Category Archives: Zen Habits

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“And Above All: To Thine Own Self Be True.”

A tremendous part of appreciating and loving yourself is learning to be true to yourself.  Knowing what you stand for and what you believe gives you tremendous power.  And learning to accept yourself as you are, instead of constantly striving to … Continue reading

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Invest in Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

At its highest level, self-acceptance is a form of self-love.  People who love themselves take good care of their mind, body, and spirit. Nourish your mind by going back to school for that degree, requesting a “stretch” assignment at work, learning … Continue reading

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Self-Kindness & Acceptance

My hope for you in 2016 is that you create a lifelong practice of self-kindness and acceptance. Instead of being your toughest critic, learn to accept your weaknesses, honor your strengths, and have greater compassion for your own “humanness.” Warmly, Melanie Ott Inspirational … Continue reading

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Let Go of These 5 Things to Cultivate Joy

When you’re working hard to cultivate joy in your life, several unhealthy behaviors and attitudes can stand in your way and keep you from experiencing true, deeply-rooted joy. Let go of these five obstacles to cultivate joy in your life. … Continue reading

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Cultivate Joy

As the year draws to a close, I encourage my friends, family, and clients to cultivate joy. By purposely choosing to be joyful, you will reclaim peace, wonder, and gratitude in all aspects of your life. Warmly, Melanie Ott Inspirational … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from Leap Forward Coaching!

Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are the perfect time to be extra kind to friends, family, and everyone you meet. As you go about your daily business or gather with loved ones, employ these kindness practices each and every day. Spread … Continue reading

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Building Balance, Strength and Agility

Mention balance and you may instantly form a mental picture of a tightrope walker, a gymnast on a balance beam, or a dancer on tiptoe. Every day, you walk a metaphorical balance beam – teetering between family life and work … Continue reading

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Practicing Positivity: Accept Negativity and Move Forward

In Chinese philosophy, the idea of yin and yang describes how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent. What does that have to do with positivity? Well, just as many tangible dualities – light and dark, … Continue reading

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Practicing Positivity: Create a Positive Environment

In my most recent email newsletter, I talked about the power a positive mind has to create a positive life. And while it’s true, it’s really a circle – because our external circumstances. Now, there are some circumstances that are … Continue reading

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Positive Minds, Positive Lives

Our mindset has a powerful impact on our thoughts, our behaviors and our actions. Let’s talk about how a positive mind creates a positive life – and the positive habits that lead to success. Warmly, Melanie Ott Words of Inspiration … Continue reading

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