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A New Year, A Fresh Start

By |2021-01-12T10:06:19-06:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Change|Tags: , , |

Here we are, once again, at the beginning of a new year. The new year promises a blank slate, a fresh start. I think everyone is happy to put 2020 behind us for many, obvious reasons. We may want to forget the challenges we encountered, but we need to remember them to learn from them and to grow. Last year, very seldom did we see or hear anything positive. That may be why everyone is talking about making a fresh start. Headlines such as COVID-19 numbers, the fallout of the economy, political elections, and so on kept us all counting [...]

How Did You Pivot in 2020?

By |2020-12-28T17:06:22-06:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Change, Problem Solving|Tags: , , |

This year may have started out well for some, but ended not so well for most.  The tentacles of this pandemic changed our lives in so many ways.  We had to get creative in order to survive, literally. I kept hearing the word pivot, mostly from companies in terms of their business models. Early on, as the cases started to rise at alarming rates, the mandate came down for businesses to close that were not deemed essential, to try to stop the spread of the virus. This caused a cascade of issues mostly related to businesses closing, at first temporarily, [...]

It’s All About Repetition

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Change, Routines|Tags: , , , |

The definition of repetition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “the act or an instance of repeating or being repeated”. Repetition is key for so many situations, but probably the most important is learning.  When we learn something new, we repeat what we’ve learned to remember how to do it again.  We practice the action repeatedly so our brain solidifies the data to store for retrieval when we need it. About seven months ago, I adopted a young standard poodle from a local rescue named Star. The rescue was unsure of how her previous owners treated her, but she’s seems [...]

4 Strategies to Lessen A Perfectionist Mindset

By |2020-11-17T13:41:13-06:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , |

Someone once told me that I’m a perfectionist. That didn’t resonate with me because I don’t believe that’s true.  In my mind everything that I do doesn’t have to be perfect, good enough works for me, although I do strive for excellence in the things that I do. Does that make me a perfectionist? No, it doesn’t. I don’t work at something to the point of perfection so that it causes me distress. There are however, people that do this very thing which causes unhealthy issues for them. The actual definition of a perfectionist, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is [...]

Adapting to Change in Unprecedented Times

By |2020-11-17T13:41:14-06:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , |

These are unprecedented times for sure. This is of course, due to the COVID-19 virus.  The last pandemic in recent history was the 1918 influenza.  Both have claimed a lot of lives and changed the course of everyday life. There are similarities in the way we are living now and then during these pandemics. However, the world has seen a plethora of change since the time of the 1918 pandemic. Many businesses have closed, some temporarily, or downsized significantly resulting in a lot of people losing their jobs. Many businesses are struggling and are trying to change the way they [...]

4 Things to Focus on That You Can Control

By |2020-11-17T13:41:15-06:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Change, Overwhelm|Tags: , , , , , , |

Because of the current state of affairs, locally and abroad, it may feel like the world is in chaos and we have no control over our lives. There is a lot of uncertainty and confusion which causes an overwhelming amount of stress for everyone.  We don’t know what our future holds. The information we get bombarded with is always in question as to its validity.  Things are changing all the time, daily, and hourly for that matter.  Trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and calm in our ever-changing world requires the ability to adjust our plans to adapt to [...]

Staying Positive During Difficult Times

By |2020-11-17T13:41:15-06:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Change, Overwhelm|Tags: , , , , , |

Staying positive is not always easy to do, especially during difficult times. These days can definitely be considered difficult times for everyone all around the globe. This pandemic is touching so many lives in so many ways. Unfortunately for most, in negative ways. Our new normal is evolving on a daily basis.  No one really knows how our lives will change in the long-term, or short-term for that matter. The uncertainty of what the future holds is causing stress and anxiety for everyone. Staying positive is becoming quite a challenge. We are bombarded with information related to the corona virus [...]

A Small Change Can Make a Big Impact

By |2020-11-17T13:41:17-06:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: Change, Problem Solving|Tags: , , , |

It’s a new year and a lot of people make resolutions or create goals. Whether it’s a resolution or a goal, the key is not to make them so big that you won’t achieve what you set out to do.  Make one small change for each resolution or goal and over time those small changes will bring you closer to the result you want to see. Making a small change is not going to magically right things overnight. There are no quick fixes in life. Whatever brought you to the feeling that something isn’t working for you didn’t happen suddenly.  [...]

Want Different Results? Take Action to Try Something Different

By |2020-11-17T13:41:17-06:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: Change, Problem Solving|Tags: , , , |

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you want different results? As we go along life’s path, things change and the routines and processes that worked so well for us in the past are not working today. Maybe you need to take action to try something different then what you’ve been doing. If you think about it, it makes sense. When you continue doing the same things but don’t get the results you want, a change in the actions you take is required. When I get stuck in an aspect of my life, the phrase that Albert Einstein made popular [...]

Life Happens – Situational Disorganization

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , |

Life happens. It’s unpredictable. There are highs and lows, twists and turns, but it’s still life. Much of it is what we make of it. You know, the pursuit of happiness, and we do find it along the way. Those moments that we wish would never end. There are also those unexpected things that we wish would never happen. Dramatic life changes such as loss. Losing a loved one, divorce, losing a job, health issues or an injury, losing a beloved pet, the list goes on.  Any one of these things alone can be devastating. When you have multiple negative [...]

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