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A pivotal “aha” moment put Sally Ride on a path that would send her into space

Sally Ride was in high school with a comment by her father sparked a life-changing aha momentThirty years ago this summer, Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space. As she prepared for the flight, she fielded some bizarre questions from reporters. Would she wear make up while on  the mission? Would she wear a bra under her NASA uniform? Did she ever cry at work? Whew, I’m grateful that the view of women at work has changed, and that Sally took steps to break down the barriers for us!

Sally was still a student when a comment by her father sparked a pivotal “aha” moment that  put her on a path to space, even though it would be years before the thought of becoming an astronaut even crossed her mind. She described her AHA! and its impact on her life in a 2002 book of transformational stories collected by Marlo Thomas titled The Right Words at the Right Time.

Teenaged Sally had come home from high school one day feeling blue. It wasn’t because kids were picking on her. They weren’t. The problem was her friends. Sally saw how smart they were and was convinced she’d never measure up.

Sally didn’t say anything to her father about her insecure feelings, but somehow he knew. “You’ve got to reach for the stars,” he told her that evening. He had always cheered her on and encouraged her to have big aspirations. But for some reason those words that night sparked a profound realization for Sally. Suddenly she saw how important it was to believe in herself, to set her goals high, and to work relentlessly to achieve them.

After her insight, Sally focused on becoming a professional tennis player. She loved the sport and was already playing on the U.S. junior circuit. She gave tennis everything she had but eventually saw that it wasn’t her path to the top.

Sally went back to college. She was close to earning a Ph.D. in astrophysics and was beginning to think about life after school when she noticed a NASA ad in the student newspaper. The agency had just opened the door for women to become astronauts. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

AHA! Tip: Hear what the VIPs (Very Important People) in your life are saying. Their words might spark a moment of clarity that will stay with you and change the course of your life.

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Would you like to learn what you can do — the steps you can take — to prime yourself for life-changing insights like the one that Sally and so many others have experienced? The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career draws from more than a decade of research and describes the steps you can take now to generate powerful and life-altering realizations in your life and career.


Noticing – A critical skill when it comes to priming yourself for a life-changing “aha” moment

Noticing is a key skill in priming yourself for a life-changing "aha" moment.ning yourself for a life-changing "aha" moment.

 

 

 


A Complimentary Summertime Checklist – Prime yourself for a pivotal “aha” moment to make this the best summer ever!

A Summertime Checklist -- A pivotal "aha" moment could make this your best summer ever

 Summer is here. Hooray! Click on the filename to download the quiz: A Summertime Checklist


Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Body, and Soul – Advice from Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

Spring tips for rejuvenating your life and career from author of "aha" moments self-help book

A personal spring cleaning can be easier than getting your house in shape for the coming warm weather. Sometimes, all it takes is changing your mindset ever so slightly, just enough to be open to those pivotal realizations that can radically alter some aspect of your life—your health, relationships, career, or spiritual life.

Click here to read more.


Does It Sometimes Seem that You Have Bad Karma When It Comes to Love? Test Your Relationship Readiness with This Quick Quiz.

A Valentine's Day quiz by Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of "aha" moment self-help book

Click on the filename to download the quiz: Relationship Readiness Quiz

Happy Valentines’ Day!


Do You Want to Get Fit? Test Your Readiness with This Quick Quiz.

Author of "aha" moment self-help book creates quiz to test readiness to get fit and stay fit

Would you like to get fit and stay fit? You’re not alone. Researchers have found that getting in shape is among the top three resolutions.

Test your readiness to achieve your fitness goals with this quick quiz. Click on the filename to download the quiz: Fitness Quiz.pdf


Check Your Readiness to Lose Weight with this New Quiz

Check your readiness to lose weight with the quiz from Donna Hartney, author of "aha" moment self-help book

Would you like to lose weight and keep it off? You’re not alone. Researchers have found that losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution.

Test your readiness to achieve and maintain a healthy weight with this quick quiz. Click on the filename to download the quiz: Weight Loss Quiz.pdf


Test Your Readiness to Stop Smoking with this New Quiz

Test Your Readiness to Stop Smoking with a Complimentary Quiz from Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

 Are you a smoker who would like to quit? You’re not alone. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis found that while 70% of smokers want to quit and more than half of them attempt to stop smoking each year, only six percent are successful.

Test your readiness to kick the habit with this quick quiz. Click on the filename to download the quiz: Stop Smoking Quiz.pdf


New Quiz Helps Us Keep New Year’s Resolutions

This free, downloadable quiz tests a person's readiness to keep New Year's resolutions.

Happy New Year!

The New Year is here. You’ve made your resolutions. It’s time to test your readiness to keep them with this quick quiz. Click on the filename to download the quiz: Resolution-readiness quiz.pdf

 


Want to Lose Weight? Prime Yourself for an AHA! to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals (Some additional thoughts)

When it comes to weight loss motivation, an AHA! can give you what you need to acieve your weight loss goals

I was inspired by my last post to write a press release about the role that AHA!s can plan in achieving your weight loss goals. Click here if you’re interested in reading When It Comes to Achieving Weight Loss Goals, a New Year’s Resolution and Good Intentions May Not Be Enough.

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2013!