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Multipotenialites Rejoice! The Path to Success Doesn’t Require Specialization

Your path to success must adapt to how you’re wired. You CAN pursue your many passions if you learn to channel your energy into all of them coherently.Everyone wants to be on the path to success. It’s exhilarating that we each get to identify what success means for ourselves, and then we get to create the path we travel to get there. That means we have endless possibilities. And if you’re like me, you’re excited to try all of them! But that can lead to problems…

Unless we’re independently wealthy, we need to make a living to support ourselves. So that brings us crashing back to earth. We have to narrow our focus and specialize or master one craft/job/skill, so we become indispensable and in demand for life, right? That’s what we’ve been told.

If, at this point, you’re feeling a bit frustrated, keep reading, because this article will break wide open that stereotypical way of thinking about the path to success.

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Have Your Strengths Become Your Weaknesses? Time to Use This Secret Weapon!

Your strengths become your weaknesses when you mindlessly hold onto behaviors, even good behaviors, that don’t match or help the situation you’re in.This may startle you, but many of the excellent behaviors that help women rise in their field will eventually become the behaviors that keep them from further advancement. How can that be? When can excellent behaviors hold you back? Have your strengths become your weaknesses — how can you determine that?  And then what can you do about it?

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Nurturing Yourself Stimulates the Power that Makes Good Things Happen

A committed practice of nurturing yourself, honoring your own needs, makes you better able to honor others and can transform your world on every level.Usually, we face January with the resolve to “do better this year”. Yet, that’s starting from a very judgmental and negative space, isn’t it? What if, instead of setting lofty goals this year, we work on cultivating a more robust base on which we can build healthy systems for life? Imagine setting the intention of “nurturing yourself” as your only goal knowing that doing this will bring real improvement to all areas of life.

Making a commitment to deeply care for yourself and to engage in daily practices that come from a place of compassion, love, tenderness, and gratitude is a very unselfish thing to do. A committed practice to uplifting and honoring your own needs makes you better able to honor others. When you embrace the power of nurturing your heart, your world can be transformed at every level.

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How Trauma Survivors’ Hypervigilance Can Be Eased Through Mindful Noticing

Trauma survivors hypervigilance occurs when the brain works overtime to keep you safe after a traumatic event but you can calm it through mindfulness.Because many of my clients have experienced trauma survivors’ hypervigilance, a question often comes up: “Maria, how do I distinguish between a deliberate and mindful noticing that you encourage and the hyper-alert response that I’m having from my trauma? Can a practice of mindfulness help me calm my hypervigilance? I mean I’m already noticing every little thing! How can mindfully noticing more help me?” 

These are great questions! I hope this article gives you some answers and strategies you can start using today to calm hypervigilance.

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What’s the Best Way to Achieve Your Goals? Take Baby Steps!

 If you want to achieve your goals yet you keep getting stuck, try this easy, proven process of breaking the big goal down into the smallest baby steps.Are you feeling stuck? Perhaps you have big dreams, but  you’re like many of my clients who say, “Maria, I don’t know how to do it!” “I just can’t make myself get started.” “I want to, but I keep getting in my own way.”  What’s the thing that keeps you stuck so that you can’t achieve your goals? Procrastination? Perfectionism? Lack of confidence? Whatever the cause, the one thing that reliably works EVERY SINGLE TIME, for EVERYONE is taking baby steps. When you break anything you want to achieve into the smallest steps possible, you can do it! 

Even when we’re not talking about closed-end goals, like losing 10 pounds or giving a public talk, baby steps work. (A closed-end goal has a final destination, i.e., lose 10 pounds and the goal ends. An open-ended goal is open to change and may apply to multiple areas of life, i.e., becoming more secure. It’s not a destination. It’s a direction.)  Yes! Baby steps can even help you change your inner person.

So if you’ve ever asked, “How do I become more secure?” “How do I become more productive?” “How do I become less anxious?” This article will show you how to break these big concepts into smaller, actionable tasks.

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