The Power of Saying “No”

If you grew up in the 80’s like me then you probably heard the expression “Just Say No” that was popularized by then-First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Rumor has it that this saying became famous when a school-age child asked her what to do if she was offered drugs.

Good ole Nancy simply told the girl to “Just say no.”

This simple three-word phrase somehow managed to become the slogan for a national drug awareness campaign and an assortment of anti-drug clubs and organizations at schools, but it’s one of the hardest things to say to others when we’re asked to do something that we don’t want to do.

We’re all guilty of it. You probably know what I’m talking about …

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Applying the 80/20 Principle in Your Life

The 80/20 rule (or Pareto’s Principle) can have an incredible impact on your life. When this you apply this principle, you’ll discover a dramatic increase in your success and happiness.

In this post, I’m going to talk about the 80/20 principle. Specifically I’m going to talk about different ways I’m using it in my life.

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7 Steps For Breaking Through Your Comfort Zone

Are you letting fears and anxiety hold you back in life?

Unfortunately this is something that happens to most people. And if I’m really truthful with myself, it’s happened to me as well.

Like I mentioned in my personal goals for 2010, my goal for the upcoming year is to do a lot of traveling on my own. If I want to really make this experience enjoyable, I’m going to have to push the boundaries of my “comfort zone.”

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Steve’s Sunday Selections for February 7th 2010

Today I’m starting a new section called “Steve’s Sunday Selections.” In this weekly column, I’ll be listing some of the better links and resources I’ve found during the week. Specifically I’m going to include content which focuses on personal growth and lifestyle design.

Anyway, here are just a few great links you should check out…

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Personal Growth Goals For 2010

Over a week ago I described my professional goals for 2010. In this post I discussed how I was going to spend the majority of the year focusing on “communications.” Specifically I want to improve my writing, speaking, and technology skills.

But goal setting isn’t just about professional growth. I also think it’s important to create challenges that’ll help me grow as a man. This is part of my ‘work hard, play hard’ mantra. So while I’m focusing on my communication skills, I also want to set aside time to work on my personal growth.

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