How To Create a New Habit This Week

I’m really interested in habits, because what we do and think determine the life we live. Habits are the basis for everything else in our lives. As Aristotle so pithily put it, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” If we aim to live an excellent life, […]

Master the Power of Procrastination

When I was in graduate school I developed a strangely effective habit that’s served me well in the years that followed – I call it “Power Procrastination.” We usually think of procrastination as a bad habit, to be avoided.  We think of it as a mental block that stops us from accomplishing what we’d like […]

3 Sneaky Habits That Are Stealing Your Energy

I have never met anyone who said, “I’ve got too much energy!  I wish I felt more run-down and overwhelmed.” We all want to have the energy to devote to the people and activities that are important to us – but lots of smart women are running on empty. There are many lifestyle habits that […]

Total Catastrophe – or “Lesson Learned the Hard Way”

  Whoever said “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure,” knew what she was talking about! Friends would describe me as organized, on top of things, able to get stuff done. I’m a big proponent of setting priorities and sticking with them.  Of not getting distracted.  Of not spending time on things […]

3 Ways to Manage the Voices in Your Head

You’ve set your daily and weekly priorities, you’ve defined your tiny action steps, but maybe still feel stuck and thwarted by the chatter in your mind saying things like: “You’ll never achieve that.  You’re not good enough, smart enough, young enough, old enough, disciplined enough – just not enough, period.” “Who do you think you are? […]

I’m Not Doing My Brilliant Thing Because…

…I can’t get myself to take action!   You do have a brilliant thing that you really want to create. Maybe you want to start a new career, or build a healthy, strong body, or host a fabulous party, or write a book, or re-do your closet… Something that you are super excited about. But […]

Why Is That Goal SO Hard to Reach?

You have a goal – to find a new job that better matches your strengths and interests; to spend more quality time with your family; to walk for thirty minutes five times a week; to take a fabulous trip to Costa Rica … something you say you are passionate about achieving! You’ve had this goal […]

Discipline is Remembering What You Want

This quote from David Campbell, founder of Saks Fifth Avenue, is one of my all time favorites.  We often think of discipline as a way to get ourselves to do things we don’t really want to do – whether that’s exercise; working on a large, multi-faceted project; eating well; or doing chores around the house. […]

How to Get Clear on Where You’re Going

You hear lots of folks talking about the importance of having a clear vision, clear priorities and clear goals in order to be living a joyful, fulfilling life – but do you really understand how critical this is? Clarity gives you energy, a sense of purpose, focus when making decisions, and a sense of both […]

Busy Women’s Guide to Self Care for a Happy, Healthy (Sane) Holiday Season

Most folks I speak with at this time of year have a bit of a frantic gleam in their eyes as they describe all that they’ve got on their plates for the upcoming holiday season.  They are looking forward to family, friends, fun and cherished holiday traditions AND they feel overwhelmed at the thought of all there […]