Oct 282010
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A lack of self-control can easily lead to a person’s undoing. I explored this issue when I wrote about Darth Vader and his lack of self-control. The importance of self-control cannot be overstated. Those who have it are likelier to reach their goals than those who do not. Yet it is easy to lose sight of the need for self-control as we go about our daily lives. What I have gathered here in this post is a selection of quotes on self-control that you can reflect upon when you need it.
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Oct 262010

When you face a challenge or a problem, you can choose to focus on the problem or the solution. Focusing on the problem rarely helps matters. Instead, it only wastes your time and energy as you go over it repeatedly in your mind. Brooding in such a manner leaves you exhausted from fear and worry. It also prevents you from taking decisive action. As it is, the problem is a fact that is unlikely to go away no matter how hard you brood. Since that is the case, it is better to focus on the solution instead. Read on to learn the benefits of focusing on the solution instead of the problem.
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Oct 232010

Lately, I have been reading Frank Herbert’s Dune. It is a great science-fiction masterpiece. As I was reading for pleasure, I did not expect to find a helpful litany on dealing with fear. I am sure that many of us are familiar with fear. In fact, I learned from my friend’s blog post that there is even a day dedicated to facing your fears.

Fear comes in all shapes and sizes. There is fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of public speaking and so on. Feeling fear helps to prepare us to face a threat or danger. But taken to extremes, our fear can paralyze us. What follows is the way I have been using the litany to calm my fears. Read on to find out how I did it.
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Oct 192010
Sultan Suleiman by Deliogul

All friendships are dynamic. They change with time and experience. Some friendships start badly but end up well. Others begin well but end badly. There are also friendships that just stagnate for years. But the truest and strongest of friendships survives the test of time. There are many factors, both internal and external that can affect and change the strongest of friendships. Nowhere is this clearer than the friendship between Suleiman the Magnificent and his Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha. Read on to learn how a great friendship ended in tragedy.
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Oct 162010
Rebekah & Kristen by Surfkid74

True friends are hard to come by in life. Despite the interconnectedness of the world today, the irony is that many people do not have close friends. Most friendships are shallow and unfulfilling. Therefore, we must cherish and nurture the friendships that are important to us. When you have found friends who have your back through thick and thin, you have found friends worth keeping. But to receive, you must first learn to give. Only by being a good friend can you hope to have true friends. Read on to find out how to be a good friend.
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Oct 122010

In life, you are bound to meet people who dislike you. There is little help for this. You cannot hope to please everyone. Having said that, there is no reason to take what they do personally. Retaliation is a vicious cycle. A moment’s triumph against them could cost you long term respect and support from others around you. Instead, there are better ways to deal with people who dislike you. Read on to find out how.
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Oct 082010

Taking charge of your life and the things you do is vital to living in harmony with your times and circumstances. You cannot assign this responsibility to others because they may not have your self-interests at heart. Even if they did, they will never know you the way you know yourself. Thus, their best intentions may not turn out the way you hope. The saying goes, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” There are many reasons to take charge of your life. Read on to learn about them.
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Oct 042010
Fight by Marcello99

Carrying out a successful retreat is tricky as the odds are against you. A well-planned retreat is not the same as defeat or flight. It does not mean leaving the field open to your enemy as you flee for your life. A well-planned retreat is a sign of awareness and prudence. It is a coordinated withdrawal in the face of danger to a place of safety. From here, you can preserve your strength while finding a way to turn things around. But how does one conduct a retreat? Read on to find out.
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Oct 022010

To succeed at anything you do, you have to be able to flow with the time and circumstances. When the times favour an advance, advance with vigour. When it is better to retreat, do so with haste. Advance and retreat are a natural part of life and success. To retreat when you should advance leads to missed opportunities. To advance when you should retreat leads to disaster. But how then will you know when to retreat? There are a few signs to look out for. Read on to find out.
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