The Discomfort Zone

Christopher was an intelligent 41-year-old accountant when he came to me looking to “re-brand” himself in the second half of his life. Though he had a steady, well-paying job, he longed to work as an entrepreneur. Single and attractive, he was still optimistic about meeting a romantic partner, and hopefully one day start a family. He was excited about the …

The Confidence Game

Recently I sat with a friend as we watched his nine-year-old daughter compete in a gymnastics competition. Standing only four-feet-eight inches tall, she walked straight out onto the floor after her name was called and nailed her routine. Then she returned calmly to her place on the bench with all the other gymnasts, back ramrod straight, head held high. I …

Leap of Faith

Last month, I lined up for the Boston Marathon, running on behalf of the Run For Research Team (thank you to all those who kindly donated). What amazes me is that even though I’ve run this race before and have completed dozens of other marathons in the past, still, there is always that tiny seed of doubt right before the …

Stop and Smell the Roses

I was born and raised in Roseland, where my mother still resides. Upon visiting her last week, I was reminded that the annual “Run For The Roses 5K” is scheduled for this coming weekend, an event that I hold dear to my heart. As a young girl, this was the very first race I attempted to run, and although I …

A for Effort

Last weekend, on a beautiful Spring Day, I stopped briefly to watch a scene unfold on a baseball diamond in the middle of Central Park. Two local teams faced off in a hotly contested Little League game (this is New York – everything is hotly contested!). As one young boy got up to bat, I noticed his father pacing nervously …

Going The Distance- How To Reach Your Personal “Finish Line”

When I was a sophomore at Boston College, feeling lost in a sea of J.Crew-clad students and thrown off by a breakup with my first real boyfriend, I decided to take up running. Because I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like doing things by halves (or getting dumped, for that matter), I set a goal that would answer any …

Making Friends With Terror- Overcoming Fear Of Public Speaking

There’s a joke told by Jerry Seinfeld which goes something like this: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Wait a minute, death is number two? This means that to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy!” Ever since reading …

A Machiavellian Plot For Clean Water

Along with a packed house, I recently had the privilege of hearing Peter Thum speak at Interesting Café, Clickable‘s monthly culture night. His work is a call to social activism – the idea that good business and good deeds need not be mutually exclusive. As the founder of Ethos Water, Peter Thum has generated over six million dollars to help …

Why Carrots & Sticks Don't Work Anymore

I watch The Office religiously. I adore the show for its humor and for the fact that it shines a light on the absurdity of most workplaces. Since his seminal article “Free Agent Nation” first appeared in Fast Company in 1997, I’ve also been a fan of Daniel Pink. At that time, he articulated beautifully something that many people were …

Getting Comfortable In The Discomfort Zone

I probably have more self-help genre books on my shelf than any sane person ought to. But undoubtedly, one of my long time favorites is Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway® by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D. I have recommended Susan’s work to all of my clients who have found themselves paralyzed with worry. Susan understands that fear is a part …