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Cultivating the Art of the Tweak

Cultivating the Art of the Tweak

Change is necessary, but often uncomfortable and unpredictable. Even on journeys of intentional change, it is best to expect the unexpected.

For many of us, the problem is that we have a really hard time with ambiguity and lack of control. We set up our lives to give ourselves predictability and security - or at least the illusion of them.

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How to Get Unstuck

How to Get Unstuck

Most of us feel "stuck" at one time or another — either individually or collectively. It can feel pretty frustrating.

Although being stuck is challenging, it also presents opportunties (don't most challenges?)

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Seven Ways to Manage Your Inner Critic

Seven Ways to Manage Your Inner Critic

There is a popular quote by John Maxwell that states "Change is inevitable. Growth is optional." People who are engaged in building greater well-being know that personal growth and development are integral parts of that process. But even if they value that growth, it isn't always easy!

Many of the people that I work with confront similar barriers as they develop self-care mastery. As they grow towards their best version of themselves, they must confront limiting beliefs that keep undesirable habits in place. This phenomenon is so common, that coaches give it a name — the inner critic.

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Six Reasons to Stop Doing it All Yourself

Six Reasons to Stop Doing it All Yourself

Independence and self-reliance are two of the qualities that many of us in the United States value highly. Our culture and history are permeated with examples of rugged individuals who pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps and did it their way.

There is certainly a lot of power and satisfaction in learning to rely on oneself. At the same time, it is also valuable to learn how to use other resources wisely. Any seasoned executive will tell you that successful ventures depend not only on one's personal talents and habits, but also on the skillful management of one's team. The same is true in our personal lives.

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Five Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Movement and Exercise

Five Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Movement and Exercise

Do you ever feel guilty about not getting enough exercise? By now we've all heard the benefits of exercise and the risks of being sedentary. It's clear that moving and exercising our bodies is a healthy habit.

The trouble with healthy habits is that sometimes we don't relate to them in powerful ways. Sometimes they become "shoulds". Before we know it, our inner two-year-olds kick in and we start to resist those habits that our wiser selves would like us to embrace. Let's face it: No one likes to be told what to do!

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Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 5)

Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 5)

There is a lot going on this time of year. As we complete another calendar year and gear up for a new one, we have opportunities to evaluate what we've accomplished and to dream about what is next.

Some of us will find that there are things on our dream list that didn't come to fruition. That seems to be pretty normal for most humans. But did you ever stop to wonder WHY some things get done and others don't?

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Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 4)

Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 4)

This time of year many of us are doing holiday shopping. Or we may be delaying holiday shopping. There are always some of us who are out on Christmas Eve making final just-in-time purchases! Has that ever been you?

In this series of posts, I've been exploring reasons why people delay needed or wanted actions or decisions. I've shared about waiting for permission, waiting for perfection, and waiting for protection. This week is dedicated to those of us who are waiting for panic. We delay making decisions until a sense of urgency forces us into action!

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Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 3)

Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 3)

Over the last couple of weeks I've been sharing about the very human problem of delaying desired or necessary actions and decisions, some of the reasons that contribute to these delays, and strategies for breaking through the inertia.

So far, I've talked about waiting for permission, and waiting for perfection. Now I'd like to share about another common reason — waiting for protection. Protection from what? — you may ask. You may be waiting for protection if you are feeling fearful about taking full responsibility for your choices. You may want protection from a fear of judgement (from yourself or others) of making the "wrong" choice, a fear of failure, or a fear of having to be accountable for the actions that your choice may entail.

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Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 1)

Why Wait? Reasons for Delaying Your Best Life (Part 1)

At one time or another, most of us have had to deal with a feeling of being stuck. We have a sense that "this isn't it", but we may or may not know what we want or how to move towards it.

Let's face it. Even if we know what we want, and we know how to get it, we often still don't do what we need to do to reach our goals!

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The Myth of the Magic Bullet

The Myth of the Magic Bullet

If you've seen the TV series, ONCE, you'll remember the wily Rumpelstiltskin character. He often pops up in the stories, particularly when one of the other characters is facing some desperate situation and needs a solution that is beyond his or her power. As he strikes a deal with them, his signature line is "All magic comes with a price."

We are wired to look for easy answers (especially when we are desperate.) As a species, we are constantly seeking easier, more convenient ways to do things. When we are successful at saving time, effort, or money, we can redirect those resources to new areas. Some say that western civilization is built on this drive. It has certainly provided us with lots of innovative solutions.

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What you KNOW -- can hurt you

What you KNOW -- can hurt you

My first car was a green 1968 Plymouth Fury. Her name was Priscilla.

Priscilla had a lot of personality because she belonged to my grandmother before she died, and had already been on plenty of adventures (some of which I had also enjoyed) before I bought her from my grandmother's estate during my sophomore year of college.

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