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Conversations with Joan Herrmann

August 12, 2022

Recently, I was in conversation with a group of people and during that time I shared some exciting professional news. After hearing what I said, one woman rolled her eyes and remarked sarcastically, “You are so lucky … everything always happens for you and is so easy!” I looked at this person, ...

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Have you ever experienced times when life seemed so hopeless that you felt like you were in a deep, dark hole and no matter how hard you tried or what you did you couldn’t climb out? I have. I have actually spent a great deal of time in my hole. Being in that hole is the scariest feeling ...

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Did you know that you have 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day and that approximately 85 percent of those thoughts are negative AND 90 percent of those thoughts are the same thoughts you had the day before? The same thoughts equal the same choices, the same choices equal the same behavior, the ...

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Communication is an important part, if not the most important part, of any relationship. The way you communicate has a major impact on your ability to get along with the various people in your life – spouses, children, coworkers, friends, and neighbors. When communication breaks down, relationships ...

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Fear is one of the most powerful forces in life. It affects the decisions we make and the actions we take. And while the primary role of fear is to keep us safe, it often becomes the obstacle that stands between us and our dreams and goals. There are rational fears, the ones that are based in ...

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This month, July 8 to be exact, marks the 13th anniversary of the premiere of the Change Your Attitude…Change Your Life brand and radio show. Back in 2009, I was going through a bit of an identity crisis trying to figure out my next move. I had given so much of myself to my family that I got ...

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I recently heard about the passing of a man to whom I was introduced when I had just created the Change Your Attitude … Change Your Life brand. I was unsure about how I would proceed. He had media experience and professional contacts and offered sage advice and support. He even introduced me to a ...

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According to Sara Connell, recent reports show women owned businesses are the highest contributors and creators of new jobs in 2022. In her new book, The Science of Getting Rich – for Women, Sara shares how she went from struggling to make $20K per year to earning a multi-seven figure per year ...

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I recently turned 59 years old. 59 YEARS OLD! Like most other 50-something-year-old individuals, I’m not sure how this happened – it feels like a blink of an eye. One day I’m a college girl, the next a young mother, and now more than one half a century old. How can I be over 50? Most days I feel, ...

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Have you ever had the opportunity to meet someone, and before you met, had an expectation of what you thought would occur or how that person would behave? It’s natural to worry about how an encounter will play out, especially if it is with someone you admire. It’s easy to make judgments based on ...

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Last week I was on a call with a colleague who continually complained about so many aspects of her life. After listening to her ramble on relentlessly, I finally asked, “What are you willing to change?”  She stopped talking and with an indignant tone, said, “What do you mean … what am I willing ...

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How many times have you heard the best step you can take to grow as a person is to step outside your comfort zone and take risks? This is the theme of just about every self-help book I have ever read, and it has been stated to me by just about every person I have interviewed. I take this advice ...

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Are you addicted to certainty? Do you need to know or predict what will happen next? Does this addiction often leave you feeling anxious and fearful?  Allison Carmen, author of The Gift of Maybe: Finding Hope and Possibility in Uncertain Times, inspires us to embrace the concept of “maybe” in ...

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I recently made a virtual presentation to a group, and after I was done presenting, we had a discussion about interpersonal relationships. During our conversation, many people expressed concern about how easily they are being replaced. They felt like there was no value given to them and/or a ...

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This morning I was shopping for a gift for a friend’s child and stumbled upon an item that brought hours of enjoyment to my children. It’s a square box that has different shapes cut out into each side with accompanying matching pieces. The goal of the toy is for children to fit each piece in its ...

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Many women over age 50 today are redefining what it means to be alive; they are learning and living all that is possible at this stage in life. According to Sue Brightman, it’s not about aging, it’s about becoming more of who we really are and doing what we’re called to do. For her book, A Call ...

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I was the queen of procrastination. Throughout school and into my adult life, I always waited until the last minute to get something done, telling myself that I work best under pressure. The reality was, I didn’t feel like doing the work, and so I waited until it was absolutely necessary. This ...

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Just about everyone wants to be happy. Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” If happiness is something we strive so hard to attain, and if it is truly the end all and be all of life, then why does it elude so many? There ...

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Do you ever feel like there is no end to the problems that you face? Do your challenges seem too great to overcome? Do you ever ask yourself, “What’s the point?” Do you allow your circumstances to govern your life to the point of making you sad, lonely, and depressed? If you answered “yes” to ...

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Making friends is tough. It takes time, trust, and a little bit of luck. Thanks to Facebook, the word ‘friend’ has taken on a new meaning. What was once reserved to describe special people in our lives, is now used to describe just about everyone. But, do all of these people live up to the ...

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Trying to get through any day can be an exercise in mental strength and acuity. A pandemic, global warming, financial recession, unemployment, national security, and an uncertain political landscape can be dizzying, exhausting, and anxiety-producing. Watching the latest news reports can send even ...

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For most of us, checking our emails, texts, and social media accounts is as much a part of our daily routine as bathing and brushing our teeth. Today, most of us communicate from behind electronic screens with less and less face-to-face or voice communication. And while we may believe we are ...

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The increase in the number of people starting their own businesses in the United States has surged. And so far, the entrepreneurial boom has proved to be more durable than early skeptics expected. Starting and growing a business can be challenging, but it also provides many rewards. In her book, ...

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Parents dream of their children living a happy, healthy life. All they ever want for them is the best of everything. So when their child develops a drug addiction, it can be completely devastating. Drug addiction is a progressive problem and the longer one goes without help, the stronger the ...

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As we travel through the journey of life, we may stumble upon a person who changes the trajectory of where we thought we were heading. Sometimes the change is a minor reroute, but other times it re-charts our direction. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz. Albom was a successful and ...

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The fast pace of daily life can make it easy to forget the importance of spending time with our children. Often when asked to play, read, or do an activity together, our response is, “Sorry, but I don’t have time.” And while making time can be a challenge, research has shown that there are many ...

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At the start of the new year, many of us make resolutions and set goals for the way we want to live moving forward. We usually start out strong, and by about this time, we fizzle out and slip back into our old habits. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dan Buettner, the founder of The ...

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Growing up in a large, Italian family, I have always had expectations of how holidays are supposed to be celebrated. For many years, those special days were spent surrounded by my family, extended family, and friends; everyone was always welcome in our home.  For most of us, holidays mean time ...

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Our subconscious beliefs often cause powerful resistance to the very things we want. The subconscious mind is like a computer’s hard drive. It saves whatever information it is fed, and it learns through repetition. That repetition reinforces the programming and it becomes difficult to erase. When ...

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Many years ago when I experienced significant loss, it felt like my heart had shattered into pieces and I had no idea how to repair the damage. I believed that I would remain that way forever. One day I shared my feelings about my broken heart with a dear friend. When I was finished crying, she ...

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