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Posts by Patricia C. Brooks

Are Rules Running Your Life?

Principles guide us by motivating us internally to do what seems to be appropriate for each situation.  Rules compel us to do what we are told is right regardless of the situation. Principles are internal and guide us, often subtly, from within.  Rules are external and force us to follow a certain path.  In general,…

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The Universe has your Back

The Universe is on my side, and it is on yours too, though it might not seems this way sometimes – when things in our lives seem to go “wrong”, when we don’t get our way, when one “bad” thing after another befalls us.  Despite our thoughts and feelings about what unfolds in our lives,…

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Try vs. Do: The Difference Between Failure and Success

Why are some people successful at reaching their goals while others are not? Successful people decide to do; whereas people who want to succeed, but who fail to, typically decide to try. When I hear someone say “I’ll try.”,  I don’t believe they will succeed, as much as I would like for them to.  What…

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Safety Net

The need to feel safe is a need that is hardwired into the fabric or our beings. We look to fulfill this need from others around us – our parents, bosses, newscasters, spouses, and ministers, to name a few. But do you ever look to find it in yourself? Do you feel empowered or capable…

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Anything is Possible

I learned anything is possible, during a radio segment called “Second Date”. The two morning show hosts autopsy a first date that did not result in a second one. The goal of the “Second Date” segment is to see what went wrong and if after hearing an explanation the couple would like to go on…

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My Way or the Highway

Being open to different approaches is a powerful way to live. It comes from the recognition that there is not merely one way to accomplish anything.  The ability to be open starts when you detach from how things have to be in your life for you to be happy, successful, respected.  Only then can you…

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” I often hear these words in the voices of my mother and father, when I’m considering doing something that might upset my current circumstances.  It has been a guiding force in my life, meant to protect me, but more and more these days this…

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Put an End to Constant Firefighting

When employees are forced to place all of their time and attention on fixing what has just blown up or gone off the rails, that’s called firefighting.  While there are some people who get a boost from the adrenaline rush these “fires” can create, extended periods of firefighting with one urgent situation after another (and…

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What’s your next right move?

Sometimes in life, we do things, quite unintentionally, that cause us to struggle.  We buy a house that seemed to fit the bill only to realize soon after moving in, it wasn’t the right one or we continue to date someone we know isn’t right for us long after we have this epiphany, in order…

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