Often when I meet people they aren’t at the best place they have ever been in their lives. They may have been beaten down by another person, circumstances, the economy, or themselves. Regardless, they often feel that they have tried EVERYTHING. In fact, they tell me they have. There is nothing else for them to do. And I ask them to hold open the possibility that there is something else. There is a possibility that a different way to think exists and that can take them out of the place they feel they are stuck in. It is what is available at Live On Purpose Central, our membership site. Check it out and see if there is a possibility for you in the place where you are stuck. DrPaul
As you may know, I have been preparing for several months now to host the World Hopecast, which is happening this week! My sweetheart, Vicki, shared with me a thought that I wanted to pass along. She asked me a question that got me thinking about the difference between hope and wishing. When you hope for something to happen, there is a positive assumption behind it. When you wish for something to happen, the assumption is negative. Hope is choosing to believe in a desired outcome that serves you well. It is a powerful catalyst of mental resilience and health. Wishing is based more in fantasy and magical thinking. I hope that you will join us for the World Hopecast this week. Let’s combine our hope to instill hope in others and collectively boost the resilience of our species. Hope is being able to see that there is light despite
Following the devastating events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut, a number of friends, clients, even strangers, approach me wondering how to deal with this tragedy. The conversations focus initially on the Sandy Hook tragedy itself, then generally expand to address the question of how to deal with tragedy and trauma in general. My initial observation – and suggestion – is that until we know individually what to do, we simply pay attention not just to the tragedy, but the amazing way humans intuitively respond to such difficult things – and take heart from what we observe. Yes, it was a dark day in Newtown, as it was in Columbine, as it was on 9-11. Yet within those days of darkness we also see something else. Light. Light following immediately on the heels of the darkness. Light rushing in from all over the world to dispel the overwhelming darkness.