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Seed tomorrow with wise happiness today!

We say we want to be happy, right? Then, what stops us? We want to be happy, yet we often, and for some reason, consistently, engage in thoughts and behaviors that rob our joy. 

One of many examples: we compare ourselves to others. What a grand contributor to unhappiness! And, have you noticed that we often evaluate ourselves against someone with a more developed skill, more mastery of something specific, or more ability in an area that we criticize ourselves about?

Constant comparisons to others and the seemingly happy lives they live is one of the most noxious sources of unhappiness. It’s time to stop any measuring up and begin a habit of acknowledging, honoring, admiring our own individual, unique strengths, skills, and talents, and begin to enjoy who we are, right?

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise responsibilities today!

Barbeques, parades, and fireworks may be gone; however, our commitment to upholding our sacred democracy cannot. On this Fourth of July, Seth Godin posted this:

Freedom has a partner, and its name is responsibility.

It’s easy to insist on all the things we should be free from.

But then we realize that we also have the freedom to act, to lead and to confront our fear and our selfishness. Once we realize our own agency, freedom begins to feel like a responsibility.

The freedom to make a difference.

May the freedom and, more importantly, the responsibilities of the republic we share and the democracy we’ve chosen be sustained beyond the celebrations of the 4th.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise gratitude today!

A long time ago Marcel Proust wrote:

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. 

We just celebrated Curt’s birthday, who is my extraordinary husband, our daughter’s rare and magnificent daddy, and our precious grandbabies’ best ever Grampa’s 70th birthday. Rather than bore you with a list of at least 70 ways his life makes mine more exquisite, for which I am grateful (which I penned on paper), let me ask you to consider making a list of all the people who bring you joy and the specific ways they evoke gratitude.  For, once we begin to make note of the things we’re grateful for, we begin to lose sight of those things we lack.     

More importantly, who would list you as a person who makes their soul blossom?  

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise shared happiness today!

I received an email from someone in response to my recent posts about happiness that contained: 

Signs of Happiness . . .

You:

  • Live your life with integrity
  • Embrace living in the moment
  • Express gratitude regularly
  • Engage in work that satisfies you
  • Enjoy harmonious relationships
  • Keep your inner critic on ‘mute’
  • Do not compare yourself with others
  • Aren’t afraid of change
  • Understand that what we allow continues – we teach people how to treat us
  • Enjoy the simple things

Thank you, anonymous contributor. You’ve given me (and, I’m guessing others) some things to think about.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise happiness today!

Perhaps one key to true happiness is learning to discover it in every moment, not waiting for it to arrive with the achievement of some future goal. Happiness that comes from achieving goals is fleeting at best and sets us up in a never ending cycle of chasing the next “one.”

That doesn’t diminish the power of setting and achieving goals, rather reframes our dependence on being consumed by accomplishments as our source of happiness.

Happiness is not a goal, it’s a by-product.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise happiness today!

As I read more about the science of happiness, commonalities are present among the studies identifying keys to whole heartedness and success:

  • Live (or work) in the moment; avoid thinking about things you have to do later
  • Of course life will hand us challenges – Remain resilient
  • Develop mental discipline; be mindful of your thoughts and manage them well
  • Be a compassionate observer of yourself, knowing when to adjust
  • Manage your energy
  • No nothing . . . absolutely nothing for at least a few minutes every day
  • Treat yourself well; be kind to yourself as well as to others
  • Venture outside your comfort zone
  • Work at being compassionate and show it outwardly
  • Stay in awe and in wonder of life

Of course, the above list is not complete.  Your homework: Edit and add to the list for yourself.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise, intentional happiness today!

Only recently have studies of human behavior included research to understand mental health and well-being in lieu of an exclusive focus on deviant behavior. The results give us the luxury to access and implement strategies to live a healthier, more satisfying and meaningful life. 

Happiness seems to be a secret sauce that can help us be and do our best. Researchers who study happy people have found them to be more successful, with a realization that happiness is a choice, and believe it’s up to them to intentionally choose it every single day. They’re not held hostage by their circumstances and do not seek happiness in other people or in possessions.

Intention is the active desire and commitment to be happy.  

                                                                               ~Rick Foster & Greg Hicks, Happy People

Shall we choose happiness today?!

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise happiness today!

It’s been fascinating to observe the vast differences of how people handled the realities of the last year. Our daily lives were disrupted, to say the least, and for some, the challenges of the circumstances changed their perception of time and of being forever.

Many reported feelings of loneliness, some, despair.  Others responded to the calls of their inner voice and recalibrated life itself, finding a sense of calm, meaning, and happiness not experienced in their past.  According to Psychology Today, true happiness is:

Enjoying your own company and living in peace and harmony with your body, mind and soul. True happiness is state of mind constantly being in love with yourself. For being truly happy you neither need other people nor materialistic things.

Most of us experienced an increase in the time spent in our own company. My hope is that, as you read this, you take a moment to contemplate how enjoyable that time is for you.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise patience today!

How dare that guy cut me off in this crazy traffic!  Really, you’re gonna step right in front of me in this long line? Who made you God to tell me how to do this? Can you go any slower?

I’ve come to understand that we’ll only judge others as harshly as we judge ourselves. Is the same true for patience? Are we able to extend patience to another if we have none for ourselves?  Not a human exists without flaws. Our essence is made up of that which is attractive, appealing, and alluring, as well as the opposite. Serenity requires forbearance of both and in many cases, generous mercy, beyond our current capacity.

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them … every day begin the task anew.  ~ Saint Francis de Sales

Look around and see how easy it is to observe and experience nastiness, criticism, unkindness, even cruelty. Perhaps today’s the day to turn a page to intentional compassion, encouragement, kindness, and charity. Difficult? Yes!  Worth the endeavor? I guess you decide.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise celebrating today!

Although Cinco de Mayo is not widely celebrated in Mexico, it is observed in the state of Puebla, in honor of General Zaragoza’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon II in 1862. However, today, people all over The States will be taking the opportunity to eat great Mexican cuisine and drink cervaza, margaritas, or tequila in some creative form. In our celebrations, let’s not forget the words of Joe Baca:

Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.   

To that, I raise my glass!  Thank you for adding to the rich texture of our culture.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com