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When the Inner Voice Speaks Another Language

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 1, 2011 0 Comments • views: 326
When the Inner Voice Speaks Another Language

I saw a beautiful picture online recently accompanied by a very intriguing few paragraphs about “the voice inside.” (Check it out here.) The speaker, a fine photographer who goes by “ilina s,” wrote about how difficult it is sometimes to hear the inner voice. “I don’t know for sure, but perhaps there might be something […]

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Your Heroes Hold Clues to Your Inner Voice

Filed in The Writing Life by on March 25, 2011 0 Comments • views: 553
Your Heroes Hold Clues to Your Inner Voice

Sometimes the inner voice makes itself heard very clearly. People that instinctively know from an early age what they are destined to do—like Mozart, for instance—have no trouble hearing what it has to say and following its direction. Most of us, though, spend so much time tending to the everyday responsibilities of life that we […]

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The Perfect Model of True Self-Confidence

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 24, 2011 0 Comments • views: 458
The Perfect Model of True Self-Confidence

Growing up on a ranch, I gained a lot of respect and admiration for animals. Talk about listening to your own voice. Most animals are instinctual creatures. They can’t help but do exactly what their inner voice tells them to do. They don’t question, or second guess, or worry about what some neighbor animal might […]

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Inner Voice, Or Money?

Filed in The Writing Life by on March 21, 2011 0 Comments • views: 305
Inner Voice, Or Money?

The inner voice has one arch enemy: money. At least for many, it seems to be so. We’d love to follow where the inner voice is prodding us to go, but there’s no way right now. No way we can get the time or money to do it. The problem is even more pronounced in […]

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Reprogram Old Habits to Serve Your Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 18, 2011 0 Comments • views: 436
Reprogram Old Habits to Serve Your Inner Voice

I remember being taught how to do a lot of things when I was little. How to wash a dish. How to take care of a dog. How to pick out an outfit for school. I was one of the lucky ones who had a parent interested in teaching me the skills I’d need to […]

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Success is Impossible if You Can’t Bear Failure

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on March 16, 2011 0 Comments • views: 531
Success is Impossible if You Can’t Bear Failure

In a recent issue of The Writer (April 2011, Moira Allen), I came upon this quote: “Success will become impossible if you cannot bear failure.” Most of us don’t like to think about failure—especially when we’re talking about dreams and goals that mean a lot to us in life. We like to imagine ourselves winning […]

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5 Ways We Get In Our Own Way

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on March 10, 2011 0 Comments • views: 332
5 Ways We Get In Our Own Way

Part of taking responsibility for our own lives involves figuring out where and how we get in the way of our own progress. Seeing ourselves objectively, however, is something most of us find extremely difficult. We can go on about all the missteps of those around us—how a sister drinks too much, a friend is […]

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Should You Grab Hold of that One Great Idea?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Your Purpose as a Writer by on March 2, 2011 0 Comments • views: 341
Should You Grab Hold of that One Great Idea?

In April 1950, Einstein’s article, “On the Generalized Theory of Gravitation” was published in Scientific American. In it, he wrote: “Once a theoretical idea has been acquired, one does well to hold fast to it until it leads to an untenable conclusion.” Ideas can be fleeting things—especially if they arise from the inner voice. What […]

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Not Sure What You Want? Take a Trip to Fantasy Island

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on February 23, 2011 0 Comments • views: 325
Not Sure What You Want? Take a Trip to Fantasy Island

You may remember a television show that was popular in late 70s and early 80s—Fantasy Island. It starred the handsome Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) as the island’s host, and his sidekick, Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize). It ran for seven successful seasons on ABC, ending in 1984. In case you missed it, characters would pay to come […]

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Follow Your Own Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on February 21, 2011 0 Comments • views: 564
5 Signs You’re Ready to Follow Your Own Voice

Have you noticed some changes in your thinking lately? Are you tired of the same old routine? “If a professional loses the love of work,” wrote artist Ada Bethune, “routine sets in, and that’s the death of work and life.” “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t,” writes Dr. James Gordon, founder and director […]

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Ladies, Listen to Your Inner Voice and Avoid a Heart Attack

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments • views: 317
Ladies, Listen to Your Inner Voice and Avoid a Heart Attack

Janine Krolikowski, ultrasound technician, had a heart attack at the age of 46. (She’s featured in February’s issue of Prevention.) Her mother had died of heart disease at 49, and her father at 51, but she never suspected that the disease could hit her so early in life, or that her symptom of dull pain […]

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3 Distractions That Can Drown Out Your Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on February 16, 2011 0 Comments • views: 569
3 Distractions That Can Drown Out Your Inner Voice

We all have them—distractions that keep us from listening to our own inner voices. They include the ones we might suspect—drugs, alcohol, sex, and television. But distractions can come in other forms not so readily noticeable. Sometimes we can really fool ourselves into thinking we’re being productive, when really we’ve just found another way to […]

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