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Our sense of what is realistic or not might actually limit our own possibility. Consider running a four-minute mile. It was thought to be impossible until Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier in 1954. The record now stands at 3:43 and the mile has been run in under four minutes at least 4,500 times.
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If we try (by applying for that job, going to the gym or doing something outside of our comfort zone) and don't achieve a 100 per cent success rate, we deem ourselves to have failed. Stop comparing yourself to what society says you should be, and instead create your own measurement system.
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What I am saying is, when you make a choice that your future self will not be proud of, lean into the fall and learn from every choice -- both positive and negative. Work to understand your personal triggers and coping mechanisms so that you evolve into the healthier and fitter future self you want to be.
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When the email screamed at me from my inbox, I did think about it quite seriously. Did I know someone else, younger, who had written six books on parenting, had four children, and had been at the business of parenting for 25 years, and the parenting business for 15, after spending 18 years in corporate marketing?
Good things come in threes.
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Many of us will begin the new year with a celebration, while many will also use it as a time for self-reflection. As we look back over the previous year, mistakes are contemplated, regrets are recognized, new goals are considered and, with that, many of us set a New Year's resolution. However, most of us won't stick to our resolutions.
This year, transform your resolution into a lifestyle by starting now. Get a head start on the new year so you can begin 2017 as a happier and healthier version of yourself.
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Have you been to a high school reunion recently? Leadership guru John Maxwell has and it was depressing. First and foremost, as someone who is 69, Maxwell jokingly observed that his peers were old. A...
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We've all heard the phrase 'life is a journey'. What if we took it one step further and looked at life as the ultimate road trip with your Life Map helping you navigate the way. After studying my own life I can clearly see how all the different experiences, events and people have shaped me and have led me to where I am today.
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If you find your motivation waning, you might just be bored. Finding new activities or foods that you enjoy can make the difference between quitting and succeeding. Whenever you find yourself in a rut, try a new activity, take a cooking class, or recruit a workout partner. If it's been a few months, it may even be time to set a new goal!
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Have you ever noticed that people who are active or play sports always seem to be able to do more things -- they just appear to enjoy life more than their sedentary, unfit counterparts. They are able to move their body with more ease and generally have no problem carrying out normal activities of daily living.
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The end of the year marks a threshold and invites a pause for reflection. It's a great time to take stock of the year behind and look ahead. Each year at this time, I write and reflect on 12 reflection questions for this very purpose.
Instead of thinking about what physical goals you want to reach (lose 20 pounds, make six figures, buy a house), you think about the why of these things. How do you think they're going to make you feel (maybe sexy, wealthy, secure)? You'll discover a whole bunch of other ways to achieve those feelings.
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You'll want to grab a pen and paper for this. Trust us.
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Perfectionism is a BEAST. So are its cousins, approval-seeking and overachieving. If you've ever struggled with these issues, you know they wreak havoc on your career and your personal life. Armed with love, understanding, these books will help you chill the heck out so you can have a happier life.
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Although I had about 20 years of marketing experience and knew how to brand and market myself, I had never run my own company. I was outside my comfort zone! I was told that the fastest way to reach your goals is to get advice from someone who has already successfully done what you want to do.
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A great way to focus your money and efforts is to set solid goals for yourself. This time, instead of just writing down the same old stuff like going to the gym and reading more -- blow out your ideal life. Plato wrote about his theory on true forms and I've applied it to people's lives.
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When I'm helping clients set goals for their careers, one of the most important questions I ask them is "why?". Why are they setting that particular goal? That simple question helps them determine whether the goal is aligned with what they actually want.
There's certainly nothing wrong with a journey for self improvement, but too often we put so much pressure on ourselves at this time of year that we wind up with fizzling motivation come February 1 that leaves us frustrated, disappointed and defeated. So what can you do to set yourself up for success to achieve lasting change?
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Goal setting doesn't have to turn into Goal Fretting. If you are seriously committed to making changes in your life, identify what has been, and hasn't been, working for you in the past, come up with a plan, find a coach to support you every step of the way. Don't be another statistic, do it right this time!
As a therapist, I encourage people to set goals that are practical, realistic and attainable. Avoid the disappointment and discouragement of lofty resolutions by being patient and committed. In order to achieve this, I offer some simple and practical points of reflection and planning strategies that can reveal your priorities and assist you in moving forward.
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Here are four important things to consider during this week between Christmas and New Year's. There is no need to hide out in denial and avoidance, as we can lighten the load of the reality checks by re-framing them before they begin to hit home.
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A new year brings excitement and anticipation of what's to come. It gives us the permission to make changes in our lives or not. With a little orchestration, we can map out 2015, set goals and accomplish more. This might be the best gift you could give yourself. Let me show you how.
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Put your saving strategy and bill payments on auto pilot. We all know it, but saving money each month is saving for the future. Just know, savings are what you pay yourself, and if you want to secure your golden years and worry less, then pay yourself first. Set up automatic bill payments.
The summer is a great time for doing some thinking and once you have put some thought into your vision for the future, the next steps are to identify and evaluate your priorities and create a realistic plan that will move you forward in these areas. In order to achieve this, I offer a simple and practical structure to get you going.
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I look around and see many of us not living and evolving and creating our best stories today but continue to rehash old stories of the past. Yes these stories keep us connected to what has happened, but honestly it may be time to let go.
I just love this time of year and the pull forward that spring represents. This season prompts us to spring clean and rid ourselves of what no longer serves us. In the light of the new season, here are seven questions that may help you spring forward.
For writers, there's something about a blank page. Clean and unblemished, it can inspire or it can invoke paralysis. It's the same thing with a new year. Full of still unformed possibilities, a new year can be both exciting and intimidating when you're standing on its doorstep.
The beginning of a new year is the best time to start fresh and get your life moving in the direction you really want. It doesn't matter how much money you have or make, or whether you are just starting out or have a successful career, by opening yourself up to new possibilities through goal setting, you will start living the life you want.
Last week, "Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy," an article written on the Huffington Post went viral. ERRRR it made me angry. Here's a quick summary: "When the reality of someone's life is better than they had expected, they're happy. When reality turns out to be worse than expectations, they're unhappy." If you believe in this then you are settling for less in life.
Women usually start summer with a weight loss goal. And like most of us, I work tirelessly to achieve that weight loss goal before summer fully arrives. I make a list: Buy new shoes, Buy new handbag,...
Take a second look at your resolutions. Re-evaluate them. Much of the difference hinges on the reason behind our resolution. If we choose a goal from our own heart, we tend to succeed. It's the 'shoulds' that we resist. Break the year long goals into bite sized pieces and don't forget to check off your progress.