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Life and Love on Autopilot Feb 04, 2024

Remember those early days of dating? When you’re fascinated by this new person, soaking up every morsel of new information as you untangle the mystery of who they are? When you excitedly anticipate the next time you’ll get to see them? And just when you thought you had them pegged,...

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The Motivation Equation: Finding, Fueling, and Being the Drive for Change Jan 07, 2024

Whether you're someone who gets swept up in the New Year New Me mentality, sees the turning of the calendar as an opportunity to reflect and realign, or thinks the whole thing is overhyped, growth and change are a part of life.

Intentional growth and change pave the path toward a better life...

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Our Two Worlds Nov 26, 2023

We all inhabit two worlds simultaneously. One is our shared world, the External World. The other is private to each of us, our Internal World. 

Most of the time, our worlds blend, somewhat seamlessly to us. That's both a good thing and a not so good thing. 

Things can get messy when our...

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Giving Opportunities for Gratitude Nov 19, 2023

As a writer, it's hard not to think about the topic of gratitude as Thanksgiving approaches. With so many benefits and virtually no downsides, gratitude, as a practice, is hard to beat. This year, inspired by own recent experiences, I want to share a different angle, one I hope resonates with...

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Peak Mind Pro: How to Stay Cool Under Pressure Nov 17, 2023

Imagine a peaceful neighborhood. Your house is surrounded by those of your friends and family. You've got an elderly neighbor or two who you help out on occasion. You've also got the neighborhood busybody who oversteps polite decorum and the wily neighbor whose property is an eye sore. It's a...

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Effective Strategies for Taming Anxiety Nov 12, 2023

Last week, we talked about anxiety in the brain and how there are two different pathways that lead to it, one involving The Caveman (emotion center) and one involving The CEO (logic center). If you missed it, I highly recommend you go back and read it first because we're...

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Anxiety in the Brain Nov 05, 2023

It goes by many names: anxiety, worry, nervousness, panic, discomfort, unease, apprehension, self-consciousness, insecurity, doubt, fear. Whatever you call it, this experience is unpleasant, to say the least. 

Whether you have normative anxiety (meaning natural, it's just the way humans...

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Taking Off the Mask: Letting Your Authentic Self Be Seen Oct 29, 2023

Halloween isn't the only time we wear masks.

In fact, I bet a good number of us wear masks a good chunk of the time. 

We hide our insecurities with bravado. Our flaws masquerade behind perfectionism. Our need to belong is shielded by agreeableness. We pretend like we're fine when we're...

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Peak Mind Pro: Vulnerability at Work Oct 27, 2023

There's a trend toward being vulnerable and authentic at work...at least in some industries and organizations. This shift is powerful and likely here to stay. That's because vulnerability in the workplace is associated with all kinds of positive things like increased productivity,...

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Why Your Rest Ethic Is Critical to Your Success Oct 22, 2023

I may regret broadcasting this...but I recognize that as what it is: fear of being judged. Fear of letting my humanness show in a way that might undermine my professional credibility. 

I'm not a big fan of letting fear make my decisions, though, so here goes. 

I had a friend in...

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Laughter Is the Best Medicine: The Benefits of Laughing, Especially During Tough Times Oct 15, 2023

What made you laugh today? How often do you laugh? When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? 

When life is going well, I tend to laugh easily and often. So when I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard I cried, it's a sign that things aren't optimal. When I'm feeling...

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Channel Your Inner Taylor Swift: How to Find Inspiration to Be Who You Want to Be Oct 08, 2023

I grew up dancing ballet, a technically rigid style of movement taught by an exacting teacher. There was a precise position for each part of your body in each and every move, a standard of perfection to strive for. It wasn't all that different when I shifted to ballroom dancing as an...

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