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21
jul

Get ‘er done! The Procrastination Proposition

Procrastination

“Get ‘er done! The Procrastination Proposition”

Procrastination, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is the deferment or avoidance of an action or task and is often linked to perfectionism… For the person procrastinating, this may result in stress, a sense of guilt, the loss of productivity, the creation of crisis, and the chagrin of others for not fulfilling one’s responsibilities or commitments. While it is normal for individuals to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning.

07
jul

How Your Teens Can Still Score a Great Job This Summer

Summer Job Tips for Teens

How Your Teens Can Still Score a Great Job This Summer

It’s only one week into July and I am wondering if  your teens are already driving you crazy. I have gathered some great tips on how your teens can find a job this summer. I went to Beth Kobliner for some advice on teens and money. Here are five tips to give your teen so he or she can score a summer job.

01
jul
0

Living in the In-Between: Finding Your New Rhythm

Living in the In-between

Living in the In-Between: Finding Your New Rhythm

According to Cy Wakman, here are four signs that you may be a change agent in the making, and finding your new rhythm.

17
jun
0

12 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy When You Haven’t Slept

Boost Your Energy

12 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy When You Haven’t Slept

Thanks to Oprah.com for these awesome ‘energizing tips’. Statistics tell us that over 50% of North Americans are suffering from various degrees of insomnia.  And because most of us are burning the candle at both ends being busy and up to our asses in alligators, I felt we needed some solid advice on how to stay energized without burning out our adrenal glands.  So here’s to an awesome day that will lead to an amazing sleep tonight.

10
jun

21 Simple Ways to Reduce Water Consumption

Conserve Water

21 Simple Ways to Reduce Water Consumption Today

1. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you. 2. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water. 3. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.

02
jun
0

Are You Comfortable Standing in your Own Skin?

Vanity Fair - Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner, Formerly Bruce, Introduces Herself in Vanity Fair

This is the headline that is topping the charts this week, and I’m curious, why we, and that includes me, are so fascinated by Caitlyn’s new stage in her life. So lets talk about how each of us can literally get more comfortable standing in our own skin. Comfort in our skin, is a goal, I have been searching after for most of my adult life.   As a female, I have always been a ‘middle’ as my youngest would call it. I’m not brilliant, and I’m not dumb either. I’m not tall nor short, I was never skinny and I now know what it’s like being very overweight. Other than when I’m on stage, I am actually kind of quiet. I like moving just under the radar. I act out, because that is what people think I am like. I can honestly say that for the past 30 years, on every New Years eve, my only goal was to feel comfortable in my own skin, and as I approach my 55th birthday, I am not quite there yet. I am getting closer though. Perhaps it’s age, perhaps I have proven myself in my career, as a mom and as a partner but it’s an internal conversation that I keep having. One of my biggest goals when I walked the 800+ kms across Spain on the Camino de Santiago last March was to hopefully like myself more when I finished. And I did while I was walking, but as soon as my feet hit the ground back in Canada, she (the voice in my head) was back. And that pissed me off. Feeling comfortable in our own skin is not about numbers or size. It’s a sense we have about ourselves. I used to ask my students, “if you could describe yourself in two colors, one for the inner you and one for the outer you, what would they be?” Now it’s not some much about what colors you choose as to what those colors represent to you. For example when I first started my career, my inner color has always been a fluorescent array of colors. My outer color back then would have been navy. And most likely in a suit. I didn’t want my colleagues to know how much fun I was or how much fun I was having on the weekends. So I kept up the image. So lets just stop for a moment and realize how much energy it takes to keep up an image that is not true. The sooner we can be ourselves, the sooner we can start to save the energy you are spending, trying to be something that you are not, and put it towards some bigger and better things that will actually have a positive affect on the planet. I probably stayed these colors well into my speaking career. I have been told more than once, that I may want to ‘tone down’ my behavior when I’m off the stage. It might help me in my career. I’m not kidding. I was also told by my old Recreation Association that the only reason they had not taken me seriously as a speaker, was because they remembered I was always the one who started the Congo dance line at the annual conventions. To which I responded; “So we are in the ‘creating fun business right’ but I’m too much fun?” Now that made no sense to me. I am currently in the “helping people create a better life business” but if I look like I am the life of the party, then I can’t be taken seriously. Needless to say, I don’t care about that anymore. I have not worn a suit on stage in 12 years, I hate them.  I had a colleague ask me at a speakers meeting not to long ago, “Is that what you wore on stage today with 680 Police Leaders in the Audience?”   “Yes in deed,” I responded. So back to the question. As we ponder what it must be like for Caitlyn Jenner to move forward in her life, from 60+ years of pain to comfort, it must feel flipp’n amazing. I know I am inspired by her strength, courage and grace.   So take a note out of Caitlyn Jenner’s play book and here’s to a week of standing very comfortable in your own skin. Linda, still not wearing a suit, Edgecombe Comments and thoughts welcome. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

28
may
0

5 Truths why making changes scares the shit out of us. And 4 secrets to get us through any change in life and work.

shutterstock_111462035 I interviewed 1200 people on why we avoid change, even when it will get us to where we want to be. Immediately, I noticed a trend. Here are the top 5 reason we avoid change. Question: “If you could make a change today that you know would move you towards what you REALLY want, what keeps you from making it?” 1. Fear. Not knowing or being able to control the outcome, keep me from making changes. 2. I don’t have time. My life is too full right now to even think about making more changes. (I am living in a world of clutter) 3. I over-think and need to plan before I make any changes. ie; FEAR in not being able to control the outcome. They may all fall into your reasons why change is not your favorite experience either. In case you were wondering, money and relationships came in fourth and fifth as reasons why most people don’t move on changes they know they should. As you can see, according to the Busy Audit, we’re allowing fear to rule our lives. One thing we do know is that most of us on the “busy treadmill” will say that our base level of general happiness is lacking or even nonexistent. And yet, we keep filling our lives with fear and worry, without consciously knowing that it’s this clutter in our heads that is keeping us from finding happiness. But once I really looked into these top reasons most of us don’t change, one thing became really clear – we are fearful of not knowing what the outcome will be and will I be able to control how the outcome looks and most importantly feels. According to Fear expert Susan Jeffers in “Feel the Fear and do it Anyways”, Susan says that the bottom line, big reason why we don’t move on what we really want in our lives is “We don’t think we will be able to HANDLE IT.” That’s it. But here’s a big secret, you already have Handled Everything that’s ever come down the line for you. You can and will handle anything that comes your way. So once we realize we can handle everything that happens to us, what have we got to fear? NOTHING! So where to from here? 4 Secrets to get us through any change in life and work. 1. Just DECIDE you want to do it. Make a decision already. My mom’s favorite saying was; “Shit or get off the pot!” Do something already. That’s why I titled my book “Shift or get off the pot” 2. Understand that the power is in the pen, handwrite on paper, what the change is you are going to make. Then tell someone. Post the change somewhere you can see it for a week, next to your computer. Allow your friends or colleagues or family in on what you want to change, they will help you get there. And let the magic begin. 3. Actually take a few steps towards the change and let physics take over. Inertia will move you along the change, but you need to get the ball rolling literally first. 4. Understand that there is a cycle to change, everyone goes through all the stages of change, some go quicker and some need more time. Change cyle (edgecombe) And once you’ve given one change a try,  you will notice you have more courage and confidence to take on the next changes you want to make. You see, you don’t get courage before you go to try something new, you get courage after you’ve tried it. Confidence does not come to you before you take a risk, confidence comes after you’ve walked into the risk. So to quote the egg producers of America, “Get Crackin” I’d love to hear what risks and changes you are making right now. Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

23
mar
0

7 Ways to Heal a Busy Brain and the Human Attached to it

IF 7 Ways to Heal a Busy Brain and the Human Attached to it | Self-imposed Busyness is literally making us sick.

Most of the time, we manufacture urgency in hopes that it will create urgency in others. Instead, it only creates anxiety, resentment and spite. This is absolutely counter-productive. And even in the cases where the urgency is real, it’s often due to a packed schedule that we created.

All of this made me wonder:

Why would grown adults, with a brain and two opposable thumbs, decide to voluntarily create stress in his life? 

I found the answer, and it’s not pretty.

Number one:  We get our Egos stroked for being busy.  You get to hear “How do you do it?”  or “Wow, that’s amazing”  or even better,  “Poor You!”  

But even more revealing and sad:

Number two: We are afraid of ourselves.

In North America, we are defined by what we do. Our careers. What we produce. It’s the first question asked at parties, and often the first tidbit of information we share with strangers. The implication is that if I am not busy doing something, I am somehow less than. Not worthy. Or at least worth less than those who are producing something.

Now, before you start to think this is just one persons opinion,  in a recent study published in the Journal of Science.  In one experiment, participants were left alone in a room for up to 15 minutes. When asked whether they liked the alone time, over half reported disliking it.

In subsequent studies, participants were given an electric shock, and then asked if they would pay money to avoid being shocked again. Not surprisingly, most said they would trade money to avoid pain. However, when these same people were left alone in a room for 15 minutes, nearly half chose to self-administer an electric shock rather than sit alone with their thoughts.

You read that right.

So think about this.  We don’t know how to just “Be”, combined with our Egos being stroked by all the feedback we get because we have so much going on.  We are truly missing out on the peace and beauty that lies within ourselves.  I have said this before; we need to Disconnect to Re-engage.   I wrote in “Self Care Tips for highly Stressful Times” the critical tips to start today.

1.  First decide you want to change the pace of your life.  

For some of us, the pace at which we live, serves us, we get great feedback, it keeps our egos on track and feel,  that we are doing what social norms require us to do.

2.  Eat right for your brain.

You already know this, so start with adding one great brain food to your day.  Whole grains, oily fish, blueberries, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, and broccoli.

Tune-up your brain chemistry with supplements, B vitamins are essential.

3.  Take a deep breath

Yes, we all breathe without even thinking about it. However, we all mostly don’t breathe properly. Deep breathing helps in the better delivery of oxygen to your body’s cells, along with nutrients in your blood stream. As well, it helps in the process of carrying away toxins via your lymphatic system. If you do not detoxify properly, which proper breathing does, you become susceptible to weight gain, muscle loss, inflammation, and yes, fatigue! Try it out, take a couple of deep breaths, you will automatically feel better, and more awake instantly.

4.  Drink water

If you aren’t drinking plenty of water by now, you should! This may be the reason why you are feeling tired. Juice, soft drinks and the likes aren’t what you should be consuming if you are tired. You see, dehydration reduces the blood volume, which creates fatigue.

5.  Get up and move!

Sometimes our fatigue is caused by inertia. Especially when you have to work at a computer or sitting at a desk all day. Movement, any type of movement is exercise! Moving your body creates an increased blood flow, which in return increases your energy and defeats fatigue.

6.  Listen to music

Whenever it’s too quiet, we tend to get bored very easily. Being bored leads to fatigue. So turn up the radio, or pull out your iPod and start listening to your favorite tunes.

7.  Laugh a little or even more better,  A LOT!

Laughter has a lot of benefits, such as releasing higher levels of endorphins, which make you feel better. This also sweeps away any feelings of being tired. As a matter of fact, recent studies have shown that even the anticipation of laughter increases endorphin levels.

Share this with anyone you know who needs to create more “just being” spaces in their life.  Let me know what you do to give your brain a break and re-energize yourself.

Linda Edgecombe, CSP
Motivational Speaker
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