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Think about where you were 5 years ago. Seems like only yesterday, right? Are you where you’d thought you’d be 5 years later, when you looked forward back then? Are you leading the life you envisioned? Do you have the income, lifestyle, freedom, health, relationships, poise and skills you thought you would have by now? Guess What? Now you get another chance to look forward to the next 5 years Over the next 5 years you can accomplish what people spend a lifetime ...
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller The world is moving fast—so you should be, too. Here’s how to inspire movement and influence change. The world is moving fast, and the pace of change is only going to keep increasing. It’s challenging us to rethink what we do and how we do it—to rethink how we will operate as leaders into the future. It is challenging us to develop new operating systems for ...
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same ...
 It all starts with passions and those things that make us feel alive. Our longings, our discontent, learning more about who we are, and our purpose in life. Precious moments, dreams or goals that make us want to jump out of bed every morning. It can be a sudden passion that leads you to the next wish fulfilled. Either way, these passions give us our life purpose. Are you living life as your true, authentic self? Whoa! That is a loaded affirmation. What does that even mean? Well, ...
For some reason there are two ways to have emotions, very big or none. Society tells us to keep calm and love all and then to hate with a passion. Why is there no in between? How about today we start to listen with our heads and feel with a mix of kindness and caring. There are many days that feeling not happy or not sad just don’t feel right and we can change that. There is a range of appropriate happy and just enough sadness to be able to express yourself in the way that you want. It ...
One of the most difficult things to talk about in therapy that I've noticed with clients and myself is the subject of shame.  We either try to avoid it or cover it up with another emotion like anger, resentment, or sadness.  If we go back to our earlier years in childhood, shame is the part of us that was rejected by our caregivers when we were children.  It’s the part of us that we buried, covered up, and hid in order to be loved by our caregivers.  “Wipe that ...
If you aren’t careful people who aren’t deserving of your time will make you prove your worth. If your every thought is wondering if you are good enough, you are.  Negative thinking puts you in battle with yourself.  Sure, you want to have the attention from certain individuals on your job, in your home, your career and within your inner circle of friends not to mention social media, but that’s not always the case. If you are trying to gain the attention of ...
As I work in the field today and see many clients with various types of disabilities who want to be treated as close to normal as possible and who always try to use appropriate or current terminology in their daily struggle for independence, it always surprises and shocks me when I run across an individual who tries to be a martyr. They struggle to overcome their disability to the point that they get into a situation where they need to have that disability documented and can’t have it ...
One of the benefits I have found in aging is learning finally to admit what I don’t know and can’t do. When I was young, I used to berate myself for the things I didn’t do well and work hard to learn them; as I age, I stick with what I know well and I hire those who can do what I can’t! One of the other experiences that we can see as GIFT as we age, is that we can begin to learn to ask for and accept help. When we become more vulnerable and dependent on others, we often don’t ...
It's a classic ADHD situation: You have something to say during a conversation and your brain is racing. You feel anxious because you want to get that thought out before you forget. So you interrupt someone mid-sentence, or finish their thoughts for them. And just like that, the discussion becomes a dilemma. ADHD blurs the boundaries between what you should say, what you shouldn't, and when to speak up. Impulsive behavior, one of the main symptoms of the disorder, can make others feel ...
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