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Taking Action

Optimists live the action imperative

Luther and Beck Inspire by Taking a Stand for Faith

Luther and Beck Inspire by Taking a Stand for Faith

As I write in The Optimism Advantage, “One of the best ways to inspire others is to share heroic stories from the past and the present. Stories turn experiences into narratives, people into heroes and earned successes into renewed...

A Negotiation Opportunity on the Way to Optimism

Optimism isn’t just a positive attitude; it involves constructive skills put into action to achieve results. One critical skill for your personal and professional life is the art and skill of effective negotiation. As I share in The Optimism...

Don’t Settle for Excuses!

There’s no question that life is difficult, but the way that you respond to those difficulties will determine whether you’re a victim or a resilient survivor. That continuing choice has little to do with what happens to you, and...

Get Busy Focusing on YOUR Economy!

Get Busy Focusing on YOUR Economy!

The media seems obsessed with talking about when THE economy will improve. As a result, too many people are watching instead of actively making the best of their own opportunities. They forget that free enterprise all but ensures expansion...

Star in Your Own Positive Soap Opera!

Star in Your Own Positive Soap Opera!

When I wrote The Optimism Advantage, I observed how modern-day-living has a way of reinforcing how little you control, making it far too easy to become a victim. Victims feel that they can’t do anything to make a difference...

Karli Padilla Dancing at Saddleback Church Provides Inspiration for Mothers

Taking an evening to drive down to see my niece bring her dancing skills to a Mothers’ Day Service at Saddleback Church reminds me of the power of faith and music to inspire hope and joy. Karli Padilla has...

Paulson’s Video Log for March 25-31

This week’s collection of my daily video logs has quite a grab bag of events. I hope you enjoy this window into what a speaker and author actually does—there’s both mundane and the special moments. You’ll enjoy highlights from...

Jim Cathcart Brings His Music to Bogies

Jim Cathcart Brings His Music to Bogies

Sometimes you actually get to turn enduring memories into new dreams. Last night friends from far and wide came to share an evening at Bogie’s Bar & Lounge to hear Jim Cathcart rock out to songs we all know...

Optimists Trust Themselves More than Washington

Optimists Trust Themselves More than Washington

Two recent surveys indicate that many Americans are becoming less optimistic about our government and the strength of the economic recovery. While the stock market has performed well in the last year, small businesses, the major source of...

Adversity Produces Strength

Adversity Produces Strength

One of my favorite quotes from The Optimism Advantage was one by Jim Loehr. He provides a valuable perspective, “Life is about storms. . . . Stress, in and of itself, is not the problem. Stress can be...

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