Author name: Carrie

Professional Coach and Facilitator

Are You Waiting Until You’re Comfortable?

Think about a problem, a question, a desired change, a toleration, or an unmade decision you’ve had in your life for a long time. (Hint: if you feel that nagging “UGH—still stuck!” feeling when you think of it, you’re on the right track.)

If you know in your head, heart, and gut what your next tiny or huge step or steps should be—if you have been contemplating forward movement for a long time, but not committing to action—ask yourself this powerful question: …

On Not Liking Yourself Very Much Lately

Do you feel not-so-crazy-about-yourself these days?

Are you seeing yourself acting again and again in a way that doesn’t line up with who or how you want to be?

When you start to recognize that it’s been a while since you felt good about yourself—like, since you thought, for the most part, yeah, I’m pretty great!—here’s a powerful turnaround for you: …

I Don’t Have Time: What Are You Making More Important Than the Most Important Things in Your Life?

Do you often tell yourself you’ll “figure out” the important stuff as soon as you have time?

Every night as you go to bed, you think about how you want to change your career, or improve a relationship, or start a project.

You may even get feverishly excited with ideas—and then those ideas have to wait until tomorrow.

Or next week.

Or next year.

Or whenever you have time.

Or money.

Or energy.

Because after all, you have A Lot To Do.

You don’t have All The Money In The World.

You only have So Much Energy.

So naturally, the steps you need to take to get on purpose and on your path get shuffled to the bottom of the to-do list. …

Do This Before You Make Your New Year’s Resolutions…

Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions, but most people don’t take the time to reflect on the year that has passed.

As a new year begins, we’re often in such a hurry to “fix” ourselves and our lives that we don’t stop to take stock of the year that’s ending.

Often, we just make last year’s resolutions over again, and end up a year later in the same situation with the same goals and the same frustrations.

When you hurry ahead into a new year without looking back, you’re likely to miss out on reaping the benefits of the previous year.

Here’s a tool that will help you harvest the learning and “gold” from the year that’s drawing to a close.

Happy New Year!

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Hey, thirtysomething.

As we launch into another holiday season*, I’m thinking of you.

Panicking that your career is not where you want it to be.

Panicking that your relationships, or lack of relationships, will never change.

You may even feel guilt on top of the panic: after all, you are so blessed, and you are supposed to be grateful.

Are You Bringing Your A Game? (a Super-Simple Strategy to Get More Done)

Do you have the feeling that you could be accomplishing soooo much more than you are?

I had a day like that recently.

I did some important things—had an awesome foundation session with a new client, Skyped with my mom (we are determined not to fall out of touch!), and completed some writing…but I still felt a little underwhelmed with my productivity.

Looking back on the day, I knew that some potential had slipped through my fingers.

So I woke up the next day determined to GSD*.

I used a strategy that I think might help you too. …

Reset Yourself

Last night, a friend and I sat in a bar drinking a beer, watching the Taney Dragons give their all in the Little League World Series with a bunch of other proud Philadelphians (including two dogs!), and catching up.

As we shared the joys, challenges, and amusements of our respective summers, our conversation wandered to what can be described as overload moments—moments when you find yourself in a state of physical, mental, and/or emotional overwhelm or depletion.

Overload moments can emerge when you push yourself really hard for days on end, or when you’re surprised with a sudden emotional punch to the gut. (A communication snafu. A professional disappointment. A loss. A failure to live up to your own standards or values.) They can build gradually or sneak up on you all at once. …