How to Overcome the Fear of Making Mistakes

 To overcome the fear of making mistakes, aim for success, not perfection.

Is the fear of making a mistake preventing you from taking action? If so, the way to move beyond this fear and gain the courage to follow through on your action plan is to aim for success, not perfection. As a “recovering” perfectionist, I understand that if you have perfectionistic tendencies, you may equate success with perfection. After all, if you make… Read More

The Power to Create the Best You

In his book For One More Day, Mitch Albom writes, “I met a man once who did a lot of mountain climbing. I asked him which was harder, ascending or descending? He said without a doubt descending, because ascending you were so focused on reaching the top, you avoided mistakes. ‘The backside of a mountain is a fight against human nature,’ he said. ‘You have to care as much about yourself on the way down as… Read More

How to Release Guilty Feelings

It was near the beginning of the school year and I had just reminded my then eight-year-old daughter to pack her dance clothes in her school bag. Obviously not thrilled with the request, she let out a big sigh and said, “Mom, why do I always have to pack my own bag? All of the other kids’ moms always pack their kids’ bags.”

Ah, the guilt trip. There was a time when her strategy might have… Read More

Three Questions to Help You Get Unstuck and Move Forward

I was jetting around the waters of Key West, Florida in a two-seat mini race-boat on my way to check out a marine sanctuary, when the boat came upon a sandbar and the boat’s propeller got stuck.

The guide, whom I’d been following, called over to the man driving my boat and told him to turn off the motor and walk to the front of the boat. That way, the propeller wouldRead More