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The Power to Change Your Life Lies in Hard Choices

Saying no to a friend, a colleague, or a family member. Speaking up when you're afraid—staying quiet when others are not.  Exercising, avoiding crappy food and booze, steering clear of drama, and gossip. They're not called hard choices for…
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If You Want More Freedom Create Better Boundaries

It sounds counterintuitive, doesn't it?  Boundaries are lines that mark limits, and freedom is the power to act, speak, or think without restraint.  If those definitions are accurate, how it possible to have more freedom by creating limits? Aren't…
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I'm a verbal affirmation junkie.

There. I said it. I'm a verbal affirmation junkie, an addict if you will.  I'm addicted to words and praise and adoration from other people. As I write, I'm battling the fantasies of comments I'll get (or won't get) in response.  The…
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What would you say today if you knew tomorrow you'd never speak again?

Don’t gloss over this question with the standard response, “I’d tell my loved ones how much I love them.” Of course, you would. Go deeper. There’s more, isn’t there?  More people you’d talk to? More questions you’d ask?…
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"I'm feeling a little resistance"

My friend Jen and I send each other messages over Voxer pretty much daily.  We’re small business owners and self-proclaimed nerds trying to figure out the world of entrepreneurship. We share war stories, successes, and do our best to hold…
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Instant gratification or instant grace?

"Are you sure you don't want some? I mean, we live in a world of instant gratification, ya know? This will give it to ya."   Words from the aesthetician I was visiting, referring to Botox.  (and by referring I mean not so subtly suggesting…
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Success smells like laundry detergent

I find it easy to get sucked into the idea that success is complicated. That my greatest achievements are determined by profit and loss sheets, that success is measured in numbers of clients, deals closed or projects completed. I compare,…
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Communication is just so... basic.

For the sake of this exercise, envision yourself as the thinker in these office scenarios: 1.) Walking down the office hall:  "There's Sam from accounting, I should say hi, but I'm going to pretend I didn't see him. I've got too much…
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About that LinkedIn post...

As soon as I clicked post, my gut twisted.  That's not a good sign. You see, I'm committed to telling you the truth about what it's like to be a speaker, and I didn't live up to that commitment. I put up a post on LinkedIn about my success…