TGIF my friends! Thanks to the seven of you who attended my very first virtual group coaching this past Wednesday (max is 10)! (Click here for the invite, and here for my little IG post about it). I've been doing in-person group coaching for over nine years and it was great to have folks from out of the area be able to join. The main difference hosting it via Zoom was that we couldn't do hugs at the end :( I'll be offering another session most likely on August 12th so stay tuned for the announcement and please email me if you prefer a particular time/day other than Wednesdays at 5pmET.

As we enter into the fifth or six month of this unprecedented time, it's important to stop and reflect on how you have been responding and where your behaviors are coming from , as the broader pandemic that has taken root in our society is one of fear and control - which is far more powerful and pervasive than a novel and confusing microscopic pathogen. With reduced distractions and the generally slower days of summer, it's a perfect time to delve in to explore this theme and connect more deeply with yourself, hence this week's PGG.

For this week's Instagram post I offer some ways to deal with anxiety and the unknown; and this post to remind you that signs from the Universe are everywhere . For the PGG video of the week I talk about how to handle change in work and life. Looking for more direct support this month? Click here to learn more how you can work with me in August.

Lastly, if you look forward to and benefit from these weekly missives and PGG essays and want to show your gratitude, any donations for my efforts are welcomed and appreciated here: And as always, please feel free to contact me with any comments about anything.

Remember that it's a rough and rocky time for everyone, so be extra gentle with yourself and others!
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P.S. Need a some extra support to help navigate your career and life at this time? For info about working with me check out the website for my individual coaching services . Click here for info about group coaching and my annual anniversary sale now through August 31 - if you've been wanting to work with me one-on-one this is my lowest rate :)

And in case you missed these, you can read my PGG's that specifically address the current crisis: Quality Control: How to make the best of these times of quarantine and questioning, How to cope with (and benefit from) what you can't see during the time of corona , United We Stand . and Anatomy of Awareness . You can also check out The Pain of Being which talks about the George Floyd/BLM protests. Feel free to share those links (or any others) with anyone who could benefit <3
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Fear Factor
Originally published August 30, 2011

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself . ~ FDR

Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain. ~ Mark Twain

It used to be that scary movies only came out around Halloween, and there were just a handful at that. Nowadays they seem to be released throughout the year in waves and are more creepy, disturbing and bloody than ever.

Besides the usual monster mashes and alien invasions, there are the stories that prey on our defenselessness to natural disasters, biological vulnerabilities and other such forces beyond our control. Then there are the films and shows that simply glamorize and cool-ify violence and revenge as well as people who are clearly negative, like serial killers, drug dealers, vampires, ghosts and witches to name a few. That last group scares me the most, as they are slowly but surely desensitizing us to characters with qualities we should not want to be chummy or fall in love with . But I digress…

When it comes to our ‘real’ lives, there are all sorts of metaphoric and literal things that go bump in the night, but the biggest one — and root cause of all the others — is the fear of the unknown . Whether wondering what that noise in the basement is; what havoc a major hurricane, earthquake or terrorist attack will wreak; to being unsure of where your next meal, paycheck or retirement income will come from; or what happens when you have to speak in front of a crowd or after you take your last breath…. all the possibilities that can run rampant in your head boils down to one outcome: not knowing what the outcome is.

Most humans, especially Americans, and particularly New Yorkers, like to control everything. And because we are constantly active and living in this 21st century distraction-filled, overstimulated world, the paradox and irony of the antidote to the fear of the unknown is, for many, the biggest fear of all: knowing ourselves.

The best way to deal with any fear and anxiety is to be in the present and confront what is right now, not what was or what could be. And to be in the present, you have to be with yourself.

By being in touch and comfortable with who you are and what you know and are capable of, you can take control of your life in a healthy way and come to trust in the process of a Universe that is always conspiring for your good. At the same time you must be vigilant and discerning as to what might be posing an actual threat or leading you astray. The goal is to balance that faith and trust with information, knowledge and understanding by being practical, realistic and prepared without becoming or succumbing to an alarmist, getting caught up in others’ fears or letting your imagination run wild — because it’s almost never as bad as we think it will be.

There is a school of thought that says the opposite of love is fear, which makes sense since the way to overcome fear is with courage, a word whose Latin root means ‘heart’, the muscle we use to express — you got it: LOVE . So whatever it is you are currently afraid of, Put a Little Love in Your Heart , and notice the fear starts to melt away.

Feeling like the Lion in the Land of Oz? Give me a buzz and I’ll show you what fears are real and imagined, and help you develop the courage to move forward on your own personal yellow brick road. I promise you’ll be stronger, braver and wiser for having made the leap of faith to a new normal where you will wonder, What was I so afraid of in the first place?

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