“No-Fail” Friday: Greater good

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Who’s ready to close the book on this week? We started this conversation on Wednesday, when it was barely halfway over, and at last, we’re finally here. Interesting times we live in, so the least we can do is give ourselves the joy of a hard-earned Friday. Take a minute to catch your breath, and get ready to dive into the weekend ahead – which, of course, includes a mindfulness challenge.

Don’t worry, I’ve got energy levels in mind here.   Read More

Monday Moment: Down a notch

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We’re starting off this week with one of my favorite quotes for the work that I do with mindfulness and professional stress. So often, we think of power as something that comes through exertion and aggressive effort. We perceive it as something that needs to be earned, taken, or even stolen, because we think it’s available in limited quantities only.

How about this idea, though. What if we all have power within us that is unique to us, and can only be accessed by ourselves as individuals? What if the path to accessing that power started with dialing things down a notch, finding stillness, and narrowing our focus to this present moment, right here?

You know your focus is more clear when your heart isn’t pounding out of your ears, so why would it make any sense that you’d be more powerful in that state? Maybe you can jump higher or run faster, thanks to adrenaline, but is that the kind of power you need to succeed today?

Food for thought, as you run headfirst into your Monday. Maybe slow it down to a saunter, and take a second to catch your breath. Never know what brilliance might be on the other side of that first intentional inhale, and calm and steady exhale.

Photo credit: Kari Shea 

“No-Fail” Friday: You first (x2)

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Who doesn’t love a good throwback? This post was originally published on July 15, 2016. Don’t worry, it’s a classic. You’ll love it. ;-) 

How are you feeling this Friday? Although it doesn’t always feel like it these days, the last day of the workweek is usually synonymous with lightness and fun. Even if your schedule is packed with meetings, the knowledge that you’re about to break free for two whole days is usually cause for celebration, and a great big exhale. Even if you’ve got projects galore and other responsibilities to tend to, at least they feel a little bit more on your terms. Plus, you can make time for a little relaxation, so you can start next week totally refreshed, right? Don’t worry, I hear you laughing…refreshed on Monday? What is that? It is possible, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s not only about MondayRead More