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Building Resilience as Life Goes On

Apparently, we need to fortify our resilience throughout our lifespan – not just during childhood.

Life has positive surprises for each of us as well as unexpected challenges.  Life experience, including emotional regulation skills, actually may give older people an advantage over the young.  It is good to be prepared for stress, but apparently we can build capacity for resilience after a challenge occurs as well.

The recommended ways to foster resilience throughout one’s life span include:

  • Practice optimism and spend time with positive people
  • Reframe the stressful situation as possessing gifts or at least a new story for self and others
  • Don’t take things personally, some things just happen.
  • Recall your past successes and comebacks
  • Give support to others even while you are struggling
  • Expose yourself to stress to make yourself stronger over time, such as a marathon challenge, or a trip to an unfamiliar country.

What other ideas to you have to foster your resiliency?

Enjoy the day!


How to Build Resilience in Midlife

By Tara Parker-Pope, Well/Mind Column, July 25, 2017

Procrastination: Catalyst of Creativity, or a Waste of Time?

In a past blog, I presented some upbeat evidence that procrastinators were more creative than people who finish tasks early, and were “masters of idleness,” as Jean O’Callaghan from the University of Roehampton in London offered. Recently, though, an actual procrastination conference met at DePaul University, nearby our executive coaching office. Sixty people from around the world attended.


The conference reported that 20% of the worldwide population chronically procrastinate, but was otherwise light on ideas that might be employed by those who constantly delay. Many researchers at the conference took up much more negative views towards the practice, not exactly hailing procrastination for its creative outcomes.


One coaching technique we have developed with our clients reporting delays – not mentioned at the conference – is to create tangible accountabilities, and to employ optimized task and time management skills in combating procrastination. What works for you to complete your goals or responsibilities?  If you experience inertia and distraction, do you ever reap creative benefits?

Enjoy the day!


What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference

By Heather Murphy, Science Section, New York Times, July 21, 2017

Cold Showers May Give You the Jolt You Need

Here’s an interesting (*non-scientific) theory: Cold-water therapy may turn you into a positive person by default. It appears that a cold shower may get you to stop caring so much about what you want and what you don’t want – i.e., it may neutralize preferences so that you can think more clearly.

We’ll wait on more research to make definitive statements, but this may be something to try if you need to implement a mindfulness goal, like clearing your head. In the meantime, heed these words from Chinese Zen master Z, ‘‘Do not like; do not dislike; all will then be clear.’’

So: Cold or Hot for you?

Aha! I trapped you into a preference.

Enjoy the day!


Letter of Recommendation: Cold Showers. Dolnick, Ben. New York Times Magazine. July 20, 2017.





Doctors: Think Twice Before Talking About Your Fitness

Doctors used to think that if they weren’t a role model of healthy behaviors that they were failing in their role as a physician. Doctors who smoked or failed to look fit were criticized for virtually saying to patients, “Do as I say, not as I do”.

However, the latest research reveals that Doctors who speak about success in their own pursuit of fitness risk offending patients and team members.

People seem to like when their physicians define wellness broadly, and show interest in the patient. Doctors who disclose their commitment to fitness in their own lives can at times be seen to shame patients who possess elevated weight or poor health habits. At Kaiser, patients were found to be more likely to choose a physician who did not advertise their own wellness accomplishments, rather than a physician who did.

What do you think physicians should say when they want to inspire you to reach a wellness goal?

Enjoy the day!




When Your Doctor is Fitter Than You Are

By Lauren C. Howe, Well Column, New York Times, July 13, 2017.

Show Up When You Say You Will

Show Up When You Say You Will

People are cancelling or breaking social commitments easier than ever before. In the New York Times, writer David Brooks categorizes the different forms that “bailing” has taken in the digital age.  One can bail on their close friends (possibly the most acceptable group to bail on), their fragile friends, their distant friends, or their professional connections (usually the least acceptable). The author  admits that he himself, does this frequently.

Is this really OK?

Of course it isn’t.

Wisdom regarding commitments can be found in dating and human resources. Daters often consider dropping someone who is markedly late or entirely misses the first date.  When companies hire, if one is late for the first interview, employers will usually lose interest in an applicant as well.

So be respectful, be empathic, listen well, and look forward to your meeting or plans.  If you no-show, you risk ruminating in bed that very night out of guilt and then getting up the next morning to pen a newspaper column like the author apparently did to justify his “bail.”

In short, simply show up.

Enjoy the day!




The Golden Age of Bailing. David Brooks. New York Times. July 7, 2017.

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