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Author: Jackie Woodside

Our emotional state determines what we create. Once you fully embrace this truth, the work begins. There is wisdom in living the truth of the Serenity Prayer: having the serenity to accept what you cannot change, the courage to change what you can and the wisdom to know the difference. Here we are, nearly two […]

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There are 96 different words for various expressions of love in Sanskrit, a 3,500-years old language of ancient India. American Sign Language has at least 4 different signs to connote love of a person, romantic love, love of a thing or place, and love of endearment. Are there that many kinds of love? What do […]

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My father-in-law once wrote a book on epiphanies. In it, he waxed and waned about what epiphanies are and where they come from. It was an interesting book written by a man who was open to the philosophical, but never the spiritual. Although he was appreciative of my introspective, introverted manner, he simultaneously could never [...]

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J.K. Rowling has become the first billionaire author in history. When she began her epic Harry Potter series, she was a single mother living on welfare. Publishing companies rejected her first submissions 12 times. Walt Disney was fired from a job with a Kansas City newspaper because the editor felt he “lacked imagination.” He had […]

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Your brain is conditioned to look outside for the source of problems as a mechanism of survival. The most powerful thing you can do for yourself is to realize that all inner states and conditions, which create your vibe, depend on you.

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I have a wonderful life today, but as many of you know who have followed my work, it wasn’t always this way! I had a pretty tumultuous life filled with what many people would call “tragedy.” On top of that, I’ve had lots of “issues” with mental health, domestic violence, homelessness, addiction and poverty and… […]

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You have a power within you that is greater than your intellect, your ability to reason or problem solve. You have a power that can literally change your world on a dime, creating a new experience and expression of yourself in the moment. What is this power?

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Today I sit writing this article enjoying looking out over the St. Lawrence River at my summer home where I spend the summer every year. My spouse and some friends will arrive later tonight. I have worked all day with my fantastic team on projects that I care deeply about. I am happy, content, and most of all, peaceful.

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Talk to anyone about what’s going on in their lives, and you will almost universally hear a list of areas where people want to make changes. The common ones are changing jobs or careers, getting into shape, losing weight, making improvements to one’s home and finding ways to make more money. You can probably relate to these, right?

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The things we can’t avoid in life are probably endless, and one of those things we cannot prevent is going through periods of time when we experience life as difficult.

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I had said to my son a thousand times since he was old enough to remotely understand (ok, I started BEFORE he was able to understand it – poor kid!), “The two most important things you will ever learn are how to manage your behavior and your emotions.” Even though my son now greets this […]

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For as long as I can remember I have obsessed with life itself: understanding it, milking every ounce of potential out of it and helping others do the same. As George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch I’ve got hold of, and I want to make it burn as brightly as I can before handing it on to future generations.”

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This could easily be the shortest blog post in history. Why? Because the answer to the title of this post – the most-effective way to use your to-do list – is simply one word: Don’t! I know, I know – you are attached to your to-do list. You LOVE to check things off your list […]

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American playwright, George Bernard Shaw, wrote one of my favorite quotes. In it he pens, “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die for life is no brief candle to me, it is a sort of splendid torch I’ve got hold of, and I want to make it burn as brightly as I […]

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Jackie Woodside appears on PIX 11 News in New York.

Roadmap to productivity: How to manage your personal energy right
Psychotherapist and author of “Calming the Chaos” Jackie Woodside is helping you build a roadmap toward better productivity. She’s showing how to harness the power of managing personal energy.

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