Soul-Satisfied & Florishing

By Susan Siegmund | For women entrepreneurs and leaders who want to flourish and feel soul-satisfied in their work, career and life

Nothing to fear: How to find courage when you need it most

Last week, I led a workshop for 20 top female executives from around the world. We worked on the issues that are holding them back at work, as well as the things that are keeping them from enjoying the lives they’ve worked so hard to create. Not surprisingly, there are many structural and cultural …

Self-improvement

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started

The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would …

Mindfulness

52 Firsts In 52 Weeks: My Year Of Living Dangerously

Would you call asking people to throw pies in your face, getting your first tattoo, cutting your hair off, and packing your bags for a faraway continent a midlife crisis? If so, I'm having one.<p>I turned 52 in April. On my birthday, I ate escargot for the first time. A few weeks later, I learned to …

Middle Age

How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds.<p>Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called …

Happiness

LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit

Over the past few years, meditation has evolved from an of-the-moment fad to a legitimate health craze, as research has linked the practice to everything from improved cardiovascular health to cognitive benefits. Science has even shown that mindfulness meditation can affect gene expression.<p>While …

Mindfulness

I'm Using These 3 Simple Steps to Actually Stick with Good Habits

I have been trying a new strategy for building habits and it is working incredibly well. This strategy is remarkably easy and it is governed by three simple rules.<p>First I'll tell you the three rules. Then, I'll explain how I'm using this strategy and offer some other examples of how you can put …

Productivity

Meditation Techniques: How To Get Started On Mind Relaxation

We could all use a little more calm in our lives. Work is busy, traffic is hectic, the weekends just fly by. Meditation can be one way to get that — …

Practice Patience

In a recent study, people were asked to choose between winning a small prize immediately and larger prizes they would have to wait several weeks to …

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Is Information Overload Disorder Keeping You From Your True Purpose?

“This is it,” you think to yourself.<p>All of your past experiences, failures, triumphs, moments of confusion and misdirection now seem to coalesce …

Information Overload

Set the Tone for Your Meditations with an Intention

Beginning a meditation is a bit different than beginning any other daily habit. For instance, if you were to go for a jog, all you need to do is put …

Meditation

Stop Waiting on Your Dream: Take Tiny Steps to Make “Someday” Now

<b>“The beautiful things about setbacks is they introduce us to our strengths.” ~Robin Sharma</b><p>It was morning, March 2009. My alarm announced another …

Happiness

How to Figure Out What You Want Out of Life

Most of us have a fuzzy idea of what we want now, today, and maybe even this month. However, we struggle to answer the bigger question: What do I really want out of life?<p><b>When I ask my clients this question, I usually get a few types of answers:</b><p>• Silence or "I don't know"<p>• A fuzzy version of what …

Happiness

How to Get Out of Your Own Way on the Path to Success

Are you the biggest obstacle to your success? Here are five tips on how to stop the self-sabotage.<p>Over the years, I have heard many excuses for people not getting the success they want or believe they deserve from an opportunity. I have been known to use a few myself here and there.<p><i>"The opportunity</i> …

Self-improvement

Feng Shui Your Desk: The Cheater's Guide

Design your workspace to get more done. Here are six ways to beat back the clutter on the cheap.<p>Arrange my desk for better work harmony? What, you mean, bring order to the piles of charging cables, papers, books, and maybe that plate from lunch yesterday?<p>I'm no feng shui expert but I recently …

Productivity

Embrace Silence

"I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own room."—Blaise Pascal<p>A …

Native Americans

20 Calming or Invigorating Mini Meditations You Can Practice Every Day

No matter how hectic or stressful our days are, whether we’re sitting at our desks or waiting in line, we have the opportunity to pause and adjust …

Meditation

6 Ways to Make Your Breaks Truly Refreshing

A raft of research shows frequent breaks boost productivity. Here are six fun ways to reset in just 20 minutes or less.<p>These days, we’re all suffering from an epidemic of busyness. Unless you’re compelled by a lifelong habit (like, say, smoking) to get up from your desk, breaks can be the first …

Productivity

How to Thrive and Create Joy at Work

<b>Is it about flexible working, table tennis in the office, sleep pods or being transparent about salaries? How should businesses and entrepreneurs ensure the wellbeing and happiness of the people they work with?</b><p>"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives" said American author Annie …

The Workplace

How To Ditch Multitasking For Better Productivity

<i>By Katie Golde</i><p>Quick reality check: We live in a busy world where a million things are happening at once. For many of us, multitasking is a way to keep up with the flow and feel like we're not getting left behind. From checking email at brunch with friends to finishing a status report during a staff …

Productivity

"Make Yourself Happy So When Others Look at You They Become Happy Too"

Today is the United Nation's International Day of Happiness. It's a great time to reflect on our own happiness—but also how that affects others.<p>The …

FIVE STEPS TO USING MINDFULNESS TO CALM YOUR DAY

<i>Mindfulness is the new black. It is an effective mental technique, borrowed from the two thousand year old Buddhist contemplative practice and</i> …

Mindfulness

10 Things to Give Up Right Now If You Want to Be Happy

As spring kicks in, seasons change and sometimes habits do as well. I started a personal fear cleanse and completely overhauled my life, starting with removing thought patterns, people and habits that no longer serve me. The results have been tremendous. I have lost weight, gained self-confidence …

Happiness

27 Things You Need To Know About Happiness

We all have different ideas of how to achieve total bliss. For some it's in the company of loved ones, for others it's following their passions -- but is there more to it when it comes to the bigger picture of happiness?<p>It turns out there are a lot of factors that can affect whether you're sporting …

Happiness

10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs called it, for instance, "more powerful than intellect." But however we put it into words, we all, well, <i>intuitively</i> know just what it is.<p>Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling -- that …

Mindfulness

8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By Modern Science

The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn't mean old-world intellectuals got <i>everything</i> wrong. In fact, in recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven …

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