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Pain or Power?

There is a moment in every workout when you feel some pain—you might feel a slight twinge in a muscle, your quads might be telling you to just stop it already, or your shoulders might be screaming, “Why are you doing this to us?!?” This is the moment when you get to make a decision.…

Character

Character—Is Anyone Watching?

I have heard many different definitions of the word, “character,” both in passing and from people who study this subject for a living. Some of the definitions were easy to remember, and some were quite complex. Throughout the years, I have developed my own, simple way of thinking about character: How you do anything is…

Taking Flight

Taking Flight

Lately, with our youngest child just six months from leaving for college, I have been thinking about home and what it means. It seems like just yesterday my husband and I got married and started our life together, creating a home and welcoming our three children into it. But now that our youngest is ready…

Story

It’s Story Time

I have written before on this blog about stories, but it is a theme I keep coming back to because stories are so important in our lives. We tell ourselves stories every day. Are they empowering or limiting? Those are really the only two kinds of stories we can tell—empowering or limiting. I, for one,…

Thoughts

The Think Police: Arrest the Thoughts In Your Head

Thoughts are a funny thing—they seem so true and legitimate, but are they really? Is everything you think real? Does everything you think have to be true? The answer, unequivocally, is no! You do not have to believe everything you think. Getting control of your thoughts is one of the first things you can do…

Accountability

The Secret to Accountability

The New Year is a great time to talk about accountability. It is a time to dream big and set goals for the coming year. This is the easy part. The hard part if figuring out how to stay accountable to yourself and your goals. There are so many systems out there for organizing your…

Greatness

Be Great in This Moment

I have been reading the book, “Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything” by BJ Fogg, and he invites everyone to start practicing a new habit first thing every morning. He calls this the “Maui Habit,” and it is really quite simple. After you wake up and put your feet on the ground, you…

Pave the Way

The Best Lessons Learned Aren’t Learned in School

Back in 1978, when I was in sixth grade, I had the ideal life–two loving parents, two (mostly) loving sisters, a new 10-speed bike (a recent upgrade from my beloved purple banana seat bike that I had recently outgrown), my own bedroom, and hardly any chores. My dad was executive vice president at one of…

Comfort Zone

Get Comfortable with Discomfort

The thing about a comfort zone is it is so…comfortable. We know everything about how we should feel and how we should act in a comfort zone. It is easy. It is predictable. It is controllable. It is comfortable. But we do not grow by doing what we already know we can do. We are…

Breakout

Breaking Bad or Good

I love the idea of word play and how by changing one syllable, a word can mean something entirely different. Take breakout and breakdown for instance. Breakout is such a positive word. It means to separate from the crowd, to take the lead, or to just do something differently from everybody else. Breakdown, on the…