How to avoid conflicts on a volunteer committee

Conflicts are less likely when everyone is focused on the goal, clear about how they can contribute and appreciated for their efforts

How to avoid conflicts on a volunteer committee“I'm so tired of being ordered around or dictated to – I’m done with this!” “I can't believe they didn’t even discuss this with me. If they want to make all the decisions, then they can do it themselves.” VERNON, B.C. Oct. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – If you've ever been on a planning committee, condo board, conference…

Living on the sunny side of the street

Optimism helps you stay healthy in mind and body – and it makes you a lot more fun to be around than life's pessimists

Living on the sunny side of the streetVERNON, B.C. Oct. 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ – “That silver lining in every cloud you’ve heard about? It’s sleet.” We've likely all run across people whose outlook on life can be summed up that way. And not just on a bad day – pretty much all the time. This pessimistic person is conditioned to focus on the down side of…

Step away from the clichés

Falling back on clichés to communicate makes us come across as superficial

Step away from the clichésVERNON, B.C. Sept. 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The next time you're going through a really tough time and some perky little twit says to you, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” or “It’s always darkest before the dawn,” try to resist the temptation to stuff a carrot muffin up his or her nose. That…

It helps to visualize your success

Mental rehearsal, also termed visualization, produces the confidence necessary to achieve top performances in all walks of life

It helps to visualize your successI didn’t get much work done during the Olympics. Once I decided to catch just a glimpse of what was happening in Rio, I got caught up watching the rowing, diving, volleyball … you get the idea. With so many fabulous demonstrations of grit and determination, I felt inspired to get out and work out (of…

Instead of expressing contempt, embrace tolerance

No more hiding out and playing it safe – we need to open hearts and minds, to stop arguing about who is right and who is wrong

Instead of expressing contempt, embrace toleranceVERNON, B.C. Aug. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ – We all have opinions about the validity of glass ceilings, racism, religion, victimization and such, but what makes an idea true for you? What moment(s) in time made you believe it? Your opinions have often been nurtured over years of paying attention to information that confirms firmly-held beliefs while ignoring information…

Is it time to tell yourself a better story?

Take your time and deconstruct that unresolved story that has been holding you back from living a remarkable life; let go of the resentment

Is it time to tell yourself a better story?VERNON, B.C. June 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - “Please, tell us a bit about yourself.” “Why did you leave your last job?” “What happened to that guy you were with? You seemed so great together.” Do these words fill you with dread? Is this the moment that the story you have been telling yourself about these…

Focus all that is required to master the game of life

A little practice, a steady gaze and a belief in possibility will go a long way to winning at the game of life

Focus all that is required to master the game of lifeVERNON, B.C. May 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s the long weekend and I have a tee time booked for Monday morning. This will be my first time out in the 2016 season and I want to warm up with friends before I find myself playing with my fellow Rotary members in June. This probably…

Puzzle of the middle-aged brain and other teasers

Don’t freak out; just laugh at life’s little quirks

Puzzle of the middle-aged brain and other teasersVERNON, B.C. April 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ - You have a great idea as you are getting dressed in the morning. “Aha,” you think, “I’ll do something about that right away.” You walk from the bedroom to the kitchen for your first cup of coffee of the day and realize that the important thought you…

Do personality tests serve any useful purpose?

The information you glean can often be put to good use

Do personality tests serve any useful purpose?//  personality tests  personality tests [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/do-personality-tests-serve-any-useful-purpose/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on personality tests [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VERNON, B.C. Feb 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If you have spent any time on Facebook, or inside an employee transition seminar, you have probably been exposed to personality quizzes. But,…

Enhance your personal performance using hypnosis

Enhance your personal performance using hypnosisFebruary 1, 2013 AIRDRIE, AB, Feb. 1, 2013/ Troy Media/ - To train the body to the limits of its capabilities without simultaneously training the mind is to invite, at best, mediocrity. Sports psychologists have claimed that, for Olympic teams, 80 per cent of an athlete's performance is in the mind. Such belief has been…
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