What’s top of mind for you, right now? If you’re not sure, be still for a moment.  Discover the answer.  What words, story, and physical sensations are playing in the background of your thoughts and feelings?  Don’t be surprised if concerns, worries, pressures, should’s and ought to’s dominate.  Anxiety, fear and worry are all too […]

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  Len is a visionary.  For him, seeking the new is second nature.  That’s one of his strengths, but one that he sometimes feels is more burden than asset.  Why?  Because to the members of his organization, his ever-evolving aspirations feel like, “Here we go again!  He’s on to something else!  He’s never satisfied!  Before […]

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When it comes to behavior change, did you know that asking questions could be more influential than making statements? Posing questions in a way that invites a “Yes” or “No” response can more effectively encourage the desired behavior than a declarative statement.  Asking another person about carrying out a particular behavior could influence whether they […]

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If you feel pulled in the direction of change, begin your planning and preparation with an honest self-assessment. Check in. See if your mind and emotions are aligned with your decision and plans. If there is a gap between what you think and how you feel, you have work to do. Moving ahead without attending […]

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Feeling restless, not quite satisfied, like something missing or there’s got to be more to work and life than this! You may be ready for a change. Here are four cues that signal it’s time for something new:   You’ve stopped learning and growing. You’re not developing new skills and knowledge, yet you feel an […]

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  Today, many people who are 65, and over, are still in the workforce, avid volunteers, or otherwise very involved in life. Yet, many traditional measures of age categorize them as old. Researchers at IIASA say, “If you don’t consider people old just because they reached age 65, but instead take into account how long […]

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Researchers at Northwestern University hypothesize that highly generative adults — those who are committed to their own growth and that of future generations — tell stories of redemption about their lives.  Redemption stories are the form used in fairy tales and enthralling literature. Generally, while moving through life merrily, the heroine or hero encounters unexpected hardships […]

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Colin Powell once said, “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.”  But, the opposite is also true.  If you spend time with people who are moving in a positive direction, you will, too.  It’s really that simple.  Scientific data shows that we automatically mirror the things we see and […]

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  Are you putting forth the quality of effort real success demands? Do you give your dreams and goals your best effort, every single day? Or, are you more in the habit of talking about success, while your constructive actions are insufficient and inconsistent? Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became an Abolitionist, famed orator, […]

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Are your current business goals big, more challenging than ever? Do they feel unrealistic, impractical, unattainable? What if the goal is not the issue, but you are…you and your limiting beliefs? I call them LIES – the Labels, Illusions, Excuses and Stories…self-talk that stops you from thinking creatively and keeps you stuck in fear-based, unproductive […]

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Many times, a simple shift, consistently implemented, can make a world of difference. So, instead of feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the thought of resolutions and goals, this year, choose one simple change you care about and are willing to make.  Search yourself and opt for something that’s important to you…maybe it’s to more regularly […]

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      If you’re among the more than 9.7 million unemployed, and you’ve experienced gaps between jobs, here are five strategies you can put to use to remain active in your search and show prospective employers you have the ability to use your time and talent constructively. Network even more.  Don’t hide behind your […]

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  Think back over the last few  minutes.  What kinds of thoughts have crossed your mind or lingered there?  Are they uplifting, encouraging, and helpful?  Or are they filled with worry, criticism or judgmentalness? How about in general?  Do you replay negative experiences over and over in your head?  Do you wish repeatedly that you […]

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Think back over the last few minutes. What kinds of thoughts have crossed your mind or lingered there? Are they uplifting, encouraging, and helpful? Or are they filled with worry, criticism or judgmentalness? Self-talk, your ongoing, internal dialogue is a powerful tool you can use to advantage. Here’s how: Decide to become aware of the […]

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Americans are less happy today than we were a decade ago. Tom Bemis of Market Watch, says we’re way less than cheerful for five reasons: Eating and not exercising, we suffer from poor health. Most have experienced a major stressful event in the last 2 years. Comparing our lifestyle to the rich and famous, as […]

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          Want to do a better job with your next presentation, the next meeting you host, the next project you lead, the next difficult-to-motivate person you coach? All you have to do is identify and alter your self-limiting beliefs and behavior concerning your ability to perform the specific task well.  While […]

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You’ve probably heard the news about an interim report issued by Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin on the systemic problems in the Veteran’s Affairs agency.   The report intensified scrutiny and resulted in expansion of the number of VA facilities to be reviewed.  If you’re a leader, consider allowing this situation to stimulate a deeper, broader […]

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You’ve probably heard the news about an interim report issued by Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin on the systemic problems in the Veteran’s Affairs agency.  The report intensified scrutiny and resulted in expansion of the number of VA facilities to be reviewed. As a leader, consider allowing this situation to stimulate a deeper, broader look […]

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