Hitting a wall: and what to do about it

I knew I was going to hit the wall. 
The momentum was too much–missing a 12 inch drop meant I was already leaning forward. My body simply followed the path it had been propelled down.
The wall and I met with a crash. Blood flowed freely.
There aren’t many things that take me down psychologically, but smashing face-first into a solidly built stone wall threatened to. It wounded my pride. Yes, there was the reality of a concussion, a badly bruised knee, two […]

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What’s love got to do with it?

You have to let people love the people you love.
It was a hot day that first day of school. Of course, we lived in Texas so August automatically means hot!
I walked my two kids to school, one on either side of me, one small hand clasped in mine. China was entering the second grade and she was super excited to go back to the library. She loved books like crazy! Austin was over-the-moon excited because finally he would be […]

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Don’t Call It Luck!

I’m frequently told how lucky I am to live in France.
I hate being told that.
Don’t get me wrong, I love living in France. LOVE it.
What I hate is the idea that ‘luck’ had anything to do with it.
When I was in high school I worked three jobs so that I could save enough money to attend college in Paris. I made it to France back then not by luck but by wanting to go to Paris so badly that […]

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Change your thinking, even if you think you can’t

What do you do when you first wake up? If you’re like millions of other people, you don’t think, you roll over and grab your phone. Scroll through emails, texts, and maybe a quick check of Facebook.
And when you do?
Your stress level immediately goes up. Your brain lights up with all of the things needing your attention, things you forgot, and you think about the things that have to be done NOW. And you haven’t even gotten out of […]

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Ways a Lack of Confidence Affects You

How many things have you not done due to a lack of confidence?
What have you lost because of your self-doubt?
*Missed out on a raise because you were too afraid to ask?
*Let an opportunity go by because you feared taking a risk?

*Missed out on something fun?
Most people have had experiences with a lack of confidence: they remember the sweaty hands, the pit in their stomach, the wish to disappear, the fear that if they tried, they might fail.
When I […]

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Finding Confidence

How many things have you not done due to a lack of confidence?
What have you lost because of your self-doubt?
Have you:
Missed out on a raise because you were too afraid to ask?
Let an opportunity go by because you feared taking a risk?
Missed out on something fun?
Most people have had experiences with a lack of confidence: they remember the sweaty hands, the pit in their stomach, the wish to disappear, the fear that if they tried, they might fail.
When I […]

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Why is Your Business a Failure?

If you’ve tried something new and experienced failure, it could be because you started at the wrong place.
You’ve put your heart and soul, and maybe all of your savings into this. And it’s on life-support. What went wrong?
Approaching a new venture can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Doing something new stirs up fears in all of us. Some of us are more prone to listen to those fears than others. When you pay a lot of […]

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Six Beliefs That Shape Your Mind

“Mind over matter.”
“What you think about is what you focus on.”
Have you heard those sayings? It’s true that what we think about tends to be where we focus. In fact, an exercise I frequently assign clients is to write down three things every day that were good. By doing this simple exercise, you start training your brain to notice what’s good–and to move away from focusing on what’s wrong.
That’s why people talk about ‘mindset’ and beliefs: because what we […]

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Why Failure Matters

One thing all successful people have in common is their deep belief in themselves. They knew they had to make it happen, no matter what it took. What we seldom think about, however, is what it takes to be successful.
Think of the great basketball player, Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over […]

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Giving Up: How Do You Know When To?

Have you ever wanted to give up?
Give up on a project, walk away from a relationship, or just stop doing something because it feels so hard? Giving up can be devastating to one’s confidence. Unless it’s the right decision.
It’s common to want to stop doing something that may not feel pleasurable anymore. And why wouldn’t you want to quit something that may not be paying off?
But should you give up?
Here are some questions to guide you:
 

Is this something I believe […]

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