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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Fixing "Unhappiness" Seems an Important Daily Goal

I depend on Suzanne Lieurance's  Morning Nudge to get me started each day. She is my Working Writers Coach for sure!  So I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite nudges.  By the way, she is also my inspiration. she does so much for writers! 

What to Do if You're Unhappy with Some Aspect of Your Life

I was watching a video of Tony Robbins on YouTube the other day and he said something that really stuck with me.

He said, "If you are unhappy with anything in your life, simply raise your standards in that area."

So what did he mean by that?

Well, according to Robbins, we all have standards that we have set for ourselves in all areas of our life. These standards are the way we see ourselves and the way we think we are supposed to live.

We have health and fitness standards, relationship standards, and wealth standards, for example. We probably set these standards for ourselves long ago based on something we were told or taught.

But, the thing is, many times these standards no longer apply to the life we want to be living now.

For example, long ago someone might have told you that you were overweight and it was a genetic thing. You were just destined to be overweight and there wasn't much you could do about it.

So guess what?

You either accepted that and used it to create low health and fitness standards for yourself or you failed to believe it and raised your standards in this area.

If you raised your health and fitness standards, you started eating right and exercising regularly and eventually you were no longer overweight. It might not have been easy. But it wasn't impossible once you raised your standards.

Today, look at any of the areas in your life you are unhappy with.

Examine the way you have set and accepted low standards for yourself in these areas.

Next, decide to raise your standards in each of these areas.

Write down your new standards so you're really clear about how you want to see yourself and how you want to live according to these new standards.

Try it!

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You can also find her and check out her Working Writer Coach services at http://www.workingwriterscoach.com

 Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .


  1. Suzanne, thank you for the guest blog. Full of wisdom, as always.

  2. Carolyn, I get the Morning Nudge and read that one! Suzanne is certainly full of great ideas and wisdom.


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