I’m working on a proposal for a new book. This involves a lot of sitting and thinking. Ever since I started, a strange phenomenon has emerged.
I want to clean all the time.
While sitting at my desk, I fantasize about scrubbing things. I long to get at the dirty-ish sliding glass doors that I stare off into …Continue Reading »
As a coach I work with a variety of leaders (from mid-level managers to high-ranking executives), helping them to reduce their stress, recover from burnout, improve work-life balance and operate more effectively.
Time after time, after I do a little digging, a core problem emerges. Their lack of boundaries with coworkers or clients is stealing prime …Continue Reading »
Do you use food as a way of numbing your feelings? So many people do. It could be because you’re stressed, upset, anxious or even just bored. If you’ve been engaging in “emotional eating” for a long time, you may not even realize that you’re doing it. You may know that you’re eating too much, …Continue Reading »
So, you want to help someone change a problem behavior. I’m talking about all kinds of behaviors here. This could be the loved one who keeps smoking, or eats more than is healthy for them, or drinks too much, or keeps spending more than they earn. Perhaps they eat too much junk food, or choose …Continue Reading »
Do you frequently feel resentment about your life or your circumstances? Perhaps there is someone who frequently takes advantage of you. It leaves you seething each time, but you feel helpless to do anything about it.
Or maybe, like me, you’re not very good at speaking up about things that need to change. Too often, I …Continue Reading »
I’ve spoken to corporations about the importance of self-care and burnout prevention for years, and have followed leadership expert Michael Hyatt for years. The two worlds collided recently when I listened to his podcast version of Self-Care as a Leadership Discipline. Hyatt presented this fantastic speech to 85,000 leaders at this year’s LeaderCast event.
Hyatt’s case for self-care as a …Continue Reading »
People toss around the word “burnout” a lot these days. Every time I speak about burnout to a group or at a conference, people come up to me wide-eyed afterward, saying, “This is what’s wrong with me! I just thought I was exhausted and stressed.” It’s my experience that many people walk around with clear symptoms …Continue Reading »
Conscientiousness increases your chances of success, but can leave you stressed and at risk of burnout.
“When your conscientiousness impels you to take on more than you can handle … you risk your physical health.” –Susan Cain
Conscientiousness is Both a Strength and a Weakness
If you’re a conscientious person, you are “wishing to do what is right, especially to …Continue Reading »
Communication skills are the key to successful, healthy relationships. Do you find it hard to speak up for yourself? Are you afraid of what might happen if you say how you really feel?
If you spent a lot of your life around unsafe people, at some point you probably decided that it’s better to stay silent …Continue Reading »
Do you tend to be fearful or suffer from anxiety? It’s really important to know this about yourself, and deal with it appropriately.
Fear and anxiety are like kidnappers that hold you captive. They hold you back from the full, free life you could be living. The stranglehold on your life will typically get worse over time, if left unchecked.
The …Continue Reading »