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Demands That Matter

"It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is what are we busy about?" -Henry David Thoreau I work with high performers who are under constant pressure and must deliver on countless demands each day. When I talk with them about enhancing resiliency and managing stress it is usually under the assumption that demands continue to increase as the resources necessary to deliver on them decrease. They want to be able to do more with less, after all that is what becoming more efficient and productive is all about. However, over the last few years I have begun to challenge the assumption of these increasing demands and the thought that we do not have the ability to manage or influenc

Want to Change Your Ways…. First Change Your Mind

“Change your thoughts and change your world.” -Norman Vincent Peale Many of us would like to make a change when it comes to our everyday behaviors. The change might relate to nutrition, exercise, sleep, managing our money, being more positive, relationships, parenting, prioritizing our demands, or a multitude of other possibilities. Doing things differently is not as easy as it sounds. What happens often times is that we make a change for a short period of time, but then revert to our old ways, especially when we feel pressed or stressed. Why is changing our behavior so difficult? There are many reasons and factors that can play a role, but I want to focus on our mindset. What we do is reall

The ART of Resiliency

Resiliency can be defined as: The capacity to recover quickly from or adjust easily to difficulties or change and/or The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens. When you look at those definitions of resiliency, do they sound like capabilities that you would want to have or that could help you in your life? Is there one of those definitions that you are better in than the other? We may be better at one of these because we have had a chance to practice it due to the experiences in our lives. Admittedly, I am better at adapting to change than I am at becoming strong after something bad happens. My life has been a series of changes and difficulties str

Want to Make a Change? Break the Automatic Patterns

Changing our behaviors, especially the ones we have been doing for quite some time can be extremely challenging. Just consider how many New Year’s resolutions or similar goals fail to be accomplished within a month or two of getting started. There are many reasons that changing what we do is difficult. One factor is how we think or our mindset: our beliefs, attitudes, and thoughts about everything in our lives. Beliefs are the most difficult to change because they are associated with our identity and convictions. Attitudes are related to how we feel about people, situations, and ourselves and they greatly influence how we think. Our thoughts, in basic terms, are our ideas, automatic thought

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