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8 ways to hack your fear

This past year, I’ve focused a lot on fear and being more vulnerable (I could listen to Brené Brown all day).

A recent favorite find is Fold magazine’s article on author and life coach Hilary Gallo’s fear hacking method. The process is intended to help address and acknowledge personal fears.

Gallo’s tips to enable confidence and personal growth include:

1. Make fear your friend.

2. Dig into fear.

3. Ask “what evidence do I have?”

4. Separate danger and fear.

5. Normalize “imposter syndrome.”

6. Grow your comfort zone.

7. Make fear your road sign.

8. Reframe anxiety into excitement.

Morgan Fayard, The Atlanta 100

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Accomplishing a work-life balance

If you Google how to accomplish work-life balance, you’ll discover hundreds of stories explaining how to achieve this elusive goal.

WebMD recommends five ways to juggle the demands of family, friends and the office.

Start by scheduling downtime. Then, get over the guilt of trying to do it all by dropping commitments that don’t add value and take away energy. See what you can pay someone to do for you, like grocery delivery or using a cleaning service. Build time for exercise to de-stress and clear your mind, and, finally, be sure to set aside time to relax.

– Kendra Parson, The Tallahassee 100

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A simple exercise to become a better listener

become better listener

Do you want to be a better listener? Here is an advanced practice drill. Listen to someone you really disagree with. It should not be a challenge to find someone in today’s political climate.

But here’s the catch. Your purpose is to listen and try to see the world through their eyes. Agreement is not required. This is hard, but if you can listen to someone you really disagree with and make an honest attempt to understand, listening to your colleagues, boss, direct reports, friends and family will be a walk in the park. Inhale, exhale and repeat as needed.

– Barry Goldberg, Vistage International

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Your ‘one word’ in 2019

2019 word

One Word 365 says by choosing your word, it becomes the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Focus on being rather than doing. Your one word isn’t a constant reminder of what you “should be doing.” It should inspire how you want to live.

Be authentic. Your word should reflect YOU, and no one else. You want a word that’s uniquely yours, and resonates with you on a deep level.

Don’t overthink it. There’s no wrong answer. Don’t analyze it to death. It’s simply about identifying the word that keeps coming back to nag at your heart.

– Christina Johnson, The Tallahassee 100

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Benefits of emotional intelligence in the workplace

Emotional intelligence in workplace

Workplace success used to depend on spending 40+ years climbing the corporate ladder or having connections. While those tactics are still around, a more sound approach is working to develop emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence refers to the capacity to identify, evaluate and manage our own and others’ emotions. The concept of emotional intelligence (known as your EQ) was introduced by psychologists Peter Salovey and John Mayer (not that one) in 1990.

Key principles include self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. Leaders with high emotional intelligence use their social skills to foster rapport and trust with their employees.

– Chris Keene, The Arkansas 100

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Creighton University and Phoenix hospitals form alliance for physician training

Creighton University School of Medicine has formed an alliance with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) to train 325 graduate medical education (GME) residents at the two Arizona hospitals.

The alliance oversees the GME programs for St. Joseph’s and MIHS, as well as District Medical Group, the physician group that works at MIHS.

Residents will get a better experience through the alliance. Bringing these two programs together will provide the students with a more diverse training experience. Additionally, plans call for developing subspecialty training programs that are lacking in the Phoenix area.

– Joann Porter, Creighton University School of Medicine

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Northwest Healthcare continues expanding in Tucson

Northwest Healthcare, an integrated health care provider in Tucson and its surrounding communities, has announced it will continue its No Boundaries strategy by embarking on approximately $150 million of expansion projects and renovations this year.

The multimillion-dollar investment to enhance patient care, expand health services and upgrade facilities will impact patients who seek high-level health care.

The first expansion project will be a medical campus, including a neighborhood hospital, physician offices and outpatient services in Sahuarita. The plan is contingent on approval by Sahuarita’s mayor and town council. If approved, the hospital is expected to open in 2019.

– Kim Chimene, Northwest HealthCare

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Ronald McDonald House launches Pets as Friends program

Being around pets creates a sense of calmness for families and children coping with stressful situations. Families with children staying at one of the three Ronald McDonald Houses of Central and Northern Arizona (RMHC-CNAZ) certainly experience those challenges.

To help ease that stress, RMHC-CNAZ launched the Pets as Friends program. Volunteers with pets trained and certified through Pet Partners or Alliance for Therapy Dogs bring their dogs to the campuses spend time with the children and families staying at RMHC-CNAZ.

Volunteers must provide certification of accreditation and commit to the program for a minimum of six months.

– Jerry Diaz, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona