The Other Environmental Crisis – Self Improvement Article

During a holiday get-together, several times the topic of conversation became, “Things that have quietly disappeared from ordinary life.” We had been playing a word game that requires you to come up with examples from obscure categories of nouns: shampoo brands, film directors, types of fish. When “fashion model” came up, we noticed nobody could name one from this century. In the 1990s, some of the most famous people in the world were fashion models, but at some point the…

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Ageism in Tech Hiring – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

HR & Technology Writer Lynne Goldman recently wrote about some of the reasons tech hiring managers ought to be considering older candidates in her article “Tech Companies: Here’s Why You Should Hire a 59-Year-Old” for Dice Insights, and I was so happy to weigh in. It’s a topic that often gets lip service, (if not immediately dismissed) but with an aging workforce and a field that continues to grow, it’s time to start overcoming outdated notions of who is capable of…

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Grit, Grace, Gratitude 2020 – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

2020 means perfect vision. A perfect balance of all that allows one to see both the near and the far. I’ve been thinking about my part in helping the positive psychology people develop, along with other journeys in the growth of the field of positive psychology. “I” statements invite powerful ownership of our personal truth. From there, we can change anything we want. I didn’t become a world renowned researcher or author, but that never stopped me from seeing it…

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How To Go Deeper In 2020 – Self Improvement Article

Taped to the door of my friend’s apartment, right at eye level, is an Anais Nin quote: “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Think of a good friend, and picture the moment you met them. They might have been a stranger, a co-worker, or a friend’s friend. However that moment went, the unique quirks and qualities you would…

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Happy New Year from Career Development Partners – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

New years resolutions are an interesting way to look back at your last year and set goals. Fact is that 80% of people fail to stick to their goals by February. Can’t even remember those from 2018.What’s wrong with that picture?Could be it’s the resolutions you set for yourself?  Are they wishy-washy like “lose some weight”,  “get rid of most of the e-mails in my inbox?” or “write a least one blog a week this year” or a crazy one like…

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Employee Ownership: A Great Succession Solution – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Employee Ownership: A Great Succession Solution | Expert Career Change & Leadership Development CoachSharon serves clients in and around Apex, Asheville, Burlington, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, High Point, Jacksonville, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Wake Forest, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sharon has a virtual practice and serves other cities including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, New York, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Memphis, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bloomington, Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, Sacramento,…

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Muse 2 Starter Guide: Welcome to Musing – Meditation Article

December 20, 2019 Welcome to Musing! Here’s some important information on how to get the most out of your new Muse. This guide will provide you with instructions on how to get the best fit with your Muse Device, how to navigate the app and the different experiences and how to interpret your post-session results. Muse will guide you to a deeper understanding of yourself and your meditation practice through powerful real-time feedback. To make sure your sensors have good signal quality,…

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Gabby Koontz, Classic Kitchen and Bath – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

 What brought you to this career?​I changed my major in college from Nutrition to Interior Design largely in part because of my desire to have art and creation or creativity in my life on a daily basis. I could pursue a career in a branch of art and design that for me didn’t mean a Fine Arts degree.  Also, a friend in the major was making models of homes out of balsa wood for a design project and that looked…

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Are the Things That Matter Getting Your Attention? – Meditation Article

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver Are the things that matter most getting your time and attention, or are you too busy for them? Are you finding time to enjoy the things that light you up and make you happy, or are they being squeezed out of your over-full to-do list? Does life feel like a hectic rush or a balanced flow? When asked what surprised him…

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Communication Strategies – Are Your Work Boundaries Intact?   – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

  Many of us spend the majority of our days at work. Often, work issues can bleed into our home life. You’ve probably heard the phrase – ‘work-life balance’ – but how do you create a healthy balance for your personal and work life, when you have challenges at work?   Creating boundaries around your workplace is critical for a healthy work life and, therefore, also a healthy personal life. After all, they are intertwined! When you respect your own…

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The Importance of Goals in Living a Purposeful Life – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Setting goals is an important foundation for awakening your true purpose and finding success. This is because goals help us to concentrate our actions and energy on the end result while measuring our progress concerning the goals that we’ve set. However, many people acknowledge that a gap exists between setting goals and being able to develop and communicate important goals that produce sustained action while generating transformational results. It has been proven that there are clear links between motivation, performance,…

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Meditation Studio Releases Apple Watch App – Meditation Article

October 25, 2019 New Meditation Studio Apple Watch App Makes It Even Easier to Listen to a Guided Meditation On-The-Go. Meditation Studio by Muse, a 5-star rated meditation app with more than 700 guided meditations and 6 courses, has released a new Apple Watch app, now available for download on the App Store.  Notable New Features The new Meditation Studio Apple Watch app allows iOS app users to launch a recently played meditation right from their watchface, making it easier…

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Most Accomplishments Are Invisible – Self Improvement Article

A few weeks ago a viral tweet went around asking, “There’s only one month left in the decade… What have you accomplished?” If that question strikes you as uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Both the tweet and its tweeter have since disappeared from the platform, but you can still read the replies, and they say a lot about our notion of “achievement,” and how it’s changing. The thread began with impressive lists of conventional successes: medals won, degrees earned, books published,…

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Listening to Your Work Environment – Marla Gottschalk – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Photo by Joshua Earle on UnsplashIn 2016, I first discussed the notion of an organization’s culture core. Reader response to that post — and the numerous discussions which followed — have fueled my interest in both individual and organizational core stability. Of late, I’ve been exploring a set of key concepts and contributing psychological constructs (for example, psychological contracts and psychological safety) that either build or work against a culture’s potential to provide needed stability. To orient you to that…

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Lawyers:Why You Need To Prepare a Business Plan, No Matter What – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

My colleague, Abby Gordon is back with another guest post. In this post, Abby shares why you need to prepare a business plan. Begin working on your 2020 business plan after reading Abby’s post. Start early: A persuasive business plan can make or break your next career move. Many lawyers do not think about crafting a business plan until they make partner at a firm. Starting this process sooner, even as a mid-level associate, will at worst be a superfluous…

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Will You Be At Your Own Funeral? – Spiritual Article

When you’re a psychic medium and you go to a funeral, the experience is a little different than the one most people are having. I can often see, feel or sense the deceased person in the room. Sometimes the person is stationed in one place, overseeing the entire room. They are content to just be present. Sometimes I see them flitting around from one conversation to another, listening to what people are saying about them. Sometimes I’ve seen them desperately…

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On Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500™ – Meditation Article

November 25, 2019 Interaxon attributes its revenue growth to the successful launch of Muse 2 and the acquisition of Meditation Studio App. Interaxon announced it was included in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America, now in its 25th year.  Interaxon’s chief executive officer, Derek Luke, credits the successful launch of Muse® 2, the meditation headband, as well as the acquisition of the Meditation…

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The Wisdom of Uncertainty – Meditation Article

Contrary to popular opinion, we, as human beings, don’t really know much at all. I’m aware that might cause the mind to bristle a little, perhaps even bring out a little righteous indignation in some of you, but it’s impossible to deny when you look a little deeper. In uncertain times, it is only natural for us to search for certainty. It provides a feeling of comfort, of safety, perhaps even a sense of belonging. In a world where everything…

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Motivate Yourself – BeWeiss – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Hey You, Yes, you. Hi. I want to tell you that you’re doing a great job. Life is hard. Shit is tough and sometimes you aren’t sure if you’re doing good, bad, or enough. And that’s okay. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Easier said then done of course, but seriously..cut yourself some slack. If you can be better, do better. If you’re doing your best, pat yourself on the back. Having “Drive” is sometimes a blessing and a curse.…

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Two Ways to Keep the Fountain Flowing – Self Improvement Article

I’ve been working on an interesting math problem I first pondered as a kid. One day in the early nineties, my dad heard on the radio that there was a new technology coming called “INTER-NET,” and he struggled to describe it to me. One thing he said was, “You could type in ‘Michael Jackson jokes’ and see all the Michael Jackson jokes in the world.” It didn’t occur to me that this INTER-NET wasn’t a physical thing, or that you…

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Contemplation Exercise: Here I Am Prayer – Spiritual Article

Contemplation is the stillness we need to be aware of God’s presence. Jesuit theologian Walter Burghart calls it “the long, loving look at the Real.” It is long because our relationship with God (like our relationships with people) takes time. We must devote ample time to this Person we love. It is loving because we need to shed our judgments and fears and open ourselves to love just as we are. It is a look because we must face it.…

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The Emperor’s New Clothes: A Story About Embracing Authenticity and Courage – Meditation Article

Have you ever done something that wasn’t quite authentic simply to impress other people? Have you ever gone along with something that didn’t feel right out of fear of what others might think of you if you spoke up? There’s a story about this you might remember from your childhood. Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ is a fairy tale about two con men who pretended to be weavers and convinced the Emperor they had a magical fabric with…

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Blog – Philadelphia Career Expert Rita Friedman – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Sharon Florentine asked me lots of great questions about how a career coach can be a resource for maximizing your potential, whether it’s helping land a promising new job, grow as an entrepreneur, navigate a career change, or find fulfillment at work. If you’re wondering what working with a coach is like, her article for CIO.com is a solid primer (and, of course, I’m happy to talk and available for a free 20-minute consult you can schedule here.) This is only…

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Start Again. – BeWeiss – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

For all of you reading this, I apologize for missing last week’s blog. In all honesty, I had the blog written and just never sent it. Life got in the way a little bit. I went out of town to meet my girlfriend’s family. It was an amazing time and that will be a story for another blog post. Last week’s blog post never got sent, not because I didn’t write one, but because there was apart of me that…

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Prayer of the Heart: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

Let’s sit down and listen to our heart. Western culture tends to reward quick-thinking, fast, type-A people — but the constant distractions in our environment can make it hard to hear that one small voice we associate with God. Hearing that voice requires setting aside some time to focus, which helps us build our relationship with the Spirit, quiet our minds, shed our judgments and fears, and open ourselves to love just the way we are. We are constantly being…

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Tired Of Non-Stop Hustle? 7 Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder – Personal Development Article

Ever feel like nonstop work is the only way to get ahead? Don’t believe the hype — hustling 24/7/365 is not the answer. Not only is it counterproductive in the long run, but it’s also toxic for your health, your happiness, and your business.  Instead, focus on working smarter not harder.  This is especially true if you’re an entrepreneur with limited time to work on your business. Learning smart, productive work habits can make you exponentially more effective. Plus, it…

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The Real Reason Women Experience Self-Doubt at Work – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

This article was originally posted on Forbes.com.   “I hesitate to speak up at meetings because I never sound as articulate as I’d like.” “I often worry that I don’t sound professional enough.” “I’m afraid people are going to think I’m unprepared or incompetent.” These are the conversations I have with women on a consistent basis. As a women’s leadership coach, I partner with incredibly talented, intelligent women who are perfectly capable of clearly conveying their ideas and asking smart…

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Brené Brown on Letting Go of Blame – Meditation Article

When painful or difficult things happen in life, how do you react? Do you immediately want to know whose fault it is? Blaming is the habit of making other people or things ‘wrong’ or responsible when difficult things happen to us. According to research professor, author and speaker Brené Brown, we mostly blame when we are in pain or angry. “Here’s what we know from the research,” she says, “Blame is simply the discharging of discomfort and pain. It has…

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How to Flourish – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

What does it mean to ‘flourish’? Is it possible to determine the state of flourishing and apply it to all of humanity? Well, yes and no. There are some core elements that need to be in place but of course the practical specifics will be different for everyone. Some of the core elements that are required in order for us to flourish are discussed below. ·      We are aware of our inner compass. ·      We are deeply aware of ourselves.…

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Job hunting? Follow these three tips by Andy Thomas – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

There are three key points I stress to individuals who are job hunting: Do not follow the money. Money will come when you are excited to get up and go to work every morning. Money does not buy happiness, so focus on what makes you passionate when hunting for a new job or career. Dream big. Look in the mirror and you will see your own worst enemy. Instead of doubting yourself or your abilities, I encourage you to go after your…

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