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Springing Forward with Purpose

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I don’t know about you, but the advent of spring awakens my urge to start new projects. After struggling to putting one foot in front of the other all winter, I suddenly feel compelled to conquer new worlds: to get new pets, travel, learn languages, and take on new professional challenges. But with so many fresh ambitions and no let-up from my usual roster of obligations, I struggle with how best to prioritize and focus my energies. Whether you are working on non-negotiable goals (term papers, work deadlines, etc.), or pursuing new dreams, it can help to review some basics of goal setting and project management. The three-part formula I’m using this year is: Know...

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Socrates on the Job

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When Socrates declared: “The unexamined life is not worth living,” he wasn’t hanging out at the gymnasium, gazing at his navel! He was in a desperate situation: on trial for heresy after encouraging his students to think for themselves and challenge the status quo. 2,500 years later, many of us are finding that the status quo at work is change, uncertainty, and stress. With unemployment and underemployment at discouraging highs, and anxiety on the rise for many who are still employed, people are beginning to challenge old assumptions about themselves and their work. They are examining their lives and looking at how their career paths either contribute to or detract...

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Recession-Proof Your Emotional Bank Account….Three Steps To a Healthy Internal Economy

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The “Great Recession” may be officially behind us, but for many of us in the US and around the world, times are still tough.  In the media, at social gatherings, and around the dinner table, talk of the economy is omnipresent.  The weather here in Central Florida is hot and steamy, but the financial forecast remains distinctly chilly.  Everyone from pundits to pastors is offering advice on how to survive the economic deep freeze.  But what about the emotional costs?  How do you insulate yourself in this climate of fear and uncertainty?   Well, to paraphrase a slogan from another turbulent time, I recommend the following formula: Tune In, Turn Off,...

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