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Barriers to Growth

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Accepting the “Gift” of Criticism

Most of us can accept compliments. Some of us can accept suggestions. But most of us draw the line at criticism. Yet, criticism can be one of the most constructive and profound tools to change ourselves and improve our relationships with others.

Are You a Perfectionist?

There’s a difference between excellence and perfection. Striving to be really good is excellence; trying to be flawless is perfectionism. This quiz will help a person determine if he or she is striving for the unattainable.

Are You Living with a “Victim” Mentality?

Times of stress can stir up the victim in all of us. This quiz helps identify if “victim” is too-often a part of one’s experience.

Are You Living Your Own Life?

A quiz that explores how well you live in alignment with your own values and live a life of your choosing.

Are You Too Cautious?

A quiz to help you understand the reasons for and consequences of playing it too safe in life.

Do You Give It All Away?

Quiz assesses and raises awareness about whether one gives away too much time, energy and/or money.

Do You Have the People-Pleasing Syndrome?

When does being nice become toxic to oneself? Take this quiz to find out.

Facing the Green-Eyed Monster: Learning from Envy

Many people would rather deny than face their envy of others, but like all shadow creatures, the monster ultimately reveals what is missing from one’s own life.

Healing the Roots of Self-Hatred

You may never silence the voice of self-hatred completely, but it is possible to lessen its impact, and find relief and healing.

How Avoiding Things Keeps Us Small

Avoidant behaviors such as always being late and not returning phone calls are examples of the subtle and not-so-subtle means people adopt to side-step issues and situations. But those behaviors really serve a deeper purpose.

How Controlling Are You?

We all know them…the folks who MUST CONTROL EVERYTHING. This quiz will help identify if that controlling person is you.

How Defensive Are You?

When most of our communication is spent defending ourselves, there’s not much room for meaningful contact. This quiz helps identify the problem and offers alternative perspectives.

How to Interrupt Negative Patterns

Becoming aware of how you create negative patterns in your life is the first step to interrupting them and establishing new, more positive patterns.

How Well Do You Handle Failure?

Failure may be inevitable. But how a person handles failure can mean the difference between accepting shame or gaining wisdom from lessons learned.

How Well Do You Handle Your Inner Critic?

A quiz that helps you discover how much power the voice of your inner critic has over your life.

Judgments—Criticism or Mirror?

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” That Biblical question is just as relevant today.

Oh, the Tales We Tell: Getting Beyond Our Stories at Work

Outlines a path of investigation into the horror stories people tell themselves. It shows how to get beneath those stories to the beliefs and assumptions that really live there, and then offers a strategy for using that self-awareness to free oneself.

Recognizing Victimhood

Samantha doesn’t realize it, but there’s a victim lurking inside her.

Saving Yourself from Self-Sabotage

Is there any relief from the snake of self-destruction that coils in many of us? This article can help.

The Danger of Comparisons

Tips to help you stop comparing yourself and your loved ones to others and live with more freedom as a result.

The Danger of Conformity

Not all conformity is bad. However, this article looks at 4 ways it can be "dangerous," stifling you from living a passionate, authentic, inspired life.

“Tolerations” Take a Toll

What do a boss who’s always yelling at you, your mate’s over-spending habits, a cluttered house or office, tight shoulders and a ho-hum (or bad) relationship have in common? They’re all tolerations, those little or big things we put up with—often without realizing it—that sap our energy and drain our life force.

Top 10 Barriers to Self-Growth

Most of us want to grow as human beings, but sometimes we just get in our own way.

Top 10 Behaviors that Block Happiness

A list of 10 of the top behaviors preventing happiness. Awareness is the first step to stopping these behaviors.