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As I work on my new venture, I consistently run into my Fear. It always surprises me because I try hard to believe she isn't there. I know I can do this, but do I believe it? I know I'm a good person with something valuable to say, but do I believe it? What if it isn't true? "This is silly!" and "Why is this so hard?" run through my mind. "Can I do this?" is another one. When you run the same track repeatedly, the ground becomes scored with an easy-to-travel path. It works that way in the brain, too. If you have the same thoughts repeatedly, those thoughts become much easier to have until they are the first thoughts you have. You see I had been having those negative, self-critical thoughts for over a year. Even before I started my new venture. For over a year, those kinds of thoughts had been dogging me, and I had been putting one foot in front of another, doing my routine, hoping it would all just get better.

Life will throw you curveballs. Life threw me a curveball. I wasn’t able to dodge it. It hit me in the head. My response? Knuckle down, work harder, act as if everything is going to be fine. Nothing was fine. I was stunned. That was a year...

So…what is it about putting some effort or thought into behavior that makes it feel "unnatural?"  I've noticed that when a behavior feels natural it just happens--it's the first thing we come up with or what we do automatically. It's living on autopilot. Not such a bad...

I love reading the NYTimes and the Seattle Times. They have great articles on health and science, two of my favorite topics. While I sipping tea this morning I read a Seattle Times article on the best healthy foods to eat if you are feeling...

The Steps to Success Ever wonder how successful people get successful?  It isn't talent, it's persistence.  It is focusing on what you want.  The details of each success story are unique but the framework is the same.  Know your outcome  Make decisions and take action  Know whether your actions...