Feeling the Fear? Find a Stronger Voice

Fear is a debilitating energy that you hold the power to change. It might feel overwhelming in a given moment, but fear is, at its core, simply a feeling. In a recent post titled “Assertiveness Strategies — How to Say No When You’re Scared to Death” I wrote: Assertiveness is a choice you make and an…

Assertiveness Strategies — How to Say No When You’re Scared to Death

Assertiveness is a choice you make and an energy you bring. A powerful time tool, assertiveness can be a challenge for many. Sometimes being assertive means saying no. In certain situations, that may feel like the easiest thing in the world. You speak honestly and communicate clearly. As a result, you exercise a lot of positive control…

Self-Care and Strong Boundaries — A Power Combo for the Ages.

Self-care doesn’t necessarily come naturally. No, indeed, it’s a skill that you develop with practice. And strong boundaries are a key ingredient in your efforts to take good care of yourself. You might think that self-care would be easier during vacations and holidays when you have more time. But is that really true? Step back…

Clarity: A Key Ingredient in Setting Boundaries and Finding Time

Clarity helps you see what you need. And then it helps you assertively communicate what you need. This, in turn, is your key to finding time. It’s really a back-and-forth process. Finding time depends on your comfort with setting time boundaries. And then your growing comfort with setting time boundaries has a lot to do…

Guilt and You — Root it Out Today with a Dose of Reality

In yesterday’s post I wrote about guilt and its debilitating effects — effects that you don’t have to accept in your life. If you take a moment and think about your biggest time-and-energy drains, my guess is that you might find guilt up there near the top of the list. So, today I’m going to…

Time Boundaries Work Best When They Come from Your Power

Time boundaries are powerful time tools that enable you to productively focus on your priorities. Yet setting and maintaining time boundaries can be a challenge. Last week, in a post titled Retrieve Lost Time with Time Boundaries that Stick we shared some guidelines for setting these all-important boundaries with clarity and compassion. Today I want to…

Assertiveness and Time – 5 Tips for Setting Effective Boundaries

Assertiveness is a key skill to develop when it comes to maximizing your productivity and your overall satisfaction about how you use your time. That’s because we all have multiple pressures on our time. Competing priorities and others’ needs all demand our attention, and we are constantly making time choices. Why is this important?  Well, here’s a quote from…