3 Easy Ways to Improve Any Relationship

So often in life we struggle with having harmony in our relationships.  More than once I have found myself arguing with people only to realize later how unnecessary the argument truly was. I found myself getting defensive, irritated, assuming the worst about other people’s intentions towards me. I was creating an enemy out people who probably were only trying to help me solve a common problem, or do the best they could under the circumstances. Unfortunately, I let my fear get the best of me and I didn’t take the time to see the bigger picture. These situations happen in every kind of environment, at work, with friends, loved ones, and even strangers.  So I began to ask myself how to avoid the stress of these types of relationship difficulties, because I found they were creating stress, tension, and unhappiness in my life. I came up with the following answers I would like to share with you. Also, as I am always looking for more ways to improve my relationships I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below. 1. Try to Understand Where the Other Person is Coming From This is one of the best ways to … Continue reading

How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure and Face It Head On

So many times in life we are afraid to try something new, go after what we really want, and expose ourselves to failure and rejection. So often we find ourselves plagued by fear and afraid to put ourselves out there.  Lately, I have been confronting this issue.  I have been in the process of launching a new endeavor and find that as I put myself out into the world in a new way, old thoughts creep in. Up until recently I have been a theatre director and so at times like these I tend to reach for theatre analogies.  The whole process of creating something and then sending it out into the world is familiar to me.  This experience reminds me of opening night.  Prior to opening night I have been creating in a cocoon, my struggles have been behind the sacred walls of the rehearsal room.  It hasn’t been easy, sometimes it has been messy, sometimes miraculous, but through it all it has been shielded from outside eyes.  Finally opening night comes and it is time to draw back the curtain. As I sit at the back of the darkened theatre I wait desperately for that first laugh, a … Continue reading

10 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

New Years comes around and we make a pact with ourselves to improve our lives, end bad habits, and commit to long neglected goals. But two weeks later all our good intentions seem to always fall by the wayside and we wind up feeling guilty, defeated, and frustrated at our inability to make our new years resolutions stick. Here are some great tips that might help you stay on track and turn that short term goal into long term results. Let me know what you have done that has worked in the comments below. Start Small This is one of the most important things you can do.  So often we make a long list of everything we want to change and quickly get overwhelmed when we try and accomplish it all. It is key to find one pressing thing that you feel would be enjoyable for you to do and focus only on it.  For example if you are going to go on a diet, pick one aspect like don’t eat sugar, or eat less, or eat more vegetables.  Instead of radically changing everything at once. If you change to much, or put too many things on your plate, you … Continue reading