Reflections on thriving in life – #1

Reflections on thriving in life – #1

What creates the foundation for our capacity to thrive in life?

 

When I ask this question, many people say it’s their intellectual capacity, their critical or creative thinking, or perhaps finding life/work balance, good relationships, eating healthy food, etc. While all of these are really important, I believe the foundation for thriving is in our physiology; the health and proper regulation of our nervous system. 

You can either read this short reflection (#1 of ten) OR you can watch it via a 1-minute video.  (more…)

Self-leadership matters

Self-leadership matters

Self-leadership.

In today’s post, I am inviting you to reflect on self-leadership. What does it mean to you?

Although we often talk about leadership in our workplaces, we often neglect to recognize that we all are everyday leaders.

Also, I believe that every leadership starts with self-leadership. (more…)

Your brain is changing right now

Your brain is changing right now

Your brain is changing.

 
Are you in charge of how it is changing?
In the January blog post, I talked about the power of our unconscious mind and the incredible potential of neuroplasticity. If you missed the post, you can find the details here.

What is neuroplasticity? (more…)

Challenging emotions

Challenging emotions

How do you handle challenging emotions?

 
We live in the world of emotional intelligence. Words like vulnerability, empathy, and emotions have exploded in popularity and usage. This is, undeniably, a good thing. As one of my friends put it, vulnerability is the new “black”.

After all, awareness must come first in order to create change. (more…)

Success and the comfort zone

Success and the comfort zone

Success Happens Outside of Our Comfort Zone.

You may have heard the saying before.

Doesn’t it sound counterintuitive? Why wouldn’t success (and change) happen in the zone of ease?

Based on research, my experiences and experiences of many others who shared their stories with me, it is clear that we unconsciously seek comfort and familiarity. 

Why? 

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Goal setting. Intention setting. New year’s resolutions.

Goal setting. Intention setting. New year’s resolutions.

Have you tried goal setting and intention setting practices in the past?

 

My guess is you have.  Have they worked for you? Did you stick to them? What about new year resolutions?

New year’s resolutions are certainly popular, yet, commonly cited statistics tell us that 91% of these resolutions fail. While I don’t want to get into analyzing why this is the case, I have another question for you instead.

Is there one question that you keep asking yourself every morning? (more…)

Can meditation and mindfulness work against you?

Can meditation and mindfulness work against you?

Mindfulness and meditation are huge buzzword these days.

 

Admittedly, I use these phrases myself in my written and spoken communication about my work. This is primarily because these words have become the mainstream phrases that everyone relates to. Mindfulness is being brought to schools and workplaces. This is, no doubt, progress from where we were some years ago.

The reported benefits of mindfulness and meditation are numerous – from feeling calm and peaceful, having a deep, soft voice, increased self-control and empathy, improved focus, decreased stress, among many others. 

Now, let me be a little devil’s advocate.  (more…)

Why unlearning is harder than learning

Why unlearning is harder than learning

Have you happened to notice that unlearning

your habitual behavioural patterns (especially the self-defeating ones) is harder than you anticipated?

There is a reason for it. Our inner “wiring” starts early in life. The way we respond in a conflict or a stressful situation, the underlying beliefs that run in the back of our minds, the coping mechanisms we develop, and our repeated emotional states – these all create engrained and well established pathways in our bodies. (more…)