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Inner Circle – Close to the Vest

Stack the Deck Back in the days of the wild west, poker players use to keep their cards low on the table and close to their vests.  They did this to make sure no one else could see their cards and to avoid other players getting the upper hand by changing their...

Look at the Monster

This is one of those things that I talk about often with clients.  They tell me they are busy all day long, but they are not getting the important things done.  Or they tell me that they know they are procrastinating on doing something, so they put it off...

Stop Spending Time with Toxic People

Years before I the kids, I had that friend.  You know that friend.  The one that you go everywhere with.  The one that you call for no reason.  The one that everyone tells you is bad for you, but you don’t listen.  Wait … what? Yeah, that...

Shifting Anxiety Towards Positive Action

Shifting Anxiety Towards Positive Action

Shifting Anxiety Towards Positive Action. When we are confronted with anxious or worrisome events our bodies react differently than when faced with a normal situation. This causes the fight or flight response to naturally respond. Some people automatically go into fight mode. A majority of us respond with flight and the mental repercussion is transformed into anxiety and stress. And when we go into flight mode all the blood rushes out of our brain and into our limps so we can run away, meaning we are not thinking our most effectively.

Dealing with Job Loss

Dealing with Job Loss

Dealing with my job loss was an incident in my life. Truth be told, it has been almost 7 years, I am occasionally hurt or angry about the entire situation. Job loss can be a major trauma in your life or the life of someone you care about. Really, even people who don’t even like their jobs experience a sense of grief and fear when they lose their job. Our jobs are often tied to our sense of self and greatly influence our self-esteem and self-worth. It’s not just a paycheck.

Create a Winter Self-Care Kit

Create a Winter Self-Care Kit

Create a Winter Self-Care Kit

It’s winter here in the Midwest. Although today is very nice compared to a typical November day in Wisconsin, the weather can change quickly here. I was born in Wisconsin, so I know that winter can be a challenge to get through sometimes.

Please, Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em – Tips to Stop Being So Defensive

Please, Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em – Tips to Stop Being So Defensive

Has anyone ever told you to stop being so defensive? That advice frustrates a lot of the colleges and clients I work with. I mean, how can someone be giving another person bad news or “constructive” criticism and the expectation is they will not have any type of emotional reaction? If there is not reaction, doesn’t that say something too, like perhaps they don’t care to change based on the advice given to them?

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