written by Mick Ukleja

3 Ways To Exercise Your Most Important Emotional Muscle

One of the most important muscles we have is the emotional muscle of gratitude.  Since it’s a muscle, how can we exercise it and make it stronger? Webster defines “Contentment” as the choice to be at peace with yourself and at peace with the world around you. Contentment doesn’t lead to apathy.  It leads to […]

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11.22.2016
written by Mick Ukleja

4 Ways To Make Friends With Your “Negative” Emotions

I was in my car hurrying to an appointment. It felt like I was hitting every stoplight. At one intersection the light finally turned “green” and the driver in front of me did not notice. What in “blazes” is wrong with them? Are they texting? Checking email? Or just “brain dead?” I “lightly” honked my […]

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10.20.2016
written by Mick Ukleja

Every Card Deck Has a Wild Card. Use Yours!

Everyone comes into the world with a hand full of cards that was not of their own choosing. It’s the hand they were dealt. We have innate intelligence that was hard wired upon our entrance. We didn’t choose the family we were born into – nor did they choose theirs! The connections in our formative […]

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09.29.2016
written by Mick Ukleja

3 Essential Mindsets To Make Your Twenties Count!

I recently did a training session for the leadership team and staff of Special Olympics of Southern California. One third of the participants were Millennials.  Their attentiveness to career development and life choices was personally encouraging.  These 2 things are also at the core of the present day topic of Extended Adolescence. Just as the […]

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09.22.2016
written by Mick Ukleja

Reflection: 5 Valuable Questions That Will Guide Your Journey

The famous Irish poet Oscar Wilde once said, “The final mystery is oneself.” But how do you unravel the mystery that is you? This can’t happen without self-awareness, and self-awareness won’t happen without reflection. Yet what does reflection really mean? Reflection is different from introspection. Introspection is simply looking in. Stopping there not only limits […]

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09.08.2016
written by Mick Ukleja

7 Ways To Turn Your Dreams Into Reality

When our dreams collide with reality, reality wins! Dreams without action is a world of make believe.  Consider the following: 96% of college professors believe they have above average teaching skills. 50% of high school students believe they will attend law school, medical school, or grad school. Time magazine asked in a survey, “Are you […]

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09.01.2016
written by Mick Ukleja

Why Do We Judge Others?

5 Tendencies That Ambush Our “Better” Judgment

No matter how much we think we shouldn’t judge others, we are conditioned to do it.  Making quick judgments can lead to regrets.  We narrate and share stories about others – usually without most of the facts.  We know that caution should be used when making judgments about someone’s character or choices.  Largely these are […]

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Posted In: Personal Values
08.25.2016
written by Mick Ukleja

RESILIENCE: THE ART OF OVERCOMING AND RESTARTING

“God never made any material as resilient as the human spirit” Resilience is an appealing characteristic. The temptation is to make it bigger than life. It’s not bigger than life. It’s how we go through life — successfully. Here are 5 truths about resilience to remember. IT’S NOT JUST FOR A SELECT FEW – When […]

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08.17.2016
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