Dealing With Disappointment

The experience of stepping forward, suddenly realizing the floor is lower than you expected, and having to scramble to rebalance before you fall is a good analogy for what it’s emotionally like to feel a sharp sense of disappointment. We all know how uncomfortable it...

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A Leader’s Most Important Skill

Say the word ‘leader,’ and most people picture an assertive individual giving instruction, taking charge, and providing direction. In other words, they picture someone talking. Other people will picture someone who listens, thinks deeply, and then offers guidance or...

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Why Knowing What to Do Isn’t Enough

You know those goals and desires you want but never seem to bring to life? There’s a reason why, and it isn’t because you don’t know what to do. If there’s something you’re interested enough in to want, it’s highly likely that you know how to get it. And yet, you...

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How to Build Self-Confidence

When it comes to self-confidence, many people think that it’s a personality trait, an indicator they’re doing something right, or that it will come to them if they can only figure out the magical formula to create it. It’s none of that. And it doesn’t matter if you’re...

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How Being Judgmental Can Help You

Have you ever wanted to tell someone what they should or shouldn’t do and then either been told or wondered if you’re judgmental? Sometimes it’s as simple as thinking someone in your life would have it easier if they were making the choices you think they...

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When You’re Feeling Different

When you spend time on social media, it’s possible to gain the impression that everyone but you is living the perfect life. However, most people are sharing only the good stuff. And that’s okay. Social media isn’t necessarily the best place to share challenges unless...

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Upgrading Your Gratitude Practice

Gratitude is a popular topic lately, but when’s the last time you took a moment to let waves of thankfulness wash over and through you? Making a list of things you’re grateful for isn’t the same as experiencing gratitude. The first is closer to making a grocery list...

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Things Worth Doing Poorly

If you read or listen to material in the self-help genre, you’ll hear a lot about excellence, being and doing your best, and striving for the top of the ladder. I think those are excellent ambitions. However, there are some things that are worth doing even if you do...

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Play That Song

Do you have a song? You know – the one that sticks in your head, brings a smile to your face, and makes you sing or dance along to it. There’s the song you associate with your first love, with summer, with being a kid, with sadness, a time of carefreeness, a certain...

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