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Gratitude For What Isn't

In this Thanksgiving season, I am reflecting on the many facets of gratitude, which is getting ever more attention in the media for benefits far beyond a few moments of feeling good. Psychology Today reports that gratitude can increase energy, optimism and empathy, leading to a more fulfilling life. NPR recently produced a story that said gratitude may reduce the risk of heart disease. Other benefits being reported include reduced stress, more enjoyment of life and, according to Forbes ...
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Finding Your Thermal Lift

In our aim to achieve our Best Year Yet®, a close knit circle of supporters and allies can be critical. This may take the form of family members, friends, and coaches. I propose the simile of storks preparing for long-distance travel. As they leave the ground, they fly wingtip to wingtip, watching one another, for the one that hits the thermal: the one that lifts the entire flock to higher air and saves energy for the long voyage....
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Are Your Dreams Too Big?

  One question I get asked a lot is how to set the right goals. People worry that they aren’t being realistic when they let themselves dream or that they might be setting goals that are way too big to achieve – all of which begs the question, “What dreams are too big to be realistic?” As with most things, the answer to this question comes down to how important your dream is to you. The bigger the dream, the more dedication it may take. Does that keep you from setting big goals or inspire you to ...
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Mindful Leading

  Sometimes you have to step back in order to move forward. This is especially true when things are not moving as well as you'd like. Often it is best to pause, take stock of where you are and reconnect from the inside out. This is what happens in a ballroom dance when the leader is trying to re-connect with his partner and re-establish balance. It is easier for the leader to step back and engage the follower by first moving backwards....
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Get Rid of Your Rear View Mirror

Lately, I’ve been distracted by my rear view mirror. I can’t get into my car any more without glancing at it and recalling a passage I recently read in a book called Miracle Morning by Hal Erod. In it, Hal says one of the most crippling causes of mediocrity in life is a condition he calls Rear view Mirror Syndrome (RMS )....
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Do Just One Thing

Lisa Kelly / May 11, 2015 /

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In the movie The Blindside there is a scene in which Sandra Bullock’s character, Leigh Anne Tuohy, an upper class, white, mother of two, is trying to build a relationship with Michael Oher, an oversized inner city African American teenager (played by Quinton Aaron).  After hitting brick wall after brick wall, she turns to him and says, “Tell me one thing, just one thing, I ought to know about you.” And thus the relationship begins....
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Save a Life Today - Your Own

My partner has a saying that helps me keep myself from getting caught up in the stress, drama and weighty-ness of work situations – “We’re not saving lives here.” It’s a great reminder that I don’t need to put too much stress on myself over the little things. Since I have stepped into my role at Best Year Yet®, I have a different perspective on that saying....
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Snake Pit

  I believe that until we take full responsibility for what shows up in our life, we will stifle creativity, passion, and the potential to breathe life into our dreams. Shakespeare’s most recognized soliloquy is the moment when Hamlet ponders this question of whether the unknown experience of death is easier to bear than living....
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Beyond the Moment of Change

  Those of us who have created our Best Year Yet® plans are familiar with the phrase The Moment of Change. This moment happens after Question 4 of our 10-question process that leads to the one-page plan for the year. When we identify our most limiting belief about ourselves and release the energy that has held us back from reaching our true potential, we experience a moment of change. ...
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Let Your Light Shine

When I learned that this series of Best Year Yet® articles was about the shift from a self-centered reality to one devoted to helping those around us and beyond, this idea of serving others rang true for me. For me, service offers a heart-centered experience, one that comes from our willingness to give our gifts and talents in unconditional support for the highest and best in another person....
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