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Worry smarter and reclaim the joy in your life

Do you lie awake at night agonizing over things that could happen? Do you automatically expect the worst? Have you worried obsessively about things only to have everything turn out okay? Instead of worrying yourself sick, let the The Worrywart's Companion show you how to worry smart and soothe yourself so that you can think more clearly, deal with the worry at hand, and then let it go.

Try these simple ideas and start worrying smarter right now: Talk to yourself the way a friend would - Take a warm bath - Practice "underreacting" - Imagine a happy ending - Do a good deed - Watch a funny movie

With these tips and many more, you will be able to release yourself from worry and learn to enjoy every moment--no matter where your life takes you.

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The Worrywart's Companion: Twenty-One Ways to Soothe Yourself and Worry Smart
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For those who telecommute, work from home, do "brain work," and those who must continually acquire new skills to keep up with today's changing workplace, knowing how to self-motivate and self-manage is a requisite for success in the 21st century. Unfortunately, most people have poor self-management skills. In a quest for excellence, some set unattainable standards and fall victim to nitpicking and criticism. Others procrastinate until their anxiety levels are so high that only fear propels them to perform. These methods are not only suboptimal, they're self-defeating. In this book, Dr. Beverly Potter offers tools and techniques for becoming a better self-manager. Readers learn how to overcome negative thinking and redefine problems as challenges, how to set compelling goals, how to make action plans with "doing" steps, and how to maintain high motivation with self-rewards. Both empowering and informative, Managing Yourself for Excellence helps readers put an end to self-derailment and get back on the track to success.
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Managing Yourself for Excellence: How to Become a Can-Do Person
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As disdain grows for the workings of Washington, patriots across the country have gathered in "tea parties," harkening back to the nation's roots in 1773 when "No taxation without representation" was the motto. Americans again feel overly taxed by rulers who don't listen, and the tea parties have grown into a movement comprised of deeply concerned Americans who have never previously participated in any demonstration. With this comes a renewed interest in our unique history as a nation, and Patriots Handbook offers just that. For those interested in actually reading the founding documents and learning about what the Founding Fathers had to say, Patriots Handbook offers our nation's founding documents, along with inspiring quotes and excerpts about the glorious history of our great nation.
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The Patriots Handbook
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eeking excellence was the predominant issue of the '80s, when peak performance gave the competitive edge. Now the challenge is leadership. Since each of us has a personal and unique path we can't find it just by following another person's leadership. To find our own path requires that we learn to lead ourselves. Finding a Path with a Heart shows how to find direction and meaning in your work and your life. The path you are seeking may be a career direction, a project you are working on, or any task where you are trying to find the way from where you are to your completed objective. Beverly Potter shows how you can find your own path, one that is in tune with your values, one that will make your heart sing.

Most leadership guides tell how to take charge of other people. Finding a Path with a Heart, in contrast, shows how to resolve self-leading dilemmas that everyone grapples within today's changing workplace. Employing the latest accelerated learning principles, readers learn to use metaphorical pathfinding "tools," such as Compass (to get one's bearings) and Target (to get one's goals).

Finding a Path with a Heart builds on Potter's classic book, OvercomingJob Burnout , showing how to go beyond job burnout to be creative and successful while envisioning a compelling career path, and bringing personal fulfillment into one's work.

Docpotter defines "bliss" (or joy, ecstasy, happiness) as a positive state of peak performance called the "flow" state, which was studied extensively for 20 years by University of Chicago psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who found that in the flow state people feel at one with what they are doing, action seems effortless, attention is highly focused and performance is optimal. Potter shows how to apply the discoveries about flow to achieve bliss and peak performance while at work.



When you're following your own personal path, you discover what is good for you and what works for you. Each person is unique, and what is blissful for one person may be a burnout for another. Every person is unique, and what helps each person achieve the flow state - or bliss - will also be unique. To find your path to bliss, you must enter uncharted territory. Going into the unknown makes you a pioneer of sorts, and it requires that you develop your skills as a pathfinder.

You must take the lead. No one else is going to find the path that leads to bliss for you. You must lead yourself to find a way to your bliss. The pathfinder is the person who sees the road ahead and the craft of pathfinding is the art and skill of personal leadership. 

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Finding a Path with a Heart: Eknath Easwaran on St. Francis, St. Augustine, St. Paul, and Mother Teresa Second Edition
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Unrealistic goals can frustrate good intentions and thwart the best efforts. This guide shows how to set goals to boost your performance in all areas of your life.
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High Performance Goal Setting: How to Use Intuition to Achieve Your Dreams
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This fun and practical guide offers a huge variety of tips on living for less "with grace, humor, and] imagination." The author covers a wide range of topics including food, housing, transportation, clothes, and entertainment.
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Living Cheaply with Style: Live Better and Spend Less
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Using the discipline of the ronin -- the free-roaming samurai of ancient Japan -- this ground-breaking book presents innovative career strategies for getting ahead in an unpredictable workplace.
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The Way of the Ronin: Riding the Waves of Change
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A psychologist who barely survived a disastrous fire, Steven Shepard provides essential tips for avoiding fires and saving lives if one occurs. He advises readers in how to deal with the trauma of a fire's aftermath, as well as how to talk to insurance co
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Be Fire Safe: How to Avoid Fire, Reduce Loss, and Recover from Insurance If You Have a Fire
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Rather than promoting any particular diet or exercise regime, this title focuses on the missing link to lasting weight loss - the powerful role of the mind. The most critical key to losing weight and keeping it off lies in the way we think. One's ability to switch to a positive state of mind in the face of setback is crucial. Dr. Mautner presents real-life examples, exercises, self-quizzes, and mini homework lessons to help the reader change from negative to positive.
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Change Your Mind, Change Your Weight
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Job burnout is something that doesn't go away - especially in a chaotic economy. It is a kind of job depression caused by feelings of powerlessness - loss of control over one's work. The effect is devastating. The victim dreads going to work. Productivity falls and life becomes hell. Burnout is stressful, but it is not caused by stress. Going on a vacation provides relief until the vacation is over and one must return to the job. OVERCOMING JOB BURNOUT describes how burnout can take hold and how to turn it around. Docpotter offers 8 proven strategies for increasing personal power and renewing enthusiasm for working. Book is filled with practical advice that the reader can implement immediately.
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Overcoming Job Burnout: How to Renew Enthusiasm for Work
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We have freedom of speech but we're afraid to speak. Our lives have become subjected to PC tyranny--a constant fear of "offending" someone. We think that we are independent and that it is the other guy who is influenced, brain washed, duped, persuaded. We feel like we think for ourselves. How can we "feel" otherwise? There's no way to know because countless influences and interactions have molded us.

We're members of various groups--circles of friends, family, professional groups, hobby group, and workplace groups. Groups have a way of developing a view that it imposes with a kind of group-think. We want to belong, to be liked and included so go along and get along. We don't make waves by questioning. If we have a different view, we keep it to ourselves. Why rock the boat?

Thinking for yourself is not so easy. When encountering an argument to a long held opinion or a wild idea, we use critical thinking to evaluate it, as we were taught to do in school. The problem is that critical thinking is critical. It focuses our thinking on the negative--what doesn't work, what's wrong with the idea--and encourages my-side thinking where we evaluate evidence in a way that favors our beliefs and entraps us into closed-mindedness. Thinking for yourself requires open-mindedness. Open-mindedness is being receptive and, when the issue is important, calls for actively searching for evidence against your beliefs.

Thinking is not driven by answers but by questions. Every intellectual field is born out of a cluster of questions to which answers are needed. Had no questions been asked by those who laid the foundation for a field -- for example, Physics or Biology -- the field would never have been developed.

We define tasks, express problems and delineate issues with questions. Answers signal an end point and stop thought, except when an answer generates a further question.

Timothy Leary said, "to think for yourself you must question authority." To think, you must question. To think through or rethink anything, one must ask questions that stimulate thought. The quality of your questions determines the quality of your thinking.

Thinking begins within some content when questions are generated. No questions equals no understanding. To engage in thinking through your content you must stimulate your thinking with questions that lead to further questions.

Our own opinions is one authority we should frequently question. Times change. We change. Perspectives and values change. Book explores how opinions and values we held in the past need periodic evaluation and challenge. Independent thinkers evolve and need to shed the shackles of old views and opinions.

Ridicule is the strongest weapon for pressing us to conform. It is a kind of bait that if you go for it will entrap you in an argument you can't win and leave you looking ridiculous and deflated. Question Authority; Think for Yourself offers techniques, with examples, of how to deflect attacks, side-tracks, and put-downs.

If you've bitten your tongue and later wished you'd spoken up and not been cowed into silence by a mocking co-worker when you revealed a "politically incorrect" viewpoint, you'll find much of interest in Question Authority; Think for Yourself .

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Question Authority; Think for Yourself
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urning Around explains behavior psychology and how to apply the techniques to daily supervision situations. It is a valuable reference to return to when faced with difficult management questions

Turning Around shows step-by-step how to assure top performance from yourself and all those on your team. It explains the most complex techniques in down-to-earth terms.

Turning Around tells how to: 

Use behavior modification 
Conduct interviews 
Lead meetings 
Mediate conflicts 
Manage authority 
Manage yourself

 

Turning Around focuses strictly on objectives and how to achieve them day-in and day-out. It makes your job easier and your career progress more satisfying.



Many traditional management theories have failed to produce the desired results because they have tended to view employee behaviors as isolated events, and have thus overlooked their relationship to the environmental setting. These theories often point to internal needs, motives, and conflicts as the sole determinants of a person's actions. On the other hand, when you expand your vision to look at those behaviors in their environmental context, you may conclude that within that environment, it may be that your actions or nonactions are the very events that evoke or maintain the behaviors you would like to eliminate. In other words, one way of changing the behavior of those around you is to change your own behavior. 

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Turning Around: Keys to Motivation and Productivity
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Citizen Ninja stand up to power in pursuit of freedom, truth, and justice. Citizen Ninjas speak up; they don't wait for others to speak for them. Citizen Ninjas are prepared, discerning, self-reliant and assertive. They step out of their comfort zone to nimbly challenge powerful entities that disenfranchise the public and reduce citizen power.

Citizen Ninjas respond to community issues and actively engage City Hall to make a difference. They pay attention to government business and actively direct elected public servants to create policies that benefit the interests of the whole community. They are the activists who demand government transparency and are the watchdogs who speak out when there is corruption or ethical wrongdoing.

Citizen Ninjas are passionate. They know that their civic participation places them in a better position of influence when new regulations, mandates, and ordinances are enacted.

Citizen Ninjas are activists who strive to preserve the power of self-government--a representative republic that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. They actively engage in the public square rather than passively allowing government agencies to make decisions on their behalf. While being passionate, Citizen Ninjas avoid throwing vitriolic word bombs like "fascist pig" or "baby killer" and instead build trust, find common ground, and work toward constructive solutions.

Showing up at a city council meeting, a public workshop, a rally, or a town hall meeting to express dissatisfaction is the right thing to do, but being effective takes more than good intentions. Citizen Ninjas are smarter, more cunning and strategically savvy in approaching highly organized government agencies, powerful corporations and established non-governmental organizations they partner with.

In Citizen Ninja author Baker presents a peaceful approach to political activism espousing an exchange of ideas, robust debate, respect, and tolerance as opposed to tactics which promote violence, hatred, prejudice, and bullying. Every two years, many Americans get busy and campaign for the candidate of their choice. Activity ranges from simply speaking to friends and family about their choices, to donating money, walking precincts, and voting. Then after the election the majority go back to working, playing, and raising families.

Citizen Ninja explores the importance of continuing participation in government after elections. Baker stresses that We the People keep informed about what is going on in local government agencies--city council, school board, county board of supervisors, and metropolitan planning organizations, to seek opportunities for civic participation. The book shows that we are the boss, politicians are the employees who require supervision and guidance and are more effective when having our support and attention. When we are part of the process, we are part of the solution.

In Citizen Ninja readers learn how to speak up in public without being scared or intimidated. Citizen Ninja shows that to be effective in civil discourse, we must transform the way we think about activism. Standing up to power is not about acting out in anger, condoning violence, or relying on mean-spirited tactics. Rather it is about honesty, building trust, treating others with respect, working towards constructive solutions, and effective communication.

With practice, Citizen Ninja readers will master skills that enable them to respond intelligently rather than to reacting to stimulation or provocation. These skills include how to seek opportunities for engagement, assess a setting, ask a question, discern a person's knowledge on an issue, neutralize a bully, and more

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Citizen Ninja: Stand Up to Power
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Like all teens, African American teens find themselves wondering what they should or should not be doing and how they should behave toward each other -- only they often have no male role model in the home and negative models, like gang-banger, on the street. As they struggle to build their characters, they receive feedback from multiple sources, causing confusion. Training Black Spirit offers a guide through the fog of adolescence by providing a personal training aid in ethics -- values -- especially tailored for Black teens. It holds that our spirits, which protect and sustain us, direct and unify our thoughts, efforts, and actions.

Author Dr. William L. Conwill helps Black teens prepare for adulthood in the family, the community, and the world by developing their characters. Training Black Spirit builds upon African American cultural heritage, which is all too often absent from Black teens' experience. The principles presented here provide directives or instructions on living, as well as a defense against destructive influences. like drugs and violence. These principles are represented throughout the text by Adinkra symbols, along with a martial-arts self-defense interpretation for each principle, which teens discuss with an adult facilitator.

Drawing on brain science, transpersonal psychology, and mainstream psychiatry, as well as ancient traditions, Training Black Spirit guides Black teens in conducting a personal and conscious examination of the traditional principles that enable us to survive, create, and nurture life.

Keeping teens from heading down the wrong road is am increasing challenge. Training Black Spirit is a guide for young, black teens to explore their personal values or ethics through the use of symbols and values from West African culture to help build character. The book prepares teens for obstacles they will met with in life, providing values and behaviors for coping with challenging life experiences.

In light of recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere, many black teens find themselves at a crossroads: Who are they today, and who do they want to be in the future? Training Black Spirit is a guide for teens dealing with these difficult challenges. As a psychologist Dr. Conwill has worked extensively with teens in various settings, helping them their challenges, providing ethical principles to guide them through.

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Training Black Spirit: Ethics for African American Teens
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This presents effective techniques for resolving disputes. This excellent source can serve as a basic training manual for you who are involved in mediating disputes. The extensive array of real-life examples of typical scripts that may play out in situations that will help you clarify these ideas. These are powerful tools for anyone caught in the middle of other people's disputes. It shows how effective mediators can pull people together to produce creative solutions. With hands-on methods and realistic scenarios and techniques. It shows how conflict can be an opportunity to control disputants and avoid outbursts, set a problem solving tone, uncover the nature and scope of the dispute, interview angry people and keep them on track. A Dewey Decimal Number has been added for easy library filing.
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From Conflict to Cooperation
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The Simple Pleasures of Life: How to Tune Into the Moment to Enjoy NOWwas derived from Sir John Lubbock's endearing classic, The Pleasures of Life completely rewritten and abridged by Beverly Potter, PhD.

Principles of living in the moment are woven into Lubbock's appealing descriptions of simple pleasures and around us--if only we looked when we, too often, overlook. Lubbock's robust but sensitive descriptions of nature, money, friends, home help readers get out of their minds to experience moments of NOW and living more fully in the present--the secret of a happy life.

The Simple Pleasures of Life: How to Tune Into the Moment to Enjoy NOW guides readers to be more conscious of how their thoughts and emotions get in the way of living in genuine peace and happiness. Have more joy right now--just stop and smell the flowers, a simple pleasure.

Frantic enlightenment seekers with lives packed schedules and busyness with especially love this friendly, loving little book.

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Simple Pleasures: Tune Into Now!
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