Archives for September 2012

Act As If

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Acting “as if” keeps you on the path to your habit change goal, especially when you don’t feel like it. Host Michael Anne Conley explores how you can support yourself in staying on purpose and in action. This episode includes an experiential exercise to help you free yourself from your problem habits.

Letting Go

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“Letting go” is a popular concept – but what does it actually mean in term of action? Host Michael Anne Conley guides you in exploring how “holding on” can be a habit that gets in the way of moving forward. This episode includes an experiential exercise to help you free yourself from your problem habits. To learn more, explore this website

What To Do With Debbie Downer?

The pessimist complains about the wind;

the optimist expects it to change,

the realist adjusts the sails.

~ William Arthur Ward

The other day I was at the credit union, and after learning that I help people with habit changes, the teller asked me, “What do you think is the most common problem habit?”

What came up was “negative self-talk” — maybe because I’ve been pondering a question asked recently by a reader:  “What can I do with someone who is always a ‘Debbie Downer?’ I have to interact with this person who walks around with a cloud over her head on a daily basis!”

It can be quite a drag being around someone who has nothing good to say about anything, can’t it? Here’s my response:

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Medical Politics Has a Long History

Got on my high horse and made a comment on a health “care” reform blog. (Not that this is a hot topic or anything!) The “blog” part of Habits Into Health is all about areas where personal lives meet public policy. Communities and cultures develop problem habits just as individuals do. So here are some thoughts about how medical politics has gotten the U.S. where we are:

Key-under-the-light alert. Let’s stop calling this “health care policy” when it’s really “medical cost policy” based on a conventional medical system.

This system does a great job with high intervention situations, using its three tools (technology, the knife and medications). But it does an abyssmal job of addressing health “care” situations that are lifestyle and prevention based, and many medical conditions that are more effectively treated by integrative medicine — all of which cost relatively little by comparison. I speak not just as a citizen, but also as a health care professional.

As long as our conversation about “heath care” is all about “cost,” we’ll never get to the real issue: [Read more…]

Find Opportunity in Disappointment

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Disappointment happens. It’s how you handle it that counts. Does your habit of responding to disappointment leave you feeling dissatisfied? This episode uses a Big Sur disappointment as a learning – and includes an experiential exercise to help you start freeing yourself from your problem habits. To learn more, wander around this site and click the link on your right to request a free self-assessment questionnaire.

Awesome conversation with Sam Crowley!

Master coach, speaker, and podcaster Sam Crowley interviewed me on his show earlier this week.  Sam is a terrific teacher and master at motivation. Check out our conversation here!

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Physical Causes of HALT?

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When you’re stressed, you probably are more vulnerable to slipping off your habit change plan. In this episode Habits Into Health Host Michael Anne Conley summarizes our podcast series on HALT (hungry, angry, lonely tired) with a discussion of physical causes. This episode includes an experiential exercise to help you start freeing yourself from your problem habits. To learn more, click the link on the right to get your free self-assessment.

This podcast refers to Safe Harbor, non-pharmaceutical options for mental illness

This podcast refers to these previous episodes:

Episode #19: Interview with diet and mood specialist Julia Ross

Episode #21: Dr. Robert Lustig’s world famous lecture titled, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth.”