What’s Important Now? (also known as WIN!)

January 3, 2023
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“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.“ – Tony Robbins I love listening to motivational speakers for inspiration. A few of my favorites are Brené Brown, Byron Katie, Dalai Lama, Siri Lindley, Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins and Marianne Williamson. If you’re looking for fresh wisdom, I would recommend each one of them. Recently I came across another one—American football coach-turned motivational speaker Lou Holtz. He surprised me with his simple yet powerful insight. If you’re not familiar with him, Holtz is one of the most successful coaches in…

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Bottom-line Questions and How They Ground You

December 1, 2022
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“The bottom line is to have fun and enjoy life.” – Actress Rekha The holidays can be a hard time for some people but like it says at the end of this article: “All the darkness in the world cannot put out the light of a single candle. It will shine. Like that candle, you can find your light, too.” When we’re trying to do something challenging, we increase our odds of success when we know ourselves: our personal strengths; values; passions and fears; our intimate reasons for doing what we do; and our action steps for achieving our goals.…

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Forming New Habits – 66 Days to Retrain Yourself

November 1, 2022
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“A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs one step at a time.” -Mark Twain Research tells us that it takes an average of 66 days for a behavior to become a habit. At first, that may sound like too long to wait for a reward of adopting an approach that you know is good for you. Consider the alternative: a lifetime of sticking with an approach that you know doesn’t work. Isn’t it worth investing the time and effort to create a new habit of positivity instead? Creating new habits takes will…

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The High Cost of Miscommunication (and 4 Reasons Why It Happens)

September 14, 2022
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It can happen in a fraction of a second. All it takes is a shrug, a sigh, or a small signal of body language to turn a well-intentioned conversation into an unhealthy one. Did it really mean what you thought it did?  Have you ever been in a situation where you stopped a conversation because you saw your sister roll her eyes and you thought, “There she goes again, judging what I say and thinking she’s better than me.”  Or maybe you made a quick judgment after reading – or misreading — someone’s body language. In doing so, you take…

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Change the ‘Me’ to ‘We’ 

August 10, 2022
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“Life is about perspective and how you look at something…ultimately, you have to zoom out.” Bumble CEO Whitney Wolf Heard When we shift our focus from ourselves to others, our lives become richer. We begin to see that we are not the center of the universe, and that we need each other. We open our hearts and our arms, and we allow love to fill us up. In doing so, our lives become more fulfilling and meaningful. I’d like to share a little sample from my new book, in this chapter I look deeper into this important life lesson. In…

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The Gift of Little Silver Boxes – To You and To Others

July 13, 2022
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In my new book, one of the interesting ideas I explore is how we can expand our world by performing simple acts of kindness to others. I believe kindness creates a ripple effect that has the power to change lives. It also talks about how kindness is often contagious, prompting others to pay it forward. When we are kind to others, we not only make their day brighter, but also brighten our own day. A few years ago, I was sitting in an airport terminal, waiting for my flight when I noticed some sort of conflict happening at the boarding…

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Privilege versus Entitlement – What Makes the Difference?

June 22, 2022
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It’s a funny thing, privilege. You might not even know you have it until you’re made aware of it. And even then, it can be hard to see. Privilege is like an invisible force field, protecting you from the everyday struggles that others must endure. It’s an advantage that you didn’t ask for and that you can’t control. But just because you didn’t ask for it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t acknowledge it. In fact, acknowledging your privilege is an important step in creating a more just and equitable world. So the next time someone calls you out on your privilege,…

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The Value of Communication

May 12, 2022
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Many people underestimate the importance of communication. After all, it seems like a pretty simple concept – just exchanging information between two people. However, effective communication is actually a complex process that involves several skills. In short, communication is essential for both our personal and professional lives. Without it, we would have a hard time building relationships, developing new ideas, and achieving our goals. I look at how important communication is in different aspects of life in this chapter from my new upcoming book: It can happen in a fraction of a second. All it takes is a shrug, a…

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Giving Gratitude Across the Generations

April 13, 2022
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“Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than a parent.” Bob Keeshan (AKA Captain Kangaroo) In the midst of growing up, it is easy to lose sight of the lessons we pick up from our parents. So many of our habits and principles arise from their guidance.  If you haven’t thanked them yet, what are you waiting for? When my father retired, he became a steady presence in the house and I had a chance to discover who…

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Fine tuning your affirmations to empower you

March 16, 2022
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Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. — Ralph Waldo Emerson To “affirm” something is to declare that it is true. In the context of self- development, affirmations are statements of truths that we want to draw deeply into ourselves and our lives: truths whose energy we want to absorb wholeheartedly, and, ultimately, pass on to others.  To generate the most impact, we repeat these statements aloud or silently, over and over again, until they become an integral part of who we are. I also call them incantations, although some people prefer the term mantra.…

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