Welcome to Finding The Gift!™

Welcome and may your gifts be many!
(Hint: they already are.)

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Finding the Gift is about discovering what is already wonderful, inside us and around us.

Hello! My name is Angela Howell and I’ve been on a personal journey of Finding the Gift™­ in my own life since I was a teenager … a LONG time! I’m still on the journey and my hope is to connect with you by sharing what I’ve learned so far, and what I continue to learn. This is our virtual community where you can share your own insights with me and each other, by commenting on my posts or by contacting me directly. Look for the orange sign-up box to be notified of updates. Just for joining the FTG community, I will send you my free eBook, Ten Secrets to Finding the Gift!

Many of my insights come through unlikely metaphors in nature and other life lessons, and those will be found in my blog posts and my new book, Finding the Gift: Daily Meditations for Mindfulness. Be sure to check out the FTG Book page, where you can learn more about my book and see what readers are saying!

Come on in and make yourself at home. I am excited to see what gifts you discover while you’re here and what gifts you’ve brought to share. Open eyes get more gifts to open. Cheers to us both Finding the Gift™ today!

Ordinary life is fascinating when viewed with extraordinary perspective.


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Help For Eating Disorders

If you or someone you care about is suffering from an eating disorder or showing concerning behavior around food, exercise or body image, these are two great organizations offering resources and more information:

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
Call the toll-free, confidential Helpline, Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (EST)


Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee
Mission: “To offer hope, help and support to all who are impacted by eating disorders and disordered eating.”

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My Blog Has Moved!

Hey FTG Friends! If you haven’t already, please visit me at my main website www.AngelaHowell.com! My blog has been moved and you’ll find lots of cool new stuff! See you there!

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Six Lessons from Baby Birds

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Tis the season for nests and baby birds everywhere! We were fortunate when a finch family nested in the floral arrangement hanging on our front storm door. We had first row seats to all the action, and the lessons were abundant. I also had an encounter with a baby mockingbird who took a premature fall, but allowed me to help him find his wings. He taught me a valuable truth along with the finch family.

Be Expectant

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The mama and papa finch didn’t just sit around wishing, hoping and praying to one day have a big family. They were expectant! They spent hours bringing one twig or one leaf at a time to build a nest for their family. We can’t know if they had doubts, but they took action and did their part to set themselves up for success. After their preparation was complete, they carefully laid their eggs and watched over them with great attention. Their part was done and it was time to trust, surrender and wait.

It’s easy to have big goals, but sometimes more difficult to take small, daily steps to bring them to fruition. Imagine if the mama and papa finch waited until the babies were here and then tried to quickly build a nest? It doesn’t work that way. We have to step out in faith, do the footwork and then trust our hard work will pay off.

Bonus lesson: surrender. How good are most of us at surrendering once we’ve taken the necessary steps toward realizing our plans? Often I’ll do the legwork, but then I want to keep pushing, trying to make everything happen according to my vision and my time frame. Patience is a virtue that does not come easily to me! I am continuing to learn when to take action and when to let go of the outcome and allow circumstances to unfold more naturally.

Challenge a Fearful Mindset

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I could open the front door carefully and peek through the crack to see the mama and papa finch sitting in their nest. Usually the mama would be sitting on the eggs and the papa would be standing guard on the edge of the nest. Hearing the door squeak open, the papa finch would take off and the mama finch would sit up on high alert waiting to see if she was in danger. Whenever I opened the door all the way, she flew off until she felt it was safe to return.

Once born, it wasn’t long before the babies adopted their mom’s behavior. When they were big enough, I could open the door slightly and suddenly see them sitting up attentively. They didn’t have any of their own life experience yet—this fear was learned. In fact they weren’t in any real danger because I had no intent to harm them. Yet they adopted their mothers fear and made it their own, without question.

How many adopted fears are we acting out on every day and we don’t even know why? Maybe there’s nothing to fear at all? Certainly intuition and experience give us reason to exercise caution, but some of our adopted behaviors and beliefs may need to be challenged for truth.

Follow Those Who Have Gone Before


The baby finches seem to get bigger every day. On the day when all the baby birds would leave the nest for good, my husband said he could see the mama and papa finch flying around with a little trail of birds following them before leading the family back to the nest. A training exercise I guess? He’s not certain that’s what he saw but it sure sounds good.

Why do we try to do everything by ourselves when there are plenty of people who have gone before us and are willing to show us how they did it and what they learned? Utilize parents, mentors, coaches—those who are a little further down the path than us—to shortcut our path to success. Learn from their mistakes so we don’t have to make as many. Allow them to show us how it’s done and be grateful to one day pay it forward to someone coming up behind you.

Trust in Perfect Timing

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Out of five baby birds, I was able to witness four of them flying away. The first two went together and the others left one at a time, when they were ready. Every single time, we could hear their family coaxing them, but discomfort played a role too as they were challenged by my opening the door to watch. The first two hopped up on the edge, looked ahead and looked behind. I could almost see their hesitation confronted by their confidence, thinking, “This is supposed to work.” In no time, they both jumped and found their wings. The next baby bird was just as hesitant. He took off with less courage and sort of flitted to the ground below. He hopped around two or three times and then flew right up into the tree in front of our home, joining his family eagerly awaiting him. I looked at the last two babies and told them, “No shame. When you’re ready, you will know it. Take your time.”

Everybody has their own time frame, and we must follow that even if our friends and family don’t understand our reasoning. I didn’t see the second to the last finch baby leave, and the next time I checked there was one bird left. I had been upstairs painting and could hear the mama finch chirping incessantly. I finally went downstairs to see what was going on and found that only one bird remained. I could tell she was desperately loved and they wanted her to join them and see what the world was like. I told her she was wonderful and special and that when she was ready, she would do great. As I was trying to take her picture, I guess she realized her time had come. In response, she got up on the edge and after a moment’s hesitation, she jumped. She flew briefly and landed in the grass a few feet away. In less than ten seconds, she was airborne again and flew up to meet her family in the evergreen tree.

No one can tell us when it’s our time—our time to start, to stop, or to change. We alone must make the decision and then give ourselves to our choice wholeheartedly. We instinctively know when it’s time and we don’t have to let fear or doubt stand in the way.

Ask for Help

A few days ago, I found a baby mockingbird hopping around in my backyard chirping steadily. I could hear his family answering back in a nearby tree. I found remnants of a nest that had fallen and this little one must not have been quite ready to fly. Inside a small box, I packed dried grass and twigs and placed the fallen nest on top. Climbing up on a ladder, I nestled the box inside the crook of a tree and nailed it securely in place. The baby bird stood by watching me until it was time for me to catch him and transport him back up into the tree. He was not at all happy when I tried to pick him up. Using a large cup, I was able to scoop him inside and release him into the nest, only to have him jump right back out, fall eight feet and land squawking on the ground again. I cringed and told him to please let me help him!

I tried it again and this time the baby bird stayed put. He stood on the edge of his new home and chirped back and forth with his family. After watching for a while to make sure he was okay, I left. Hours later, I returned to find he was gone from the nest and nowhere to be found. My husband said he needed the height I gave him in order to learn how to fly. Taking off for the first time from the ground was too difficult and by placing him up high, he had room to jump and learn how to use his wings. For some reason, the name ‘Gary’ was written on the side of the box so we refer to him now as Gary. I like to believe I saved this baby mockingbird and gave him a second chance.

We all need help from time to time and there’s shame in asking for it or receiving it. We need each other. One day it might be me who needs help, and tomorrow it may be you. We can be here for each other and do what we can when life throws our friends an unexpected curve.

Let Them Go

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I think about Gary and the finch family often. Two years ago, our only son left for college. While it took some getting used to, my husband and I had adjusted to living alone. Now after assisting a mocking bird baby find flight, and having cheered on a family of finches over the last month, sadly we are empty nesters again—literally! I feel a piece of my heart is gone. I keep checking the front floral arrangement for the finches but it remains empty. I had hoped they would come back and spend the night, at least the first few nights, but my finch family hasn’t returned. We see finches in the front yard and say hello. When I see mockingbirds flying around, I like to believe one of them is Gary, living life to the fullest. I have to let them go.

If we have to hold tight to something, it’s not really ours anyway and we will limit their full development. Life is a lot like fishing: catch, love and release; catch, love and release. As Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, “Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” I always thought Shakespeare said this and was fascinated to read the real story behind this poem by Tennyson after losing his best friend unexpectedly. While it’s difficult when life brings transition to relationships, with intention we can count it all joy and be grateful for what we have, while we have it.

Until next time, may your gifts be abundant!

P.S. If you have a Finding the Gift story, I want to hear it and so does the rest of our FTG community! Please post a comment or send me a message through my contact Angela tab. Not an FTG member? Look for the orange box to the right and sign up! I’ll send you a free eBook immediately, Ten Secrets to Finding the Gift! (Depending on your device, you may need to scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

P.P.S. Do you have your own copy yet? Find out why Finding the Gift has been featured in the Sunday Tennessean as high as #2, as part of the top ten best-selling books locally. Shop awesome booksellers like BookManBookWoman and Parnassus, or you can find it on Amazon.

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Huffington Post and Everyday Power

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Woop! Woop! I hope you are Finding the Gift today! Big news: I am excited to be the newest contributor to Huffington Post! As of this writing, I’ve had two articles published which I invite you to please read and leave your comments for me so they will keep me on board a while (hint! hint!).

Huffington Post articles (author summary page here):
A few other recently published articles on Everyday Power (author summary page here):

Are We Kindred Spirits?
If anything I write helps you, challenges you, inspires you, or if you have encouragement to share on the topic, I want to know! Please leave a comment here or on the actual article page and let’s talk about it! We’re in this together.

Cheers to your gifts and the many gifts you bring to others!

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The Ups and Downs of Finding the Gift

Hello FTG Friends,

As my good friend Todd Cecil would say, I hope you all are smiling wherever you are in the world today!

Ups and Downs Are Guaranteed and Necessary

This week has had some wonderful developments and yet, has also been exceptionally challenging on a personal level. Have you ever felt like dancing on the table to celebrate with ecstatic joy, yet simultaneously felt the impulse to open the floodgates of grief and pain and give the floor (or bed) a good soaking? Well, this week I’ve done both.

I’m not at liberty to discuss either situation but the point is I honored my internal experience, both my joy and my pain. I recognize that life is life and we are going to have ups and downs, and on some days we will have both! Time promises change and my goal is to remain as present as possible in every circumstance.

Nothing lasts forever, the pain or the joy, and I’ve learned to give thanks for the contrast which makes it possible to really appreciate all of life’s gifts.

Huffington Post

What else?! I’ve also enjoyed a wonderful visit from my college roommate recently and managed to do some guest blogging as well. Thanks to an amazing connection, I am excited to be the newest contributor to Huffington Post! Please visit my home page on their website any time to see what I’m sharing with the world. You can also subscribe to the feed to be notified of new content immediately. Already I’ve had two articles published which I invite you to please read and leave your comments for me so they keep me on board a while.
To go straight to my Huffington Post articles, just click the title:
A few other recently published articles:

Maybe I’ll see you at one of my upcoming speaking events:

April 27 Hendersonville Rotary
April 28 Nashville Breakfast Club
May 17 Gallatin Morning Rotary
June 2 Hendersonville Key to the City Luncheon
July 19 Private book club
July 22 Women in Business for the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce

I have several other speaking engagements in the works. If your group isn’t listed, let’s change that! You can find more information here.

New content is being added all the time at Finding the Gift! Your voice is always wanted and welcomed in the comments. We are a community! Let us hear from you! If you didn’t already, check out the awesome new video book trailer for Finding the Gift: Daily Meditations for Mindfulness!

As always, I am incredibly grateful for each one of you. Thank you for connecting and may your gifts be many! (Hint: they already are!)



PS. Woop Woop!!! Go Trent Harmon! I am a happy American Idol fan but La’Porsha deserved it too.

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How to Stop Seeing Life as a Victim

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glass half empty, victim, glass half full

Half empty? Half full? Or maybe someone forgot to pour you a glass?

My past involved a lot of chaos and trauma and more than once, I’ve been a victim of unfortunate circumstance. However, I’ve come to realize that my suffering isn’t that much different than anyone else’s. We all have obstacles to overcome and we all know people who have been hurt more than us. At times I wanted to believe my pain was greater, but I’ve been challenged to embrace the notion that suffering is ordinary. Still, I frequently find myself facing a choice between victim thinking versus empowered thinking. How I choose to see my life carries far greater weight than reality itself.

“We could spend weeks, months, even years … trying to change our attitudes and behaviors and not even begin to approach the phenomenon of change that occurs spontaneously when we see things differently.” —Stephen R. Covey, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”

Perspective vs Reality

It might be easier if perspective and reality were the same thing but they’re not. One situation can be viewed multiple ways by multiple people, as well as by the same person. Perception dominates reality every time.  I think when the consequences of feeling like a victim are negative enough, we’re forced to adopt a different mindset.

What does victim thinking produce in my life?

  • Hurt feelings (perceived negative emotions)
  • Perceptions of abandonment
  • Perceptions of rejection
  • Perceptions of loneliness

Do you see the trend? They’re all perceptions. I choose to feel hurt. I allow myself to feel abandoned and neglected. Someone may reject me, but I decide to feel rejected and maybe even unloved and unlovable. I might take on a feeling of shame. If I indulge the bad emotions long enough, I may even progress to feeling hopeless. In victim thinking, I believe the world will never be a safe place to let down my guard. Rarely do I feel happy, because there’s no room for happiness under the umbrella of victim thinking.

It’s time for a huge disclaimer. I am not saying don’t feel your feelings. We must feel our feelings or we will have to work very hard to keep them buried and repressed with substance and process addictions, or other means of escape.

Feelings are real, but not necessarily indicative of reality.

We need to honor our feelings and acknowledge the wounded parts of ourselves. The tricky part is not allowing our feelings to overshadow our reality and dominate all our thoughts.

Bad things happen. Horrendous things happen. I understand and have walked through my share of them. Still, I decide what story to replay in my head about the negative things in life. I can choose to stay stuck in a bad story, or I can choose to accept and forgive. I can even explore how to be grateful for what I’ve learned in tough situations and foster appreciation for the person each of those encounters has allowed me to become. With acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude, I can decide to move on so the person, place or situation doesn’t hold me captive any longer.

When I decide to see myself as an overcomer, I am choosing to stand on several powerful truths:

  • I am enough.
  • I choose how to experience my life and the circumstances that happen(ed).
  • I choose how to embrace each day.
  • I choose not to indulge my own arrogance, thinking everything that happens is being done to me personally.

Ouch that last one hurts, but it’s true. Arrogance doesn’t just mean I think I’m better than other people. It simply suggests inflated self-importance, such as making up in my head that “this” happened and “they” did it to me on purpose. I might embellish the story even further and say it happened because I wasn’t good enough or because I said the wrong thing. To me, these thoughts are the essence of victim thinking. It’s warping everything that happens around me to make it about me. Again and again and again.

Victim thinking is an addiction to feeling bad about my life and about myself.

The opposite is choosing to walk through my life moment by moment, knowing everyone is doing the best they can—including me. If I choose to stay in victim thinking today, so be it. Maybe that’s the best I can do today. Perhaps I need another day of experiencing what it’s like to live as a victim. It takes what it takes and when I’ve had enough, I’ll gain the willingness to make other choices.

Empowering beliefs when we’re ready to move on …

For today,

  • I choose to believe I’m not as important in everyone else’s world as I sometimes think I am.
  • I choose to believe that most of the things that happen today are not going to be personal.
  • I choose to not give away my peace for pennies, but instead to guard my self-worth, self-esteem, and daily serenity.
  • I will adopt beliefs that nurture my well-being, instead of painful or self-limiting thoughts.

Today I choose to see myself as a competent adult—an equal in the world of adults. I surrender the feeling of being a child who continues to experience terrible things. I must be willing to grow up and step into my adult shoes, while nurturing those wounded, childlike parts of me.

I have to acknowledge my pain but I don’t have to relive it every day.

Too often we set ourselves up for circumstances in our present lives that resemble how we were hurt in the past. Life has a funny way of showing us reruns. The names and places may be different but the obstacles seem to have the same theme. The same troublesome boss, coworker or neighbor seems to be everywhere we go. Life is handing us a gift! It’s giving us the opportunity to make different choices or to view what’s happening from a different perspective. When we finally get the lesson, that particular rerun stops playing and we progress to the next opportunity for growth.

I must become willing to be happy and content.

If I want to stop victim thinking, I must gain willingness to end my addiction to feeling bad. Instead, I become willing to love myself and validate my wounds, yet with my adult voice, speak the truth into my life and into my mind.

Powerful truths

Our subconscious minds believe whatever we tell them. If you doubt that’s true, try an experiment. Say a few of these declarations out loud. I like to call them powerful truths:

  • I am in charge of my life today.
  • I get to decide how I feel today.
  • I feel great today and I am excited about my ability to make good choices.
  • Today I am powerful enough to show up in the world as a strong, brilliant beautiful soul— no better than and no worse than anyone else here.
  • Today I realize that I will do my best and so will everyone else around me.
  • Today I will not feel sorry for myself but I will give thanks in everything, for the blessings and the lessons. Both are working for my good.

How did that feel? My subconscious likes powerful truths a whole lot better than the other chatter that too often runs on autopilot in my mind—chatter that only beats me down and makes me think I’m constantly swimming upstream.


Not living like a victim is a choice, one we get to make one day or one moment at a time. Hopefully more days than not, we will surrender our need to feel bad. This only perpetuates how we felt about ourselves and our lives as a result of circumstances in the past. Those situations are long gone. We are the only ones keeping ourselves down, continuing to suffer.

When we can embrace that suffering is ordinary, and that no matter what we’ve been through, there are people who have been through that and worse, then we can be free. If we have built our identities around trauma and pain, that’s all we know. Of course it only makes sense we want to hang onto them—until life becomes too miserable.

Ask yourself, “Am I ready to move on? Am I ready to embrace a life of wholeness and wellness?”

The choice is mine. The choice is yours. For today, let’s choose to be free and let some joy in. Let’s focus on how we can be a blessing to others. When I’m so focused on what people are doing to me, how can I focus on being kind and loving to others? Once again, arrogance is playing the same old tune: it’s all about me. I think we need a new song!

Please join me in letting go of victim thinking today. Let’s do a random act of kindness for someone else and enjoy how nice that feels. Let’s feed our subconscious minds several powerful truths, allowing hope and joy to seep into the hurt places. Let’s take one behavior that seems to perpetuate feeling bad and today, try something new. Let’s choose to see ourselves as survivors instead of victims. Survivors are very strong, empowered people. Let’s embrace our true identities today—they’ve been buried long enough.

P.S. If you have a Finding the Gift story, I want to hear it and so does the rest of our FTG community! Please send me a message through my contact Angela tab. Not an FTG member? Look for the orange box to the right and sign up! I’ll send you a free eBook immediately, Ten Secrets to Finding the Gift! (Depending on your device, you may need to scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

P.P.S. Do you have your own copy yet? Find out why Finding the Gift has been featured in the Sunday Tennessean five weeks in a row, as part of the top ten best-selling books. Shop awesome booksellers like BookManBookWoman and Parnassus, or you can find it on Amazon.

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What You Never Knew About Eating Disorders and Suicide

Recently I was interviewed by an editor at Cosmo regarding my past battles with an eating disorder. Following significant trauma and the divorce of my parents at age eight, I decided I wanted to be thin more than anything else in the world. Sadly, I already was.

A preoccupation with my body and my weight steadily increased every year and I began to feel guilty about my food intake. With an athletic build, I felt huge as a fifth grader. I remember weighing a “whopping” eighty pounds while other girls my age seemed to be so much thinner. At thirteen, while pursuing a career in modeling, I began to regularly starve, over exercise, binge and purge.

Age 9

Age 14

Anorexia is the most deadly mental illness and the statistics are staggering, according to an article on WebMD:

“Anorexia is the most lethal psychiatric disorder, carrying a sixfold increased risk of death—four times the death risk from major depression. The odds are even worse for people first diagnosed with anorexia in their 20s. They have 18 times the death risk of healthy people their age, according to an analysis of the medical literature by Jon Arcelus, MD, PhD, of the University of Leicester, England, and colleagues.”

Suicidal side effects

The editor of the story was particularly interested in understanding the link between suicide. How often did feeling a sense of not belonging for those suffering from an eating disorder tend to allow suicidal thoughts to creep in?

Outside of the physical consequences of eating disorders, hopelessness often leads to despair. It did in my case. After two failed treatment stays, twelve weeks the first time and eight weeks the second time, I had concluded there was no hope for me. Since purging was a regular part of my disease and because of the progression of my physical symptoms, I knew I would die by a toilet, if hopelessness didn’t get me first.

I’m so grateful a tiny voice inside my head kept whispering hope, which propelled me to give in-patient treatment one more try.

Click here to read the full Cosmo article, also syndicated to Yahoo News.

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Five Amazing TED Talks That Will Transform Your Thinking, Part One

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TED talks, Angela Howell, finding the gift

What follows is an excerpt from my article recently published on Everyday Power Blog. Full article here.

TED Talks are Miracle Grow for the body, mind and soul! They are cutting edge philosophy, psychology, science and insight, among many other wonderful “ideas worth sharing.” The very first TED Talks were posted online in July, 2006 and continue to serve as a phenomenal resource for seekers like us who are striving to make ourselves and this world a better place.

I never run out of curiosity, or the need to grow into someone I like more than the day before. As a teenager, I had two choices. I could cave and let hard situations and obstacles drive the essence of me deep into the ground, where not even a flicker of light existed. The alternative was to start asking questions, to seek understanding and greater insight, and to let myself learn from events that might otherwise keep me in dark places.

I searched for answers in books on spirituality, religion, relationships, psychology and all other things self-help. I attended seminars, twelve-step groups, webinars, and creative circles to untangle the beliefs I learned early—beliefs and philosophies that no longer served me. Eventually I discovered TED Talks, which continue to disclose the answers I seek.

Whether you’re new to TED or an avid fan, the following TED Talks are a must-watch and worth repeating. I had a difficult time narrowing down my favorites, so these five are the first batch, with more to follow.

Click here to read the rest of the article and get the links to my first five favorite TED talks.

Please leave your comments on the article page for me and tell me which of these five you loved most! Cheers to all of us Finding the Gift™!

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Even Dogs Are “Finding the Gift”

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I just had to post this precious photo of shop dog Bear from Parnassus Books in Nashville. Apparently he’s been sneak-reading my book under the table! It’s okay, Bear. All smart dogs practice mindfulness!

Many of the metaphors that inspired each daily reading in Finding the Gift came from dogs, cats, birds and bunnies. It’s no wonder Bear loves it! Read on!

If you need a copy for yourself, or for your pet, please visit Parnassus Books in person or online! Cheers to us all Finding the Gift!

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Why We Procrastinate and the Payoffs of Avoidance

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procrastination, avoidance, perfectionism, fear of letting go, fear of success, fear of failure

I have been asked to develop this topic for Everyday Power Blog, a trusted source for inspiration and motivation. In doing so, I uncovered FIVE (5) KEY PAYOFFS  for avoidance and the fears attached. Good news—there’s a way to tip the scale!
Read all the way through to see which of these may be hidden reasons you’re holding yourself back, and then give the exercises at the end a try. Cheers to you Finding the Gift in Procrastination and Avoidance!

“Why do I feel an urge to do something else whenever I start doing something important? What steps can I take to move forward?”

We are asking the wrong question, and I’m as guilty as anyone. It’s not, “Why do I put off the things I really want or need to do?” The real question we have to ask ourselves is, “What’s the pay-off I enjoy by avoiding doing what I say is important?” Our answers may vary but see if any (or all!) of these apply:

  • I get to stay comfortable.
  • I get to stay anxious.
  • I get to protect my dream.
  • I get to avoid making a decision.
  • I get to stay small.

Click here to read more about each avoidance payoff and how to work your way through procrastination. Please leave your comments on the article page for me!


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8 Tips to Avoid Career Burnout and Learn to Love Your Job Again

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Check out this great article by Bethany Ramos. She asked me to collaborate with her on taking a deeper look at career burnout for SheKnows.com. Click here for full article.

Most people would say to avoid career burnout you need to develop outside hobbies, take regular vacations and unplug regularly. Those are all great strategies and very needed, but it’s good to be aware of the deeper reasons some of us are more prone to career burnout than others. Thankfully, there are many great ways to proactively get back to loving your job and your life.

Be sure to read the full article and all eight tips to see if you’re in danger for an impending burnout. Here’s a teaser to get you started!

Article excerpt:

5. Pat yourself on the back

Beyond these best-practice tips that you can use to keep your career organized and interesting, Angela Howell, speaker and author of Finding the Gift: Daily Meditations for Mindfulness, believes that a simple change in perspective may be one of the most effective ways to thwart job dissatisfaction. Howell explains that many people struggle with being a workaholic because they are looking for external recognition, while true job satisfaction can only be found in learning to give yourself the internal validation you seek. “I have struggled with being a workaholic for much of my life. I was a very successful, 12-year corporate sales rep, and I definitely experienced burnout because my entire life revolved around my career. I was so driven for external recognition that I let everything else slide, like my relationships, hobbies and health,” says Howell.

She continues, “When I focus on my own sense of accomplishment and can learn to give myself the praise I need, I am less critically dependent on getting my sense of worth at work. I can allow myself to have a life and live from a more balanced place, nurturing all the parts of me that exist beyond my career. I work to live instead of live to work.”

Click here for full article.



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