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Overcoming Obsessive Thinking and Move On

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / June 30, 2016

I was working with a business leader the other day, talking about his perception that he would have greater success if he lost weight and felt better, less self-conscious, of himself in front of other people. He explained that while he wants to lose weight, and often obsesses about what he believes is a need…

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5 Tips to Increase Your Confidence

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / September 24, 2015

I recently had a life 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…

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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

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Many years ago Martin Luther King had a powerful dream for the world. He dreamt of a world where people of all races could live together in peace…

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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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Keep On Keepin’ On

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / March 19, 2015

Though in a previous blog post I extolled the virtues of new love and keeping that high in your everyday life to propel you forward with energy, I fully recognize that is something of a pipe dream. After all, every one of us experiences doubts and down periods. In fact, often it is because of…

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Leading from the Heart

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / March 12, 2015

“The deeper your relationship with others, the more effective will be your leadership. People will not follow you if they do not trust you, and before someone will lend you a hand, you must first touch their heart.” – Robin Sharma Recently I was asked about what someone referred to as a “new” leadership technique.…

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It’s Never Too Late

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / February 5, 2015

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

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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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