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To listen you must be silent…

Tuesday November 2, 2021 comments

To listen you must be silent…

To listen you must be silent… I heard this on a conference call attended by business coaches today. The two words are anagrams of each other (meaning they’re spelled with the same letters but create different words). LISTEN rearranged is SILENT. How many of us are actually good at being silent? Silence is REALLY hard for a lot of us. In sales, experts tell you that the first person to speak will lose the negotiation. But in relationships, I believe the first person to speak wins – especially if the person speaking is a teen... Read More


What if?

By: Clarissa Constantine Wednesday March 3, 2021 comments

What if?

‘What if?’ This is, without question, one of my favorite questions. Or not favorite questions, depending on whether I have to use it myself. There are two thoughts that show up for me relative to this question. First, what I call ‘The “What If” Spiral.’ Whenever anxiety kicks in and I start what-if-ing myself, the what-ifs are NEVER positive. It’s never like, what if I win the lottery? Or, what if I find the best parking spot ever? Nope, instead, it’s negative…what if my husband gets mad at me? Or, what if I... Read More


RAISING CONFIDENT KIDS, ONE THOUGHT AT A TIME

Friday April 10, 2020 comments Tags: Jen Lebo

RAISING CONFIDENT KIDS, ONE THOUGHT AT A TIME

I always promised myself that I’d never use 'that' type of language around my kids. You know the words I’m talking about: diet, losing weight, being fat, not being thin enough, good enough, smart enough,… enough. I was going to do it differently than my mom did. I was going to teach my kids that they need never diet, that they were beautiful and amazing, and that they deserved to love themselves. Self-worth. Yeah, self-worth was what I was going to teach them. But then one day, my youngest son came to me in tears. He... Read More



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