Respond or React

In an article on Psychology Today, Dr. Matt James differentiates between responding and reacting. Below is a summary of what he says. Reacting and responding may look the same at times, but they certainly feel very different from one another. In review […]

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What Drives Your Passion?

What is Passion? Passion for anything, including my work, my kids and my husband, is misplaced if they exist as the focus and driving force behind that passion. That seems odd to say, but I think that’s because our definition of passion […]

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The Toxic Impact of Multitasking

My Multitasking Mistake On a recent work task, I completed what I thought fell precisely in line with my directives. Instead, what I thought I needed to do was completely wrong. Not even close, actually. The mistake devastated me and threatened to […]

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How to Get Unstuck

When our van got stuck in the snow years ago, it overheated and caught on fire when I tried to get it unstuck. In hindsight, I should have just waited for the tow truck my husband went to call. Not one of […]

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Struggling With Patience

Years ago, I thought I had a patience problem. I needed more of it. So, I worked to be more patient. Unfortunately, trying to be more patient didn’t work all that well. I then decided I instead had an anger problem. If […]

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Struggling with Expectations

Note: This post was originally published on July 11, 2012 under the title “Could This Be Your Biggest Source of Irritation, Frustration and Even Anger?” It has been revised and updated significantly. Expectations Are a Part of Life Though my boys left […]

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Finding Balance in a Busy World, Part I

“Busy” is the New “Fine” Many people seem to equate being busy with being important. Somehow, being busy by living in a state of perpetual hustle and bustle and constant exhaustion seems to say, “I matter.” In fact, if you’re not crazy […]

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Attitude

The word “upgrade” leaped to a whole new level in the world of marketing over the past several of years. When you go on a cruise to the Caribbean, you’re encouraged to “upgrade your diamonds.” At pretty much any time after you’ve […]

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Going Backward So You Can Move Forward

Unfortunately, my history with backing up a vehicle is somewhat embarrassing. Here’s the rather humbling list: Backing into the school van during driver’s training while learning to parallel park (another driving challenge for me). Backing into my brother’s car early one morning […]

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Healthy Goal Setting

  New Year’s Resolution Statistics All too often, setting goals or resolutions seem to set people up for failure and increased self-abasement. Consider the following statistics: 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions. 8% of Americans succeed in keeping their resolutions. […]

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