Quick Note: When You Know Better, Do Better

Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Perfection can be the enemy of good, great, or excellent. When you mess up, recognize your mistake, fix what you can, and move on. And try to avoid making the same mistake again. Don’t worry that…

Quick Note: Do the Scary Thing

Life can be full of icky, uncomfortable, and demoralizing—but necessary–activities that fill us with dread. Being an adult means having to face things that are unpleasant or downright scary: Scheduling a dental checkup after a couple of years away Having that difficult conversation to end a relationship  Organizing paperwork for tax season Tackling a household…

Hate New Year’s Resolutions? Try a Different Approach

Another year has arrived, and you might be thinking of making a change. Want to lose weight? Considering giving Dry January a try? The new year often reminds us of changes we want to complete. Therefore, making a New Year’s resolution might seem like the logical thing to do. However, does the idea make you groan? Do…

Quick Note: Don’t Wait Until You’re Ready

If you’re telling yourself that you’ll act when you’re ready, you’ll be waiting forever. There’s no perfectly convenient time to get out of your joy-crushing situation. If you keep waiting for the time when you’ll be really ready, you’ll remain stuck. Perhaps you’re worried that you don’t have every potential contingency figured out. While it’s essential to plan…

Quick Note: Take Time to Zone Out

When you’re staring down a problem and can’t seem to move beyond it, purposefully zone out. If you let your mind wander, you might stumble upon a solution. Research suggests that mentally pulling away can boost your creativity. You can also pull yourself away from the immediate task and focus on something else. That problem will…