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Catherine Chen, Ph.D., is a Health Coach who believes that you are important, no matter what you achieve. She works with high-achievers to move past the guilt, frustration, and overwhelm that prevents you from living a life of passion and purpose. Prior to launching her wellness practice, she worked in the management consulting industry and at one of the leading cancer research biotechnology companies. Sign-up to get updates and tips to find your personal awesome at

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The Fear of Missing Out -- and How It's Killing You

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 3:23 PM

Ever have that feeling in your career where there are so many paths you want to pursue and you're pulled in every direction, yet you don't know which one to pick? Maybe you're interested in many different passions, but there aren't enough hours in a day to do all that...

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What to Do When Everything Feels Like an Emergency

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:25 PM

On a typical day, are you flooded with hundreds of emails in your inbox? Does your ever-growing to-do list feel impossible to chip away at? Do you still have dozens of people you need to speak to by the end of the day to complete a project that was due...

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Everything I Know About Confidence I Learned From Performing Improv Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:13 PM

After performing an exhilarating improvisational comedy show with my classmates to a packed audience in New York City last weekend, I couldn't help but notice some parallels between effectively performing improvisational comedy and living an authentically confident life. It's no secret that tapping into your funny bone can help you...

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Effective Leadership: 3 Ways to Come to Terms With Crying at Work

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 8:25 AM

The other day I was chatting with my special friend, Mike, who told me that he liked that I wore my emotions on my sleeve. Surprised that he liked this about me, I asked him why. His response was "When I know how you feel, I know how to treat...

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How to Attract Love Into Your Life This Holiday and Beyond

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 4:51 PM

I was taking the PATH train from Jersey into Manhattan when a studious-looking young blonde entered at the Newport stop and sat down on my right. She wore a floating royal purple scarf decorated with many jiggling tassels about her swan-like neck. The animated tassels made me feel joyful and...

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Effective Leadership: How to Not Take Things Personally

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Effective leadership is hard. It's a fine balance between making progress, managing expectations, and being heard. When it comes to receiving criticism from the boss or a co-worker, no matter how constructive it is, it can sometimes be hard to hear without getting defensive. Most advice given for handling this would be...

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The Secret of People Who Find Balance Better Than Anyone Else

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 11:18 AM

As a friend of mine once put it, "You don't need to get sick to start seeing a therapist." 

I was reminded of this the other week, when I was chatting with a friend of a friend who had just returned from her family vacation. Before her trip, she had...

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3 Amazing Alternatives to Beating Yourself up Over Failure

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 11:47 AM

No matter how ambitious or motivated you are, there may have been a time in the past where you were burned by the feeling of incompetence. Maybe you compared yourself to your more experienced peers. Perhaps the feedback you received on a project or presentation was less than favorable from...

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3 Reminders for Times You Feel Stuck and Unmotivated

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 3:14 PM

"I'm a struggling artist."

"I have a learning disability."

"I'm afraid something will go wrong."

These are words uttered to me by real people. What do these have in common? 

Answer: "I can't ___ because ____."

If you find yourself frustrated and not making the changes you want to make...

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3 Ways to Have Waaay More Fun While Being Great on the Job

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Was there a time where you mentally hit a wall and couldn't go on?

Perhaps you were spending more and more time at the office until your health and social life started to feel like a distant memory.

Maybe you find it uncomfortable to say "No!" to assignments that drain...

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Read This the Next Time You Doubt the Impact You Have in Your Job

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Whether you're looking to move up the career ladder or finding your dream job, having the mindset that you're not quite there yet can add pressure for progress and make the experience even more daunting than it already is.

If you find yourself frustrated with the climb for personal excellence...

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5 Reasons Your Anti-Procrastination Efforts Aren't Working

(13) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 2:28 PM

The other week, I attended a wedding and sat next to a very handsome (and very single) medical resident. He told me tales of pulling 16-hour shifts (normal for a resident) and how, as a result, things like cooking or life errands just weren't on his mind. For example, several...

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Breaking Bad (Office Version): How to Get Out Of a Bad Mood

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 5:29 PM

How often does this happen to you: Through a fluke of miscommunication with a colleague, you get stuck with having to do a project that you hadn't planned on. Your boss isn't giving you much of an option, and it has to be done the next day, regardless of everything...

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Operation Charisma: How to Talk to That Cute Guy or Girl With Total Confidence

(12) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 6:38 PM

I spotted him at 1 o'clock on Metro North on the way to Grand Central Station in New York City. He had the looks of Orlando Bloom. Those deep, focused eyes and fine lips. Auburn hair. He was listening to music on his iPod. And I really wanted to get...

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The Difference Between Perfection and a Healthy Pursuit of Excellence

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 4:27 PM

If you don't achieve an important goal, do you feel like a failure as a human being?

Are you driven to get to the top and when you do, your accomplishments never seem to be enough for you?

Do you feel that you need to earn respect and self-esteem from...

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How to Ask For What You Want

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 2:03 PM

The dishes were still in the sink. All I could do was stand there, stare at them, and stew. My mind was going nuts.

He doesn't respect me!
I'm helping pay the rent and I can't use the kitchen!
Why can't people be more considerate?!

I had just...

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The Real Reasons You Can't Relax

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 11:38 AM

Is it challenging for you to find time to relax without losing your drive?

When in constant work mode, we can feel like a production machine, but we can also feel afraid to relax for fear of falling into a non-working rut. Nonstop working can work for a while, but...

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Why You're Awesome: A 3-Step Guide to Celebrating You

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 11:28 PM

Last week, I was catching up with my friend Mikey* over passionfruit herbal tea (me) and coffee (him).

Mikey he had just been offered a promotion at a prestigious Ivy League university. As I congratulated him, he replied, "Well, you know how these things go... They just wanted to hire...

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How to Survive Apartment Hunting in New York City (And Other Transitions)

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 3:10 PM

As one friend of mine delicately put it: "Apartment hunting in New York City is a bitch."

I couldn't agree more. For the past month, I have been trolling Craigslist and commuting to New York City to visit apartments. As a person who likes an orderly and unambiguous life, I...

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A Love Note to Those Who Are Tired of Being Tired at Work

(11) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 6:39 PM

You are important, no matter what you achieve.

As you're reading this, you may think that I'm telling you to take it easy on your career and not strive as much. But I'm not going to tell you that.

You may think that I'm telling you that achievements aren't worth...

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