Are you determined not to age?

We live in a youth-oriented society, where the fastest growing group, the Baby Boomers, learned, “Never trust anyone over thirty.”

They’ve probably extended that limit by now; I haven’t checked recently to see what it is. 60? 70?

We see ads everywhere for products and services to erase wrinkles, get rid of flab (painlessly and quickly), and make your teeth whiter than nature intended (without giving up coffee or red wine).

So let’s look at a few facts:

Aging starts when you are born. Not at an age you have mentally selected as “over the hill,” but from the start. Change is inevitable; the question is, “What change?”

And more importantly, what determines that change? If you shrug and say, “It’s just my genes. My mother/father was the same,” you aren’t up to date on the latest findings. (Check up on Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief to read the latest research on this topic.)
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The Work of Worry

Personal note

The coming weeks are filled with excitement for me, as I prepare to speak at a Lutheran Women’s Conference on Saturday, and then take off for Toronto for a conference with Pat Mussieux and the Wealthy Women Leaders. All this, amidst busy preparation for my book launch of The Confident Introvert, and numerous speaking engagements from October through November.

With so many events and so many details to take care of, it’s easy to fall into the trap of worrying about what might happen.  This week’s article is a reminder for me as well as for you, as it addresses the question “Does worrying ever do any good?”
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Don’t go back to sleep

Personal note

Fall is promising to be exciting, with a book by myself (The Confident Introvert) and two books by friends, Lori Campbell and Kristen Brown, to which I have contributed, all coming out in the next two months. You can be sure I will keep you fully informed about the release dates of these books which can help you create an even better life. And there will be special bonuses for early-bird customers.

Don’t go back to sleep

The crisp fall air gets our blood moving and somehow promises excitement.  Are we going to help that excitement materialize, or are we going to let it deteriorate into the winter “blahs?”

Rumi, the 13th century Sufi poet, gives us some pointers that are still relevant in the 21st century:

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell us
Don’t go back to sleep

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Are you listening to your body?

Personal note

It’s Fall, school is starting, and even for those of us who work year ‘round, there is a sensation that the pace really picks up now. Human Resource Directors with whom I speak are planning their schedules into the coming year.

I’m mapping out my schedule for the next few months, which not only includes some fun speaking engagements (more about that later) but also trips to Toronto, San Francisco, and Prague.

It’s important to remember to program in the Good Stuff as well as all the “Must Do” items.

Are you listening to your body?

There’s an old story about a city slicker watching a farmer begin to train a mule. First, the farmer picked up a two-by-four and hit the mule over the head. Then he did it again … and again. The city slicker finally said, “I don’t get it. What are you trying to teach him?”
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Highly-educated, highly-intelligent people can do incredibly stupid things…

Personal Note

It’s time for Spring cleaning – mental and physical.  Clearing desks and files feels good and motivates you to get back to work, especially after being closed up indoors for the winter.  Best of all, clearing surfaces allows your creativity to spring forward – that same creativity that seems to disappear sometimes under stress.

Stress makes you stupid!

Stress can make even intelligent people screw up, look slightly crazy, and even undermine their health and well-being.

It’s true: even highly-educated, highly-intelligent people can do incredibly stupid things under stress.  Take the woman, who upon finding that her house was on fire, grabbed what she believed to be two important objects before she rushed out- of- doors.  They were an old issue of Time magazine and one slipper.
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