Finding Grace and Gratitude When Coping With Chronic Pain


Living with chronic pain is one of the hardest things anyone can do. It causes your body to be in a near-constant state of stress and can lead to being easily distracted with your mind always being split between the task at hand and the pain. Chronic pain changes the way the brain functions and leaves the person suffering and more likely to develop mental struggles such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. But, what if there were a way to make things a little more tolerable day-to-day? What if there were a technique to encourage happiness and concentration in spite [...]

Finding Grace and Gratitude When Coping With Chronic Pain2021-01-05T21:13:59-05:00

The Power of Thanks


Gratitude is an essential part of success. As you move forward towards achieving your personal and professional mission, you will have people who come alongside and help you. Showing gratitude to those people can be rewarding and help you move even further towards your goals. How can you show gratitude to those who help you fulfill your mission? Develop a Habit of Giving Thanks Start every day with a few moments of reflection. Remember the people who helped you and make brief notes of the ways that they were instrumental in helping you. The purpose of writing these thoughts down is [...]

The Power of Thanks2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00

Is Having a Personal Mission Statement Important?


Developing a personal mission statement can be powerful and rewarding. Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, promoted the idea of crafting a personal mission statement. He remarked, your mission is “ defining the personal, moral and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself.” Corporations have utilized their mission statements as a tool to help guide the business through decisions, provide direction for corporate goals and develop their corporate culture. Individuals who create a personal mission may find that it helps them develop more focused goals and achieve more in their lifetime. [...]

Is Having a Personal Mission Statement Important?2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00

Why You Should Be Grateful for Progress


Why is it important to have gratitude for the progress you’ve made? Highly motivated people always seem to be moving forward. They use goal-setting to map out their future, and challenge themselves to achieve more. The tendency to push forward comes naturally; psychologists call it action bias. It’s the instinct to act in order to have control over one’s life. This instinct is necessary and results in progress being made. However, according to researchers, taking the time to look back can have an astonishing positive effect on your forward motion. Why Reflect? Reflection is an instrumental part of making progress. When [...]

Why You Should Be Grateful for Progress2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00

Looking Back to Go Forward


Long term success is the result of a series of consistent wins. Whether it is in your personal life or professional career, “overnight success” is actually the product of many consistent small victories and good choices that led to a big win. When you set goals for yourself and are driven to succeed, it can seem as though you must work relentlessly towards the end result, not stopping until you reach the finish line. While in some regards this is true, it is important to allow yourself time for reflection along the journey. Why is reflection such a crucial part of [...]

Looking Back to Go Forward2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00

Always Bad News? You Need to Start a Gratitude Journal…Today


Where were you on 9/11? What were you doing when you got the news of a close friend or family member’s unexpected death? Chances are good, if you have lived through traumatic events, you remember vividly the circumstances surrounding the episode. Ironically, you may be able to detail what you were wearing when you got bad news, but may not be able to remember your best friend’s birthday. What makes bad news so much easier to remember? Scientists have studied the phenomenon, and have classified it as the result of activity in the region of the brain responsible for emotional processing. [...]

Always Bad News? You Need to Start a Gratitude Journal…Today2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00

The Cure for a Boring Life


It shows up unexpectedly in the inbox. You knew it would happen, but it doesn’t lessen the shock nor eliminate the slight trepidation you feel as you open it. Mind racing, you may already be making your excuses about why you won’t be able to make it to your school reunion/industry gala/insert other event that makes your heart race for the wrong reasons. Maybe it is not so much the event itself, but the “What have you been up to?” questions that make the reunion brutal. When you think about what you’ve done in the last few years, you come to [...]

The Cure for a Boring Life2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00

Updating Your Resume? Don’t Forget to Show Gratitude


At various points in your professional life, you’ll have an opportunity to take stock of the things that you’ve accomplished. For some this is updating your resume, others this is when applying for a board seat or applying to speak at a TEDx talk. Anytime you are asked for an updated biography is a chance for you to reflect on the accomplishments of your career. A new promotion, a change in responsibilities or receiving an award are also key moments where you may reflect on the achievements you’ve enjoyed. Studies show that gratitude can have a positive effect on a person’s [...]

Updating Your Resume? Don’t Forget to Show Gratitude2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00

The Power of a Vision for Your Professional Goals


“The wonderful thing is that vision is greater than baggage.” - Stephen Covey “Setting goals allows you to paint a vision of what you wish your future to be.” - Catherine Pusifer Much has been said about the idea of having a vision. Companies often have vision or mission statements that summarize the overall goal of the organization. What about individuals? Is it important to have a vision for your professional life? Creating a vision for your career may seem too theoretical - after all, shouldn’t you just do your job and not have a larger ‘mission’? Your mission, however, can [...]

The Power of a Vision for Your Professional Goals2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00

Are You Grateful for the Positive Relationships in Your Life?


Relationships are tricky. Spend any time on social media and you’ll notice an alarming trend: people are lousy at relationships. But they are great at talking about them. Stories and personal posts are full of caustic, angry words that are used as weapons. You will quickly realize that there seem to be an inordinate number of unhealthy relationships in the world. It may cause you to wonder about the health of your own relationships. Do your relationships bring you joy or pain? What does a healthy relationship look like? According to Psychology Today, a healthy relationship has some specific traits. #1 [...]

Are You Grateful for the Positive Relationships in Your Life?2020-05-26T20:22:11-05:00
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