What Are You Willing to Do to Be Happier?

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You want to be happy.  You're dreaming of being happy.  With your whole body and soul, you yearn to find happiness ... true lasting happiness ... the happiness that you know deep down in your heart has the potential to set you free. Yet, when you're put to the test of what you're willing to do to be happier, you throw up one objection after the … [Read more...]

Experience Love on a Deeper Level Every Day

“Feel the presence of love. Take it in, live it, give it and do it with soul” -HeySoul

  Love is what life is all about – both the giving and receiving of it.  I believe this to be true, yet I’m more than a bit embarrassed to say that sometimes I put this concept aside to handle my daily “to do” list.    Let’s face it … work projects come with deadlines … I get busy. There are things to do, errands to run, places to go, … [Read more...]

What to Do When People Irritate and Aggravate You

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As you may already know, Believe and Create is extremely active in posting on Facebook.  Part of our mission is to reach out to plant seeds that can help others each and every day.   Facebook is a perfect forum for that as most of us are very busy, so we don’t have time for heavy reading and yet we can benefit from “thought boosters” to help us … [Read more...]

In Honor of Father’s Day: Three Lessons I Learned from My Dad

My Dad -- Johnny Joseph Novak

Since today is Father’s Day, I thought I’d share 3 things that I learned from my dad that I think are worthwhile for just about everyone. 1.  Be generous, but don’t be showy about it.    We came from modest means.  Okay, we lived on a super-tight budget where there was little to no room for the extras that all my friends’ families seemed to … [Read more...]

I’m Feeling Dazed, Confused, and Totally Lost. Can You Relate?

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Life doesn’t always make sense.  It just doesn’t.  And frankly, sometimes it doesn’t make sense to such a ridiculous degree that my entire body yearns to scream “C’mon already – this is bull crap!” I mean, I’ve been following a whole herd of personal growth gurus and life strategy experts and spiritual know-it-alls for what seems like … [Read more...]

Reclaim a Sense of Calm Using the 5-5 Breath Meditation

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Have you ever found yourself obsessing about something?  Who hasn’t, right? It's so easy to get trapped in the often circular thinking pattern that only generates unnecessary stress in our lives. Consider just a few of the various situations that can put your mind into overdrive: You have an important deadline coming up and if you cloned … [Read more...]

When Your Life Feels Like a Mess, It’s Time to Go Within

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “My life is an absolute mess … and I have no idea how to fix it”? Perhaps you’re encountering a virtual stew of problems, that may include financial struggles, relationship problems, career confusion, health and wellness issues, or a general lack of clarity about the direction and purpose of your life  (and … [Read more...]

What You Have to Remember About Overcoming Your Fears

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I’m pretty sure that Joseph Campbell was speaking metaphorically when he made this famous statement, but on this day I took the message literally as I was about to enter an actual cave. This blog post is about facing your fears, so bear with me while I tell a short story. You have to know the story to relate to the lessons learned … lessons that … [Read more...]

Don’t Try to Be Someone You’re Not for Somebody Else

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In a previous post here, I talked about an Outrageous Act of Self-Love: Taking Off Your Masks.         I thought I'd do a quick follow-up to the post, with another encouragement to live authentically. It's your life  and you don't  serve yourself or anyone else  by pretending to be someone you're not.   It might work for a while, but in the long … [Read more...]

Create the Life You Want: Take Responsibility

The Blame Game.

It's hard to believe that from its humble beginnings with just a few dozen followers, the Believe and Create Facebook Community is now 158,000+ strong.    It's been an honor and a privilege to get to know so many of you.  I’ve learned so much since launching this effort ... about our hopes, fears, dreams, insecurities, beliefs, and more.  We have … [Read more...]

When You Truly Accept Yourself, Your Life Just Works Better

All I have to do today is be myself -- because I am more than good enough.

There’s nothing wrong with you.     Let me repeat that statement one more time so you can take it in more fully:      There’s nothing wrong with you.   How does that concept make you feel?  Maybe it filled you with a sense of relief … it affirmed that you’re okay and that made you feel better. Or, maybe your mind flat-out rejected the idea, … [Read more...]

The #1 Thing You Must Do After You Make a Mistake

Mistakes aren't meant to defeat you

I make mistakes.    I fall down.   There I said it; I make mistakes and I know it. How about you?  Do you ever make mistakes … do you ever fall down, too? Here are a few of what I consider to be my “classic” mistakes… the ones that seem to trip me up most often:   I speak when I should listen. I spend money when I should save … [Read more...]

Taking Off Your Masks: An Outrageous Act of Self-Love

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As a child, I loved Halloween and the ability to transform into anyone I wanted to be.  A mask and a hand-made costume was all I needed for a fun-filled night spent wandering up and down our neighborhood streets, gathering gobs of sugary treats.  Wearing a mask for a night was great fun.  Truth be told, they seldom stayed on for the full night -- … [Read more...]

7 Valuable Lessons from Wisdom Meets Passion

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I'm a sucker for books that challenge me to think and act in new ways.    Beyond that,  I've been a fan of Dan Miller's work for a few years now.  So I was excited to see that his newest effort, When Wisdom Meets Passion co-authored with his son Jared Angaza, had been released. A few pages in, I became "hooked" on the book's  message when I saw … [Read more...]

Show Some Enthusiasm!

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  Are you walking around in life down in the dumps and hoping something will magically change? Magic might happen, but those are long-shot odds my friend. Instead of embracing the Gloomy Gus whom most of us befriend from time to time -- try taking a proactive approach to adding more happiness in your life. Here's a simple thing you … [Read more...]