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Great Minds Discuss Ideas; Average Minds Discuss Events; Small Minds Discuss People

Globe: Viewing sunrise from outerspace

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. This is a quote commonly attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. What does it mean though?
Let’s start by defining “ideas,” “events,” and “people.” Discussing people here means to talk about a person, typically in a negative, gossipy way. Discussing events means to talk about the events happening around the world. Discussing ideas means to understand the higher level messages behind an event, to understand human behavior, to look beyond what’s given, and to find solutions to help the world.
“Small Minds Discuss People”
When the quote says “Small minds discuss people,” it means that those who discuss people as an end to itself are shallow. Unfortunately, a fair segment of the media and our population today dedicate themselves to discussing people. You have tabloid magazines, celebrity gossip sites, and people who follow celebrity gossip like it is the central goal of their lives. Office politics are not uncommon. People backstab and criticize each other more often than we like. Even politicians make personal attacks and conduct smear campaigns. Online, it’s common to see people shaming/attacking each other, or worse still, others endorsing such behavior and joining in the attack....

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How Do I Deal with Disillusionment with Life as I Grow Older?

Man on the cliff

“How do I deal with disillusionment as I grow older? Disillusionment in the sense that I now perceive the world to be a rather cold and harsh place, filled with people who only mind their own interests. This is in stark contrast with what I used to see the world as: a place with immense potential for good, lots of opportunities, negligible discrimination, etc. People used to be warm but now human interactions are diminishing. The hope and happiness that I used to have just by thinking about the world have turned to cynicism and depression.”

This is a question that I saw on Quora, and I decided to write a post on it as it resonates with how I’ve been feeling in the past year or two.
I can understand feeling disillusioned as you grow older and in fact have been feeling this way lately. For the past few years I’ve been really disillusioned with the coaching/blogging industry. While people used to create websites out of the love of creating back in the late 1990s when I started my very first website, today blogging seems to be all about profiteering. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with making money —...

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10 Meditation Tracks to Bring You Back to Nature

Meditation at the field

Did you know that being in nature can calm your mind, heal your body, and improve your mental functions?

  • In a study by Japanese researchers, it was found that walking or staying in a forest (a practice known as forest bathing) decreased hostility and depression significantly while increasing liveliness significantly among participants.[1]
  • A University of Michigan study found that short-term memory of test subjects improved by walking in nature, or even just by viewing pictures of nature.[2]
  • In a University of Sheffield study, it was found that natural, tranquil scenes (beach) enhanced connectivity between different brain areas, whereas non-tranquil scenes (motorway) disrupted connections within the brain.[3][4]
  • A study revealed that among patients recovering from gallbladder surgery, those assigned to rooms with windows looking out to a natural scene required a shorter stay, needed less pain medication, and had fewer post-surgical complications than those facing a brick wall.[5][6]

While the best thing to do would be to move to more natural living environments, for many of us this may not be possible as we may be living in highly urbanized cities with no nature in sight....

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The Emotional Journey of Creating Anything Great [Infographic]

The Emotional Journey of Creating Anything Great [Infographic]

Are you working on something now and feeling the pain of the creation process? Today’s infographic shares the emotional journey that most people go through when trying to create something GREAT:
Here are the phases of this journey:

  1. This is the best idea ever!! — When you just concocted an idea and you’re excited by this new goal
  2. This will be fun — As you get started
  3. This is harder than I thought — When you start to really take the first few steps
  4. This is going to be a lot of work — As you get into the thick of things…
  5. This sucks I have no idea what I’m doing — When you realize that this is actually harder than you thought
  6. #%@}!!!!!!!!!!! — When you hit the point where you’ve invested way too much time/energy into this, and things aren’t turning out the way you want
  7. Ok but it still sucks — When you start to see some kind of result from your work so far…
  8. Quick, let’s call it a day and say we learned something —

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Top 100 Personal Development Blogs 2017

The official Top 100 Personal Development Blogs is back! Damn, I love this time of year. It’s all about setting your year up for massive success and what better way of doing that then presenting you with the best personal development blogs for 2017. In fact, we bring you the Top 100! This is the […]

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My 2016 in Review: Simplifying, Setting the Right Foundations

Celes coaching

Hey everyone! Following tradition, today I’m excited to share with you my year end review for 2016. My objectives are to let you know what I’ve been up to, share my plans for the new year, and hopefully inspire you to do the same. As we usher in the new year, I hope you can make time to review your past year and set your goals for 2017. 🙂
Overall, 2016 has been about simplifying for me. Simplifying my work, simplifying my business, and simplifying my life. I just read my 2015 review before writing this post, and I’m glad to say that I’ve moved in line with my previous plans for 2016 (and perhaps some more), and I’m really excited at what 2017 is going to bring.
The Online World
Perhaps I can start off by saying that I got really disconnected with the online world this year. Firstly, there’s the amount of negativity and noise online today as half the world now has internet access. Given that empty vessels make the most noise, and errant and negative people are more likely to react than not,...

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Why I Do Year End Reviews (And 6 Important Questions To Ask Yourself in Your Review)

January 1st, New Year

Note from Celes: Hi everyone! Following my 2016 year end review, I thought to update this post so that you guys can get started on your year end review too. How was your 2016? What are your goals and plans for 2017? This post will get you started. 🙂 Enjoy, and let’s set big goals for this year!

Hi everyone! The year is coming to an end, and soon it’ll be the new year! 😀 Are you ready for the new year? Are you ready for a year of excitement and new challenges?
Before we welcome the new year, let’s do a year end review. Long-time readers would know that I do an annual year end review at PE, and it’s something that I look forward to in excitement. 🙂 I first started doing annual reviews in 2007, and today I do it both for myself and with my coaching clients.
To me, doing an annual review is like getting your report card. I remember back in school, I would be excited when it was time to get our results, especially if I had prepared for the exams and gave them my all. It’s the same with my year end review…...

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Are You Emotionally Generous?

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“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.” – Peyton Conway March

How generous are you with your emotions?
Do you praise people often? Do you praise others at all? Do you tend to see others for their positive traits or do you harp on their flaws? Do you seek to bring happiness to people around you or are you just focused on making yourself happy?
Emotional Generosity and Emotional Stinginess
Emotional generosity is the act of making others feel positive without expecting anything in return.
Emotionally generous people continuously bring happiness, love, and positivity to others without expecting anything in return. They are constantly thinking about to make people around them feel better. They love praising others, recognizing their strengths, showing appreciation, encouraging, and just uplifting people.
The opposite of emotional generosity is emotional stinginess.
Emotionally stingy people have a miserly attitude toward sharing and giving. They are reluctant to praise others, often sizing them up before expressing approval. They are judgmental and critical of how others act. They are not one to encourage, support, or empathize when you need it....

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How to Choose Your Battles and Win the Big War

Lego battle

A while back, I met this guy who was weirdly negative and filled with contempt for others. Even though he is highly successful by conventional terms — he has built successful businesses and is a multi-millionaire — he kept putting people down with every other statement made.
For example, after knowing that I coach and blog, he began to put down my profession, saying that it could never be as lucrative as running a large company like him. He constantly bragged about his accomplishments with every statement he made, including bragging about the attention he got from women. He would indirectly insult me with every other comment. And then when he wasn’t throwing shade or complimenting himself, he was putting others down by speaking ill of them — people he knew personally and was associated with.
Thrown off by his behavior, I didn’t retaliate but acted normally.
After the encounter, I promptly let go of his judgments. After all, this is someone I’m never going to meet again. I figured I have more important things to do, and if I want to get to my big rocks in life, I need to choose my battles and let go of petty things like this....

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Now OPEN! The Launch Your Life Academy is Open For Enrollment!

I’m super excited to let you know that I have just opened up enrollment for the Launch Your Life Academy. This is the perfect time of year to join. In fact, it’s the exact time of year where I go through the process as well! What I love about the Launch Your Life Academy at […]

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