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Now or Later? Strategies to Overcome Procrastination

  Even the best life has its share of things we don’t want to do, or at least things we don’t want to do when we think we ought to be doing them. So we all procrastinate sometimes. We know when we’re doing it because we start telling ourselves our best "It Will...

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A Proven Way to Challenge Your Anxiety — And Win

  Anxiety feeds on itself. Anxious feelings can lead to anxious thoughts, which then reinforce the anxious feelings and can fuel a downward spiral of anxiety. (Wow, talk about an anxiety-producing sentence!) But it doesn’t have to be that way. Researchers have...

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Be Your Own Coach: The 2% Jump-Start

I often write and speak about the great (and proven) benefits of noticing and appreciating the good things in our lives, but today I’d like to come at things a little differently. Today let’s pay some attention to what we’re not so happy about. Think of something...

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Getting Friendly with Failure

  "So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Because I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me." This lovely ode to the benefits of failure was...

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From Thought to Action: The Power of Interpretation

How we interpret events doesn’t only affect how we feel; it affects what we do. And that can make all the difference in the world. Do you ever have to remind yourself to take your own advice? I often lead workshops on topics such as managing anxiety, cultivating...

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Stressed Out? Five Proven Ways to Get Relief

  Sometimes stress gets a bad rap. In reasonable doses, stress can enhance our performance, focus our attention on trouble spots, and motivate us to take worthwhile action. But when we have too much of it without relief, stress can be unhealthy and...

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Be Your Own Coach: The “Best Life” Exercise

One of the best tools in my coaching tool box can be used effectively -- and for free -- by anyone with access to paper and a pencil. Here's how. I love being a coach. I get to work with clients who want to make positive changes, whether in their work, their...

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Peanut Butter and Positive Emotions

  Have you ever heard the one about the construction worker and the peanut butter sandwich? Author Dan Millman tells the story of a fellow whose co-workers on the construction site came to expect the same thing every day. When lunch hour rolled around, this one...

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The Optimism Quiz

  Optimism is a powerfully beneficial approach to life. It’s well established that optimistic people are happier, healthier, and more successful than pessimists. And optimism is much more than just looking on the bright side of things. It’s an approach to life...

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