Nelson You have a choice. Everyday you make this choice over and over. This choice, how you express yourself, how you guide your own actions, affects not only your destiny but the lives and destinies of others. The choice I am talking about is how you treat the people you come in contact with. Whether it’s family you see every day, or others that play a large part in (or simply brush by) your own life, or whether it is some anonymous stranger you come in contact with online – how you make this choice has consequences beyond finite understanding. For a couple decades now, I’ve noticed a … Continue reading

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How to Handle Conflicting Information – 5 Steps to Peaceful Progress

By Monica Nelson To those of us who seek out counsel and advice from valued sources, looking for the answers to our personal life questions, it can be a bit confusing sometimes. Conflicting advice abounds in our information-laden world. One example might be the question of whether or not it is appropriate to gain wealth. On the one hand you find information that suggests that there is nothing wrong with making money. Often such advice uses as support the fact that once you have a certain amount of wealth, you will be able to share it with those who are less fortunate. On the other hand, you will find advice that … Continue reading

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If you find it hard to forgive, take a radical approach

By Monica Nelson For me, forgiveness is a high aspiration, as you can probably tell if you have read my blog for any length of time. But putting it into practice (and making it stick) is one of the most difficult of my pursuits. If you are with me in this same exasperating goal, you will want to listen to what Colin Tipping has to say in his book, Radical Forgiveness. Discovering this book has (and I don’t say this lightly) changed my life. I hope sharing this with you will work miracles for you too. I will attempt as comprehensive a summary as I can below. In addition, I … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Commanding Self Belief and Confident Expectation

By Monica Nelson Quick – what is the most important quality to propel you through life with the utmost efficiency, happiness, and accomplishment? Self belief is an incredibly important characteristic, and yet so few of us really embody it. Nor do we embrace it with the respect that it deserves. Yet, it is the backbone of our personal growth. Its strength guides us through the murky waters of our most difficult times. The quiet shadow of self belief keeps us strong and moving forward. Known also as faith in yourself, it spawns another quality of great value. Confident expectation is the flashlight we use to find our way through the … Continue reading

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