Negative self-talk is an epidemic. When I Google “why do we beat ourselves up?” more than 4.3 million results come up. That's a damn shame (forgive my cursing). Self-criticism is counter-productive and bad for our health. Here are five ways to focus more on the positive and kick your inner critic to the curb.
The days of job security are gone. I’ve changed careers four times in my 20 plus years of professional working experience. I followed my curiosity and didn't let naysayers or fear stop me. You can chart your own course. Here's how to be the boss of your career.
When I encounter a difficult person, I remind myself of what we all have in common -- we all want to be loved, and we all want to be happy. (Thanks, Buddha.) Then I want to head for the hills. However, avoiding difficult people, and staying on the run isn’t realistic. We're always going to encounter them. Here are some strategies to stop difficult people from getting under your skin.
Books have been my salvation. The best ones have challenged my view of life and myself as bigger than I imagined. These are the books that have opened my eyes, expanded my mind, and left me feeling amazed.
"Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?," said Nelson Mandela. Here are three areas that keep us playing small, and how being aware of them could have you playing big.
I received a lot of email comments in response to my last blog post, "Cultivating Compassion In The Trump Era." Almost all said the idea of practicing Loving-Kindness was timely, and a helpful, proactive way to manage feelings of fear and uncertainty. That got me thinking. What are some other ways we can combat negativity? Here are six ways to turn a negative to a positive.
It’s not easy to feel compassionate towards someone we don’t like. So, imagine my surprise when a young woman, who is not a President Donald Trump supporter, said she sent Trump some Loving-Kindness during a recent meditation I was leading. I hadn’t even thought of doing that. Here are seven reasons to start a compassion, or Loving-Kindness practice.
Think about a time when life’s been really good. What value was being expressed or honored? Now think about a time when you were upset. It's likely a value was being challenged. Aligning our values with our choices can lead to greater happiness and life satisfaction, and less stress.
Do you go through life on autopilot? If so, you’re not alone. After all, we lead busy, and often stress filled lives. But, what if being on autopilot does us a great disservice? Deprives us of greater happiness and joy? And better health. That’s why the opposite of autopilot—Mindfulness—is getting so much hype. Here are five ways to bring Mindfulness into your everyday life.
2017 is a year to think differently. Instead of focusing on what you’d like to do, how about approaching your goals from the perspective of how you want to be? Do you want to be more personally fulfilled or happier? Do you want to grow more as a person? If greater life satisfaction is important to you, here are seven ways to bring more of it into 2017.