Six tips to stay motivated throughout the school year

It’s a marathon, not a sprint, says an expert

Six tips to stay motivated throughout the school yearFor many students and teachers, the start of the new school year has added a new set of challenges to the big ones they’ve already been dealing with for nearly two and a half years. And though it may be simple enough to “switch on” motivation to get things done in the short term, sustaining…

Hero worship: finding greatness everywhere

When we broaden our perspective, we can see that there are heroes all around us

Hero worship: finding greatness everywhereIn his book The Game, Ken Dryden grappled with our tendency to put sports heroes on a pedestal, and draws attention to the need to value everyone. Having been a National Hockey League player, Dryden is aware that he and his colleagues are normal people. While gifted in their area of expertise, they are relatively…

Why your self-image is key to improved performance

Self-image is everything. What are you telling yourself about your role at work, at home, in sports or relationships?

Why your self-image is key to improved performanceI just about quit. I was almost two hours and 55 km into a 152-km GranFondo cycling event in Penticton, B.C., a few weeks ago when I felt like quitting. I had been riding hard and it was starting to get hot. As I struggled to climb a hill, it seemed like 50 riders passed…

How to cope when your life has been turned upside down

Life has a habit of throwing curveballs

How to cope when your life has been turned upside downLife is pretty good at throwing curveballs, but the curveballs that come your way vary in destructiveness and severity. Regardless, it is impossible to escape the impact. It could be the sudden death of a loved one. The crumbling of your marriage or relationship. The financial catastrophe that has ruined your sense of security. And…

Saying yes to life means living with decency

The quest for meaning is the most important journey we will ever experience

Saying yes to life means living with decencyPerhaps the most essential key to happiness is to find meaning in our lives. What’s meaningful depends on who each of us is as a person. Some find meaning in their families, others in their work, others by bearing the burdens of life with courage, and others find it in spiritual and artistic pursuits. Meaning…

Six simple steps to living on your own terms

Too much time spent worrying about what other people do takes away from your life. You lose authenticity

Six simple steps to living on your own termsWhose life is this anyway? We spend way too much time worrying about other people. We want to fit in. We want what the other person has. There are plenty of reasons to toe the line, but is it good for us? Too much time spent worrying about what other people are thinking or doing…

You are what you focus on

Sometimes the biggest upgrade needed to help you see what’s possible is to ruthlessly shift what you’re focusing on most

You are what you focus onWe had a fabulous dinner party last weekend where lively conversations and interesting perceptions were shared about relationships, friendships and new experiences. At the end of the wine, there was some agreement that the biggest obstacle facing most people who find themselves with a bit of a bleak outlook is that they’re inviting in that…

Ready to learn how to be calm under pressure?

And putting a stop to those negative thoughts that seem to be overwhelming you

Ready to learn how to be calm under pressure?It’s been a tough week. I get it. And you’re caught up in a relentless loop of doomsday dwelling. Perhaps feeling that doom-and-gloom mindset has taken up permanent residency. But what if someone told you you could control your thoughts (your brain) and put a stop to those negative thoughts that seem to be overwhelming…

How to build a strong self-image

Your self-image plays a major part in how you live your life. It determines the quality of your life and, often, how successful you will be

How to build a strong self-imageYour self-image plays a major part in how you live your life. It determines the quality of your life and, often, how successful you will be. It also sets the tone, rhythm and meter for all your relationships, both personal and professional. According to psychotherapists, a strong self-image can be the foundation for achieving a…

When she looked away, did she stop listening?

A lack of eye contact indicates a lack of interest

When she looked away, did she stop listening?You were having an intense conversation with a woman you met at a networking event when she began to shift her gaze from your face to look around the room. Did that make you feel as if she’d stopped listening? If so, it wasn’t a logical reaction. You know that a person doesn’t have to…

How can I be happy with what I have?

Celebrating the small wins in life will make you happy in no time

How can I be happy with what I have?There will always be conversations within our minds that dictate our words and actions and how we perceive the world. The things we tell ourselves have the power to raise us to the greatest heights or plummet us to the deepest depths. It can be argued that there’s nothing so telling regarding our success as…

Five tips to help you unwind when you’re worried

Stop living in the future and getting caught in a world of ‘what if’ and speculation

Five tips to help you unwind when you’re worriedWith so much unrest in the world, it can be challenging to step away from a feeling of being intensely worried that something bad is going to happen to you or those you love. Some days we’d rather not go through it at all – wishing we could pull the covers over our head and…

Is there power in positive thinking?

Thinking positively can give you hope

Is there power in positive thinking?If you’ve ever picked up a motivational book or attended a wealth-building seminar, you’re probably already familiar with terms like “Positive Thinking” and “Create your own destiny.” Ever since Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking hit New York Times’ Bestseller List in 1952, the idea that you can think your way to financial success…

How to have difficult conversations with your partner

Seven steps to ensuring you have the most productive conversation possible

How to have difficult conversations with your partnerFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…
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