Resilience is defined as toughness, or "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties." And in researcher language, it's "positive adaptation despite adversity." But is it something we're born with? Can we develop more of it? And can we use it up as we go through life? When Resilience Begins Science indicates that resilience is not uniform across people, places, or situations. So … [Read more...] about Resilience: What Is It, and How Can I Get More of It?
We all flop from time to time, but how can we bounce back and use our failure as fuel? From the time we start school, we're taught that failure is something bad. But failure can be the wake-up call that takes us to the next level - if we approach it with the right mindset. Even recent research bears this out, but I didn't know that this spring when I created my own failure and then an … [Read more...] about Messed Up? Using Failure as Fuel
Before all the white flower buds flutter off the Bradford pear in my front yard, I'm taking a moment to look back on what I learned in winter 2019. Spring isn't officially here yet, but it feels close, with the flowers and trees blooming. Not to mention the April showers that arrived in December and stayed all winter. So it's time to move on. And, it's a good time to look back, to what I … [Read more...] about 4 Things I Learned in Winter 2019
With small habit shifts, we can reset our brain's circadian clock operating in the background and affect our sleep cycles and energy levels. In fact, you've reset your internal clock unconsciously if you've traveled across time zones or stayed up late a few times to watch an important sporting game or attend an event. But that circadian clock is sensitive to other internal and external … [Read more...] about Can I Reset My Circadian Clock for Better Sleep?
The sign caught my eye as I cruised down the hall in between meetings, and I stopped in my tracks. "I AM," it read. "Two most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality." The sentiment stayed with me. For several days, its declaration sank in further, as I considered how I described myself to others, what words I said to myself (self-talk), and how I viewed myself … [Read more...] about I Am: Two of the Most Powerful Words
The practice of reflecting on what I've learned requires an intentional pause and often leads me to gratitude. And here at the holidays, I welcome all pauses and attempts to slow down and be thankful. Author Emily P. Freeman several years ago on her blog began encouraging her readers "to pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future,” and I first I took up that … [Read more...] about Reflecting on What I Learned in Fall 2018