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…

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 kind even in the worst circumstances – and why it matters

Know what you can control and what you can’t, understand that anger doesn't help and always opt for kindness as the best option

How to be kind even in the worst circumstances – and why it mattersIt might surprise you to hear that being kind isn’t just good for the other person, it’s good for you too! Skeptical? There’s good scientific evidence that living up to the adage of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you is one of the best things you can do for yourself.…

What you need to do after a relationship ends

Start with a firm resolution to pick yourself up, along with several actions to rebuild the damaged parts of your life

What you need to do after a relationship endsFaith 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…

Fake it until you make it: How your self-image impacts your performance

You have to believe in yourself

Fake it until you make it: How your self-image impacts your performanceBelieve it or not, your performance is limited. However, the limitations on what you can with your life, your job or your sport are primarily defined by you and not by outside factors. Take for example Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile in 1954. He had been told – as had all athletes…

How to build emotional resilience

When we observe negative events in our lives as flexible short-term situations, we position ourselves to let the situations go sooner

How to build emotional resilienceHave you ever poured paint or bleach into a bucket of water? That’s how negativity affects our day-to-day lives. When we ruminate on situations or events that seem to be going poorly, and believe that circumstances will never improve, that negativity starts to spread and colour our entire perspective. We may once have been full…

How to navigate contentious conversations

It happens when discussions involve politics or COVID-19. It’s as if everyone has a polarizing point of view and I hesitate to speak

How to navigate contentious conversationsFaith 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 ways to say ‘No’ and why it will make you feel better

If you learn to say ‘No’ to the things you really don’t want to do or that don’t fit your needs, your life will be much richer

Five ways to say ‘No’ and why it will make you feel betterFaith 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…

Four practical ways to crush negativity and achieve success

If you tend to let negativity rule your life, you’ll never realize your dreams

Four practical ways to crush negativity and achieve successMost of us are exceptionally hard on ourselves when we consider our flaws and shortcomings. We can find ourselves easily stuck in a struggle we know can be solved but we just don’t know how to begin. We’re so afraid of failure and of getting it wrong that we let negativity crush our dreams. If…

One step at a time toward a better self, a better world

Choosing to walk instead of drive is good for your body and mind, benefits the environment and ultimately helps the economy

One step at a time toward a better self, a better worldI’ve asked myself this question every day for much of my adult life, and I now realize it’s one of the keys to my happiness and good health: Do I really need to drive to work today? I first began asking myself this question almost out of necessity when living in an overcrowded tropical city…

Three things you can do to accomplish more in less time

Life’s too short to occupy most of it with frustration and busyness. Tackle the stress by prioritizing, delegating and meditating

Three things you can do to accomplish more in less timeMany of us feel crunched for time. We have a variety of activities and tasks that seem to need our attention on a regular basis. Whether it’s getting kids to school, managing family activities, preparing meals, as well as getting our jobs done, sitting in on video meetings, or dealing with an ever-growing stream of…

Five steps to boost your motivation

It’s easy to get caught up in a sense of hopelessness and helplessness, but that won’t help you conquer the year ahead

Five steps to boost your motivationIt’s no secret that life can be tough. And there are a lot of distractions lately that can feel like they’ll prevent you from going after big dreams and big goals. Some of you may not even have set new year’s resolutions. It’s easy to get caught up in a sense of hopelessness and helplessness,…

How to increase your personal business performance

Performing at our best all the time can seem like a challenge unless we move the goal posts and focus on learning, fun and clarity

How to increase your personal business performanceThere were only three days left before I had to have the program ready for my team. I had been putting off working on the project until it seemed like the last minute. I could feel the pressure building internally and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to deliver. Working to deliver…

How to cope when you work with someone you dislike

Address any fears, let go of the anger and look for the good in the relationship

How to cope when you work with someone you dislikeFaith 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 tips to declutter your mind

Five tips to declutter your mindEvery new year, we seem to spend a bit of time on the goal of decluttering the house or the office. A year of accumulated belongings and paper just feels so burdensome. Add to that the onslaught of marketing that shows up on our social media feeds: How to be more minimalistic and why that’s…

Adapting to the new normal of constant change

Give yourself permission to freak out on your own time and then find ways to move forward

Adapting to the new normal of constant changeHumans are creatures of habit. North Americans tend to prefer their salad first but Parisians tend to prefer it last. The status quo provides comfort and familiarity. Is it any wonder that so many of us are struggling with the pace of constant change these days? When changes are exciting we rally behind them. But…

Why being wrong can be a good thing

Life is not about always being right, it's about being on good terms with others, and willing to listen and learn

Why being wrong can be a good thingOne of the great joys of being human is that we are always learning, but that often requires keeping an open mind. In fact, we often find that we're wrong – even if we don't like to be told we're wrong. This normally brings a defensive reaction from us and we become argumentative. However, if we want to…

Feel out of control? Try naming your year

Being rooted and attentive to a guiding motto, principal or goal can keep us from being distracted

Feel out of control? Try naming your yearIt was icy and the pickup truck on the road in front of me started sliding out of control as it rounded a corner on our way back from the ski hill the other day. While others in the car with me were shouting distracting instructions, in my head I could hear my father’s voice…

Six ways to deal with critical people

Yes, it has been a tough year for a lot of people but dwelling on the negative has never infused a moment with joy

Six ways to deal with critical peopleFaith 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 raise a generation of moral, courageous rebels

Personality and upbringing play a significant role in developing moral character, but certain aspects can be taught

How to raise a generation of moral, courageous rebelsThe primary goal of teaching Social Studies in British Columbia is “to give students the knowledge, skills and competencies to be active, informed citizens who are able to think critically.” We want to produce students who can think for themselves and have the moral courage to advance our society in an ethical manner. Accomplishing this…

Being ageless starts in your mind

Being ageless starts in your mindAmid increased COVID-19-related restrictions, some of you may be less enthusiastic about the Christmas holidays this year. But now more than ever, we need to find a bit of childlike delight as we navigate the final days of 2020. Why? Because being ageless starts in your mind. Everyone grows older and eventually dies; it’s just…

How to handle an adult bully

A bully has learned that their aggressive tactics grant them a feeling of power or super confidence

How to handle an adult bullyFaith 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 oft-times stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

Is it time to tell yourself a better story?

Take your time and deconstruct that unresolved story that has been holding you back from living a remarkable life; let go of the resentment

Is it time to tell yourself a better story?“Please, tell us a bit about yourself.” “Why did you leave your last job?” “What happened to that guy you were with? You seemed so great together.” Do these words fill you with dread? Is this the moment that the story you have been telling yourself about these events becomes your undoing? I am a…

Expectations shape life experience, so shape your expectations

It's amazing what people feel they can or should be able to control. Getting these assumptions wrong has major effects on our lives

Expectations shape life experience, so shape your expectationsWe can only be disappointed, shocked or delightedly surprised if we were expecting something else. When people disappoint themselves or are disappointed by others, we can ask: What exactly was the expectation? The answer tells us how the person feels their life ought to be or how they think things should go. My daughter was…

Passion is at the heart of an energetic, fulfilled life

Stop making excuses and go for it!

Passion is at the heart of an energetic, fulfilled life“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof,” says author Barbara Kingsolver. Have you ever stopped to wonder what you want…

Are leaders born or raised?

Being born with talent, riches or a good name doesn’t make you a great leader. Leadership skills can be learned if you open your mind

Are leaders born or raised?Think about the best leader you’ve ever worked for or been associated with. If you considered the qualities that make that person so fantastic as a leader, what would you say those qualities are? It might be a coach or a team member. It might be your first boss or your current boss. It could…

What are you avoiding today?

The worst outcome in many cases is much better than not dealing with what we’re avoiding

What are you avoiding today?I caught myself trying to avoid work last week. Part of my job is to make phone calls to prospective clients. As it came closer to the time I had blocked out to make the calls, I found myself getting distracted. I went through my emails, clicked on links, looked at social media and even…

The smartest things ever said about sports

Despite what Vince Lombardi said, if winning’s the only thing in sports, you’re going to be miserable a lot of the time

The smartest things ever said about sportsFrom time to time while flipping through a magazine or surfing the Internet, you’ll run across a list of Best Sports Quotes. These lists can be somewhat entertaining, as the quotes run the gamut from inspiring to funny. While glancing at one of these lists recently, I saw the Vince Lombardi quote that always seems…

Want a better business? Sleep on it

Running a business requires a lot of brain power. If a business is struggling, it takes even more mental energy. That means you need to be well-rested

Want a better business? Sleep on itLast week, I couldn’t sleep. Whether it was the new project I’m working on or the basketball team I’m coaching, my mind was spinning. I’d fall asleep immediately, but wake up at 2 or 3 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep. Wide awake, my mind was turning. I was thinking about new ideas; how…
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