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  • Aug 24, 2015

    Challenge Your Default

    We are all creatures of habit. The challenge is to create habits of thought and behavior that fuel our success and happiness, not stifle it. Indulge me for just a moment before reading further. Just cross your arms and once you have, uncross them and re-cross

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  • Jul 30, 2015

    Forgive Yourself. It's Cheaper Than Therapy.

    If you've never backed your car into a garage door, then I can highly recommend against it. However having done just that earlier this week, I can tell you that beating yourself does little to help. My latest blog & home-cooked video message (complete with

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  • May 19, 2015

    Avoiding Change? Making Changes That Stick

    Change is never easy, even change for the better. It’s why so many people choose to stay in jobs they loathe, in relationships that chip away at their self-confidence or sticking to habits that rob years from their life, rather than embrace the uneasiness, uncertainty

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  • May 13, 2015

    Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks

    After a whirlwind book/speaking tour of the USA, it’s great to be home in Australia and over my jet-lag (sort of). As busy as my trip was, it was incredibly rewarding speak at the United Nations Foundation and at several other events including my first

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  • May 07, 2015

    Take The Train The Brave Challenge

    I’ve made it a focus of my life to teach others how to be braver. Courage and bravery aren’t fixed qualities about yourself that can’t be changed. Much like building muscle, you can learn to have more courage and build your “bravery muscles.” Just imagine

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  • Apr 15, 2015

    Stop Being So Hard On Yourself

    Last night I tried to bake some traditional Aussie ANZAC biscuits (a.k.a. ‘cookies’) only to get distracted on email (again) and burning them (again). Needless to say, my kids could give you a long list of my shortcomings as a mother and my failings as

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  • Mar 31, 2015

    A Reflection: Five Years Since My Brother’s Death

    It’s five years today since my brother Peter died. Five years of life he never got to live. Five years of milestones and experiencing the many things that make life worth living. And for those of us he left behind, five years of sitting with our

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  • Dec 21, 2014

    A Christmas Reflection: On a week, and year, that's wrenched at the heart

    It's Christmas time again. As my years on earth grow, so too do they seem to pass faster. As a child, it seemed to be an eternity between each birthday or Christmas and yet now, they roll around with a swiftness that makes me realize how

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  • Dec 08, 2014

    Got a "Story" that's limiting you? 4 steps to rewriting it!

    Growing up my dad would often jokingly call me ‘bumble foot.’ By high school I had labeled myself as a bona-fide “non-athlete” and during school athletic carnivals, would only enter the walking race, too intimidated by the ‘real’ athletes to line up against them in

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  • Nov 24, 2014

    Gratitude is Powerful. Not just in good times; at all times.

    It’s Thanksgiving week, at least for all US readers, so I thought I’d pen a few thoughts on gratitude to mark this special holiday. My dad often says he feels like the richest man in the world. It always makes me smile because, having been

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  • Oct 21, 2014

    Fear is not less contagious than Ebola

    There’s no doubt that the Ebola virus is deadly. It has buried thousands of helpless victims in the western region of Africa and challenged the world’s best health specialists in how best to contain its spread. News of the tragic death of the first US

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  • Aug 26, 2014

    Mother Courage: Learning a new 'Brand of Brave' as my son spreads his wings

    So early this morning I kissed my sixteen-year-old son Lachlan goodbye. He has left our nest; he has spread his wings. Despite steeling myself for months for this moment, it didn’t lessen the wrench on my heart as I waved him goodbye. I am not

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  • Jun 01, 2014

    Are you making yourself miserable? What you focus on expands!

    I have to confess that I’ve been a bit ‘emotional’ lately. I usually share my ups and downs in my blog and newsletters but in this case, I haven’t.  Quite honestly, it’s all been a bit too close to my heart to wrap any words

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  • May 22, 2014

    Beyond Facebook: Why it's important to share our struggles, not just status updates

    I've had a head cold for this week, and while I haven't been bed ridden,  my energy's been low. So last night, at 7 o'clock, after rustling together dinner for the family I was on the fence about whether to head out for a dinner

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  • Mar 25, 2014

    Do you care too much about what others think?

    As someone whose livelihood depends on people thinking well of me, I’m very conscious of what people might think about me. Will people like what I write or say? Will they think I’m too opinionated or that I harp on too much about being courageous?

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  • Feb 28, 2014

    Mental Illness: Extend compassion, not judgement

    As I awoke this morning I remembered it was my brother Peter's birthday. He would have been 35 today. The last time I spoke to him was on his 31st birthday… four years ago today. I remember trying to call him. I was at home

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