More from and about
Richard Carlson
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One of the most dynamic and significant changes you can
make in your life is to make the commitment to drop all
negative references to your past, to begin living now.

   

I spent most of my life waiting for my turn to speak.  If you're at all like me, you'll be pleasantly amazed at the softer reactions and looks of surprise as you let others completely finish their thought before you begin yours.  Often, you will be allowing someone to feel listened to for the very first time.

      
Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, not the other way around. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. Then, as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. It's absolutely true that, "Wherever you go, there you are.”
  
  
If, however, you take a moment to observe how you actually feel immediately after you criticize someone, you'll notice that you will feel a little deflated and ashamed, almost like you're the one who has been attacked. The reason this is true is that when we criticize, it's a statement to the world and to ourselves, "I have a need to be critical." This isn't something we are usually proud to admit.
  
  
You are what you practice most.
  
One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others, thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It's not and it won't. When we make this mistake we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and/or complaining about what's wrong with life. "It's not fair," we complain, not realizing that, perhaps, it was never intended to be.
   

Learning to stop sweating the small stuff involves deciding what things to engage in and what things to ignore. From a certain perspective, life can be described as a series of mistakes, one right after another with a little space in between.

     

When you let go of your expectations, when you accept life as it is,
you're free.  To hold on is to be serious and uptight. To let go is to lighten up.

   

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Choose being kind over being right and you'll be right every time.

   

The old adage, 'If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is' isn't
always correct. In fact, the suspicion, cynicism, and doubt that are
inherent in this belief can and does keep people from taking
advantage of excellent opportunities.

   

Ironically, when you surrender your need to hog the glory, the
attention you used to need from other people is replaced by a quiet
inner confidence that is derived from letting others have it.

   
    
Richard Carlson, whose Ph.D is in psychology, was considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress-reduction around the world.  He was the author of fifteen popular books including the runaway best-seller, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff, which was named the country’s #1 best-selling book in America for two consecutive years, a feat never before achieved in publishing.

Carlson was a worldwide phenomenon as well.  His books appeared in over 100 countries, resulting in over 40 million people worldwide reading one of the books in the Don’t Sweat series.  In 1997, he was chosen by People Magazine as one of the most intriguing people to watch in the world and was a popular guest on shows such as The View, Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show and CNN.

Carlson was a highly respected and sought-after keynote speaker.  He blended humor and wisdom while encouraging present-moment living.
  

  

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