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10 Life-Changing Tips Inspired by Tony Robbins

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The following article is from Robert Piper.  We love Tony Robbins, he definitely has Good Juju flowing!

Tony Robbins is one of the most famous inspirational speakers of our time. Here are ten of my favorite nuggets from this motivational giant.

1. Embrace setbacks. 
“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.”
2. There are no limitations.
“If you can’t you must, and if you must you can.”
3. Be willing to change.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. ”
4. Don’t focus on your fears.
“Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.”
5. Focus on solutions.
“Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.”
6. Take action.
“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
7. Ask good questions.
“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
8. Make the life you dreamed of.
“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”
9. Be willing to raise your standards for what you accept in life.
“Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.”
10. Don’t focus on the small things in life.
“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”
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It’s Not About How Many Friends You Have – It’s IF You Share Good Juju!

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Karen Salmansohn is a best-selling author known for creating self-help for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading self-help. The following is an article of hers that was posted on http://www.oprah.com

To hell with random acts of kindness for strangers! Now that I’ve got your attention, I want to share why it’s important to create more conscious acts of kindness for the friends you already know and love, at least as much as you may be encouraged to do for the stranger on the street.

There’s a huge trend these days to collect as many friends as possible on social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace. Sadly, with this cultural encouragement to amass people, you can miss the whole point.

Why do you want authentic, deep friendships? Friends touch your heart, challenge your mind, inspire you to pursue your passions, double the good times, halve the bad times and make your life a happier and more fulfilling place to be.

And that’s not just my opinion! Here are the researched facts from Tom Rath, a researcher at Gallup:

  • If you feel close to other people, you are four times more likely to feel good about yourself and life.
  • People who claim to have five or more true friends with whom they can discuss important problems are 60 percent more likely to say that they are “very happy.”
  • People with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their work! However, only 30 percent of employees report having a best friend at work!

“Friendships are among the most fundamental of human needs,” Rath says. “When we asked people if they would rather have a best friend at work or a 10 percent pay raise, having a friend clearly won.”

Unfortunately, if you’re too busy amassing a quantity of friends on social networking sites—or in live networking events—you might be creating a quantity of unfulfilling relationships, which won’t make your life happier at all!

If you’re feeling twitchy because you’re addicted to collecting people, you’re not alone in your yearning to be surrounded by a crowd. It’s a trend these days. We’re supposed to want more, more, more. It’s a trend Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman calls pedaling on the “Hedonic Treadmill.”

Active pedalers on the Hedonic Treadmill are always busy reaching for distant, dangling carrots of what they don’t yet have, easily forgetting to appreciate their already gathered, perfectly fabulous carrots, lying in a discarded heap at their feet.

But in terms of friendship, if you’re too focused on collecting distant, dangling carrot people, you risk not enjoying the full love experience received from spending quality time with the quality folks you already know and love.
How can you increase the joy of friendship? I have three ideas:

1. It’s not just who you know, it’s how well you know who you know! The deeper your emotional connection, the higher the emotional rewards.

2. Gather as many relationships of shared virtue into your inner circle . Make list of your top five friends and write down how they’ve influenced you and vice versa. How are you all alike in the ways that are important? Relationships of shared virtue, according to Aristotle, are the ones that bring true happiness. Focus on these relationships.

3. Look through your contact book and find your top five treasured people . Remember what you love about each and write or call him or her to share your admiration directly. Do it now. Seize the day!

And you know what? Don’t just do it today. Do it tomorrow. It’s not enough just to seize every other day with your friends. Seize every single solitary day!

How do you increase the joy in your friendships? Are you too focused on how many friends you have, rather than the quality of your friendships? Tell us your story!

10 Good Juju Quotes for a Positive Attitude

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  1. Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power (Shirley MacLaine)
  2. Don’t let the past hold you back; you’re missing the good stuff (Unknown)
  3. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck (Dalai Lama)
  4. Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses (Proverb)
  5. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one (Elbert Hubbard)
  6. Have respect for yourself, and patience and compassion. With these, you can handle anything (Jack Kornfield)
  7. Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% how you react to it (Charles Swindoll)
  8. If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it (Mary Engelbreit)
  9. Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you (Maori Proverb)
  10. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy (Thich Nhat Hanh)

 

 

 

 

 

The Meaning Of Life: Have Good Juju

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Happy New Year! We thought we’d start off the year with a post about the Meaning of Life.  We realize this is hard to read, but if you look very closely, it says “To have Good Juju”  (OK, we are just telling you that).  However, do we believe it is true. When you are positive and kind to others, good things happen.  You will live a happy life with no regrets. This coming  year, strive to emit Good Juju to all you meet.

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Good Juju Tip #9 for a Happy Holiday Season

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The holidays are all about showing others how special they are to us.  Today’s tip of the day comes from Zen Habits.

Give a free hug.  OK, only do this when appropriate … but if you have a loved one in your life, give them a hug! Often we can go too long without showing our affection and gratitude, even to those who are closest to us. Don’t neglect this important part of your relationship. By “free” hug, I mean don’t expect anything in return — just give it as a gift of gratitude. If you give a hug to a stranger, be prepared to run very fast afterward.

Good Juju Tip #6 for a Happy Holiday Season

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Feel the Good Juju with the scent of a season favorite.

Peel yourself a clementine When researchers mapped the moods created by certain fragrances, they found the scent of this sweet, juicy fruit more likely to boost joy. Not only will a whiff of one help keep you happy, the vitamin C, calcium, and potassium in it will help keep you healthy too.

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Tip compliments of Prevention Magazine.

Good Juju Tip #4 for a Happy Holiday Season

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The following holiday tip comes from Carole Brody Fleet.

Treat yourself. Visit a cosmetic counter and try a mini-makeover, which you can generally do free of charge. Book a single spa treatment; this also need not be expensive. Take yourself out to a lovely lunch or quiet dinner at your favorite restaurant or bistro — you really do deserve it.

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