Posts by Amy Hallagan

The Big Deal About Highly Sensitive People

highly sensitive people

If I stood on a busy street corner and polled people on what they knew about Highly Sensitive People, I doubt there would be many with any idea of what I meant. Undoubtedly there would be a few who would make reference to people they know who are “overly emotional” or prone to tears. Such…

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Growth That Sells

Growth

Someone recently asked me how to help more people embrace the discomfort of growth. My response? By helping people to ‘raise the bar’ in their own minds. If personal growth is considered uncomfortable, painful, or hard, then what idea do we need to market and sell in order to convince more people that pursuing growth…

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Stagnation

Stagnation sign

“There are two kinds of discomfort: the discomfort of stagnation and the discomfort of growth.” – Brooke Castillo Going through the motions, unsettled, restricted, lonely, confused, irritable, ill-at-ease, unfulfilled, searching, suffocating, longing, depressed, silently-suffering… Do you know this bundle of feelings?  At first glance this list resembles the criteria for anxiety or depression. This is also…

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Permanence

Permanence

Imagine. You are lost in the dense woods, you have no real idea where you are on the map, you’ve been going in circles for hours, it’s raining, and it’s starting to get dark. What is the most helpful thought you can have in such a situation? “This isn’t permanent”. Times of suffering, stress and…

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Agron the No-Eyed Dog

Agron

This is Agron, the no-eyed dog.  We met one evening in the middle of the road a few miles from my house.  I pulled over to encourage him to safety when through the dusk I saw that he had no eyes.  No. Eyes. Yet, as I soon found out, he had amazing sight. I could…

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Event: Selfie 101 Class

Think of the 15-18 year old teens you know that are going to make amazing contributions in the world some day. Share this upcoming opportunity with them. I’m offering an early summer class that will help teens to identify their personal strengths and values, and to use them to explore their individual passion and purpose.  The…

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Competing Thoughts

thoughts

I love brownies. The homemade kind with a moderate layer of rich chocolate frosting smeared on top. A friend of mine makes an amazing chocolate/peanut butter frosted brownie that seriously makes you weak in the knees. Oh. My. Word. They are so good that thoughts of eating half the pan myself seem entirely reasonable. Part…

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Beyond Belief

Universe

My son has made a conscious decision that he is going to be an astronaut. He can’t get his hands on enough new knowledge about the expanse of the universe.  Sometimes when he tells me about it, I have a hard time putting my head around how ‘deep and wide’ the universe really is.  What’s…

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A New Approach to Commitments

Commitments

Resolutions, commitments, goals, or none of the above? Whether or not you commit to implement a new habit, goal, plan or otherwise, you undoubtedly have some kind of aspiration for the year ahead. Before you nail down your commitments, think about a new approach to accomplishing your goals. Here are three skills that will help…

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The Reward of Knowing What You Want

knowing what you want

Me: “What do you really want?” Client: “I don’t know.” Long pause.   This exchange is one of the most common conversations I have with clients when we begin our work together.   My question, of course, isn’t about what color to paint the walls.  The purpose of the question is to understand who you are…

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