Are you your own worst enemy? Do you have a constant stream of negative self-talk in your head saying things like, “I never get what I want because I’m not good enough, smart enough, young enough, experienced enough, pretty enough, rich enough, thin enough…”? Are you often saying things like, “Good things never happen to me” or “If I didn’t have bad luck I’d have no luck at all”? This negative mindset is the exact reason why you aren’t where you want to be in your life! It’s precisely why, whether it be in regard to your work, health, finances or your relationships, you’re not experiencing the level of success and satisfaction you want in your life. It’s also why you’re not able to be content with where you are right now, in this moment. In fact, new research indicates that consistently performing at a successful level “is not strongly correlated with age, education, income, race, nationality, or gender. This means that many of the excuses we use to explain why we can’t succeed are simply wrong.”1

Everyone on the planet, from the top A-list Hollywood stars and the best Olympic athletes to people you walk past on the street, has some degree of negative self-talk going on in their heads. However, the difference between people who are happy, healthy and managing well in life (i.e. successful) and those who aren’t, is that the successful people know how to avoid being their own worst enemy. They have learned how to overcome the self-doubt and to be resilient in the face of challenges and adversity. in other words, they’ve learned how to create a positive mindset. Again, the latest research shows that “With the right habits, anyone can dramatically increase results and become a high performer in almost any field of endeavor.”1 In this article I’m going to teach you three powerful ways to avoid being your own worst enemy so that you, too, can be your Best Self™! (more…)

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There’s a great story about Jesus encountering a man who has been ill for 38 years. He finds him lying by one of five pools where people who are blind, lame and paralyzed have come to be healed. Jesus goes over to the ill man, at which point he asks a seemingly obvious yet very powerful question, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answers with the lame (pun intended) excuse, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” It is then that Jesus tells him to stand up, take his mat and walk, which the man promptly does.

When we are sick or in pain, whether it be a brief or long term condition, if someone were to ask us, “Do you want to be well?”, we’d look at them like they have two heads and say, “Of course! What a ridiculous question!” However, it’s been my experience with patients, family members and even with myself, that when we’re sick, there’s more there than meets the eye. The downside to being ill, whether it be with a common cold or chronic headaches, is obvious. Pain and discomfort are not pleasant. However, in this article I want to explore some of the things that really hold us back from being as happy and healthy as we could be. I’ll delve into how our subconscious mind can think there’s an upside to being ill plus what we can do about it! (more…)

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OK, who has never bragged about all the things they have on their to-do list? Don’t we all get pulled into the “You wouldn’t believe how busy I am” game? Women, in particular, are the masters of multitasking. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. For years I got caught up in my daily to-do list. While priding myself in how many things I had on my list, I kept getting discouraged. How could I have gotten only three things completed today when all I’ve done is worked from dawn ‘til dusk? Well, this year I got smart…or at least a little smarter. I decided to listen to the research, along with the advice from some really wise, busy and very successful people. In this article I’m going to debunk the myth that multitasking is efficient and the best way to get things done. I’m also going to share with you some great focusing strategies that will help you be happier, healthier and more efficient. (more…)

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Summer is here! Now that we’ve managed to get through the craziness of the end of the school year (which can be super busy whether you have kids in school or not) we’re looking forward to the next two months of summer bliss. At least, that’s the image we have in our heads. However, the reality is, summer bliss isn’t just going to happen on its own. Like anything we want to achieve or create in our lives, we have to plan and take action steps to make it happen. In this article I’m going to share with you 3 simple but amazing tips to help you create a happy and healthy summer for you and your family! For example, did you know that research has shown at least 11 major health benefits to spending time outdoors? Read on to find out more. (more…)

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You can almost see it. The finish line. The end of the school year. The only problem is that it seems like you have to go through an obstacle course to get there! Whether you have school aged kids or not, June can be a very hectic month with wind ups for sports teams and volunteer groups, music and dance recitals, not to mention graduations. While all of this is reason to celebrate, the problem is that it’s all crammed into 1 month! In this article I’m going to tell you about 3 simple tips to help you bypass the obstacle course so you can sail through the month with greater ease. (more…)

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Do you remember this childhood song? “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. If you’re happy and you know it and you’re not afraid to show it, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” So, are you happy? If you’re having difficulty answering with a resounding “Yes!” or even a “most of the time”, you’re not alone. Although Canada and the United States are arguably two of the most privileged countries in the world in which to live, they also have some of the highest uses of antidepressants in the world. According to research done by the OCED (Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development), 86 out of 1000 Canadians are on antidepressants.1 In the United States, 11 percent of the population aged 12 and over take antidepressants. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that from “1988–1994 through 2005–2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased nearly 400%”!2  Why is everyone, children included, so stressed out? In this article, I’m going to show you a simple, scientifically validated exercise that has been shown to leave people happier and less depressed for a month! I’ll also share with you two powerful, thought-provoking questions that could change your life. (more…)

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