Sometimes my clients tell me the reason they procrastinate instead of getting something important done is that they are just too tired to focus. Or be creative. Or even think. And I believe them. This is a growing problem. • There’s more and more stress in our lives. • Stress interferes with our sleep. • … Continue reading When you can’t get that project done because you’re too tired . . .
For this post I did something a little different. I shot a video on my recent trip on a cruise ship. I apologize for the quality—I know it’s not the best. But the message is important, especially for high-achievers: If you want to improve your creativity—really, your ability to come up with new ideas for … Continue reading An Essential Way to Improve Your Creativity
Two women were struggling in different ways to get past their blocks to doing what they wanted. Their difficulties were insurmountable—to them. When I looked at their situations, however, their problems seemed self-imposed, and quite easy to change. Even without tapping. "Angie" has a job she hates. She has been working toward getting certified so … Continue reading Cutting The Gordian Knot of Your Toughest Problem
In last week's tip I explained how we go into a fight or flight reaction when we perceive a threat and our brains' higher functioning begins to shut down, whether that threat is an attacking grizzly bear, an angry boss, or even the economic news. The longer we perceive the threat, the less of our … Continue reading Relax Your Body To Access Your Brain Under Stress: 3 Techniques
Last week I went to a two-day training for therapists (I’m both a therapist and a coach) about how to treat trauma and PTSD. I was pleased to discover some useful information that also works for people who are not dealing with major trauma in their lives. Today’s tip is the first of two important … Continue reading Too Much News Makes You Stupid: Turn It Off!
I want to share a technique that I use with many of my clients to get rid of all sorts of blocks to their success. The technique is called EFT, or simply “tapping”, and it’s growing in popularity, is being used around the world, and the number of studies documenting its effectiveness is mounting. Really, … Continue reading Lower your stress, with just two fingers
Two weeks ago a client came to me with an all-too-familiar problem: she was completely overwhelmed with all she had to do and couldn’t find a way to change what was going on. “Maria” and her partner were building a startup and were giving it their all. They worked from early in the morning until … Continue reading 3 Steps to Take When You’re Overwhelmed
Last week I promised to tell you about something that can increase your productivity thirty-one percent. Here it is! A month or so ago someone sent me a link to a video of a TEDTalk by Shawn Achor, a former professor at Harvard who went on to found a corporate strategy firm that researches and … Continue reading Get a Happiness Advantage
Over the last month or so several of my clients have been blocked at work by their stress. The reasons they have been stressed are very real: an unsupportive boss; financial setbacks; fights with spouses; personality conflicts at work. They knew they needed to take action to resolve their issues, so they did what made … Continue reading Why (and how) you should take a break!
I recently read a 2003 article on a study of lucky v. unlucky people. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/3304496/Be-lucky---its-an-easy-skill-to-learn.html Among the conclusions the researcher reached were a few that stuck out for me: (i) both lucky and unlucky people create their own "luck," good or bad; (ii) lucky people notice more, and so discover more good things to take … Continue reading Luck and the Stressed Out Person