Putting things into perspective
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Putting things into perspective admin June 11, 2024 Don’t we all have perspectives? Perspectives are feelings or opinions about the world around us, and depending on the lens we choose, they can range from dreadful, devastating, and disastrous to bright, blissful, and blessed. Perspectives are unique to each of us, and when it comes to our well-being, we need to choose a perspective that serves us. When researching perspectives, we get the artistic view, the geographical view, and the frame-of-mind view, which I personally cherish. The problem is that we seldom accept another point of v ..read more
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Three ways to practice self-compassion and self-love
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Three ways to practice self-compassion and self-love admin May 23, 2024 If being kind to yourself seems foreign, you are not alone. Many of my clients and people in my inner circle struggle with self-compassion and self-love. They will be quickto extend grace, understanding, and empathy to a friend or colleague, but they struggle to grant the same level of kindness to themselves. As a result, they internalize their feelings of sadness, anger, and thoughts of not being enough or deserving. Extensive research has demonstrated that self-empathy leads to many positive outcomes, including in ..read more
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Embracing ebbs and flows
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Embracing ebbs and flows admin April 26, 2024 Fluctuations are part of our daily life everywhere we turn. We may lose or gain weight; our workload may be more or less than we know how to handle, and our bank accounts might be full one day and in the red another day. Ebbs and flows come and go; it is a law of nature. However, we may not always embrace them equally and struggle, especially during the ebbs that have a way of indicating a lack. Our brains tend to focus on the negative. This is a primal survival function, also known in psychology as the “negativity effect,” that is supposed ..read more
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Finding your personal safe harbor
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Finding your personal safe harbor admin April 12, 2024 I grew up in the port town of Bremerhaven, Germany, a city that has been a gateway for trade and migration for a few centuries. Water, wind, giant ships, and greedy seagulls are all things I associate with this place, but if that were all that signifies Bremerhaven for me, one could easily replace it with another port town like Barcelona or Boston. It is the presence of my family that called me to return here after 27 years of living in the US to lay anchor for a little while, as I consider it my “safe harbor.” A safe harbor is an e ..read more
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Practicing complete acceptance
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Practicing complete acceptance admin March 28 , 2024 The human experience can sometimes be challenging, even for the most optimistic people like me, when we face one obstacle after another and deal with difficult emotions such as hurt, disappointment, sadness, and frustration.  Typical reactions are either to shut down completely (victimhood) or to respond with frustration and anger (antagonism), both of which are lower-level energies that might serve us temporarily but, when experienced over an extended period, become unhealthy and unproductive, eventually leading to greater menta ..read more
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How to get your groove back when you feel stuck
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How to get your groove back when you feel stuck admin March 15 , 2024 “I feel so unmotivated,” “I am stuck,” and “Why am I procrastinating?” are real-life comments I have heard a lot lately, both from clients and close friends. When I observe a common thread, I get curious about the reasons why there suddenly seems to be a pattern that deserves attention, especially if it can help others overcome the same challenge. In our jobs and in life, there are many events that can cause us to be overwhelmed: sickness, an excessive workload, conflict with a superior, financial trouble, and so on ..read more
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Dealing with conflict
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Dealing with conflict admin February 29 , 2024 It seems to happen more frequently than in the past and everywhere you go.  People are at each other’s throats, yelling insults or threats, sometimes even becoming physically aggressive.  While the reasons for an increase in altercations at work may be multi-faceted, even the Harvard Business Review acknowledges that conflict resolution is a must-have skill for managers in 2024 (https://hbr.org/2024/01/9-trends-that-will-shape-work-in-2024-and-beyond). But how does one develop the ability to resolve conflict?  I frequently en ..read more
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Yes, BUT – Navigating constant resistance
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Yes, BUT – Navigating constant resistance admin February 15 , 2024 Resistance and objections can come in many ways, and as a professional coach, I am trained to a) identify them and b) formulate a plan to weaken or dissolve them.  Recently, this skill of mine was tremendously challenged when I moved back to Germany, a country where the standard response appears to be “yes, BUT…”  We have all encountered it.  We offer a thought, an idea, or an observation, and before we have even finished our sentence, everything we just said is being devalued by a simple “yes, but…”.  ..read more
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Sweet Surrender
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Sweet Surrender admin February 01 , 2024 January has been a tasking month for me.  I just moved back to Germany after having lived in the States for the past 27 years.  While my family welcomed me with open arms, it seemed the rest of the country, with its administrative hurdles, was challenging me and my patience. I was fully aware that my perception was not reality and that the rules apply to everyone, yet I was feeling vulnerable.  Those who know me understand that having to depend on others doesn’t come easily for me.  I was confused by the rules and regulations ..read more
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Moving through discomfort
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Moving through discomfort admin January 17, 2024 I am out of my comfort zone, to be completely honest, way outside my comfort zone since I returned to my home country and birthplace, Bremerhaven, Germany.   Of course, we all know that it is out of our comfort zone where growth takes place, yet few people would voluntarily choose to subject themselves to discomfort, even if it is temporary. I find myself in an environment that makes little sense to me.  After decades of absence and living in the United States, some things have changed, and others haven’t.  What has ch ..read more
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