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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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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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Should you do a TEDx talk?

If you've been around me or read my email newsletter these past few months you know it's been an exciting time here at PS. I've spent the last six weeks getting ready to talk at TEDxUCincinnati. Saturday was the big day and let me tell…
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It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry

My friend Ricki asked me this the other day; “How do you say I’m sorry when you don’t feel like it?  You know, you’ve done something that's upset a co-worker, it’s not a big deal, and you’re told or know you should apologize…
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Where Did You Start?

This is me before my high school graduation. The photos are fuzzy. Yes, that's a Marborlo light in my mouth. I started smoking when I was fourteen years old, and it took me until my mid-thirties to stop completely. I used one of…

Why You Dream of Being the Bearded Lady

...you'd stand there and let the door slam in your face.