“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” - President Rutherford B. Hayes I am sure you have heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: Everyone was a beginner at one point. Take a second to consider this again and then apply it to something new that you are learning right now. Perhaps you are learning a new skill to propel you to your next role at work, a new exercise routine to hit your fitness goals, or a new marketing tool to grow . . .
The end of a year can bring with it a lot of mixed emotions. It can be a great time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments, cultivate gratitude and set new goals for the new year ahead. However, I don’t know about you - but the end of the year can also be a time when self-criticism can take hold, as I think about all of the things I haven't accomplished this year. To avoid jumping on the self-criticism bandwagon, the end of the year is . . .
When I first started to write again, a flood of negative thoughts came into my head. “You don't have anything interesting or unique to say” and “ you're too old to start writing now.” You know that voice? That mean, evil-spirited voice that gets in the way of enjoyment, creativity and action. Oh yes, everyone has experienced this critical voice at one time or another. This is the voice of the inner critic. This voice gets in the way of . . .