Happy birthday, Sylvester Stallone!

Jul 06 2012 Published by under Inspiration

Today is Sylvester Stallone’s birthday. Rocky’s star turns 66! On behalf of the Lift My Depression community, I would like to wish him many happy returns!

Now, why Stallone and depression you might wonder?

Well, here is what he said about depression in his CNN interview from May 14th, 2005:  Continue Reading »

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How to Get Over Criticism

Sep 08 2011 Published by under Attitude, Change, Strategy

Here is an article I enjoyed so much that I just had to post it on my blog! 

It’s by Christine Kane:

“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar
Here’s one thing I’m pretty sure of:

I’m pretty sure you don’t want to know “How to Get Over Criticism.”

I’ll bet you’d prefer a guide called: “How to Avoid Criticism and Ensure that Everybody Loves You Unequivocally til the Day You Die.”

Unfortunately, the subtitle would be: “Or How to Have a Totally Boring Life.”

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Lift depression by making choices in favour of fascination

Apr 05 2010 Published by under Decision, Determination, Inspiration

Do you remember the last time you felt fascinated? Did you ever feel fascinated by a form or a colour, a reflection of the light or a natural phenomenon? What about by an intricacy of design? Or by people and their behaviour? It is probably not too hard to recall moments of total absorption before you got unwell. But what fascinates you these days?

Looking back at my own experience of depression, the magical feelings of being fascinated with the world around you fade away pretty fast once the depression descends upon you. The world rapidly turns bleak. Day dreaming, imagination and our innate curiosity evaporate. Emptiness invades our heads and hearts. We slow down. We shut the world out. We lock ‘the door’. We throw away or misplace ‘the keys’.  Continue Reading »

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Do you really want to recover from depression?

Feb 18 2010 Published by under Determination, Inspiration

Wait… don’t log off… give me a minute of your attention… please…

I know how upsetting it is to read the title of this post. But let me explain.

Of course, you want to be depression-free. I have no doubts that this is your conscious choice.

However, it’s not enough to want this outcome consciously. What goes on deep in the recesses of your subconscious mind will also influence whether you can achieve your desired results.

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Depression and failure: Edison’s lesson on handling failures.

Feb 11 2010 Published by under Decision, Determination, Inspiration

Today is Thomas Edison’s birthday. He was born 163 years ago and was one of the most prolific inventors in history.

I really like some of his quotes:

‘As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me’.

‘If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves…’.

‘The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness….’.

‘Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up’.

I consider Edison my role model in how to handle a failure. He had pretty amazing attitude, patience and perseverance. When he was
designing a working electric light bulb, I believe he had over 3000 attempts that failed. Instead of giving up, he chose to focus on the valuable insight that these failures gave him, made some adjustments and tried again. He understood that failures lead to success.

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