Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

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Emotional Hope

Second is the emotional aspect. Hopeful individuals evaluate their feelings in light of their anticipated outcome. They have assurance regarding the ability, strength, or genuineness of someone or something. This is not a state of denial, but rather the process of refocusing emotions so they don’t get too far off track. It is common knowledge […]

Opportunity Starts with Planting a Seed Today

It is the responsibility of each of us to make the most of opportunities. Our future rests as a unfinished sculpture before us. We can sow for a good harvest or sacrifice our future to the passing enjoyments of the present moment. If we sacrifice our future we fail or neglect to recognize the dependence […]

Opportunities are Here Today and Gone Tomorrow

A farmer who neglects to plant in the spring can never recover that lost opportunity. Many of us only realize too late that youth is a seeding time, and if this season of life is allowed to pass without sewing good seed, then weeds will take over and choke the soil. It takes a lot […]

Opportunity is a chance with advantages

No matter what your station or chapter in life, you and I face opportunities grasped and opportunities lost every day throughout every aspect of our lives. We may gloat over the one grasped and regret the one that got away. Opportunity is defined as a chance, especially one that offers some kind of advantage. It […]

12 Characteristics of OPTIMISTS

The power of optimism leads to a thankful perspective. Optimists are thankful for what they have and they bring light into darkened places. As Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.” In his best selling book, The Power of Optimism, Alan Loy McGinnis spells out 12 […]

What is an OPTIMIST?

“The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist is afraid it is so,” quipped novelist James Branch Cabell. What is an optimist? How do they think and behave? Optimistic people are individuals who are positive and encouraging. Optimists act rather than react. They are more intentional and willing to overlook […]

Experiencing the Power of OPTIMISM

Since we are in the first week of the New Year we may tend to compare the realities of 2013 with our hopes for 2014. Such was the word picture for the Romans when they selected the word “January” for the first month of their calendar year. January was chosen in honor of the Roman […]