Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Setting Yourself Up for Success

How to successfully make changes in your life.
“Identify the goal/habit that you want to change. Get personal – this needs to be important to you.”

Part of successful change is really connecting with your desire for what you want to change and why. This sets you up for success. Your goal or outcome has to align with your values and can’t be something you feel ambivalent about. While determination and confidence are important, there must also be room for self-compassion. You might need to reevaluate, redirect, or even restart… and that’s okay. […]

By |November 30th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Setting Yourself Up for Success

Factors That Can Sabotage Change

The Dos and the Don’ts of change.
“If you can’t visualize it, you can’t achieve it.”

Failures often come from lack of energy or lack of resources, but intermittent failure is still on the pathway to success. Progress isn’t always linear and inconsistent failure should be expected. It’s consistent failure that we want to protect against. […]

By |November 28th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Factors That Can Sabotage Change

The Top Three Areas of Change

Making necessary changes and breaking bad habits.
“This area includes many well-reinforced habits, and just desiring change in these areas isn’t quite enough.” […]

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Three Effective Brain Hacks to Start Practicing

How meditation, visualization, and mindfulness can impact change.

“Brain Hacks like these are the foundation by which we can move into making changes in our lives in a successful way.”

Brain Hack #1: Meditation

Neuroscientists have used brain scans to monitor how meditation and mindfulness practices affect the brain. They have found that meditation has been connected with increased resiliency in stress management, depression and anxiety, pain, sleep issues and an overall sense of self-regulation.

Meditation isn’t just for Zen masters sitting on top of a mountain at sunrise. In fact, even just five minutes a day can yield benefits and is being adopted […]

By |November 21st, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Three Effective Brain Hacks to Start Practicing

Hack Your Brain, Change Your Life

How to calm your mind and make change easier.

“Emotional regulation is key for any change whether we are being proactive or reactive.”

If we understand that change really works against some pretty well-laid pathways in the brain, we can revise the way that we view and enact change in our lives on almost every level. This understanding of why change is difficult or scary, and why we tend to resist change in general, makes sense of why many people give up on making positive changes in their lives, particularly after a few failed attempts.

We know that the brain can change with […]

By |November 16th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Hack Your Brain, Change Your Life

Creating Awareness of Personal Change Patterns

A self-assessment to discover your own personal patterns of change.
“Evaluating yourself is the first step in helping you to discover your own personal patterns of change.”

Awareness and insight of our own patterns is always the first step. We cannot change anything in our lives without the awareness of how and why we respond the way we do. Evaluating yourself is the first step in helping you to discover your own personal patterns of change. This will show your strengths as well as your areas of challenge, and will help you to move towards bringing about successful change in your life.

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By |November 14th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Creating Awareness of Personal Change Patterns

Behaviors, Habits, and the Brain

How habits connect to the brain’s reward center.
“Simply put, knowledge and motivation are essential, but they aren’t enough.”

With any habit or behavior, at some point, that habit was connected with the brain’s reward center. […]

By |November 9th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Behaviors, Habits, and the Brain

Understanding Change

It’s not you… it’s your brain.
“To gear up to make a change requires tremendous effort. After all, we are fighting against how our choices and experiences have wired our brains for so long.”

It’s uncomfortable to change – sometimes even painful – and it takes effort. […]

By |November 7th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Understanding Change

Why People Find It So Hard to Change

We can manage change the easy way or the hard way.
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

How many of us have tried to make what seemed like a simple change in our lives only to feel discouraged by failure or shame? […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Why People Find It So Hard to Change