Stop the Energy Zappers and Time Takers

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Are you frequently distracted and make needless mistakes? Do you find yourself juggling a gazillion tasks, wishing for more time while rushing from one thing to another? Are you often fatigued, even when you are doing things that require little energy? Did you misplace your keys, purse or phone - again? If any of this sounds familiar, you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chronic fatigue syndrome is a prolonged period of unexplained, persistent fatigue not related to physical exertion and not relieved by rest. Ongoing symptoms include difficulty concentrating, unrefreshed sleep, muscle pain, headaches, shortness of breath, depression and anxiety attacks. Constantly feeling like … [Read more...]

Rejuvenate, Recover and Refresh

Recharge, Refresh and Renew

  Rejuvenate, recover and refresh is something many of us strive to incorporate in our daily lives. However, it is a goal you can achieve. It’s an essential ingredient to our overall mental and physical health to reserve some quiet time to recharge your mind, body and spirit. I often hear people say, “I could use some time for myself”. But in our overextended world where we are so busy "doing", slowing down long enough to take the time to recharge our mind body and spirit. I know slowing down is not always easy with your busy life, commitments, instant access to email, messaging and the Internet, etc. However, if you are serious about having some time for yourself, you must make a choice to make it a priority. Here are a … [Read more...]

How to Conquer Your Fears

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Does your throat close up at the thought of standing in front of your peers to give a presentation at work? Are you afraid that people won’t like you if you say “no”? Does the idea of starting your own business, or changing careers send shivers down your spine? Some of the things you fear can keep you confined in a prison of immobility unable to make the necessary change to move forward. And, if not addressed, fear will eventually eat away at your self-confidence and prevent you from feeling empowered, decisive and free to make choices that enrich your life. Although fear is a natural automatic response to scary situations, it's not meant to block you from trying new things, following your dreams, or living your best life. Fear is a … [Read more...]

What Are You Running From?

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Some of us run to compete in marathons, some of us run fast to keep up with the latest gadgets and newest social phenomena. Others run fast to get away from a ferocious bull whose chief goal is to thrust his sharp horns into your back. I recently came across an article about the dangerous, and for some, exhilarating sport of running with bulls. While some consider it a sport, animal rights activists call it cruel and dangerous.  Still, bull runs attract thousands of participants and spectators every year. Every year since the 13th century during the San Fermin Festival, in Palmona, Spain, thousands of veterans and tourists flock to the annual running of the bulls. Although, it seems to me the people running are trying their best to … [Read more...]

Loosen Your Grip on Time

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Time is a precious commodity just like gold or diamonds.  But, we don't always value our time the same as we do for something we can reach out and touch.  We say, we waste time, kill time, make time and hold onto time.  And, we think time flies as fast as a 747.  We never seem to have enough of it or we have too much. Yet, we are all given the same gift of 24 of hours or 1440 minutes in a 24-hour period. So, how are you using this valuable gift? I started to think about how I spend my time recently when one of my subscribers said, "I have to loosen my grip on my time". I wasn't quite sure what she meant by that so I asked. This is part of the answer she gave me: "We must loosen our grip on our time and minds by letting go of … [Read more...]

Personal Boundary Success Tips

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Your relationships are mirror images of the view you have of yourself and are a direct reflection of the relationships you have in your life.  You are an integral part of any relationship and the role you play is crucial as to whether or not your relationships are successful, healthy, thriving or unhealthy and withering. Without relationships in your life, you would not know what upsets you, what excites you, when to make a choice that’s in your best interest or what things trigger an automatic negative or positive response in you. That’s why it’s important to set strong boundaries around what you will do, accept, and give. “Without a strong concept of your boundaries, you can easily react and respond in ways that don’t honor the person … [Read more...]

Step Out Boldly with Confidence, Courage and Clarity

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You can easily learn to live with confidence, courage and clarity by simply putting into practice some new ways of thinking about the messages you've internalized that prevent you from living life to the fullest. Imagine constantly hearing the message, "children should be seen and not heard"?  That's a message that shuts down creativity, self-expression and pushes your confidence level down deeper than a ship sunken at the bottom of the ocean. I certainly heard that along with a lot of other limiting messages.  But, the good news is I no longer carry the burden of limitation, doubt and fear. And, you don't have to either. You may not have experienced such a shut down as this but many people have. And that ultimately leads to a … [Read more...]

How to Build Resilient Relationships

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The most important relationship you'll ever have is the one you have with yourself. Relationships with partners, family, friends and colleagues all hinge on the one you develop with yourself. When your inner relationship suffers, all other connections fall short of being as effective as they could be. For example: Feeling undeserving will prevent you from experiencing the joy and happiness you are worthy of. Fearfulness keeps you stuck and connected to people and behaviors that create negativity and doubt into your life. You may allow others to make decisions for you based on a faulty belief that your ideas and thoughts will be rejected. A strong foundation of confidence and self-worth are the building blocks to … [Read more...]

What’s in Your Self-Care Toolbox?

What's in your self-care toolbox? Just as you have physical tools to complete tasks and projects, you also use tools that help you maintain your self-care. You probably have a computer, smartphone, e-reader or other tool that you use to stay organized, focused, entertained and on track.  These are the same tools that once were considered faddish, sophisticated or out of reach for the average user. Yet, most of us can't imagine our lives without our cell phones, electronic calendars, music players and game consoles. Can you recall what it was like to connect with your long distance family and friends or even conduct business before we had Skype, Facebook, e-mail, or webcams?  These are the tools that are so ingrained in our everyday … [Read more...]

How Much “Stuff” Do I Really Need?

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I’m sure, like me, you’ve asked yourself many times, "how much stuff do I really need" or said, "I have way too much stuff" or "I need to get rid of some of this clutter". Every year my town offers a shredding day where old papers, checks, junk mail and other useless papers are recycled into a large travelling truck. And each year as I round up all these worthless pieces of paper for the shredder truck, I can’t help but wonder how I manage to accumulate so much stuff. Maybe, you are organized and don't accumulate clutter. If so, congratulations! But most of us find ourselves with more "stuff" than we know what to do with. Even though there are times when I can proudly say I’ve streamline my stuff and got rid things I no longer find … [Read more...]