Fresh Starts

We get 72 occasions for a fresh start every year, by my count. There are the more momentous occasions like New Year’s Day, your birthday, the start of a new school year, or a fiscal year. Then there are the occasions that mark a new period of time, like the start of a season, month,…

Being in the Zone

Where are your comfort zones? Those places you relax when life gets stressful, where you take a break when things get to be too much? We do push ourselves, which we need to do to live and accomplish our tasks and reach our goals. Others will push us – in good ways and bad –…

Kind and Gentle?

“I want a kinder, gentler nation.” – President George H.W. Bush Despite their awesome power, presidents and candidates seldom make an impact with their words. Bush in particular was knocked for his lack of eloquence. Yet, he struck a chord with this simple wish. He seemed to articulate something that people yearned for, such that…

Vacation State of Mind

There are exactly 44 days until the start of fall. Have you taken your summer vacation yet? A 2011 study conducted by Expedia.com shares that the average American earns 14 days of vacation, but only uses 12. I’m going to encourage you to use every single one of them! Vacation can impact your mood throughout…

The Trouble with Confidence

Do I have the confidence to talk about self-confidence – something I’ve struggled with over the years? It is not an easy topic. Two problems that hurt confidence are a tendency towards perfectionism and comparing ourselves to others. Perfectionism can become self-critical when we are not attaining the lofty and impossible goals we set for…

Forgiveness

“To err is human, to forgive divine.” – Alexander Pope That’s a familiar quote, but in spite of knowing this gem of wisdom, forgiveness can be difficult for many of us. Some people even resist forgiveness. They may believe that holding on to the anger and fear they felt about being harmed is necessary, as…

Sabotaged by Stress

Wouldn’t a life free of stress be lovely? I’ve noticed lately that stress has been sabotaging me. The pressure gets turned up in one area of my life and I’m not able to keep up with my goals in another area. All in all, my sense of well-being has been a mess! If I was…

Crisis Response Plan Pitfalls

Three lessons learned that may cause crisis response plans to fail: Lesson One: Crisis response leaders sometimes develop crisis response arrogance The crisis response role within an organization is very different from most operational positions. It is highly specialized and focuses, in large part, on how to protect and rescue employees/customers/guests in a disaster situation.…

When Sleep Eludes

Racing thoughts make horrible sleep partners. There are numerous things that can keep us from a good night’s sleep. When our minds refuse to shut down, it can make for a long and restless night. There are a variety of websites on how to prepare for sleep and what to do once we are in…

Back to the Basics: Well-Being

June marks the completion of six successful months of blogging. In my previous posts, I have focused on sharing information from experts or from my own personal experiences surrounding setting and achieving goals. At this point, I thought it might be helpful to share some information with you about my work with clients and how…