Self Improvement

3 Books For Perfectionists, Approval-Seekers And Overachievers

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

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.

How To Push Yourself Towards Greatness

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

It isn't easy being pushed by others. We tend to react negatively, instead of seeing the push as an opportunity.But if we see pushes for what they are -- challenges and opportunities -- we can use them to help achieve our goals.

If You Want to Learn, You're Gonna Get Burned

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Last week I made homemade butternut squash soup. This is a big deal. It may not be a big deal for some, but it is for me. I don't cook. I heat things...

Change Your Self-Perception, Change Your Self-Image

Collette Gee | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

How an individual perceives him/herself is either a real or distorted view of who they believe they really are, not always who they actually are, or how others see them for that matter. People either develop a positive or a negative self-image based upon their perception of a past experience or event. Therefore, an individual's strengths and weaknesses are a direct manifestation of how a person evaluates themselves.

How to Snap out of Being Risk Averse

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

Acquired Risk Aversion Syndrome seems to be everywhere these days. That's what I'm calling the tendency of people to get less adventuresome as they go through life. I don't mean to create panic but ARAS is alarmingly prevalent and I keep running into more people who are suffering from it.

4 Ways to Build Self-Confidence and Boost Your Performance

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Self-confidence is the belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand. Extensive evidence shows this belief in oneself has positive impact on performance. Research shows that self-confidence is a universal skill that anyone can learn with little effort, not an innate ability reserved for the elite among us.

How to Unplug This Summer

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

We experience our greatest joy when we are in the moment, and we are truly present in our lives. From a place of presence we can connect with ourselves and others. It is time to unplug from my technology and plug back into my actual life. So this summer I have a plan to dig in deeper, go outside, and stay present and reconnect with what is truly important.

My Struggle to Dress Appropriately During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

The one aspect I constantly struggle with every Ramadan is my clothing choice. I feel that if I am fasting, I should dress closer in accordance with the Muslim dress code. But is my ultimate goal that one day I will leave Ramadan dressing more conservatively for the rest of the year? I am not sure, but maybe.

Want To Change Your Life On Summer Vacation? Start With These Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living

Hopefully, you're planning a trip or two this summer. And hopefully, at least one of those getaways will include time to sit down with a book, without...

You Can Become More Confident, Right Now

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Do you wish you were the person who takes a leadership role in the workplace and who is often given roles of greater responsibility by the bosses? Do you want to become the person who is rarely beset by self-doubt, self-criticism, or insecurities about your abilities? It's all possible. You simply need to gain confidence.

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

YouTube Stars Cheer On Their Younger Selves In Empowering New Video

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living

Imagine your teenage self. You’re feeling awkward in your changing body, anxious about grades and confused by the world of dating. You’re uncertai...

Why I'm Making 2015 All About 365 Days of Me

Megan Fielding | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living
Megan Fielding

In summary, the year of fun ended in a drained bank account, a broken heart, and feeling slightly beaten down. Although the ending sounds like a massive Debbie Downer (insert wa wa wahhh sound effect), reflecting back it was an epic year and I wouldn't have changed a thing! With last year's lessons in mind, I'm embarking on this year's proclamation.

How to Tell if That Special Someone is Into You

Natasha Koifman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

There's a great book (and movie) on how to tell if a guy isn't into you, but how do you know if he IS? Are there specific signs we should be looking for or particular actions that hint at what's really going on? Sometimes it's just hard to tell. Here are some clues that may help.

Why Perfectionists Should Strive to Be Exceptionalists

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

In a recent counselling session, I was struck once again by how much perfectionism limits our potential. The reality is if we allow ourselves to get lost in our perfectionistic tendencies, we will limit our ability to live to our full potential and impact others. To become an exceptionalist, follow these simple pointers.

Do Our Online Personas Truly Reflect Who We Are?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

We can no longer hope to maintain separate online and offline personalities. Just look at the number of celebrities whose private lives are being made public and having adverse effects on their careers! I think you need to apply the same due diligence to curating your online content as you do your appearance, relationships or profession.

How To Define Success in Business

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Every business loves more sales, but most businesses don't realize that means longer hours, greater accountability and more responsibility. You risk losing your work-life balance. Do you only equate money with success?

12 Ways to Get Your Life Together This September | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Living

Though we may be all grown up, it seems the whole "back to school" vibe of September continues to follow us into our young professional (YP) years. An...

My Depression Is My Own Responsibility

Krista Thompson | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Krista Thompson

Nine months ago I triggered depression by my desire to rapidly grow my business. I came up against a brick wall of negative beliefs about my ability to grow the business. The breakdown occurred because I wanted to succeed and the voice inside my head kept repeating old thoughts about why I couldn't or shouldn't fail.

Less Stress, Stronger Communities: Why We Can't Afford NOT To Read

Julie Wilson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Julie Wilson

Reading is among the last truly subversive acts we can perform, time spent in our own minds, active and imaginative, alone with our emotions, judgments, and dreams, where no one can reach us. Yet frequent readers are also more likely to participate in community and to trust the people in that community.

Turning Regret Into Action

Natasha Koifman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Very often, we use our "current" self to judge decisions that we made in the past. But we weren't the same person then. Instead, try to get back inside the head of the "you" who made those decisions. You'll often find that you were making a fair and balanced decision based on the facts available to you at the time and the emotional space you were in.

How to Know You're Right While Thinking You Could Be Wrong

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

The fact is that life does not give us the luxury of avoiding decisions; it does not allow us to simply get by without ever taking a stand. In being called upon to act -- with actions, by definition, being black-and-white -- we are called upon to inherently make clear-cut decisions. You do, or you do not. There is no middle possibility of acting and not-acting at the same time. In action, a definite choice must be made.

Linkedin to Personal Branding

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Business
Parmjit Parmar

LinkedIn has become one of the most important professional network platforms on the planet. It has grown phenomenally in the last 5 years, with over 200 million members worldwide and 7 million in Canada alone.

10 Ways To Boost Your Self-Esteem Right Now

The Huffington Post Canada | Dileen Simms | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Living

We're already into the second month of the year, and there are more than a few of us who'd just love to skip this one out because of two little words:...

How I Overcame My Fear of Needles

Lisa Jackson | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

When I was nine, I had a bad experience while in the hospital with scarlet fever. A nurse restrained me and abruptly poked a needle into my arm, inflicting a pain that felt worse than a bee sting. I avoided having blood taken for the next 20 years, even if it meant risking my health.