How to be your very best every day

Find your zone, connect to the world, tune into your purpose and then get specific

How to be your very best every dayI once had the fabulous opportunity to chat with a group of executive administrative assistants on their final day of a national conference. They had spent a few days exploring what it takes to create positive energy for themselves and their organizations. When I met with them, they were elated, excited and maybe even a…

The big payoff that comes from doing absolutely nothing

When we’re running from moment to moment, task to task, we lose perspective

The big payoff that comes from doing absolutely nothingAre we so afraid of spending time alone with our own thoughts that we find tasks to occupy every moment of our waking day? We must stop consuming our days in this unmitigated busyness. When we’re running from moment to moment, task to task, we lose perspective. Events and circumstances start to feel all-consuming. We…

Relax, everything is going to turn out just fine

Get what you want by stressing less about outcomes

Relax, everything is going to turn out just fineSome of the biggest conflicts we face are about the frustration we feel when we don’t follow through and achieve what we’ve set our minds on. This causes us to become prickly in our relationships and take our irritation out on others. When I first started working in law enforcement, there were all kinds of…

Focus on your goals to put them within reach

Get rid of the negative thoughts and distractions and focus on what's important to you

Focus on your goals to put them within reachThe news is filled with folks complaining. From politics to economics and everything in between, people are focused on what we don’t have rather than what we do. It’s such a deeply-rooted problem that it makes me wonder if our focus is the primary culprit for all the unhappiness we perceive. When we imagine ourselves…

Starting the new school year off right

The best way to help your child is by connecting with their teachers and treating them with respect

Starting the new school year off rightNow that school is back in and life is settling into its normal fall routine, it may be a good idea to think about the essential relationship you and your child have with those people responsible for your child’s education: teachers. As a parent, you want nothing but the best for your child. When it…

Is your enthusiasm undermining your message?

Overexuberance can lead to lost opportunities

Is your enthusiasm undermining your message?It’s no secret that we all have different styles when it comes to communicating. Some people are articulate communicators and others aren’t. Some people get right to the point while others tell a story first. Mix communication styles and add emotion and it’s likely that important elements will be missed entirely. Take this example: Justin…

How to keep meetings positive and focused on the outcome

Strategies you can use to avoid the swamp of unproductive meetings

How to keep meetings positive and focused on the outcomeDo your days feel like one unproductive meeting after another … and another? Have you noticed how often people get bogged down in the same issues you talked about the last time you got together? You ask yourself: “Why are we going over the same ground again and again?” Somewhere between the positive intentions that people start with and a…

How to cope with calamity and crisis

These simple daily exercises can help you face up to the inevitable tension in your life

How to cope with calamity and crisisThe spate of mass shootings in the United States has caused most of us to pause. Bad stuff can happen to good people. We wonder what we would do if we found ourselves caught up in such violence. Sometimes just hearing about such tragedies can lead us to feel tense and uncertain. And that can…

Visualize your success if you want to succeed

The biggest challenge we have to overcome is fear

Visualize your success if you want to succeedI didn’t get much work done during the Olympics. Once I decided to catch just a glimpse of what was happening, I got caught up watching the rowing, diving, volleyball … you get the idea. With so many fabulous demonstrations of grit and determination, I felt inspired to get out and work out (of course…

7 habits of highly unsuccessful people

Advice on retaining your sanity when confronted with a complete idiot

7 habits of highly unsuccessful peopleDo you: 1: Never miss an opportunity to educate those around you? Call attention to mistakes they have made and make sure everyone else knows about those mistakes?. Don't hesitate to point out when someone (a colleague, an employee, the clerk at the local hardware store, an airline pilot, the prime minister) is wrong and…

Turning your sense of failure into success

Believing you can't do something won't get problems solved. Find a way if you truly want a happy life

Turning your sense of failure into success“I can’t manage everything by myself anymore ... I’m completely stressed out! From being responsible for all the meal planning to childcare responsibilities to cleaning the house, there’s no romance, no time for friends, no time to read. Something has to give.” These were the first words spoken when I sat down with one of…

Feeling stressed? Think and behave like an Olympic athlete

Here are a few tips for performing better under pressure

Feeling stressed? Think and behave like an Olympic athlete“A gentleman does not lose control of his temper. … Exhibitions of anger, fear, hatred, embarrassment, ardour or hilarity, are all bad form in public,” wrote Emily Post. The Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are underway. Sometimes I’m grateful that this only happens every four years. It’s one of those rare times when my husband…

The trouble with lusting after status

If the price requires sacrificing civility and honour, we've lost ourselves

The trouble with lusting after statusStatus is a constant in human life, although much of the time we don't think about it because it's everywhere and takes so many forms. It’s been said that “if it doesn’t happen on YouTube, it didn’t happen.” But are those messages helping or hindering? Are we unintentionally inviting individuals to seek their moments of fame…

Your body reflects your emotions, so loosen up

Mental pressures of the world starting to weigh you down?

Your body reflects your emotions, so loosen upRobert, as a hyperactive child, was constantly told to stop fidgeting. When he felt the urge to fidget, he remembered his mother’s disapproval and clenched his fists and held his arms rigidly at his sides. He spent so much of his life clenching his fists and holding himself rigidly that he appeared stiff and lifeless.…

Dealing with critics can give you powerful motivation

The more the critics bark, the more you’ll accomplish

Dealing with critics can give you powerful motivationFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

Embrace uncertainty to get the most out of life

Life is full of trials and tribulations. Who better to conquer them than you?

Embrace uncertainty to get the most out of lifeNo matter how blessed your life may be, you’ll never be free from uncertainty. To live is to be uncertain. Even with the best-laid plans, you can’t know what’s coming next. If that’s the case, you have two choices – you can fret and worry about the uncertainty, or you can embrace it. If you…

How to easily boost your flexible thinking skills

To help you deal with challenges, feel more confident and behave more skilfully, even when faced with unexpected demands

How to easily boost your flexible thinking skillsFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

How to increase your reading speed

Imagine how many more books you could get through or how much time you could save!

How to increase your reading speedI was chatting with a client the other day about all the books on her nightstand. She has the best of intentions of getting to those books but never seems to have the time. When I asked her what stops her from beginning to tackle the stack, she said she feels like she doesn’t have…

How to get an insane amount of work done in a short period

How to get into that special state of mind where work starts to flow effortlessly and we get an insane amount done in a short period

How to get an insane amount of work done in a short periodLet’s talk about getting into the flow. You know what I’m talking about: that special state of mind we sometimes reach – quite by accident – where work starts to flow effortlessly and we get an insane amount done in a short period. It’s a great feeling and something well worth trying to get into…

To improve communication, just start STACKING

It’s easier to nurture good behaviours in the beginning than fix bad behaviours later

To improve communication, just start STACKINGAllow me to introduce you to Bianca! Bianca came to our family three weeks ago at seven weeks of age. (With all the pandemic restrictions, the breeder was concerned she wouldn’t be able to deliver the puppies to all their forever homes, so early drop-offs were initiated.) Besides sharing a few cute puppy photos with…

We can’t fire him, so how do we inspire him?

We have an employee who is always convinced he’s right. It’s so fundamental to his personality that he refuses to take direction

We can’t fire him, so how do we inspire him?Faith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

Five signs you have a victim mentality and how to escape

Don’t let yourself sit and wallow in your thoughts

Five signs you have a victim mentality and how to escapeDo you often feel helpless or believe the world is out to get you? Do people often mention they think you’re cynical or pessimistic? It’s certainly possible you have what’s referred to as a victim mentality. A victim mentality is a learned mental state in which you blame others for your problems and absolve yourself…

Attention-seeking behaviour is dysfunctional, toxic

If you see yourself in any of the following common examples, it’s time to make a change

Attention-seeking behaviour is dysfunctional, toxicFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

How successful people start their day

How successful people start their day

How successful people start their dayWouldn’t it feel great to start your day motivated and organized? You’d know what you were doing, that everything was sorted, and you’d feel brilliant. Surprisingly, it wouldn’t take much to get a great start every day. You just need to create a morning routine that motivates and organizes you for success – every day.…

How to avoid burnout when you work from home

Remember to keep your personal and work lives separate

How to avoid burnout when you work from homeFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

How to stay positive and move forward when things are tough

Just because your life isn’t perfect right now doesn’t mean it will be like this forever

How to stay positive and move forward when things are toughAre you having financial troubles? Perhaps you’re going through a divorce? Does it feel like your life is falling apart? Don’t despair! A positive attitude can go a long way toward creating happiness. Everyone has problems at some point. Over 12.5 million work days were lost in the United Kingdom alone in 2017 due to…

Is there a right or wrong way to grieve?

No matter how you’re moving through grief, it’s right for you

Is there a right or wrong way to grieve?Faith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

Ending a friendship can be painful but is sometimes necessary

Be honest and tell them the friendship no longer serves you. But do more than send a text or email

Ending a friendship can be painful but is sometimes necessaryFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

Five constructive ways to deal with problems, negativity

Talk to a trusted friend, begin a new hobby, exercise, seek professional help, meditate

Five constructive ways to deal with problems, negativityFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

How to be a better communicator and ease conflict

When you’re an excellent communicator, people understand you, everything runs more efficiently and you more often get what you want

How to be a better communicator and ease conflictFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…
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