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Life Coaching and Counseling

A Simple & Powerful Stress Coping Tool

Clients frequently ask for help in coping with stress. Most people can identify the source of their tension (e.g. parenting, relationships, the economy, money, job, health, COVID, etc.), but often CANNOT figure out how to stop the worry. This article will give you a tool you CAN use to help you handle anything bothering you.

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50 Excellent & Fun Relationship Building Questions

Here's a list of 50 of my favorite relationship building questions. Use this tool to build relationships at work, home, and with your friends. They work well for team meetings and family events. Enjoy!

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Overwhelmed Man

What to Do When Emotionally Overwhelmed

In these emotionally flooding situations, your brain's emotional center, called the amygdala, overrides your pre-frontal cortex, the rational part of your brain. I call this “brain-lock”, where my brain becomes useless, except for fleeing the situation quickly or fighting whatever seems threatening.

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12 Dating & Marriage Building Activities

A healthy marriage takes effort, but it’s well worth it, especially when you count the costs of divorce (financial, emotional, etc.). Here are 12 activities that can take your marriage from average to extraordinary.

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Grateful Woman

25 Gratitude Building Questions

We all have seasons in our lives when it's very hard to be positive. I can easily view myself as the victim. Gratitude is one of the only things that can end my pity party. 

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Question Man Aha Moment

My 20 Favorite Questions to Ask Clients

People are longing for connection. Connecting at the heart level changes everything for the better. Human connection heals! As you prepare for interactions with your family, friends & co-workers, here are some questions that can strengthen bonds.

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Creating a Work Culture that’s Positive & Productive

Over the past 20 years as a therapist, trainer, and coach, I've helped over 2,000 families thrive, and over 250 companies improve their work culture. There are similarities between the healthiest companies and families. Here are three traits they have in common.

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Why You Should Deal with Your Past

I want my clients to live full and free lives. I don't want the past holding them back. Frequently I challenge clients to process, and come to terms with, past trauma. Their future, and mine, depends on us facing our demons.

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Stressed Out Young Woman

Overcoming Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety focuses on what can go wrong. It zeroes in on the worst outcome coming true and bad things happening again. Hope focuses on what can go right, and the opportunity in every circumstance.

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Anxious Man

Fear vs Hope Cycle

Most everyone is struggling with the fear and unknown related to COVID-19. You can take specific actions that will significantly help with the anxiety.

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Tough Decision Making

How to Make Good Decisions (Part 1)

I've wasted countless hours in turmoil over decisions. Indecision has hurt my career and cost me financially. I've frustrated family and friends because I couldn't make up my mind. Few things stress me out more than major choices, and few things bring me as much relief as getting decisions made.

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Negative Self Image

How to Change Negative Core Beliefs (Part 1)

Mindsets are deeply, and often unconsciously, held beliefs about ourselves and the world. They form during our upbringing and further develop through life experiences, both good and bad. Our mindsets can enhance our future or hinder it. Focusing on the truth helps us have the courage to be our best. Believing lies limits our great potential.

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3 Tips to Eliminating Mental Clutter

Do you tasks at home and work you've have been putting off? In life coaching terminology, we call these "loose ends", "unfinished business", or "mental clutter". Each day you avoid taking action is another day energy and momentum is drained from your life. Stuff you know needs to be addressed that you keep avoiding.

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Struggle with Anxiety

Coping with Anxiety

The many uncertainties of life these days has caused lots of people to worry. Many people, without knowing it, make their anxiety much worst for three reasons. Here are 3 ways to no longer let your fears get the best of you.

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Take Emotional Risks Frequently!

There are certain powerful emotions I never want to feel again. Very strong feelings of rejection, failure, and embarrassment. Because of this hurt from my past, my mind bullies me into doing whatever I can to avoid engaging any situation that could trigger that feeling again. The worst advice you can ever take is from a fearful mind.

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