You Can Start Today!

When my sisters and I were in grade school, my dad had his own way of encouraging us to do well. He taught us the following exchange, which we had to say nearly every day. Every morning, he'd say to us, "Do your best!" We would always say that we would. Then he'd ask us, "Why are you going to do…
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You Can't Rely on Motivation Alone

We all do it. We get inspired by a good story. We're moved by a picture or video that resonates in our hearts and we say to ourselves, we're going to make a change. We decide we're going to take more risks and stop letting our anxiety control us. We're motivated! Then, seconds later, we're reneging on that promise and falling…
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I Don't Want to be Famous

While I've never been famous, it doesn't seem all it's cracked up to be. Sure, the money would be great, and the perks are likely wonderful, but fame seems to come at a much higher price tag than most people bargained for. With the internet, paparazzi, and crazy fans selling their stories to the media, it seems that celebrities spend just…
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10 Ways for You to Cultivate Gratitude

Those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving, all have our own special traditions.  One of the most common traditions many of us share is taking turns around the table saying what we're thankful for.  It's so important to take some time to reflect and express gratitude for the life you live. This month on Discarded Anxiety, we've been discussing gratitude.  We talked about the benefits of gratitude, and…
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Gratitude in the Midst of Terror

At 8:41am on September 11th, 2001, I was waiting to get a breakfast sandwich from my high school cafeteria.  It was 10 minutes before my next class started and five minutes before the New York City skyline would change forever. A week earlier, the fall golf season at my school had started.  My teammates and I were heading into our third and final season together. …
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An Invitation to Gratitude

  Many ancient Egyptians believed in The Five Gifts of Hathor.  This is a ceremony where the high priest would have a new member of the community raise his left hand and speak a list of five things in life that person would miss if he died at that very moment. Whatever the person listed, the priest would say, those five things were gifts from the goddess Hathor. …
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How to Build Courage

For the last few weeks, we've been discussing courage.  We started with my personal story of what it felt like to be courageous for a change in "I Have a Confession..." Then we shared the story of a young man who, despite choosing to stop speaking to avoid the scrutiny of a terrible stutter, found the courage to do something amazing with…
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How Cultivating Courage Will Save Your Life

On January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, a baby boy was born to parents who would end up being more absent than present in his life. At the tender age of 5, the boy moved to Jackson, Michigan to be raised by his grandparents on their farm. The change of life from Mississippi to Michigan was so disturbing for the young…
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I Have a Confession...

  "I'd... um... I'd like to be considered for... any opportunities... to do more for our agency. I'd love a new challenge." That was me speaking to my boss nearly 2 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. Heart racing, body trembling, palms sweaty, voice shaking... all while trying to say those few simple words. Once the words were…
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