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Posts by Patricia C. Brooks

Anything is Possible

I learned anything is possible, during a radio segment called “Second Date”. The two morning show hosts autopsy a first date that did not result in a second one. The goal of the “Second Date” segment is to see what went wrong and if after hearing an explanation the couple would like to go on…

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My Way or the Highway

Being open to different approaches is a powerful way to live. It comes from the recognition that there is not merely one way to accomplish anything.  The ability to be open starts when you detach from how things have to be in your life for you to be happy, successful, respected.  Only then can you…

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” I often hear these words in the voices of my mother and father, when I’m considering doing something that might upset my current circumstances.  It has been a guiding force in my life, meant to protect me, but more and more these days this…

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Put an End to Constant Firefighting

When employees are forced to place all of their time and attention on fixing what has just blown up or gone off the rails, that’s called firefighting.  While there are some people who get a boost from the adrenaline rush these “fires” can create, extended periods of firefighting with one urgent situation after another (and…

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What’s your next right move?

Sometimes in life, we do things, quite unintentionally, that cause us to struggle.  We buy a house that seemed to fit the bill only to realize soon after moving in, it wasn’t the right one or we continue to date someone we know isn’t right for us long after we have this epiphany, in order…

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Should I or Shouldn’t I?

I woke up today thinking about freedom.  An image of a hawk flying effortlessly, high in the sky, came to mind. At that moment I felt light, joyful, and free. Freedom isn’t a value that has always been top of mind for me, not until recently. Lately I make decisions by weighing two things–the amount…

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What makes you tick? Inheritance?

Why do we do the things we do? To feel safe?  To have an experience that will benefit us in some way? Because that thing is easy?  Because that thing is hard?   These are all motivations for our actions, but they don’t explain the irrational things we do or are attracted to doing. I had…

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Eight Reasons People Don’t Meet Their Goals

Several weeks ago I went to an entrepreneurial workshop.  It was part of a membership program I’d signed up for in 2015.  At the workshop, I saw several new faces and a handful of regulars.  What I noticed about the regulars was that they seemed to be marking time.  They were in the same place…

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Out with the Old Year, In with the New

What is so special about the closing of a year and the start of a new one?  Nothing, really. A year is a neat packet of time. Twelve months. Fifty-two weeks. Three hundred sixty-five days. Eight thousand seven hundred sixty hours. We’ve lifted this packet up, though, and made it special with annual grand celebrations…

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