How to Pursue Excellence Like an Olympian

This summer has been filled with observing excellence, almost every day. It was awesome! I was definitely sad to see the Olympics come to a close. (Although I’m glad to actually be getting to bed at a reasonable hour now…) While watching the coverage every night, I found myself paying close attention to these amazingly…

Business Lessons I Learned as a Theater Major

So, I usually talk about my psychology background as most of my professional career has been in that arena. It may be hard to believe, but I started at a very different spot. When I talk about how I became a therapist, I often start with the phrase: “I wanted to be a movie star…

You Have to “Network.” No Excuses!!

Why Networking is a Critical Best Practice for Helping Professionals So many people HATE networking. Especially helping professionals, in my experience. Many helping professionals think that networking is selling or passing a million cards out and hoping they get a referral. That’s just wrong. This mindset can be very short-sighted and, potentially, dangerous. It’s time…

Self-Reflection (from the archives)

The process of understanding yourself can be challenging.  Sometimes we aren’t honest with ourselves.  Sometimes we don’t see the whole picture.  Sometimes we see exactly what is there, but fight against it.  That being said, it is important to do your best.  Only when you know what makes yourself tick, will you be able to…

Perfectionism and other excuses (from the archives)

There are so many excuses that keep us from moving forward: “I want to make sure it is just right,” or “I need more time to develop skills,” or “The timing isn’t quite right.”  These excuses hide our fear of change and of stepping outside our comfort zone.  We try to protect ourselves against all possible negative outcomes before…

Mentorship part 2: Wearing the shoes others would like to fill (from the archives)

Okay, so here are my thoughts on the other side of the mentorship equation: being a mentor.  As you know, I believe seeking mentors is extremely important when you are making your way up.  What about when you have made it (or at least made it part way)?  How do you give back?   Finding and supporting mentees…

Mentorship part 1: Finding footsteps to follow (from the archives)

This week, someone asked me an interesting question: “What if you don’t need any more mentors?”  That was a tough question for me because I find huge value in mentorship.  I love finding great mentors and, in turn, being the best mentor I can.  I cannot imagine my life without mentors or mentees.  These relationships…