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Growth After Trauma or Loss Part 2

In a recent article on Post-Traumatic Growth I discussed the affect of trauma on personal growth. Outcomes of trauma include such things as deeper relationships, spiritual development, more personal strength, new opportunities, and a greater appreciation for life in general.  So how does that happen? Stages of Post-Traumatic Growth   Part 1: “Shattered” When tragedy […]

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Looking Motivated?

Does motivation have a “look”?  Do you find it in an intense gaze or an eager grin? Perhaps it looks like a stack of neatly color-coded “project files”.  Or a whiteboard with the chaotic scrawl of a genius in action. Imagine this: You walk into the living room and your shaggy-haired friend Steve is lounging […]

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The Three R’s of a Life Story

In the olden days of grammar school, there were three “R’s” that everyone had to learn:  Reading, Writing, and  ‘Rithmetic (Spelling was to arrive much later).  School is very different now, but I’ve discovered that the skills we use to write our life stories can be summarized with those same three “R’s”.   Reading Creating a […]



Motivation is Always 100%

 It can be helpful to think of motivation is as a zero-sum game.  That is to say that we are always 100% motivated, no matter what we are doing.  The guy that is getting good grades in math is no more motivated than the guy living in his pajamas and playing video games all day.  […]


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Do Older People Make Better Decisions?

Julie is facing a crossroads—it’s time to make a decision about her career and she’s not sure what to do. Her mind has raced through the options like a shopper on Black Sunday but she’s at the checkout line empty handed. Maybe she should ask her grandmother for advice…or should she? Most cultures have a […]