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Video: The Importance of Being Open and Vulnerable

We are a lot like lobsters. Lobsters have a hard exoskeleton, which they must shed several times in order to grow into a mature lobster. Because of the hard shell, the only way for the lobster to grow up is to shed its exoskeleton each time it outgrows it. Between the time it sheds its […]

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Video: The Importance of Setting Goals

Dr. Carl Simonton, under whom I trained at the Simonton Cancer Center, always impressed upon participants at his center’s cancer retreats that energy is essential to healing and that the act of pursuing goals is itself energizing. Setting goals helps us conceptualize our reasons for living. Once we have a purpose for being, we are […]

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Video: Living By Your Values and Goals

Many people go through life blaming others for their own failings. Coach John Wooden of UCLA taught his basketball players to take responsibility and work hard to change any dysfunctional behavior or any behavior that was getting in the way of pursuing their personal values and goals. One of the many famous Woodisms was: “Failure […]

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Video: Our Behavior Is The Result Of Our Thoughts

Every thought has the power to push us to act a certain way. For example, if you believe you do not have what it takes to achieve your goals, you will not take the necessary action to make your goals a reality. If you believe that you do in fact have what it takes to […]

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Video: Sources of Self-Efficacy

Self-efficacy is the knowing that you are capable of achieving a specific goal. The term is also used to describe the confident knowing that you are capable of meeting all the challenges that come your way. The reason self-efficacy is an emphasis in both my book and in the course I teach is that it […]

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Video: Self-Empowerment through Conscious Awareness and Choice

It is important to identify your personal values and goals. Once you have spent quality time identifying what values and goals matter to you most, the next step is the following mindfulness practice: Throughout the day, form a habit of asking yourself if your behavior—your actions—are in harmony with your self-identified values and goals. Each […]

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Video: Live Your Life by Your Values

Self-empowerment and self-efficacy are developed by living your life according to your personal values and goals. A goal is something you desire to achieve. This can involve acquiring a material thing—a new car, for example—or it can involve achieving a certain quality of life, such as being free enough of pain or disability to be able to resume golf, tennis, […]

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Video: Self-Efficacy, Wellbeing, and Mastery—My Personal Experience

Self-efficacy is the belief that you can succeed in the life challenges presented to you. The greater your self-efficacy, the greater your chances of succeeding in everything you attempt to accomplish. What you believe about yourself makes a difference. You can cultivate and strengthen your self-efficacy skills. Here is how I personally have worked on […]

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Video: In Your Own Hands: A Course in Self-Empowerment

Since January of 2015, I have been teaching a class in the Continuing Education Department at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Since January of 2016, I have been co-teaching the class with a colleague. The class makes it easier to learn the methods described in my book In Your Own Hands: New Hope […]

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Video: Social Support Reduces the Odds of Developing Cancer

In a very famous epidemiology study, one of the most referenced of its kind because of its impressive sample size, UC Berkeley researchers Dr. Lisa Berkman and Dr. Leonard Syme studied seven thousand residents of Alameda County, California. All of them were observed for a nine-year period in order to discover all the common denominators […]

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