A New Year’s Resolution

Or what a recent car accident has taught me. A car accident (fortunately with no injuries involved) comes with a lot of emotions and feelings. Psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying” referred to 5 stages of grief when faced with unexpected losses, such as a terminal illness. Those stages are:Continue reading “A New Year’s Resolution”

What To Know When Embarking On A First Management Experience

Getting a managerial or leadership role is exciting and at the same time a little bit daunting. Chances are also that you are starting such role without anyone taking your hand to get you acquainted with the ABCs of management. Management is one of those areas where the expectation is that you will figure thingsContinue reading “What To Know When Embarking On A First Management Experience”

The Misapprehension Of Pain and Discomfort

No one likes pain, discomfort or suffering. Why would we, anyway? Indeed, from the moment we set foot in our life journeys, we are taught to seek and find happiness and comfort. Any situation that would lead to the opposite is to be avoided or short lived. Such philosophy of life is in fact engrainedContinue reading “The Misapprehension Of Pain and Discomfort”

Turning Goal-Setting Into A Lifestyle

Thomas Edison once said “if we did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves”. Goal-setting is among one of the most misunderstood practices in the area of personal development. From not having any goals to looking at goal-setting as an annual one-time or an on-and-off practice, we tend to fail to graspContinue reading “Turning Goal-Setting Into A Lifestyle”

On The Other Side Of Fear

Fear is pervasive. Michel de Montaigne, a French Renaissance statesman and writer noted about 500 years ago: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”  Indeed, studies show that up to 95% of what we worry about in life never happens. At times, fear sneaks on us, like a naggingContinue reading “On The Other Side Of Fear”

Life After The Lockdowns

What a ride 2020 has been! Across many countries, we are slowly transitioning to some levels of normality with the hopes that the peaks of COVID-19 contagion are behind us. First days into the suddenly changed reality, it felt like COVID-19 was calling us to press the reset button. A few months into it, itContinue reading “Life After The Lockdowns”

How To Change A Negative Habit

As complex human beings, the way we act or think is influenced by many variables such as our environment, DNA, uprising,…At times, consciously or unconsciously, we are caught in patterns of negative emotions or behaviors that impact us at home, work or in our relationships. Norman Vincent Peale referred to negative thinking as fertilizing weeds;Continue reading “How To Change A Negative Habit”

A Letter On Graduation Day

Graduations are an exciting milestone – an official culmination and recognition of the academic efforts, while a stepping stone to the future. A painter could paint this day as a wide expanse of green valleys, with lots of colorful butterflies and mountain peaks in the horizon, valleys and sky uniting in the far edges ofContinue reading “A Letter On Graduation Day”

How To Build Resilience

Oftentimes resilience is built in the trenches of life. You went through something really hard or painful, and, with or without crutches, you have made it through alive. It might be something you wished it didn’t happen, or that no one should ever have to go through. Or there are the occasional crises and obstacles,Continue reading “How To Build Resilience”

How To Ace An Interview

To set the right expectations, acing an interview requires preparation in terms of verbal presentation, identifying why you might be the best fit for the position and communicating persuasively on such conviction. Whatever or wherever you are interviewing for, start with the belief that you can make your mark in the process if you showContinue reading “How To Ace An Interview”