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These days are filled with stress. The pandemic, politics, relationships, work, pay, weather. You name it, these are stressful times. But what IS stress? As much as we toss that term around, sometimes almost as a badge of honor, you may not think about what that term is REALLY about. When we talk about “stress,” in everyday life, we are more talkin…
 
Where does hope come from? Does it come upon us? Do we discover it? Or do we build it? I believe that hope is an important ingredient in thriving. If you have no hope, it is tough to thrive. Finding hope often helps us find thriving. Oh, and thriving is not about having an easy life, always exciting and happy. A thriving life is built on taking on …
 
Hasn’t 2020 been a doozy of a year? Pandemics, weather, policitics… asteroids??? What else can happen? A national election, of course (in the United States, anyway). And not just any election. It would be a doozy, too, any other year. But this year?? According to a recent poll, over 70% of those polled in the States say that the election is a signi…
 
Have you noticed that story you are telling yourself (and others) that is running through your mind? It is the one about why you did (or didn’t do) what you did (or didn’t do). You are trying to explain yourself — to yourself and others. You are Self-Splaining. And it is a story. Not necessarily a lie. But also not necessarily the truth. Humans are…
 
So many of us feel despair. It is not as much a loss of hope as loss of purpose. There is no hope without a sense of purpose. It is in your basic design. Humans are meaning-makers. We find meaning in what happens (or doesn’t happen) around us and to us. We can find meaning in random numbers and events, in an attempt to make sense of the world. But …
 
These are some crazy times, aren’t they? The world seems upside-down. A pandemic, politics, conspiracy theories… news just seems to be crazier and crazier every day. And that can catch up with each of us, stressing us out and leaving us afraid. Which places your body and brain on constant alert. That is exhausting. And chaotic. Why do those news st…
 
My client was telling me about lots of struggles, difficult times, and a few positive moments. I noted, as I have many times with many clients, “It sounds like your present is perfect.” She went silent. I was silent. But I could see her processing and struggling with my words. I sat quietly. She finally erupted: “Perfect?!? How can you say that? Af…
 
I don’t know about you, but I don’t much enjoy feeling fear. I’d rather it not be a part of my life. And yet, it is. Fear is part of our wiring, deep in our DNA and deep in the circuitry of our brains. It keeps us safe — sometimes super-safe. Which is the problem. There is a central life coaching question: “Where do you want to be?” (Few people see…
 
Six months. That is how far we are into the pandemic… at least in the US. Yes, I know. There were cases before then. But March marks the start of the social effects of pandemic. Lock down. Restrictions. Social distance. Six months. And many people are feeling the effects! I would go so far as to saying most, but plenty would contact me to tell me t…
 
I’m not an athlete, I told myself. I was the last chosen for teams pretty much every time. And more often than not, admittedly, I dropped the ball or didn’t run fast enough. So I lived up to the low expectations of being a teammate. That kept me believing that I was not an athlete. And so, I never tried to be athletic. Years later, when I was recov…
 
Well, you are on to me! Last week, I started talking about things you can do to guarantee that you DON'T thrive. I'm sure you knew I didn't really want you to NOT thrive. But I wanted to point out some ways people make themselves miserable... and what they might do to shift.If you missed that episode, JUST CLICK HERE TO HEAR IT.It is interesting to…
 
Over the years, I have tried to learn to thrive. And I have tried to teach others how to thrive... even getting other experts to do the same.But today, just for a moment, let's assume you DON'T want to thrive. In fact, you want to... well, do the opposite of thriving! You want to be miserable and live a smaller life. You want to feel stuck and frus…
 
Wow! What a time in history, right? A pandemic rages. Division is pulling us apart. Sometimes, it seems easier just to crawl under a rock and hide.But hiding isn't the solution. And you have more to offer than hiding. You are built to engage the world, to make a difference.Then why do we "play small"? When there should be more to life? More for YOU…
 
One of my favorite authors and experts is Jack Canfield. He has my full respect. My kids grew up with Chicken Soup For The Soul. I "grew up" with The Success Principles, a book that gave me a plan to shift my mindset.Several years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Jack. It was such a great interview, I wanted to share it again. If you have al…
 
Sometimes, it seems that any change in life has to be a 180° turn... starting or stopping something you were not doing or doing. And sometimes, that is important. You might stop smoking, start exercising, or make some other major shift in life.But in reality, more of growth in life is really about continued improvement. This matches the Japanese id…
 
Is worry robbing you of living? Are you putting more energy into worry thoughts than you want to, leaving you less energy for where you want to spend your thoughts (and your life)?Most people do. Worry is an aimless attempt to locate threats and mitigate them. Why aimless? Because worry can shift from topic to topic, issue to issue, person to perso…
 
How much do you worry? How often do you find yourself thinking about things that could go wrong? Things that might happen to those you love? Things that might happen to you?Worry is a common issue for people. And sadly, worry robs us of living. It costs us lots of energy, and exposes us to fears over possible events -- not actual events.When we wor…
 
How are you sleeping? If you are like the majority of Americans, at least one night a week, not well! And if you are like over 1/3rd of workers, you are not getting the recommended minimum of sleep. Which is why more than 40% of people use some over-the-counter product to get to sleep (which does not include the number of people using a prescribed …
 
Have you ever had the experience of a doctor telling you what was wrong with you, and even if you couldn't really do anything, it helped to know what it was? Maybe it was just an ache or pain, a small illness. Just having a name for it -- even some fancy latin term (or maybe especially some latin term) -- somehow makes it seem better. Naming someth…
 
What a chaotic time we are in! Even without a pandemic, it was already chaotic, what with politics and changes in society. Stir in a pandemic, and there is NO way to be calm.Right?Or maybe....Maybe calm is not about what is happening around you, outside of you. Perhaps it comes from somewhere within you. Somewhere that knows you are separate from t…
 
I was at a book signing a while back, signing a book of mine that is a few years old. This person picked it up, looked at the publication date, put it down, and said, "I was looking for something more recent."That had me pondering... how long is information valid? Sure, I would not likely want to read a computer book about the Windows 98 operating …
 
When I was a kid, I hit this point when I was growing fast. So fast that my limbs hurt, I constantly tripped, and knocked everthing over as my hand got there before I expected. Growth was a challenge.Generally, though, it works the other way. When we are challenged (and take it on), we grow. A child wants to crawl, then walk, then run. But wanting …
 
It happens about 25,000 per day. And for the most part, it is automatic. But it is one of the few bodily functions that you can "take off automatic" and choose how you will do it. And you might not be doing it optimally.What is it?Breathing. Taking a breath. Inhaling and exhaling.I know, it seems automatic, right? But you can choose to take a deep …
 
It's highly contagious. You can catch it from a single interaction with one person. You can catch it much faster in a crowd. You can pass it on to someone else in an instant.You can also catch it from just reading, watching, or listening to something.In 39 milliseconds, you have it... and you didn't even see it coming!Coronavirus? Nope. That is cer…
 
Let me just say, I am a bit weary. How about you?This has been a wearying time for so many of us. Nobody is unaffected by this pandemic. And we can't even point to an end to the crisis. Take a guess, and your guess is probably as good as any other.What do we do? Everything seems to be upside-down, inside-out, and topsy-turvy. It's hard to figure ou…
 
Did you hear about the guy who had been on a meditation retreat for a couple of weeks? He went in with "life as usual." And he emerged into a whole new world. One where people are practicing social distance, sheltering at home, and scared. One where restaurants, coffee shops, and bars are closed or limited. One where every cough is scary.And one wh…
 
When I recorded this episode of the Thriveology Podcast, it was almost another world. Many people were still minimizing the novel coronavirus. Even politicians were downplaying the severity and impact.So much has changed. Many, if not most, schools are closed to face-to-face instruction. Many workers are working from home, where possible. Lots of r…
 
Happiness is a funny thing, isn't it? One day, it's right there... right in front of you. Then, just as quickly... it's gone. Why is it so hard to hold onto happiness?Maybe more importantly, is there a way to shift into happiness, nearly at will?I am always concerned about how lightly we take happiness. Our culture makes it THE goal, and not a part…
 
What happens when you feel hollow and lost in life, even when you are surrounded by people?What happens when you find success... only to discover it wasn't really the success you wanted?What happens when you realize that you've been hiding and pretending... not being yourself... even when you are with friends and loved ones?You may just keep on pus…
 
Most people tell me that they want something more out of life. Sometimes, they want LOTS more out of life. Usually, though, there is something else... some new point of success.Yet, many people find themselves stuck in a cycle of "inaction" or "any action." They are taking no action toward a change. Or they randomly take action after action, with l…
 
Have you ever noticed what happens when it is just a few days before you head out for vacation? If you are like most people, you go into "clear the desk" mode. Things get done. You become hyper-efficient.Why does that happen right before a vacation? Because it HAS to get done. You want to leave with nothing hanging. So, nothing gets in your way.Wha…
 
Just a little over 2 years ago (exactly 2 years ago, as I recorded this episode of my Thriveology Podcast), I started studying jiu jitsu. At that point, I had no idea where it would go. I have a life-long interest in martial arts, but had not practiced since being a teenager (tae kwon do at that time).I knew I wanted to try something out, to take o…
 
Are you in alignment?I had a friend whose hips were out of alignment. It was no big deal for a long time. Just simply a matter of one leg being a bit longer than the other. But every day, she just kept on going. She walked and ran... and just lived life. Then... her back started hurting... her hips started hurting... her knees started hurting... ev…
 
Mindfulness is such a buzzword these days that you may find yourself "tuning out" when you hear the term. Ironic, since that is quite the opposite of being mindful!Simply put, mindfulness is the state of being present with your body in the present moment. In other words, you are aware of your bodily experience of this immediate moment.The nice thin…
 
Feeling stressed out? Wondering what your doctor would say?Surprisingly, doctors get very little training on stress, both in how it affects the body and how to deal with it. Got an injury? Great. The doctor has you covered. Got an infection? The doctor has you covered.But stressed out? Not so much.That was the experience of my guest, Elizabeth Hugh…
 
Do you journal? It is a great tool for reflecting on life, processing events and emotions, and finding new perspectives.Some people think journaling is just "adult diary-ing." And for some, a journal really is just a place to put down the events of the day (really, that is your perceptions of the events of the day). It is just a way to record what …
 
We all face obstacles in our lives. No matter how successful, no matter how determined we are, we will have tough moments. Soul moments. Times when we have to stop, collect ourselves, let go of who we have been, and step into a new space.Sometimes, those moments are full of tragedy.That was the case for my guest on this episode of Thriveology Podca…
 
January 1. Just another day.And yet... there is something else about that day. Sure, it starts a new month. Yes, it starts a new year.Psychologically, that new start... it matters.We all need new starts. That is what I loved about being in school. When the semester ended, no matter how well (or poorly) I had done, it was over. The grade was locked …
 
In the hustle and bustle, people lose sight of the Holidays. Sure, we go through the motions, show up to the events, and try to put on our holiday joy. But many times, internally, its a flat-line. Nothing. Nada.Or worse... stressful.Over the years, I have given a number of presentations about this, with title, "Merry Stress-ness and Happy Blue Year…
 
Have you ever noticed how some people just seem to succeed at everything they do? They enjoy success in different areas of life... including financially.Then, others seem to struggle over and over, making little progress toward their goal. Noah St. John refers to this as "success anorexia," people starving themselves from success -- because they do…
 
What happens when one day, you wake up and realize you are overweight, deep in debt, and desperately holding onto a crumbling relationship?If you are Adam Schaeuble, PhD ("Previously Heavy Dude"), you finally decide to make a change.On that day, Adam finally took action... the same actions he had been putting off. This time, though, something had s…
 
What do you expect from life? Sometimes, our expectations can get us into trouble. Maybe you expect things to go badly. Or maybe you expect something beyond your control. Either way, your expectations trip you up.Yet every action you take is based on expectation. Sure, you want to "live in the present moment." But present moments are often moving t…
 
In the States, this Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. What's the point, right? Let's just jump on into Christmas season! The stores are already bustling and everything seems to be bursting with green and red.I have nothing against Christmas. But I do think there is an important pause, a moment. A time to be thankful. Not to just say a quick word of tha…
 
Most people want to be in better health. In fact, I have yet to run into anyone telling me, "I just wish I was in worse health." We all want to be in better health!But for many, that is confusing. There is so much conficting information. One day, you eat one thing or drink one thing, and it seems that just a few days later, that is detrimental for …
 
If you are alive, you will feel pain. For some, it is just a little here and a little there. For others, pain is chronic and constant. Maybe just a little or maybe a lot.Since I tend to be on the active side, I tend to have lots of bumps and bruises. And at one point in my life, when I was suffering from an illness, I had significant pain. Which me…
 
What prison holds you?We ALL have some prison in our lives. Maybe there aren't any real bars and locked doors. But it still keeps us stuck, trapped and unable to grow. It might be a way of thinking, a relationship, a job. It may be just your own view of yourself and your capacities. But something keeps us stuck.Is it possible to break free? To esca…
 
Tough conversations are, well, tough. You know, those conversations you know you need to have... but avoid having them. Maybe you aren't comfortable with the topic. Or maybe it feels risky to have that conversation.Here is the problem: when we avoid tough conversations, we also avoid real engagement. And we miss the opportunity for deeper connectio…
 
Have you been to the Self-Help area of a bookstore lately? We are awash with books on happiness. There are lots of articles on happiness. And lots of trainings and courses on happiness. Heck, I have even addressed it many times before.So, why aren't we happy? Why haven't we made a shift, as a culture, to higher levels of happiness?Many times, peopl…
 
Long ago, way back in one of my college classes on death and dying, the professor told us that our death rituals -- the funeral, visitation, etc. -- were our ways of "reweaving the cloth of our community" after a loss.Grief has a process. It is our internal response to loss, that is about how we move through and beyond that loss.Yet in our culture,…
 
Are you up for a challenge?In the last episode of my podcast, I discussed how to hold on when life is tough. That's when life is challenging you.But what about when life isn't so challenging... where life is copacetic? Just cruising.It's my observation that we work hard to keep life flat. We work hard to keep things smooth. Cold out? Turn on the he…
 
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