Category Archives: Self-Sabotage

When Your Head and Your Heart Don’t Agree, Which One Do You Listen To?

Trust your feelings, Luke. That was Obi-Wan’s advice, and who am I to question the wisdom of a Jedi Master? Except that there have been times in my own life when ignoring logic and following my emotions made me even … Continue reading

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Don’t Let That Camel Stick Its Nose In Your Tent!

“If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” –Arabian Proverb I came across this proverb while researching How Horseshoe Nails Are Ruining Your Life. My first thought was, “Wow, do I have a … Continue reading

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Are You Asking the Wrong Decluttering Question? (or, The Emotional Foundations of Clutter)

The decluttering continues! I’ve been working my way through the house, and as I pick up each item, asking myself: “Why should I get rid of this?” But recently I had a revelation. I’ve been asking the wrong question. I … Continue reading

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How Horseshoe Nails Are Ruining Your Life

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a … Continue reading

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Is This Logical Fallacy the Source of Your Self-Sabotage?

I couldn’t resist having a cookie at lunch today…the diet’s blown, so I might as well have pizza for dinner. I woke up too late to do my usual two-mile morning walk…so I’ll skip the workout completely and stop for … Continue reading

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Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Have you heard of Rilke, the Austrian poet-philosopher? I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes from his work with you: …I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything … Continue reading

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Is Healthy Holiday Eating Possible? (Reduce Holiday Stress, Part 1)

Thanks to Shelley for inspiring this post with her comment last week asking for tips on resisting holiday treats! The winter holiday season can be a difficult time to maintain healthy habits. We’re extra-busy with Christmas shopping, putting up decorations, … Continue reading

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How Do You Treat Your Future Self?

I’d like to start with a simple exercise this week: take a few seconds to close your eyes and imagine yourself at this time next year. What do you see? Is your future self calm or harried? Sitting in a … Continue reading

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What’s Your Sword of Damocles?

Have you heard the legend of Damocles? He was a member of the court of King Dionysius II of Syracuse, and he made the mistake of telling Dionysius how lucky he was to be king. Dionysius offered to switch places … Continue reading

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Do You Have Boiling Frog Syndrome?

Have you heard of Boiling Frog Syndrome? It works something like this… If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately try to jump out. But if you put the same frog in a pot … Continue reading

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