Stop Perfection Paralysis in Its Tracks — Listen to Your Inner Adult

How do you get yourself moving when what I call ‘Perfection Paralysis’ has you stuck? Interestingly, the answer can be found in some questions. Clear, direct questions are one of the best antidotes to perfectionism because they help you unmask the unrealistic expectations and self-critical energy that keep you stuck. Until you deal with it, Perfection…

Simplify. It’s a Caring Gift You Can Give Yourself Anytime

Finding time to simplify is a core self-care skill. I find it very helpful to think of it that way, rather than as a task for my To-Do List. Unfortunately, when it’s seen as a task, finding time to simplify often gets bumped when things get busy (which is most of the time). It never…

Perfectionism Making You Into a Procrastinator? 3 Messages to Watch For

Perfectionism slows you down and holds you up. When you give in to perfectionism, you have trouble knowing when tasks are finished and letting them go. In fact, perfectionism and procrastination are two of the biggest time wasters there are. They are very debilitating and discouraging. They sap your confidence and devour your energy. AND,…

Practice Makes Progress — Let Go of Perfect and Focus on Process

Practice is a very powerful tool for developing and sustaining skills. And yet, for many people the word has negative connotations. How many of you remember being called inside to practice the piano when you wanted to be playing with your friends? Not fun. And practice can feel boring and/or painful at times. Think about…

Procrastination Panic Doesn’t Have to Win Out — Try These Tips

Procrastination’s most famous mantra may have been best expressed by Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind when she said, “I’ll think about it tomorrow.” But they aren’t words that are limited to old Hollywood movies. Indeed, I’m guessing that most of us have at least thought, if not uttered, those words more than a few…

Rice and Time — Here’s Some Help to Move You from Thought to Action

Rice and time? Really? What does rice have to do with time? And what do rice and time have to do with you, for that matter? Well, this Chinese proverb gets to the point powerfully, as so many proverbs do: Talk doesn’t cook rice. Whoever came up with Nike’s old “Just do it” slogan may…

Moving into the New. So, What Do You Bring as You Begin Your Journey?

Everything is new again. Making a new beginning is marked by a feeling of anticipation and maybe a little nervousness. It’s also marked by a letting go of things you don’t need for the next step of your journey. That’s because stepping into the new always means ending something. And by the same token, marking…