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Best of Our Blogs: January 20, 2015

We often feel like we’re sitting in the shadows of someone’s light when we haven’t attained their fame, success or glory.

We see the reward speeches.

We hear the applause. But instead of feel inspired by it, their feat puts a spotlight on our own inadequacies-our fears, weaknesses and insecurities.

We forget about the hard work that was necessary.

We forget that confronting our demons is integral to transformation.

We forget that we don’t know the whole story. In viewing just a sliver of someone else’s success, we’re also neglecting our own story and in doing so, neglect ourselves.

I love what former Drew Carey Show actress Kathy Kinney who played Mimi said on Oprah: Where Are They Now?

“Women have a tendency to compare their insides to someone else’s outsides. And when you do that, you’re always going to lose that game.”

Stop comparing someone else’s perfect life with your own self-worth. Let this week’s post jumpstart your own journey towards a more powerful, meaningful and healthier you. They require just a few surprisingly easy, and quick steps to help you refocus your attention from everyone else’s achievements to all the amazing things you’re going to do!

Success Starts Here Freeway Style Desert Landscape

3 Ways to Harness Your Brain’s Power & Change Your Life
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – Did you know that you can strengthen your muscles, improve your performance, and transform a weakness into a strength all with the power of your mind? This post will teach you how.

Don’t Run From It: What Adversity Can Teach You
(Leveraging Adversity) – Learning, growth and transformation all come from your ability to endure a challenge, not in trying to avoid it. Here’s evidence of why adversity and struggle are the cornerstones to a meaningful life.

4 Ways a Private Pay Practice Model Benefits Clients
(Private Practice Toolbox) – Less paperwork, greater autonomy and immediate payment are some of the benefits with using a private pay model instead of managed care. But if you’re letting fears of charging your clients get in the way, read why your clients will benefit from the switch too.

How to Live With Greater Purpose and Significance
(Your Best Self) – Feel like something is missing in your life? Gain clarity about your life purpose by reading this post.

Guilty About Not Exercising? Possible Options
(Healing Together for Couples) – “I hate exercise. I have no time. It is freezing outside.” Do any of those statements sound like you? Here are a few un-intimidating, fun and quick ways that can transform the way you perceive the thing you normally hate to do.

Best of Our Blogs: January 20, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: January 20, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from
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