“Emotions are not reactions to the world; they are your constructions of the world.”― Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the BrainBarbara lost her job in the travel industry during the pandemic. She's looking for opportunities in other sectors that have more growth potential. Recently, Barbara interviewed for a … Continue reading How Emotions Impact Decisions
"Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is."-Jackson Pollock, American painterThe phone call informing me about my terminated position caught me off guard. My boss worked from an out of state office and couldn't meet in-person to deliver the news. As I listened to him describe the decision and its circumstances, my throat grew … Continue reading How To Artfully Receive Negative Feedback
"Intention is the single most powerful and transformative ingredient in dialogue."-Oren Jay Sofer, author of "Say What You Mean, a Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication."Who doesn't feel uncomfortable sharing shortcomings to help another improve their performance? How many people like communicating their dislikes in a personal relationship? What if you could embrace a simple formula … Continue reading How To Positively Deliver Negative Feedback.
"Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'."-Ronald Reagan, 40th American President What does it take to succeed? To achieve your goals? To create positive change that sticks?It requires the willingness and courage to shake things up. You also must endure the discomfort that comes from disrupting the status quo, that comfortable but unsatisfying state you currently … Continue reading Success Is Like Making An Omelet.
"When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you."-lyrics from When You're Smiling, a popular song written in 1928 Bronnie Wrae made a living by comforting people in the last few weeks of their lives. As a palliative care nurse, she cared for patients who had gone home to die. Her book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying … Continue reading 5 Secrets For Better Working And Living.
"Attention must be paid."-Linda Loman, character in the play Death of a Salesman (This is the last of a three-part newsletter on creating success and happiness.) (Read Part 1) (Read Part 2) Your attention is valuable. It's so precious that advertisers are willing to pay over $5 million for a 30-second advertising spot during the Super … Continue reading Harness Your Attention With Purpose. (Part 3)
"Not always sunny, but always in a sunny state of mind."-Lilly Pulitzer, entrepreneur, fashion designer, American socialite (Read Part 1 here) To succeed and be happy, you must first define what these concepts mean to you. Differentiate your ideas from others. Make it personal. If you don't, uncertainty and vagueness will erode your motivation. However, even with crystal clear … Continue reading Success And Happiness; A State Of Mind, Not A Destination. (Part 2)
"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter." -Walt DisneyWhat does success mean? If you ask ten people, you get ten different answers. How about happiness? Same thing. Success and happiness are ideas. Like all ideas, these definitions lie in the mind of the … Continue reading How to Realistically Succeed and Be Happy (Part 1)
"Under adverse conditions – some people break down, some break records." - Shiv Khera, Indian author, activist and professional speaker Life can be complicated. Add to that the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic.The adjustments you have had to make in work and life schedules can take a heavy toll on your mental and emotional reserves. You may be concerned about … Continue reading Resilience To The Rescue
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." -Henry David Thoreau We are living in difficult times. The amount of change and challenge is overwhelming. The pandemic is upending our lives and livelihoods. People are in a cultural war with each other. The news and social media sensationalize the negative. The day to day … Continue reading It’s Time To Believe In Yourself Again.