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How to Build Confidence

According to research, confidence is not a natural trait for most people. Successful individuals even struggle with it. Academy award winning actor Gene Hackman once said that he never watched his movies because he knew he would not be satisfied with his performance. He wasn’t confident that he gave his best. I think we've all felt that way but we can build confidence and these seven tips will get you started.
  1. Perfectionism Is Paralyzing. Accept failure and mistakes and imperfection as …

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7 Fitness Myths Debunked

I remember trying to explain the so-called "fat burning zone" back in my aerobics days, when the cardio machines debuted with new labeling and turned thousands of exercisers into long, lower-intensity-cardio-session freaks. Throughout my years of teaching and training, this myth along with many others are some of the BFL's (big fat lies) that are still perpetuated. The truth will set you free and so will these 7 fitness myths debunked.
  • Myth #1: Exercising in the fat-burning zone burns m…

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Acting and Getting Screwed

Why on earth would I name this post Acting and Getting Screwed, you probably wonder. I was reminiscing about my life five years ago around the same month and day. So much has changed. One of the advantages to blogging. It's like a mini-journal of your life. Here's the entry for that day and the reason for the unusual title.
Two auditions over the last several days, both for testimonials. Funny thing, after I was done, I actually wanted to buy the product and service! Hate to admit our dirty…

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Your Thoughts Are Hurting You

Yes, your thoughts are hurting you more than you realize, unless you are aware of negativity bias and how to prevent it. I certainly wasn't.

Research has indicated that we have upwards to 60,000 thoughts a day and 95-percent of them are negative. Apparently, we are programmed to hold on to negative thoughts, experiences and moments. Wow. Sobering information. From The Neuroscience of Happiness, Rick Hanson explains it this way.
For most of us, as we go through the day, most of the moments in…

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I Am So Busy (Rant)

Nice thing about a blog and radio shows, you get to vent once in a while and it's time, my friends - it's my official I Am So Busy rant. O-M-G. $#%@!

Let's be honest, most everyone we know is super busy.

Full-time jobs. Running a household. Laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, yard work. Coaching your kids' sports teams. Paying bills. Running countless, endless errands. Picking up and droping off kids all over town, all the time. Buying gifts. Preparing for parties and gatherings. Washing our…

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Stop Multitasking and Get More Done

It gives me great pleasure to proclaim myself as a recovered multitasker. I now want to pass along what I've learned so you can stop multitasking and get more done (just like me). Once I understood the pitfalls and detriment in this beloved style of productivity, I made an about face and ran the other direction. Being lulled back into the seductive nature of it is a constant battle but like the rest of our challenges, it's worth the fight.

Studies indicate that we cut off our creative flow w…

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Do You Need More Time?

Do you really need more time to do what you're doing? Maybe not, if you buy into the theory known as Parkinson's Law, created by British historian and journalist Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993). What I love about this theory and many that sprung out of it is its basic premise: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

It's on my mind because I've been tweaking my daily schedule and trying to figure out how much time I need to devote to various areas related to m…

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Making Fitness Fun

Here are some key points to consider in order to get over a slump, jump-start a program or to turn from an exercise-hater to an exercise-enthusiast.
  • Key Points:
  • Move naturally or get active without even thinking about it.
  • Add more movement in your daily activity instead of starting an official workout program.
  • Take four round trips on your office steps instead of the elevator.
  • Walk faster when you put a shopping cart away and offer to take back five others for customers parked f…

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Lack of Sleep is Serious Business

Zorro Zorro, like all dogs has no problem getting enough sleep!

Gaining weight, fuzzy thinking and premature aging are all possible results from inadequate sleep. Why and how much do we need, anyway? We all know this for sure, lack of sleep is serious business.

Lots of big-time health issues are related to lack of sleep. Studies show a strong correlation between gaining weight and lack of sleep. This is probably because insufficient sleep whacks out our hunger hormones. Leptin, (which suppress hun…

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