Turn Settling Into Sizzling!

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. I’ve heard it said a thousand times and maybe you’ve said it yourself… “I feel like I’m stuck in a rut.” Perhaps you’re bored with your life and the same routine day after day? Of course you can’t be happy like this! There’s an exciting world out there with a lot to offer. Deep down you know you want to get out and take a big bite of... [Read more of this article]

Accomplish More Than You Think You Can Do

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Tell me, have you discovered your purpose in life? Do you have long-term goals? Finding and focusing on your long-term goals is a powerful cure for procrastination. A vision is simply a statement of what you want to achieve in life, and how you plan to achieve it. Without a vision, it’s easy to fall into a lifestyle of procrastination. And without a clear... [Read more of this article]

Motivation 1-2-3!

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Getting yourself motivated is really easy, that is, if you talk more positively about your own self. Listen to your own thoughts. Do you talk to yourself in an angry manner? Do you need to talk to yourself more positively? The following are basic tips and advice to help you conquer your own negative thoughts and replace them with ones that are more positive. Be... [Read more of this article]

Tips for Fighting Procrastination

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. It’s hard to find someone that has never had to deal with the problem of procrastination. It’s so common because most people naturally put off activities that they don’t enjoy. On some days, procrastination might be a more difficult problem for you to conquer than others. One day you might sail along smoothly and the next you might not feel... [Read more of this article]

Four Common Self-Sabotaging Tactics

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. There are four common self-sabotaging tactics that you should avoid at all cost. Do you find yourself repeating behaviors that sabotage your success? Are you ready to put your limiting behavior to rest in favor of a better outlook and greater fulfillment? The first step to the success you crave is being able to recognize the limiting beliefs that stand in the... [Read more of this article]

Be a Better Spouse

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Marriage can be the greatest blessing of your life, but it takes a lot of work to maintain a close, vibrant relationship for a long time. Sometimes it seems as though the odds are against the success of your marriage. By taking these simple steps, you can continue to experience the intimacy and fulfillment you crave within your marital relationship: Accept your... [Read more of this article]

Tips To Get You To Where You Want To Be

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. While you should strive to make your dreams come true, concentrate, on yourself and your journey. When you spend less time wishing things were different and more time accepting what you’ve got, you’ve already found a sense of peace and happiness right there. Dr. Joe Vitale, renowned motivational speaker and author, often says: “the fastest... [Read more of this article]

Stop A Child From Becoming “LOST LUGGAGE”

by Dawn M. Rubin, C.M.L.C. “Crazy” you say? Well think again. I am not only a Certified Master Step Family Life Coach, but also a police dispatcher at an International Airport. Every summer, every Christmas, every spring break, myself and my fellow Dispatcher’s see this happen over and over again — parents sending their children to a relative’s or a parent’s house. They... [Read more of this article]

Bring Your Personal Goals into Reality

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Do you go about your daily life just getting by from one day to the next, all the while saving your dream goals for “someday?” Wouldn’t you love to turn that “someday” into today? Your personal goals can become reality, and sooner than you think, too! By believing in yourself and taking decisive action, even if it’s one small... [Read more of this article]

How Do You Define Failure?

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. What do you think when you hear the word failure? You probably are thinking that you’re not good enough and that you should give up. While failure can involve those thoughts and emotions, failure can also make us stronger or wiser. A simple definition of failure is: An act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success. When I think of... [Read more of this article]

The Power of Action

by Evie Harrison, C.L.C., M.S.L.C. Have you read all the books in the world about achieving success in life and till now you are getting zero results? How and when will you see significant changes in your life? Are you brave enough to keep going and never quitting? If yes then, let me share with you the important factor that is tightly connected to success. No body can ever succeed without this factor. Here... [Read more of this article]

6 Simple Rules in Life

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. As a life coach I am often asked how to go about improving life in a simple manner that will bring about a positive difference. Let me tell you, life is simple and peaceful if you incorporate the following six rules into your daily routine. Practice some quiet time everyday. Quietness of mind is the secret ingredient to a happy and successful life. Make it a... [Read more of this article]

Setting Highly Effective Goals for 2011

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. A New Year, sometimes requires a new way of thinking … As we move into 2011, you need to know that having the right attitude is not only the key to becoming successful; you must also set the proper goal that will assist you in your overall success. Goal setting is one way of establishing several steps to guide you in meeting your objectives. This means... [Read more of this article]

Ask, Believe & Receive

by Kenya Johnson, M.P.G.C. “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24 KJV “For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” Mark 11:24 Amplified Version Have you ever wondered why some people are so... [Read more of this article]

Lessons Not Learned From An Expert

by Steve Kiges, C.E.C. In my first career, I was a professional musician.   My formal training was at Juilliard: one of the finest music & arts schools in the world.  It is the kind of place where I got to hang out with future superstars like Robin Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Yo Yo Ma and Kelsey Grammer when they were just struggling students trying to figure out life just like me. In my second... [Read more of this article]

Your Own Personal Development Plan (PDP)

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. You may have heard about personal Development Plans and may be wondering just what these are? More and more people are beginning their journey into creating their PDP and maybe it is time you did the same? A personal development plan is a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to consider and improve upon his personal, educational and professional... [Read more of this article]

Motivation Strategies

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Success and achievement requires work, patience and motivation. Motivation can be viewed by some as a temporary solution to a permanent problem. What that means is, there is always something to do when it comes to success. We need to succeed at better grades. We need to succeed at becoming more profitable in business. We need to succeed in our family life –... [Read more of this article]

If I Could Only Ask Her

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. Inspired by hearing others speak about their mothers, I was thinking about the things my Mom used to say. You’ve probably heard these before. Maybe, like me, you’ve caught yourself saying them yourself. Don’t make me stop this car. Close that door! We don’t live in a barn! Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about. This... [Read more of this article]

Lessons from Popeye

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. I’ve spent many years loving Popeye the Sailor and the lessons he has taught me! One, of course, is to eat your spinach; but that is not the great one. Popeye is my favourite philosopher. It took me many years to learn his simple philosophy, “I is what I is and that’s all that I is”. Think on that one a while as your saying “This guy is nuts!”... [Read more of this article]

People to Stay Away From

by Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Outrageous lifestyles of successful living  are envied by most of the world. Are you part of the envied? Or are you part of the envying? If you are living a successful life by your own standards, congratulations. If you haven’t quite reached that level yet, then this article is for you. There are several characteristics that those who practice successful... [Read more of this article]

Seize Your Life’s Moments

Life is too short not to enjoy, so while you still have time, let your hair down and remove that “Boring” tag in your so-called life and start making it worthwhile. Below are some tips that will help you escape from your self-made rut and start controlling how you spend each waking hour of your day. Keep a Positive Atmosphere. Stop whining about the things you don’t have and how wrecked you think... [Read more of this article]

Trust

Trust is sometimes a dirty little five letter word.  It is defined in Webster as a “firm belief or confidence in the honesty integrity, reliability, justice, etc. of another person or thing; faith; hope.”  Wow, what a mouthful! To trust means to allow oneself to be vulnerable to a person or thing.  It is putting your hope and faith in a person believing that they will deliver or believing to... [Read more of this article]

Creating Avenues

by Daris Reno Blickman, M.L.C. Today’s economy has changed many lives, these changes have brought about difficult life experiences for many. Employment has changed, jobs lost, companies have shut their doors, libraries closing their doors and schools losing their funding sources. Corporations have lumped two jobs into one employees position, thus eliminating jobs and cutting their wage cost.... [Read more of this article]

Attaining Your Goals Effectively

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Whether for the short or long term, every person in this planet has set a goal that needs to be reached. It may be small, like getting to work on time, or huge, like building a house in a year’s time, or even running for the U.S. presidency. Sometimes, these goals are met with flying colors. There are moments, however, when the effort ends with disappointment. There... [Read more of this article]

Million Dollar Mentor

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. There is one way – a way that is faster – a way that is more helpful – a way that is less lonely – to become successful than the trial and error way. That way is to simply adopt a mentor. For those who may be asking, “But what if I can’t find a mentor that will agree to mentor me?” Well, here’s a little secret. Your mentor doesn’t even... [Read more of this article]

Creating A Website That Attracts And Retains Clients

by Gary Glasscock, M.L.C. How many times have you been surfing the Internet and clicked onto a site only to click right off again for one reason or another? Perhaps the site took too long to load.  Or maybe it was so poorly organized that you had no idea where to look for what you wanted.  Maybe you got as far as actually ordering something, but the process was too complicated and you simply grew... [Read more of this article]

Get Over It!

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. Just when you think you cannot stand to talk about it one more second, you start telling your tales of woe and trauma all over again. A fresh set of ears so you can start the saga again. Do you catch yourself doing this? Have you ever noticed this in other people? I have! I have done it! What I know is that if I am still talking about it and waiting for someone to have an... [Read more of this article]

Getting Kids to Listen

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. A response to the question: How do I get my children to communicate or to listen to basic requests? Notice what your child is doing. Is she focused on a particular project or a phone call? Is he deep in thought? Communication is a little like merging into highway traffic. Look ahead, match your speed with the traffic speed, find a place to fit in, and then join... [Read more of this article]

Great Thing … People!

by Robert Gregory, MS., MLC. In their book The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner tell us if we are not committed to the people they will not be committed to the customer. If we are not committed to our people how can we expect them to be committed to not just the customer but also the mission and vision of the organization? The first principal I believe to be critical for leadership is what Parker... [Read more of this article]

Harmony at Home = Success

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Success and happiness versus questionable success and happiness: That’s the topic of this article. In which category do you fall? Do you know? Let’s take a look at what both are defined as and then discuss what makes up each. Two couples. Both with six members in their families. The wife of each is a first grade teacher for a well-known elementary school... [Read more of this article]

How Fears Develop

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. There have been talks about fears and phobias, and how they affect life. Fear is really the misconception, the rejection, and the dread of life. There are thousands of life definitions available around. Often, these meanings seek or require a happy, if not perfect, life in this world. We are urged to seek out a paradise or a niche of refuge where we can... [Read more of this article]

How to be Enthusiastic

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. In life, we are faced with many different challenges and obstacles. Most of the time, we face these challenges with a pout on our face, or a frown – probably because we don’t like the things that we are doing. Some of the situations in life are usually forced upon us while others are put upon us at an unexpected time. Now how do we deal with all of these?... [Read more of this article]

I Don’t Get It!

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. Last night, as is my norm on Thursday nights, I attended a regular small group discussion focused on the recovery of life. How often I hear these words from clients and/or people I sponsor. I constantly witness insanity at work; doing the same thing repeatedly expecting different results! DUH—don’t get it? In my pro bono service work I try to never say no to... [Read more of this article]

Learn to be Courageous

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Courage is also known as bravery. It is the ability to face fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. It is called ‘physical courage’ while facing physical challenges such as pain and hardship and ‘moral courage’ while enduring shame and discouragement. The opposite of courage is fear. Courage makes your fear disappear. Courage is an important... [Read more of this article]

Live Life With No Regrets

by Kenya Johnson, M.P.G.C. What does it mean to live life with no regrets? When I sat and thought about this topic I began to reminisce about the things that I have accomplished and not accomplished in my life so far. I could honestly say that I have more that I have not accomplished then accomplished. This took me back to my list of goals and dreams. On this list was a variation of things from education,... [Read more of this article]

Live Life With No Regrets – Part Two

by Kenya Johnson, M.P.G.C. In my last article I talked about fear being one obstacle that keeps us from accomplishing goals and pursing our dreams. Let’s take a deeper look into the word fear. Fear is one of the nastiest four letter words in our human vocabulary. This word holds power. Fear has the power to take down the most influential person. It also has the power to control every move you make.... [Read more of this article]

Living Life the Simple Way

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. Everyone says they want to lead a simple life, but only a few have the guts to walk their talk; because, the truth of the matter is, people have a hard time leaving behind their complicated but ostentatious lives, in exchange for a simple one. But, contrary to the notion, leading a plain and unfussy life doesn’t entail you having to give up all your belongings... [Read more of this article]

Love

by Daris Reno Blickman, M.S.L.C. Love, Is a fascinating word and mysterious meanings behind the word, It has different meanings according to each individual and each element that the word Love enters into, I have spoken with many over the years about the word Love, I have asked many to define the word and here are some of the responses given: Love; A feeling that is above any other feeling The moment... [Read more of this article]

Loving What You Do – Discipline

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. It’s been a challenging week. Car unexpectedly needed an expensive repair, drove a ton of miles to take a lady into detox and then pick her up, got a “bug” from celebrating Easter in very close proximity to my 2 year old grand daughter, was let down by someone allegedly in the program in a distant city who I asked to reach out to the lady who was detoxing in her... [Read more of this article]

Merry Little Smiles

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. For the month of November a few of my friends and I participated in a little challenge on Facebook, we wrote on our walls everyday what we were most thankful for that particular day. It may sound easy to find one thing to be grateful for everyday, but there were a couple of days where I had a difficult time finding a thing for which I was grateful. Although I managed to... [Read more of this article]

Choices to Panic or Prepare: Part 1

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. In the last few months our natural health practice has been inundated with fears of the flu questions. This is our response: The Little WHO that cried Flu recently created a world of panic and mania around what seems at this point to be little more than a regular old garden-variety influenza. As I write this less than 200 people globally have died from the H1N1 virus (or... [Read more of this article]

Choices to Panic or Prepare: Part 2

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. We, especially in the United States, have been inundated with panic over the recession. Another place for us to take our finger off the panic button would be about our money. Here are a few things to remember when thinking of our economy and the recession: * While unemployment levels are up, they are starting to stabilize. * When the stock market rides as dangerously high... [Read more of this article]

Re-Charge

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. No matter how positive your frame of mind is, during the holiday season there may be times when you feel overwhelmed, negative and drained of energy, especially when due to stress – from the pressures of job, family, holiday events and misunderstandings with a loved one. Let me offer you some help to get you through … * Take a break. Just leave the... [Read more of this article]

Restorative Circles for Families- Part 1

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. I am excited to tell you about how Restorative Circles (RC) have helped our family understand each other and learn from our conflicts more easily. The Restorative System and Process support mutual understanding, self-responsibility, and the co-creation of action steps to restore dignity and relationships with little to no communication skills training. Within... [Read more of this article]

Restorative Circles for Families – Part 2

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. Who doesn’t want parenting to be easier? But what does that mean given intense emotional reactions that spring up seemingly out of the blue and the challenges of everyday family life? Is it even possible for children and adults to share power while we are leaders in our families? Well, I found out that we can be equally powerful one morning in June. I saw... [Read more of this article]

School Blues

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. For a child who is already comfortable and at ease with the normal routine of his school, transferring to a new one might be a lot difficult for him. Changes abound – he has to deal with a change of environment, meet new people, encounter a different school curriculum, follow new school rules, and even try to make his way around his new school. These,... [Read more of this article]

Self-Care vs. Self-Sacrifice

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. Self-care is the opposite of self-sabotage, self-control, and self-sacrifice. To successfully take care of yourself, begin a self-care plan based on your values and personal needs. It’s through determination and focus that you’re going to be able to properly care for your very being. Self-care isn’t just about brushing your teeth or getting food on the... [Read more of this article]

A Spiritual (not religious) Lifestyle

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. Thought to Ponder . . .True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. As I made a decision to do something about my life as it was back in 1994, early on I had the GOD thing thrown at me. Like most, I had attended Sunday school as a kid and at the insistence of my parents. At an age I was allowed to make decisions for myself, I found better things to do on... [Read more of this article]

Still in This Crazy World

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. We, especially in the United States, have been inundated with panic over the recession. Another place for us to take our finger off the panic button would be about our money. Here are a few things to remember when thinking of our economy and the recession: * While unemployment levels are up, they are starting to stabilize. * When the stock market rides as dangerously high... [Read more of this article]

Success Perspective

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. I’ve been asked a lot about success and achievement lately. Over time, I’ve come to believe that our success is not something that “just happens”. Our success or lack of success is a direct result of the decisions we make. If we want to become wealthy, we must make wealthy decisions. If we want to become part of a healthy relationship, we... [Read more of this article]

TAKING ACTION-OUCH!

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. Thought to Ponder . . . Never mistake motion for action. I read the book, sat on the sidelines at dances, talked the talk but didn’t get off my duff to actually dance. I dreamed I was mister dancing king, I fantasized what it would feel like, but when it came time to dance, reality was much different than fantasy! I wanted to dance badly, and finally and reluctantly,... [Read more of this article]

The Power of Conscious Mind

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. Last night, as is my norm on Thursday nights, I attended a regular small group discussion focused on the recovery of life. The group is small and in that small size their is quite a bit of intimacy and trust. Age range is wide, and socio-economic and education levels are huge. A good cross section of our local population with a great group respect and openness. I listen... [Read more of this article]

Times of Reprogramming

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. Life recovery is not all tiresome, unrewarded work. It is work. There are times of joy and rest, times when we comfortably practice what we have learned. There are times of change, times when we struggle to learn something new or overcome a particular problem. These are the times when what we’ve been practicing in life recovery begins to show in our life. These times... [Read more of this article]

Unemployed Cross Builder Seeks Work

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. Find this heading a little strange? One of the biggest issues I find people facing that I work with is the ongoing search for personal perfection. Can you relate? Find this heading a little strange? Before I offend anyone of rigid Christian faith, it is not my intent. Please understand that my beliefs in a higher power are in keeping with the fundamentals of formal religions,... [Read more of this article]

What are the Kids Saying?

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. Kids’ whining, tantrums, lying, cheating, swearing, or stealing can stretch the most patient parents! What can we do about that? As the saying goes, it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. In other words, the best way to make tantrums and swearing louder is to give attention to them and curse them. If you join in, believe them, and argue... [Read more of this article]

Live Life With No Regrets

by Kenya Johnson, M.P.G.C. Have you ever lacked the drive or the motivation to finish a goal? I think we have all been there. I am sure that most of us started this year with hopes to change and upgrade only to find ourselves at the same point a month later. What is the tool needed to accomplish goals from the most simplistic to the hardest? Well, it all boils down to motivation and the source in which... [Read more of this article]

What is Your Objective? (Communication is more than words.)

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. When I spoke to one person I knew for many years, I was confused because my new skills seemed to help to end that relationship. I thought I was trying to resolve a conflict. I believed these skills didn’t work or I didn’t do them right. So I tried again around the same time when I spoke to my dying mother. These new skills helped us to deepen our connection... [Read more of this article]

Window of Souls

by Daris Reno Blickman, M.S.L.C. As I was a young child, those around me would say, she has such a lively spirit but still she has wisdom far beyond her years, where shall her spirit go.., is it free like the wind? Spirits we all possess is the window of our soul, the glimpse of our nature and hearts for others to see. Is our spirit that reaches out to touch the others. Some have spirits of peace,... [Read more of this article]

Curiosity Transforms Fear

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein Watch a child examine a bug for the first time. What do you see? Wide eyes looking closely, touching, tasting, and asking “what’s that?” or “what does it do?” Curiosity is an emotion growing out of a need for exploration, investigation, and... [Read more of this article]

Dharma

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. Dharma is a Sanskrit concept meaning: each individual’s unique, ideal purpose in life, and the knowledge of how and where to find it. Dharma in simpler terms means to be you fully, to live in respect and to follow your own path while acknowledging the same in others. Knowing your dharma leads to knowing the answers to life’s big questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What... [Read more of this article]

Different Levels of Abilities

by Daris Reno Blickman, M.S.L.C. Every morning, I do what most of us do, I go to work (after my friend the Coffee Cup pays me a visit, we would not want Daris drooling during the meetings, would we?). Some days I dress up, to walk in the business world, other days I am in jeans and the oldest tee shirt I own, knee deep in dishes, window cleaners, even beer bottles for they need to be broken and discarded,... [Read more of this article]

Ego and the Addictive Mind

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. While many people do not realize it…they are addicted…to something. I think that it would be great to really stop and investigate what in your life is stopping you, is it a ritual, is it obsessive thinking, is it living in the past or thinking always in a past tense, is it chocolate or coffee or cookies, is it alcohol, or is it your God? The only way to know is to identify... [Read more of this article]

Enhancing Creativity Skills

by Evie Harrison, C.L.C., M.S.L.C. Learning how to be creative is actually a little challenging to digest since some creative people are just born that way – they can immediately write, draw, paint, act without even trying too hard to succeed at it. And in some cases if you are born into parents who are writers or parents who are artists, then there is a greater chance that you might inherit all... [Read more of this article]

Finding the Courage to Effectively Lead

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. We all face hardships at some point in our lives. Some of us own responsibility and get on with our lives while most of us blame others. When you own responsibility for yourself you empower yourself. You are the cause and your life experiences are the results in your life. You determine the direction of your life. You are in control of your life. If you... [Read more of this article]

12 Tips to be Happy

by Evie Harrison, C.L.C., M.S.L.C. As we move into the 2009 we find that the more things change the more they stay the same. People are worried all the time about every little thing in life. Come to think of it, is it really worth it? If you could change things around would you?. And if you could not, the best way forward is to accept it and move on with life. Remember, we cannot control anyone else’s... [Read more of this article]

4-Tips to Empower Yourself

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. We all face hardships at some point in our lives. Some of us own responsibility and get on with our lives while most of us blame others. When you own responsibility for yourself you empower yourself. You are the cause and your life experiences are the results in your life. You determine the direction of your life. You are in control of your life. If you... [Read more of this article]

5 Key Points to Building Self-Esteem

by Kenya Johnson, M.P.G.C. A major key to building self-esteem and developing a healthy body image is loving who you are. I know, it is easier said than done. This is a hard task when you are constantly inundated with negative thoughts and feelings about you. Getting to a healthy self-esteem or body image will not happen overnight. Just like anything else it will take some work, but it can be accomplished. The... [Read more of this article]

Did You Know You Are Already Abundant?

by Gary Glasscock, M.L.C., M.S.L.C. Now after reading the title of this article, you might wonder about my sanity. You might be saying to yourself, “Yeah right, I am already abundant. So where’s it at?” Well, the short answer is, right in front of you. That’s right, your abundance stares you in the face, each and every day, but if you are like most people, they never even see it. You see, if... [Read more of this article]

Are You a Duck?

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. For far too many years I saw myself as unique. I can look back today and say that my uniqueness could well have been terminal. Today, I accept that I am a duck. I have unique featuring and features so that when you see me you’ll know who I am, but I am a duck. On the surface I appear calm. Below the surface I may be relaxed, but often I am paddling like hell! I’ve... [Read more of this article]

Brain Dump, or Brain Pump?

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. We’ve all felt emotionally drained, physically down, or even the opposite of those. We’ve felt on top of the world where we felt like nothing could stop us or hold us back. What if you knew the reason for the back and forth feeling of emotional and physical pendulum? You knew there had to be a reason, right? If you could know why you were feeling physically... [Read more of this article]

Overcoming the Challenges of Connection in Family Relationships

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. I read somewhere that our families push our buttons because they put them there. Family relationships provide the best catalyst for personal growth because all our beliefs, attachments, feelings, needs, strengths, and limitations will be challenged. “Human relationships are the perfect tool for sanding away our rough edges and getting at the core of divinity... [Read more of this article]

Learning to Concentrate and Focus

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. No matter who you are or what your occupation may be, you will need to learn how to concentrate and focus. You could be a student, or an office worker, or even someone involved in manual labor such as a construction worker but one thing is sure – you will need to devote time and energy to concentration and focus on your occupation. But first of all, just... [Read more of this article]

Conflict Exploration

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc. Most people dread arguments and “silent treatments”. Conflict involves at least two people committed to their side of the story and are afraid that their needs won’t get met. Many people believe their only choices are to give up their power and stay silent, or fight. In either case, resolution isn’t happening. Instead, our energy is distracted by blaming, judging,... [Read more of this article]

Cooperation

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. “Would you just do what I ask!?” Have you heard that before? I also hear about how uncooperative kids are and “If I could only get my kids to co-operate, then I’d be happy!” When my parents used to tell me, “do what I say, not what I do”, I felt unsettled. Maybe, I felt confused. I can’t really remember. I do remember that I sometimes felt resentful... [Read more of this article]

Are You a Cowboy or Indian? Cop or Robber?

by Keith Bray, B.A., C.A.L.C. When ever I go to a meeting and keep my ears open, I hear good and memorable stuff that make me remember and keep me humble. I’m sure it’s not politically correct to talk about indigenous people as “Indians”, but fact of the matter, when I was a kid, we played cowboys and Indians. If it sounds better, then call it cops and robbers. I heard someone today say that... [Read more of this article]

Curiosity Transforms Fear

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein Watch a child examine a bug for the first time. What do you see? Wide eyes looking closely, touching, tasting, and asking “what’s that?” or “what does it do?” Curiosity is an emotion growing out of a need for exploration, investigation, and... [Read more of this article]

Dharma

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. Dharma is a Sanskrit concept meaning: each individual’s unique, ideal purpose in life, and the knowledge of how and where to find it. Dharma in simpler terms means to be you fully, to live in respect and to follow your own path while acknowledging the same in others. Knowing your dharma leads to knowing the answers to life’s big questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What... [Read more of this article]

Different Levels of Abilities

by Daris Reno Blickman, M.S.L.C. Every morning, I do what most of us do, I go to work (after my friend the Coffee Cup pays me a visit, we would not want Daris drooling during the meetings, would we?). Some days I dress up, to walk in the business world, other days I am in jeans and the oldest tee shirt I own, knee deep in dishes, window cleaners, even beer bottles for they need to be broken and discarded,... [Read more of this article]

Ego and the Addictive Mind

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. While many people do not realize it…they are addicted…to something. I think that it would be great to really stop and investigate what in your life is stopping you, is it a ritual, is it obsessive thinking, is it living in the past or thinking always in a past tense, is it chocolate or coffee or cookies, is it alcohol, or is it your God? The only way to know is to identify... [Read more of this article]

Enhancing Creativity Skills

by Evie Harrison, C.L.C., M.S.L.C. Learning how to be creative is actually a little challenging to digest since some creative people are just born that way – they can immediately write, draw, paint, act without even trying too hard to succeed at it. And in some cases if you are born into parents who are writers or parents who are artists, then there is a greater chance that you might inherit all... [Read more of this article]

Finding the Courage to Effectively Lead

by Dr. Randin Brons, Ph.D., C.M.H., M.S.L.C. We all face hardships at some point in our lives. Some of us own responsibility and get on with our lives while most of us blame others. When you own responsibility for yourself you empower yourself. You are the cause and your life experiences are the results in your life. You determine the direction of your life. You are in control of your life. If you... [Read more of this article]

Get Over It!

by Joli A. Campbell, C.L.C. Just when you think you cannot stand to talk about it one more second, you start telling your tales of woe and trauma all over again. A fresh set of ears so you can start the saga again. Do you catch yourself doing this? Have you ever noticed this in other people? I have! I have done it! What I know is that if I am still talking about it and waiting for someone to have an... [Read more of this article]

Getting Kids to Listen

by Wendy McDonnell, Hons.B.Sc., C.F.C.C. A response to the question: How do I get my children to communicate or to listen to basic requests? Notice what your child is doing. Is she focused on a particular project or a phone call? Is he deep in thought? Communication is a little like merging into highway traffic. Look ahead, match your speed with the traffic speed, find a place to fit in, and then join... [Read more of this article]

Great Thing … People!

by Robert Gregory, MS., MLC. In their book The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner tell us if we are not committed to the people they will not be committed to the customer. If we are not committed to our people how can we expect them to be committed to not just the customer but also the mission and vision of the organization? The first principal I believe to be critical for leadership is what... [Read more of this article]