Happy Herald - The 15 Second Principle http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8509-1-the-15-second-principle.html <![CDATA[Sydney´s Perfection]]> <![CDATA[Renegotiating your New Year's Resolutions]]> Second, our resolutions are usually created to make up for past failures and lost time. Diets that never worked, stifling jobs that were never left, novels that were never written, and musical instruments that were rarely touched are now our priorities for the new millennium.]]> <![CDATA[Baby Steps]]> A few months ago, I was attending a health convention in Los Angeles. By the end of this four day event, I must have listened to two dozen lectures and had taken hundreds of pages of notes regarding nutrition, fitness, etc. For the closing ceremonies, the leaders had assembled our chairs in a huge circle.]]> <![CDATA[Non-Negotiable Rituals]]> It’s one o’clock in the morning and I’ve just come home from a very late and enjoyable dinner party. I’m exhausted and can’t wait to fall into bed and disappear under the covers. As my body yearns for this immediate escape, I know there is still one thing left to do.]]> <![CDATA[After the Wall]]> When things are moving along smoothly in the most important areas of our lives, we don’t have a need for an emergency backup system filled with courage, resilience, energy, focus, and dedication. Like a sailor with excellent weather conditions we can appear to be and believe ourselves to be accomplished captains.]]> <![CDATA[The Heart Vs. The Head]]> It is helpful to become more aware of the internal conversations that happen inside of us. Often times they occur between our heart (the passionate side) and our head (the logical side). I refer to them as The Great Debates.]]> <![CDATA[When Are We Growing?]]> Nature can provide us with a wonderful in sight in to the growing and learning process. There is a fascinating species of bamboo called the Dendrocalamus gigantius. After being planted, it does not show any apparent signs of growth for several years. From an underground perspective, however, an enormous amount of activity continually occurs.]]> <![CDATA[The Secret of Professional Performers]]> Even though Michael Jordan obviously had an enormous amount of talent and technique, perhaps it was his pleasure priority, in the form of relaxation, energy, focus, confidence and faith that enabled him to rise above everybody else in the National Basketball Association when important shots and games were on the line.]]> <![CDATA[The Secret of Professional Performers]]> The professional, on the other hand, will not call upon survival based thoughts, feelings, and/or actions in order to catch the ball. Because tension and worry are not a part of his performing technique, the professional will drop the ball rather than revert to tension, contraction, doubt, and terror in order to catch it.]]> <![CDATA[The Secret of Professional Performers]]> If you are interested in improving the way you achieve results (in your career as well as your personal life), it would be helpful to investigate the way professional performers produce results. ]]> <![CDATA[How "Hot" or "Cold" Are Your Dreams? ]]> This bright new day, complete with twenty-four hours of opportunities, choices and attitudes. A perfectly matched set of 1440 minutes. This unique gift, this one day, cannot be exchanged, replaced, or refunded. Handle with care. Make the most of it. There is only one to a customer.]]> <![CDATA[Don’t Follow Your Feelings, Follow Your Dreams]]> Following your dreams and getting married are very similar experiences. Both require that you remain committed to your agreements after the “honeymoon” is over.]]> <![CDATA[Expanding Your Boundaries]]> When we were young, our parents, relatives, older siblings, teachers, and babysitters created protective boundaries for us. For our own well-being, they told us where it was safe and unsafe to venture. We were told such things as “You can go as far as the tree, but no farther.]]> <![CDATA[Elvis´s Walk]]> Before becoming a successful motion picture actor, Billy Drago worked for Elvis Presley during one of his tours. Billy told me about a fascinating process that Elvis would go through just before performing.]]> <![CDATA[Dentville]]> John Sales was a traveling salesman. On one of his longer trips his car broke down just outside of small town named Dentville. ]]> <![CDATA[The Door Process]]> If you are pursuing a more masterful life, then at some point along the way, you will be investigating your weaker areas and attempting to engage and strengthen them. By fortifying these weaker links your "mastery chain" will become stronger, more resilient, reliable, and supportive.]]> <![CDATA[Arthur Ashe's Adaptability]]> <![CDATA[A Mastery Lesson At the Ice Cream Parlor]]> Whenever we visit a new ice cream parlor, there is a mastery lesson available to us. Upon entering, the first thing that occurs is that our eyes have a field day scanning the colorful ice cream containers. We then try to imagine how wonderful or terrible the new flavors will taste.]]> <![CDATA[Expanding Our Boundaries]]> When we can gather the courage and take one more step beyond our perceived personal limits, what we will discover is that there is still ground beneath our feet.When we were young, our parents, relati]]> <![CDATA[Overwhelmed?]]> Being overwhelmed by work, an assignment, or just the mundane chores of life is a terrible feeling. It can bring up debilitating emotions of hopelessness and impending doom.]]>