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Mindfulness is a valuable practice that is complementary, if not the foundation upon which a positive mindset can flourish.    Most of us haven’t considered that we don’t have to be captives of our wandering mind, going with whatever thoughts spring up in the moment. Who tells our brain what to think about?  This is what we explore when we are being mindful.  As I’ve implemented a daily practice of mindfulness, I see why they tell you to focus on your breath.  It’s simple but diabolically difficult.

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Ever get so caught up in your busy schedules, worries or problems that you lose sight of what’s really important to you and react poorly in a situation?  It happens to all of us, but with a little effort, you can shift from reacting to responding.  I would like to share a simple (but not that easy) approach to give yourself some space between stimulus and response.

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What I learned from a high school lacrosse team truly surprised me. The story will convince you of the importance of the inner dialog you have with yourself and how it impacts your success. It’s a life lesson we can all benefit from.

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Our ability to manage change and be successful is determined our approach and our attitude. Change is often met by resistance; these objections may come from within or from others.  Here is an approach to overcome objections and successfully implement a change.

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I realized I was witnessing true masters of their craft. If I want to become a master of my craft, what could I learn from them that I could apply to my life? I began observing them and brought home four takeaways that would be help me be successful in my life. I think they will help you too.

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Have an important event coming up? Whether it’s a presentation at work, a performance, a crucial conversation with someone you care for, or a competition — do this one simple thing that has been scientifically proven to improve your chance of success…

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So, what can you do when it’s all gone south?  Simple – these five small tasks. Doing them will help you address the situation head on, eliminating that overwhelmed or ‘stuck’ feeling and allowing you to create a path forward.

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A recent  study done by researchers at the University of Indiana proved that keeping a gratitude journal made a measurable difference in the positivity circuits of the brain as measured by an MRI scan. Not only did the MRI reveal differences in the physical structure of the brain right after the gratitude journal practice was completed, but those differences in the brain structure also remained present for an extended period even after the journaling stopped.

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When you recite your intentions at the start of the day, it changes your mood and you are more likely to make progress on them. Read more to learn how to do it effectively.

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Five Minutes to a Better Mood? Its true!  New science proves that just a 5 minute walk will improve your mood.  Read more about the link between exercise and mood in this blog.

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