Don’t Just Plan – You Must Take Action


There are aspects of my work life that I find very easy and pleasant, and others where I’m conscious I have some real weaknesses. One of my greatest failings is that I enjoy learning about a new subject — a new technique, a new subject and I am a sucker for every career quiz. I prefer doing all of it much more than I enjoy getting down to work. If you are like me, here is the top advice for us. You and I must take ACTION!

I’m not sure exactly why I find it so hard to take action. I don’t think the pop-psych generalities are necessarily accurate in my case … I’m certainly not afraid of success, nor do I believe that I’m incapable of achieving good work.

Part of the problem, I believe, is that I like to fully understand something before I start working on it. I’m one of the mythical customers who actually reads the manual … I’ve never been willing to just jump in, get to work, and learn new software as I go. At least, not in a situation where the results actually matter; if I’m investing time and resources in order to have a better life, I don’t want to get things wrong. I joined the newsletter, it’s a truly awesome confidence boost.

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Speak Kindly To AND About Yourself

“Speak kindly to AND about yourself. No more “I’m so stupid” or “This is a dumb question” or “I am so behind!” Words create LIFE. ~Sandi Krakowski~
It’s well known knowledge that negative self talk comes from negative talking to a child hammering in that little one’s head like “you’re so stupid!” “dummy!” “you’ll never amount to anything!”

Have you ever heard those words as a child? Do you find yourself believing those words? It doesn’t have to be a parent it can be any person that’s supposed to be a role model to you. I know that as a child I grew up with soooooo many negative words. It took me quite a long time to finally realize that I am not stupid or dumb or anything else negative that I was told as a child. And I know I am not the only one, in my work as the education consultant I have seen plenty high school dropouts with the low self esteem as a direct results of belittling their capabilities in the childhood.

It’s verbal abuse and it’s amazing how many adults abuse children verbally.

When you realize all the negative self talk stems from your childhood you can start to give yourself positive self talk or like Sandi Krakowski says you can “Speak Kindly To AND About Yourself! You can, it works and it turns things around for you.

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Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Meaning, sometimes we have to work at our happiness. Good news is there are plenty that we can do. Here is a list of wonderful ideas to keep that upbeat energy.

1) Mini dance breaks. Turn the music up and just dance around for a bit. It will make you smile. You’re smiling right now thinking about it, why not just try it out to see how happy you really can be!  Go to Pandora right now to get going.

2) Create something. Whether it is a painting, a poem, a gallery of pictures, a beautiful bulletin board for your wall,  or just something you can be proud of. Feeling productive is a great boost. Check out Pinterest for some ideas!

3) Meditate. Take 10 minutes, close your eyes and relax. Breath in and let go of anything stressful because in the end it is all going to be okay anyways.


4) Treat yourself. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure, or a little gift at Duane Reade. Treat yourself for all the hard work you’ve been putting in lately.

5) Try something new. It may be scary to step out of that routine of yours, but sometimes a little change can spark a whole new adventure in your life. You are guaranteed to meet new people, learn something exciting, or in the very least feel accomplished. Check out to see what exciting events are going on in your neighborhood.


If you have any great mood boosters you want to share let me know. I am always up for a new activity. And it may very well be featured in the next happiness article!

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Perceptions of Electric Cars

Based on the results of an Indiana University study, American drivers don’t understand electric cars, and base most of their judgments about plug-in vehicles on preconceived and faulty notions. This lack of awareness could hinder the auto industry’s push to produce more electric and hybrid vehicles.

The study, run by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, surveyed 2,300 adult drivers in 21 different U.S. cities. Misconceptions about price and mileage were most common.

Price Perceptions

Ask a car enthusiast about the price of 1986 mustang parts and he or she can probably give you an accurate response. Ask the same person about the cost of electric cars, and they’ll often be way off the mark.

People understand electric cars are more expensive than gas-powered vehicles, but they don’t realize the difference can be expressed in thousands of dollars. Instead, they expect to pay a few hundred dollars more for a plug-in car. So when people go shopping for electric cars, they’re shocked by the extra cost, which makes gas-powered vehicles seem more attractive.

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