“Your attitude will determine your altitude.”  Famous words of the late, great trainer Zig Ziglar.  They ring true, no matter where you are in the organizational hierarchy.  From part-timer, to entry level to CEO, it matters how you show up. In many cases, attitude is more important than intellect or education.  If it comes down to a choice between […]

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Have you ever noticed that some days your negative emotions are more easily triggered than other days?  Are you aware of days when you can more easily stop yourself before saying something snarky or otherwise regrettable, and days when it seems you can’t?   It’s a challenge to move from responses that are automatic and unhelpful, to […]

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Dr. Marc Brackett is founder of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence and author of the book “Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves and Our Society Thrive.”     He says even when we’re determined to behave or react a certain way, there are no guarantees we will.  He suggests using what […]

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Walking away from technology is becoming increasingly difficult.  Yet, results from recent studies by universities in the UK and New Zealand say people feel more engaged with others, and their surroundings, when they’re tech-free. But, going tech-free involves an emotional journey. So, instead of going cold turkey, experiment for a brief period before vacation to see […]

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A new study released by universities in the UK and New Zealand looked at the pros and cons of a digital detox while traveling.  While there were some cons, the pros won the day.  Here’s more… Although some travelers who disconnected experienced anxiety when they weren’t able to e-communicate or access navigation apps, the vast majority of […]

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Do you struggle with asking for help?  Sometimes we believe — incorrectly — that we should have all the answers. Or that asking for help is a sign that we are weak or ineffective.  In both cases, just the opposite is true.  Asking for help is natural, normal and, often times, just what your situation warrants. The next time […]

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Do you suffer from analysis paralysis?  Do you struggle to make big decisions because the unknown scares you or deciding now feels like too big a commitment?  Here are 3 ways New York Times contributor Susan Shain says you can spend less time agonizing and more time enjoying. Go for Good Enough. Today, we’re assaulted with endless options.  You […]

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Insomnia can do more than make you tired throughout your day.  According to McKinsey and Company, it can impact your cognitive abilities and overall quality of life.  They offer three solutions to help you fall and stay asleep. Read for fun. Select material that has nothing to do with work.  Choose something you’re personally interested in but haven’t had […]

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The learning-to-love-failure movement is a growing one.   New York Times contributor Rachel Simmons writes that accepting failure and moving on takes practice.  She offers three ways to teach yourself how to get up after a disappointment or an outright fiasco.   Simmons advises her Smith College students to ask themselves, “What’s the worst that can happen,”followed by three more […]

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When we believe we’ve failed at something, it’s easy to fall into a pit of despair.  But according to New York Times contributor Rachel Simmons, accepting failure and moving on is a learned behavior.  One way she suggests teaching ourselves to “get over it” is by practicing self compassion. Here’s how. Note how you feel.  Don’t exaggerate or deny […]

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Imposter Syndrome — that feeling that you don’t belong or aren’t qualified – is heightened for women and people of color.  The New York Times’ Working Women’s Handbook says it disproportionately affects anyone who feels the pressure of accomplishing “firsts.” The handbook offers four ways to combat Imposter Syndrome.   Make a list of 10 things that show […]

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama is quoted as saying, “Eventually, I just got tired of always worrying what everyone else thought of me.  So, I decided not to listen.” She stopped reacting to the real or perceived opinions of others. She achieved something most women haven’t.  Over eons, women have been conditioned to see and present […]

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Harvard Business Review contributors Tony Schwartz and Emily Pines of the Energy Project warn that at all times, we have two selves operating simultaneously.  There’s the self governed by our pre-frontal cortex.  It controls executive brain functions like planning and strategy. It’s calm, measured and rational.  This is the self of which we are most aware.    Our other […]

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Living in the present sounds like such a simple goal – unless you’ve tried it.  If you have, you know how difficult fully experiencing NOW can be.  In our professional and personal lives, it seems like a luxury to stop and focus exclusively on what we’re doing right here, right now.  Too often, we devote too much time […]

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BusinessInsider.com recently spoke to CEO’s who’ve done thousands of interviews about the things that catch their attention when meeting with job candidates. Here are a few of them. How you greet them and how you leave them.  Does your body language convey confidence and charisma?  Does your style of engaging indicate you can work successfully in a team […]

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In a recent blog post, Dr. Anne Litwin responded to eye-opening findings from LeanIn.org and the McKinsey group.  The report found that 1 in 5 of the women they surveyed at 279 US companies consider themselves “Onlys” — meaning they are often the only woman in the room. Half of those women say they must provide […]

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Who’s calling the shots in your life?  The answer may surprise you. The feeling of having lost control over ones time and energy utilization has reached epidemic proportions.  For many, it feels like someone else is in the driver’s seat…your job, your calendar, demands of family life, previous commitments that have taken on a life of their […]

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As you contemplate what you’d like to do differently in 2019, I urge you to consider a resolution for self-kindness. Yes, focus on things like fitness and your career, AND look at ways you can turn your attention within to create inner peace and self-directed happiness. Resolve to say “no” more often.  When requests make you uncomfortable […]

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