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Authenticity: The Art of Being You

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"How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself.  It is much easier to be honest with other people."~Edward F. Benson

To be authentic is defined by dictionary.com to be trustworthy, honest, genuine, real. It is a particular way of dealing with the external world, while being faithful to our internal selves and our ideas rather than external influences and ideas. The word originated in the early 1300's from the Latin autheniticus meaning "one who does things himself". Some of my work …

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Leaving the Comfort Zones That Don’t Serve You

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Comfort Zones are the habits we have—neither good nor bad—that we need to be aware of, because they may be preventing us from playing our bigger games. Comfort Zones may be keeping us in the same old place, as they are just that—they are comfortable.

And who wants to leave a place that is comfortable for what is unknown and more than likely uncomfortable

A Comfort Zone can be a behavior or an action of some sort.

For instance, how many of us watch too much TV, are on our smartphones way too…

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Five Expert Productivity Tips I’m Trying This Year

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of reflection over this past week and I’ve been looking at what will make me more productive. Self-confession, I have a focus issue and follow the shiniest object that appears in front of me. This causes me to have too much ‘to do’ on that ‘to do’ pile and I just watch it grow bigger. I seem to accomplish a lot, but it’s all small stuff that doesn’t really advance my work. This will change. In reading other’s tips and tricks for what they do to increase their producti…

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Pay Deep Attention to Get More Done

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"Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention." ~Jim Rohn

With one of my strengths being learner (StrengthsFinder 2.0), I did some post-graduate work a few years ago in the Neuroscience of Leadership at the NeuroLeadership Institute. NeuroLeadership is an emerging field of study focused on bringing neuroscientific knowledge into the areas of leadership development, management training, change management, education, consulting and coaching. This field helps ind…

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Let’s Get to Work and Find Your Values

When doing this exercise, I ask that you try your hardest to have no judgment around your selection of values. I had a Judgment around one of my values for the longest time. When I first did this exercise years ago, I realized I valued recognition. I value being seen and acknowledged for the good things I do. Not bad, huh? EXCEPT, in my family I was always taught that recognition was bad; you want to be a part of the crowd and not stand out. Don’t be seen.

Don’t be heard. Well, eventually, …

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