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Five pearls of wisdom from noteworthy commencement speeches.

‘Tis the season of graduations where notable entertainers, politicians, business owners, leaders, artists and authors impart words of wisdom and advice to the graduating class.

  • Do you remember your commencement address?
  • Do you recall the wise words passed along to you to help you navigate your way forward into the world?

My mind draws a blank when reflecting back to my own commencement ceremony from college.  I cannot recall any profound words of wisdom that have stuck with me through the decades.

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Challenge Yourself with one of these 7 Dares.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day highlights an opportunity for us to reflect on our community, our hopes and dreams, and our path to a better future.

The Reverend King inspires us to not only pursue our dreams and goals, but also to fight against injustice and social inequity. He challenges us to become agitators.

In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King talks about his desire to foster tension because the community has become complacent.   He is referenced as an “outside agitator.”

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Here’s how to turn a “Have to” into a “Want to”

Be honest.

Do you find yourself thinking, “I have to do this! while deep inside you are dragging, resisting, or avoiding every possible step to actually do the task at hand?  

Do you ever think, “they are making me do this?”  “They”  could be your teacher assigning you homework, your boss giving you an undesirable project, your parents requiring some family obligation, or your church group, friends, or the I.R.S. requiring some action on your part.

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Raise Your Mood with these Proven Steps

Discouraged, apathetic, or disillusioned?  Has our political system left you feeling down?

Here are six habits designed to improve your mood:

1.   Listen to upbeat music like Mozart.

Music has long been a part of our human culture. Research studies show that there is a direct link between listening to music and enhancing your health and your mood.

In a study of 80 patients undergoing urological surgery “half the patients were randomly assigned to wear headphones that played slow movements from Mozart piano sonatas, while the other half wore headphones that did not play music.

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7 Ways to Combat Your Inner Critic

Do you ever find yourself listening to your inner critic gremlin beating down your self-worth and self-esteem?  

The other day as I was putting milk in the pantry instead of the refrigerator,  I caught myself saying “what a goon-head!”

Maybe these sound familiar to you:

  • “I can’t believe I just did that! I am so stupid”
  • “OMG, I am such a idiot!”
  • “I am such a loser”

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Are you on track with your New Year’s resolutions?

Remember those New Year’s resolutions you set back in January 2016?  

Remember how important they were to you and how determined you were to achieve them?

It is time to take an honest look at where you are now in completing those goals.  

According to John Norcross and Dominic Vangarelli close to 60% of people will drop their resolutions by 6 months reverting back to old behaviors and habits.  Peter Herman concluded that many people don’t achieve their goals because of “false hope syndrome.” This means that there is a fundamental difference between the goal and your personal belief that you are capable of reaching it.

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Three keys to navigate life transitions

One week ago my husband and I drove our only child to college.

Yes, we officially became empty nesters!

I have transitioned through other roles with glee and delight;  for instance,  when I became a wife and then a mother. But becoming an empty nester not only raises a whole new set of emotions, but it also earmarks a transition in parenting and an opportunity to recalibrate my own priorities.

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Do you have an Olympian mindset?

Like many of you, for the past two weeks I was glued to the television watching with tremendous admiration athletes of all races, from both third world and first world countries, share the stage in performing extraordinary athletic feats under intense pressure and competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Savoring this fleeting glimpse into the accomplishments of these world class athletes, my hope was that their dedication, commitment, and drive would become a source of motivation that would propel me forward to new heights and personal bests.

I wondered:

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4 ways to navigate roadblocks and setbacks

Drawing on decades of research, noted social scientist and author Brené Brown  advocates that the path to success lies in the ability of individuals to experience failure along the way.

Many successful entrepreneurs support this theory.  Consider Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire, who started several businesses that have fallen completely flat such as Virgin Cola and Virgin Brides.

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What you need to know about willpower

It was Sunday afternoon and I still hadn’t gotten to my exercise.  

With a current goal of meeting the daily 10,000 step minimum or at least getting 150 minutes weekly of moderate exercise as recommended by the American Heart Association, my time was quickly slipping by.

During the summer I will typically bike outside. However thwarted by rain, I decided to head to the gym.

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