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Self-Care Drives Leadership and Career Success

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 »

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3 Signs It’s Burnout and Not Just Stress

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 »

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Stressed Out? You May Be Too Conscientious

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 »

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Communication Skills: How and When to Speak Up

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 »

How Living With Purpose Will Help You to Stop Comparing

We won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated by purpose. – Bob Goff.

In this era of social media, where everyone’s carefully curated lives are so relentlessly on display, comparison can drive you insane.

At the very least, it will probably make you unnaturally depressed and unsatisfied with your life (there’s plenty of scientific data to …Continue Reading »

5 Ways to Use Kindness to Defuse Difficult People

Ah, difficult people. Have you ever felt really frustrated or annoyed with someone’s behavior, maybe even deciding to dislike or shun them, only to find out afterwards that there was a good reason for them to be having an “off” day?

Have you been that rude or snappy person, yourself? I know I have.

Be kind, for …Continue Reading »

Reclaim Those “I Used To’s” to Revitalize Your Life

What did you do before, that you really enjoyed, that you simply don’t do anymore?

When you think about certain things (or one certain thing) you used to do, or talk about these activities in the past tense to others, do you feel a twinge of regret?

When that regret passes across your consciousness, do you shove …Continue Reading »

Having a Bad Day? Here’s How To Avoid Making It Worse

What do you normally do when you have a bad day?

Do you react by overeating, drinking alcohol, or making other choices that temporarily help you cope, things that you’ll regret later?

A few days ago, someone called me with some bad news first thing in the morning. In the big picture of life what happened wasn’t really a …Continue Reading »

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