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Oct 18

FEEDING FEAR

Stress

What feeds your fears?  Or excessive worry or rumination?  Many of us fixate on situations or circumstances that we have no control over.  Often our negative self-talk and “what if” mindset consume our brain and keep us stuck in perpetual anxiety. Our world  seems to be filled with traumatic events and natural disasters that contribute …

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Oct 11

PEOPLE MATTER

Do you prefer working with things rather than with people?  Some people avoid dealing with people because they can’t control them, conflicts may arise and the emotional baggage may be too much to handle.  But in business and in life successfully interacting with people and recognizing their value can produce amazing results.  Our ability to …

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Oct 04

FINDING PURPOSE

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is my purpose?”  And how would I know if I found it?  Many people spend time, thought, and resources trying to figure out their direction, focus, and meaning.  Sometimes people feel like they’re just drifting, going through the motions, allowing external circumstances to direct their lives.  Similar to being …

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Sep 27

CUTTING OUT PEOPLE

Do you or someone you know tend to sever ties too quickly or walk away from conflict before resolution occurs?  If you answered yes, you’re not alone.  Many people prefer to avoid conflict even if it means severing ties with a loved one.  They may be convinced that the other person will react poorly so …

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Sep 20

DENIAL IS NOT YOUR FRIEND

Stress

Most everyone has used denial as a way of coping with a traumatic event or distressing information.  Denial can be a good thing at times when it protects us from facing unbearable or shocking news.  However, some people spend much of their time in denial and avoid confronting their problems and pain.  For example, some …

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Sep 12

THE KNOW IT ALL

Do you know someone who has all the answers and feels compelled to share them?  Some people can’t contain themselves when they either have information to share or an experience that tops everyone else.  They may be impulsive, immature, insecure or maybe a little bit of all three.  Underlying anxiety may cause them to talk …

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Sep 06

DEFINING A GOOD LEADER

What characteristics does it take to be a good and effective leader?  With many of our leaders today seemingly focused more on self-interest than the greater good, it is a timely question.  A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that charisma is a good characteristic for a leader to …

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Aug 30

CRISIS COMPASSION

Have you ever wondered why many people draw closer to each other at a time of crisis?  The horrific hurricane and flooding in Texas is an example of a situation that requires neighbors and communities to help each other.  The government can offer assistance, but their resources are limited and often not quick enough to …

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Aug 23

IT’S OK TO FEEL BAD

Stress

Do you ever feel pressure to feel good when you really don’t?  Often we are encouraged to put on a happy face and be positive even when it’s the last thing we want to do.  A recent study from the UC Berkley found that embracing your darker moods can make you feel better in the …

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Aug 16

HIDDEN LIES

Stress

What keeps us from telling the truth?  Lying is common to human nature.  We all lie on occasion and there is often a purpose for lying.  In some cases, lying has become a habit or reflex that appears uncontrollable to the point that we lie about even the smallest things.  For others, lying is a …

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