Wednesday, July 24, 2019

It’s Summer! Are you Hot Under the Collar?

Hot Under the CollarI think we can all agree that the weather has been a bit unusual in many parts of the country this year. It’s July, and some people are wondering if they will ever be able to put away their sweaters and winter coats. But many others are experiencing the summer heat with higher than average temperatures.

Extremes in the weather can have an effect on your physical and mental health, your attitude and your temper. This can lead to a greater level of stress, fatigue and irritability. Some of the factors to consider as you endure the hot days are:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Simple Self-Care Advice for Improving Your Head-to-Toe Health

Simple Self-Care AdviceToday’s guest blog post is written by Kimberly Hayes, and I’m confident you will find her simple self-care advice to be informative and highly beneficial. – Dr. Todd

Doctors, personal trainers, life coaches, and the like can be helpful to all of us who try to live a healthy life. At the end of the day, however, we are responsible for our own well-being. That’s why taking steps each day to better our head-to-toe health is so important. If you’re looking to develop a lifestyle that fosters your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, here is some simple self-care advice to put you on the right track:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Power of Habit

HabitWe have heard it countless times: “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got.” The reason this phrase is so applicable to life is that it speaks to the fact that the habits we develop will drive the direction of every area of our lives. Good habits lead up toward success and satisfaction. Bad habits lead to problems and frustration.

My work with clients often involves helping them understand and apply the power of habit. The ability to develop desirable behavior patterns such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, managing finances, using good communication, etc., all require the knowledge associated with building solid habits.

I have posted this “poem” before, but we all need to be reminded of the power we can harness to improve our lives, so let’s take another look:

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ingredients for Life

Every day I meet with men and women who express their dissatisfaction with life in one way or another.  Many are experiencing emotional pain associated with depression and anxiety as well as relationship challenges.  Others talk about a growing frustration with not feeling fulfilled – not having a sense of purpose or meaning.  Still others disclose that they are unable to get control of an unhealthy or self-defeating pattern of behavior.

These people often have one major factor in common – they are starving.  Their malnutrition may have nothing to do with food, but they are missing some of the most critical ingredients of life.  So let’s take a few moments to talk about what I have found to be the essential ingredients we all need to include in our daily “diet” in order to be healthy and feel fulfilled.  In other words, the keys to nourishing your body, mind, heart and spirit in such a way as to fully maximize your life satisfaction.

Most of the people I know are dissatisfied with life in large part because they are in the habit of living by default instead of on purpose.  Living by default typically involves doing in the moment what you “feel like” doing rather than what may be in your best interest.  It’s like chowing down several pieces of a supreme pizza before it dawns on you that you are stuffed and feeling guilty because you were going to start eating healthier.  It may have smelled tantalizing, but that doesn’t mean you had to give in and ultimately disappoint yourself.

In order to experience the most satisfying life possible you must begin with a commitment to being mindful of how you will spend every 24-hour day you are given to live.

Most of us think our day

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Wisdom of a Champion – Coach John Wooden

Last Friday we lost one of the most successful and beloved coaches of all time.  John Wooden, UCLA’s legendary basketball coach, died at the age of 99 – just four months short of his 100th birthday.

In his 40 years of coaching high school and college basketball, Coach Wooden had 885 wins and only 203 losses.  His UCLA Bruins still hold the NCAA record for winning 88 straight games from 1971 to 1974.  He also led the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 National Championships.

John Wooden will not only be remembered for his success on the basketball court, but for his success in life.  Several years ago I read John Wooden’s autobiography and was greatly impressed by his insights on leadership and success. This week I will share some of Coach Wooden’s legendary teachings on living, working and relating well.

John Wooden is probably best known for the principles he taught his teams over the years known as the “Pyramid of Success”.  Wooden wrote in his book, “After much reflection, trial and error, and some soul searching, I choose 15 fundamental values as blocks for my Pyramid of Success.  I believe they are prerequisites for a leader and an organization whose goal is to perform at the highest level of which they are capable.”  Here is the first tier, the foundation, of Mr. Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success”.

Whether you are leading your family, a sports team or a team of professionals at work, these fundamentals of success can help you achieve the highest levels of performance.

First Tier of the “Pyramid of Success”

INDUSTRIOUSNESS – There is “no substitute for old-fashioned work” according to Wooden.  “Without it crops aren’t planted, corn won’t grow, hay isn’t harvested. You perish.”

ENTHUSIASM – “You must be enthusiastic if you are to stimulate others.