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5 Tips to Increase Your Confidence

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / September 24, 2015

I recently had a coaching client come to me and ask for help in building her self-confidence (we’ll call her Sarah). Sarah has been a lawyer for 25 years and is very successful. Sarah shared with me the fact that throughout her successful career, she has harbored serious self-doubts and a sometimes excruciating lack of…

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The Law of Attraction – Does it Really Work? (Part I)

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / August 13, 2015

The Law of Attraction is an idea that is widespread in New Age and New Thought philosophy. It posits to never dwell on the negative, as the metaphysical principle of life is embodied in a “law of attraction”:  you get what you think about, your thoughts determine your destiny.  Louise Hay, the Queen of Affirmations,…

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What is Your Vision?

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / July 20, 2015

You Have a Dream. Today, I want to help you create a vision for yourself. This vision can involve your professional or your personal life. Your vision may have one aspect or many. You may write down your vision or keep it in your head. You may define and reinforce your vision “Oprah Winfrey style”…

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I Want to Know More (Getting to Know You – Part 2)

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / June 4, 2015

I have received amazing comments from so many of my coaching clients, friends and acquaintances from the last series of questions that I provided, that I’m just thrilled to be ready to send you this next exercise. I was told that performing the exercise was fun. It brought people closer to each other. It helped…

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Getting to Know You – Part 1

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / May 7, 2015

Throughout our lives one thing should never change: our quest to understand ourselves and others more clearly. When we learn about ourselves, the benefits are nearly endless: a sense of self, knowledge of our beliefs, understanding of our motivations, learning how and why others react to us in different ways, and – from the point…

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Leading from the Heart

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / March 12, 2015

Recently I was asked about what someone referred to as a “new” leadership technique. She asked whether I had heard of leading through the heart. Off the top of my head, I wasn’t quite sure what her interpretation was, and so I listened and decided to do some research. What I learned is that leading…

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It’s Never Too Late

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / February 5, 2015

I promise, it wasn’t this past New Year’s Eve but the New York Times that prompted me to write this post. I’m not about to advocate change and pounce on us with entreaties to make resolutions, change our lives and lose weight because it is the New Year. No, it was an interview with Elton…

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Fight The Urge to Stereotype

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / January 8, 2015

The subtlest and most pervasive of all influences are those which create and maintain the repertory of stereotypes. We are told about the world before we see it. We imagine most things before we experience them. -Walter Lippmann Here’s a quick exercise on stereotyping: what do you think of when you think of a London…

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All You Need Is Love (For Yourself)

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / November 6, 2014

Can you remember the feeling of new love? There’s absolutely nothing like the wonder and feelings of fresh new love: the world is bright, energy is buzzing and boundless, productivity abounds, your heart is bursting, all is right with the world. You look to the future with open eyes and expectations. Your emotions are edgy…

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How to Neutralize Negative Energy

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / October 23, 2014

Remember Debbie Downer from Saturday Night Live? I hated her. I didn’t find her funny or ingratiating. I didn’t want to be her friend. Sometimes I wanted to help her out of her doldrums, but other times my only inclination was to avoid her altogether. Admittedly, I liked the musical chord that played each time…

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