Mindful and empathic listening can be learned. To master these skills one can take advantage of every day interactions. As my experience with paramilitary commander Mauricio shows, focus, awareness and presence quite your mind when one is hostage of negative emotions.
We all follow subconscious rules anyway and suffer real consequences based on the choices we make. What if we designed these vs. semi-blindly following what we "naturally" would do when it so rarely makes us really proud?
We all have dreams -- dreams for love, for career, for our bodies, for our finances, for our health, for "fill in the blank." But often our beliefs, theories and thinking get in our way of having full on happiness and living into our dreams.
Busy people are focused on their own busy schedules, not the all-encompassing career and life change foremost on a friend or family member's mind. But mentoring does not have to be hand-holding or micro-managing.
Kicking off a new year with a clean slate and mounds of ambition is great. But when your New Year's resolutions are all corrective measures rooted in the woulda, shoulda, couldas of yesteryear, it's tough to be excited about them.
Not everything I do has to be brilliant. Not everything I do has to be successful. Not everything I do has to be done by me, done now, or done at all. And (total truth time): Not everything I do has to impress someone.
Students and parents you have the ability to analyze, and determine responses and reactions to all the challenges life sends your way. It's never too early to begin the process. You'll reap great rewards in the future.
Set yourself up for success by having your own back no matter what. That means that you need to be compassionate, kind and patient with yourself. That way you are creating the space for yourself to thrive, flourish and align with your true capacities.
We have the opportunity right now to grab the second half of our lives and reinvent ourselves should we choose to do so. We can face changes in midlife either with a heavy heart and resentment or embrace this new phase in life with excitement.
Thankfulness and gratefulness can be conceptual and general, as they never pinpoint a specific present event. Start paying attention and look around. Life is all in the details so appreciate the moments and have a happy holiday of appreciation everyday.
Take the time to examine what's really got you stuck, get real with the best and worst possible outcomes, look at the possibilities from every angle, and then, finally, decide for yourself which is going to reign victorious -- your fears or your audacity!
So many people never get to enjoy their life, their success, their excellence. Why? Because they live with an inner Gremlin that's addicted to The Doom Loop. And that Gremlin gets terrified every time you stand out and got forward in your life.
Moving on does not equate with quality of life. It simply means you are moving past the place you are currently in. People can move on but not always in a constructive way. Just getting on with your life is not enough if you want to really live your life and be happy in it.