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  • Dec 08, 2015

    Sit With Your Sadness

    It seems like every day that something pops up on my news-feed telling me how to 'think myself happy.' It's become a cultural preoccupation. But the illusion that we can live with a permanent smiley face does sadness a big disservice. Because while sadness and grief aren't 'fun' emotions, they're essential to living whole, healthy and

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  • Oct 11, 2015

    Stop Comparing! It's A Race You'll Never Win!

    Growing up my mum always told me, "Margaret Mary, never compare yourself to others. It makes you either vain or bitter." It was good advice but, like all good advice, far easier said than done. Let’s face most of we mere mortals can be a

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  • Oct 01, 2015

    The Power Of Daily Rituals

    I’ve clocked up a lot of air miles over the last six months and stayed in more hotel rooms than I care to count. I didn’t plan it that way but I’ve had some amazing opportunities (like the chance to spend a week with Richard Branson) that

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  • Sep 14, 2015

    Need To Call It Quits?

    I recall once holding on to a pair shoes that made my feet ache every time I wore them for no other reason than I paid a lot for them. In hindsight, it was pretty stupid. I only remember thinking, “I need to get my

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  • Sep 02, 2015

    Deep Roots, Strong Wings.

    “Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You are the bows from which your children as

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  • Aug 31, 2015

    Resilience: Build "Muscles For Life"

    Albert Einstein once said that our problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking at which they were created. It’s a powerful quote because, let’s face it, life is one long stream of “problems.” And in our increasingly uncertain and pressure-laden lives, building

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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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