Use Passion to Fuel Your Next Act

“Passion is the first and most essential ingredient for planning and beginning a business or for starting and completing any worthwhile project.”  ~ Martha Stewart   Tweet

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How to Set Goals for the New Year that Will Work!

How to Set Goals for the New Year that Will Work!

If you are like most people (including me) setting New Year’s goals seems like a good idea, but usually is a dismal failure. If you want to be successful this year, try using some wisdom from Appreciative Inquiry.

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Featured Get Your MoJo! Guest Blogger: Barbara Kline,Serial Entrepreneur

Barbara Kline, a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” is our featured Get Your MoJo! guest blogger this week. Kline has been at the forefront of developing six start-ups, including the Breakthru Center, which has a mission to “demystify the process of growing a start-up into a sustainable company through the process of second stage growth.”

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Behavioral Economics: What’s Up With That Mindset?

[An Economist article about the work of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes how our mindsets warp our decision-making. ] Try one of his tests: If you were given £50 and were told that you could ‘keep’ £20 or must ‘lose’ £30—which would you do?

If you are like the participants in Kahneman’s research you would say that you want to keep £20 because “keeping” something feels instantly better than “losing” something–even though the outcomes are identical!

He also shows that it is more threatening to say that a disease kills ‘1,286 in every 10,000 people’, than to say it kills ‘24.14% of the population’, even though the second mention is twice as deadly. Vivid language often overrides basic arithmetic.”

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Finding Happiness Isn’t the Answer, Finding Meaning Is

Finding Happiness Isn’t the Answer, Finding Meaning Is
You may think that you “just want to be happy.” But, it turns out, that’s not enough.

It is not surprising that you would think you would just want to be happy because “happiness is like the holy grail” according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at UC Riverside and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. “People around the world want it. If you ask people what they want for their children, they’ll say for them to be happy. It’s in our Declaration of Independence. It matters to and affects everyone.”

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Why SHOULD You Focus on the Positive?

It is true, that not everything we give attention to is important, but ahem… I’m not going to go into that here. But what is also true, is that we can give our attention to things that we want to be more important. That is why the WWW list developed by Martin Seligman may be so useful in helping you to develop more positivity in your life.

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Do YOU Wish You Were Better at Focusing on the Positive?

“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

You are not alone! My clients are constantly telling me that, even though they know it is a good idea, focusing on the positive is hard to do. When you think about it, the fact that we seem to hone in on any negative or perceived criticism makes sense. It is what we have been taught to do. We instinctively look for problems and then go to work figuring out how to fix them or make improvements.

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Unpack That Heavy Baggage

The Santa Barbara Independent columnist Starshine Roshell, author of Wife on the Edge, wrote a Fathers’ Day piece about that painful but ultimately rewarding process. I reprint, Lost: One Father Remembering the Man Who Made Her Write with her permission. It’s so clear and so powerful that I have no comment to add. Starshine says it all.

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Develop a Child’s Mind: Pathway to Creativity

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.” ~Shunryu Suzuki When I train entrepreneurs and business executives the process of Appreciative Inquiry , I teach them to develop a “child’s mind,” a way of looking at the world that is different from how we have come to see it as adults. For many, this is not easy to do, but I am convinced that it is an essential pathway to creativity and innovation.

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