Archive for March, 2009

Five Ways To Misery

March 27, 2009

I’ve sometimes joked around a little with attendees at my seminars saying, “I want you to go out there right now, and in the next half hour find some way to make your life… Worse!”  People always laugh because they would never do that intentionally, but they can always think of at least a half dozen ways to do it.  Isn’t the opposite also true?  I want you to go out there and in the next half hour find some way to make your life… Better!

Enjoy the video!


Whether you think you can,

or think you can’t…

you’re right.

– Henry Ford                               


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Put Out Your Hand

March 25, 2009

My friend Dave told me a story from when he was a teenager and wanted some money to buy something he wanted. He asked his dad for the money, who said, “Put out your hand.” Dave put out his hand. Then his dad said, “Put out your other hand.” Dave put out his other hand. Then his dad said, “See those things at the end of your arms? They are called ‘hands’ – Get to work!”

The harder you work,

the harder it is to surrender.

– Vince Lombardi

 Take a moment to enjoy THIS VIDEO – I got a good chuckle out of it!

Hope Soap

March 18, 2009
In last week’s message about cutting out everything that doesn’t look like that, I got a number of comments and several e-mail responses.  If you thought that was cool, you’re going to love what I carved from a family sized bar of Ivory soap …
Soap Chain

Soap Chain

With so much fear, doubt, discouragement, and negativity in the world, we could all use a little soap for our hope.  One of the most powerful ways to scrub your hope is to start noticing all of the amazing things that already exist in your world, and to keep a fresh appreciation for what you have right now.  Forget about all of the stuff you don’t have, and foster gratitude for all you do have.  Use this soap regularly, and see how clean your hope becomes.

I hope you will join me for “Soap for Your Hope – A Pep Talk with Dr. Paul” on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 MST.  You can learn more or register now for this teleseminar at – and please invite others to attend as well.  If the time doesn’t work for you, register anyway and I will send you a link for the recording afterward.

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches

in the soul, and sings the tune without

the words, and never stops at all.

       Emily Dickinson

As an added bonus today – consider all of the things to be greatful for, and enjoy this four minute video – it is hilarious.  You will have to click twice to get a you-tube pop up because this particular one won’t play on other sites.

Everything That Doesn’t Look Like That

March 11, 2009
The Stick

The Stick

I snapped this picture this morning of a stick that I keep on my desk.  When I show this to people they are sometimes amazed that a stick could be carved to look like a chain or a cage with two freely moving balls inside.  They sometimes ask, “how did you do that?”  My favorite answer, “I just cut off everything that doesn’t look like that.”  What a great analogy for life.  Get a clear picture in your mind of what you want your life to look like, and then set about cutting off everything that doesn’t look like that.


Knock the “T”

Off the word can’t.

       Norman Vincent Peale

Wield Your Best

March 6, 2009

You don’t have to look far for the answers – the most powerful resources lie right within your own human life value.  You have talents, skills, resources, and relationships that can move you beyond your current obstacles.  Look for a way today to lighten someone else’s burden, and see what happens!


The most powerful weapon on earth

Is the human soul on fire.

       Ferdinand Foch

ctt Take 5 minutes to watch this video – I’m having fun with it! 

Where You Are

March 4, 2009

A friend shared with me a thought about an acorn that has the potential to become a huge oak tree.  In the process of becoming an oak tree, the acorn doesn’t scurry around searching for leaf molecules and bark molecules to build this tree – it simply exists where it is planted, and has access to absolutely everything that it needs right there.  Everything that you need for success is immediately available to you.  Sometimes we have to just start noticing the resources that are already abundant around us.  Notice what you have going for you and feel gratitude for it – the rest will come.


Do what you can,

With what you have,

Where you are.

       Theodore Roosevelt