Archives: Personal Development


Thinking and Consequences

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (22)

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I have often been asked if thinking can be considered a form of action.  The short answer is yes.  To employ Aristotelian logic, since thoughts have consequences, we can reasonably conclude that thoughts are actions. But the whole notion of thinking as a form of action puts us on that proverbial slippery slope.  Like physical […]

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Things Change

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)

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The next time you find yourself anxious or distressed about a business or personal situation, you’ll find it to be enormously helpful to think about a reality of life that seems to escape people who are constantly stressed: things change! This reality began to hit home with me in the late seventies, following a meeting […]

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Making the Time

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (23)

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In an interview I did some years ago with Hugh Downs, I asked him how he finds the time to get so much accomplished. He explained that people who complain about not being able to find the time to do things they say are important to them are approaching the issue with the wrong mind-set. […]

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Letting Go

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (43)

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There are thousands of great quotes to be found in books and on the Internet, the best ones being those that have a major impact on your life. These are the quotes that elicit a “Wow!” in your brain — the ones that stick with you forever and help form the foundation for the way […]

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Peace of Mind, Part IV

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (22)

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In this, the final installment of my four-part article on peace of mind, I’m going to share with you two anti-stress techniques that are especially important. In fact, I don’t believe it’s possible to achieve a low stress level and peace of mind without them.   Resist the temptation to try to make the world […]

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Peace of Mind, Part III

Posted on August 16, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (28)

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In Parts I and II of this article, I emphasized that stress is a self-imposed mental state.  In today’s Part III, I’m going to suggest some healthy thoughts that I believe can help you overcome a stressful mind-set.   Shake the habit of fretting and stewing about non-existent problems. It’s amazing how many people live […]

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Peace of Mind, Part II

Posted on August 13, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (17)

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The foundation for handling sadness and misfortune, and thus for leading a low-stress life, is what I like to refer to as “living right.” What I mean by this term is consistently being conscious of, and vigilant about, trying to make good choices. Please, no relativism copout here when it comes to deciding what “living […]

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Peace of Mind, Part I

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (32)

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Some months ago, following a keynote address I had given, a middle-aged lady approached me and asked if she could speak with me for a few minutes. I told her I’d be more than happy to speak with her, whereupon she began to share with me the difficulty she was experiencing in trying to cope […]

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Prerequisite to Loving Your Neighbor

Posted on August 4, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (35)

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Over the years, I’ve been fascinated by the lack of self-respect I have observed in so many people with whom I have dealt. It isn’t necessary for a person to tell me that he lacks self-respect. You can see it in his facial expressions and body language; you can hear it in his words and […]

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A Turn in the Road

Posted on June 25, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (49)

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I believe in free will and man’s capacity to rise above adversity. I believe in accountability. I believe in the basic virtues upon which Western civilization has been built. But I also believe that people sometimes take a wrong turn in the road — perhaps inadvertently or maybe as a result of an ill-advised, impulsive […]

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