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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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Discover how to breakthrough your career blahs in 2017.

“Find your passion and the money will follow.”

“Do what you love even without a business plan.”

These pollyanna statements cause a nauseous feeling in the pit of my stomach because they mislead you into thinking that life is easy, blissful, and that money just shows up.

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The Truth About Stress

Can stress be helpful?

There are times when a little bit is a good thing.  

When you are under pressure for a job interview or giving an important presentation or performance, the extra adrenaline and blood sugar provides you with the stamina and focus to take on the added pressure and challenge.

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Winter Solstice: Rituals and Reflection

For many years our family has celebrated the winter solstice as a way to mark the longest night and the shortest day, while reflecting on our own light and dark moments of 2016 and setting an intention for the year ahead.

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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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Amateur or Pro – How committed are you to your work?

“There is a difference between interest and commitment.
When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient.
When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

~ Kenneth Blanchard

This concept of interest vs commitment, hobby vs career, amateur vs professional are important dichotomies to consider when you reflect on what gives meaning and purpose to your life. They encourage you to consider where you are spending your most precious resource: your time.

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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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Two important behavior norms for any team

Have you ever worked on a team where several people, or even one person, dominates the group discussion?

Perhaps there are times when you are afraid to articulate an idea or opinion because  “the boss”, parent, or a colleague will challenge you and devalue your idea.

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Vulnerability and Trust: Do you have the courage to go there?

Researcher- storyteller Brené Brown advocates that living bravely actually requires us to lean into our discomfort and to be vulnerable. Her research shows that those who are willing to experience risk, emotional exposure, and uncertainty have greater self-worthiness and courage.  

The paradox of courage is that you become stronger when you are vulnerable and at the same time you increase your connection with others when you expose your authentic self. This requires trust.

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Reach your full potential with GRIT

Are you convinced that successful people are accomplished because they are highly talented in a particular area?

Angela Duckworth in her book GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance describes countless research studies demonstrating that individuals who rise to the top exhibit both passion and grit to achieve their goals.  In other words, talent is really derived from the willingness to put in continuous extra effort to practice, practice practice.

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