Is It Time to Let Go?

Last week in Vancouver, I was having dinner with a friend who is considering some big changes in his life.  He described how he had spent a lot of energy worrying and then one day decided to just stop.  It reminded me of my father’s saying: Stop worrying and start living.   I thought, “What a great topic for this week’s blog!”  But first I checked to see if someone besides …
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Are You In a Vicious Cycle?

Do you always do more than your share?  Are you the one who works harder and stays later?  Are you tired of being that person? You may be saying yes but… If I don’t do it, it won’t get done. No one does it as well as I do. If I let someone else do it, I’ll just have to do it over. If this sounds familiar, we need to …
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The Surprising Six Words That Lead to Failure

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By the time most of us finish grade school we have already internalized the need to “look good”.   Back in the 80’s ad man Phil Slott is credited with creating the phrase, never let them see you sweat.  It was originally used as a tagline in a deodorant commercial.  Since then it has leaped into fashion, sports, aging, entertainment and probably every other field of endeavor.    The phrase suggests we …
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One Step Could Change Your Life

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You’ve probably heard the saying:  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  When faced with writing a book, starting a business, learning a language or any big goal, we embark on many small steps to complete the “journey”.  But are the biggest journeys always a thousand miles? Recently I saw The Hundred Foot Journey, a film about an imperious French woman who operates a highly-regarded restaurant …
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Are You Dying of Embarrassment?

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It started when you were a kid: your dad’s horrible shirt, your mother’s insistence on a curfew, your little brother’s idol worship of your best friend.  And it just kept on: your child’s temper tantrum in the grocery store, your daughter’s purple hair, your groomsman’s drunken toast at the wedding… Other people embarrass us, and we also embarrass ourselves: we forget someone’s name, arrive too late or too early, find …
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