Friday, January 30, 2015

Fred Korematsu Day

If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don't be afraid to speak up.

~~Fred Korematsu

We've all heard of ordinary people who have made their mark on the world by some courageous act. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was an equal rights advocate, Rosa Parks who refused to sit in the back of the bus...but Fred Korematsu? Who the heck was he?

Today is Fred Korematsu Day. An everyday ordinary man who questioned the government's authority to send Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II, Fred was born in the United States, educated here and spent his entire life in the U.S., yet when war broke out, he was forced into an internment camp because of his Japanese ancestry. His family, along with many others, lost, belongings, established family and social networks...all because of their heritage.

Fred had the courage to sue the government, and his case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where he lost his battle. Then 40 years later, new evidence was found showing Charles Fahy, Solicitor General of the United States, had deliberately suppressed evidence from the FBI showing that Japanese-Americans posed no security threat. To learn more about how the Fred Korematsu story ends, follow this link:

Fred Korematsu Story



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Win One For YOU!

This post first appeared in It's All In Your Head on June 24, 2013

Do something today that your future self will thank you for. That is true success.

If someone has never experienced success, they have little chance of developing a habit of success because they don't know what success feels like. Instead, they're only too well acquainted with the frustration of feelings of failure. This is why it's so important to put children in situations where they will they will know at an early age what it feels like to be a winner.

You've all experienced success in your life, but maybe you don't feel like it's a habit. So, how can you acquire your own habit of success? The answer is the same--set yourself up for success in everything you do. Arrange things so you can succeed. Nothing is too small. Being successful doing small things builds an atmosphere of success that you will carry with you into more challenging situations. One success is built upon another.

The key is to be gradual. If you start an exercise program, don't aim to evercise for one hour every day at the start. You'll be setting yourself up for failure. If you decide to return to school, don't take a full load of classes the first semester. You'll be setting yourself up for failure. If you want to change your spending habits, don't cut out all extraneous spending at once. You'll be setting yourself up for failure. The idea shouldn't be "how fast can I do this", it should be "how can I succeed". The principle is to start at a level that guarantees your success and then gradually take on more difficult tasks.

The more times you succeed, the more confidence you build. And the more confidence  you have, the easier it will be for you to continue to succeed.

~~Weekly Challenge~~
Think of a situation where you tried and failed. Was it because you took on too much all at once? Could you have started smaller and been successful? If so, rethink how you can take this same situation, break it down into smaller steps that you will be successful in accomplishing, and carry it to a successful conclusion.

Notice how each success makes you want to move on to the next step. In no time at all, you'll be at the top.



Monday, January 19, 2015

I Have A Dream

In the end we'll remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Help Is Just A Hotline Away

This post first appeared in It's All In Your Head on September 2, 2013.

As a counselor, I have access to referral sites where I can direct others in times of crisis. However, none are as powerful as these "Holy Hotlines" I found posted on Facebook. I

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I Resolve...

Permission Granted

Well, we're into the first full week of 2015, and I'm just are you doing on your New Year's Resolution?  Did you make one? Was it specific or general? Was it

Monday, January 5, 2015

Set Your Sails

     The same wind blows on us all. Where we arrive is determined by the set of our sails.

~~Jim Rohn

The Same Wind Blows On Us All by Jim Rohn.

I sometimes find myself making excuses when things don't work out the way I thought they would. Usually the blame goes to something external...someone dropping the ball (not me of