The Best Way to Meet Unexpected Changes

“There is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.” ~Meryl Streep

CHANGE IS HERE TO STAY

Once we accept that change is a constant in our lives, it becomes easier to surf along the surface of life. 

We get to see that riding along is safer and smarter than fighting since we can only at best influence the outcome of events—never fully control them. 

CONTROL YOURSELF

The only thing we can control is ourselves. Or in the first person, the only thing I can control is myself.

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About The Author

Andrew Mellen's picture

Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

Why We're So Afraid of F*cking Up and Failure

F*cking up. Making a mistake. Failure.

Just imagining these things is the stuff of nightmares for most of us. Which is really bad news if you want to be successful. Because just as Brene’ Brown says, “You can’t have courage without vulnerability,” you can’t have success without making mistakes and failing. 

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Johanna Lyman, the founder of NextGen Orgs, is a dynamic, energetic, Leadership and Business Development Coach, and Six Sigma Lean Professional (Green Belt) with impressive experience in implementing organization­ wide change strategies for both Fortune 500 companies and small business owners. Adept in combining coaching, training, and project leadership skills to help clients build dynamic, sustainable revenue growth while creating deep meaning with their work.

Core competencies include: Motivational and visionary leader with superb analytical and root cause identification skills; laser­ focused determination in identifying and implementing leverageable models while rallying stakeholders to embrace change; knowledge of change principles and methodologies; proven success with implementing methods for confronting and eliminating barriers to change; exceptional communication, influencing, problem-solving, and listening skills; quickly establishes rapport with diverse stakeholders.

In her spare time, Johanna is an avid paddler and hiker, a poet with a penchant for slam, wife to the best husband on the planet, mom to a remarkable young woman, and “dog mom” to Petey the Amazing Tripod.

Contact Johanna at johanna@nextgenorgs.com

The List That Can Change Your Life

Is this you?

  • I haven’t been happy at this for the past five or six years.
  • I didn’t really choose this career.
  • I don’t even know what I want to do.
  • Every time I think about leaving it, I feel guilty.
  • Shouldn’t I be grateful for what I have?

If you feel this way, you are not alone!

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Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

Are You Stuck?

  • Is your boss grumpy or unappreciative?

  • Do you have a co-worker who takes credit for your ideas?

  • Is your company or industry in decline?

Most of us don’t do anything about situations like these because deep down we hope something will change.

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About The Author

Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

#MeToo...Now What Do We Do?

#MeToo means so many things right now...and, although I empathize in so many ways, I wonder where the #MeToo energy is really coming from.  

As a white male, growing up in the US, I am certain that I have been on every side of #MeToo. I am almost 45 years old, I am sure that I have been violated, and I have violated another, and I am so sorry. I am certain that others have violated and been violated in deeper ways than I have at either end of the spectrum. I share this because I am here to change the game in so many ways!

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Mindful Monday: Compassion and Resistance

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”  ~The Buddha

What a great way to think about the past, present, and future―and to do so with kindness, compassion, and acceptance.

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About The Author

Andrew Mellen's picture

Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

Positive Transformational Change

“An attitude which greets life with inspired expectation and an understanding of the power inherent in being present in the moment brings with it a capacity for resilience and, consequently, a more stress-free life experience. Such an attitude generates a growth mind-set which integrates people’s personal values with the choices they make. Anyone who values humor and good feeling values health and well-being for self and others, and realizes the connection between well-being and a happy, fulfilled life experience.

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer, and artist. 

She is the Founder and Creator of WhiteBird Rising, a resource and guide for the transformational lifestyle. For over 35 years she worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of well-being, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. Her latest book, All Is Chosen, a beautiful handmade art piece, is a compilation of her life’s work, and can be viewed along with her other writings, videos, and artwork, at www.whitebirdrising.com

Braving the Winds of Change

Let there be no doubt that life can be severely ironic. 

Two weeks after I sent out remarks on the sacrifices my wife was making for our family, she got laid off from that soul-sucking job that was providing us health insurance.

She worked at the same company for more than six years. They gave her three days' notice. Corporate management sure is cruel in its inhumanity. The health insurance racket is even worse.

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J. Brown's picture

J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Trying to Make Changes - Change in Perspective

The stories that we tell ourselves are very powerful. Through a change in perspective we can profoundly affect how we view ourselves and the goals that we want to accomplish. As I was becoming a yoga teacher, there was a drastic change within me when I stopped saying “I want to be a yoga teacher” and started saying “I am a yoga teacher.”

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Johnny Nasello's picture

Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

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“An attitude which greets life with inspired expectation and an understanding of the power inherent in being present in the moment brings with it a capacity for resilience and, consequently... read more
dandelion puff blowing away in wind
05/27/2016
Let there be no doubt that life can be severely ironic.  Two weeks after I sent out remarks on the sacrifices my wife was making for our family, she got laid off from that soul-sucking job... read more
red neon sign reads: CHANGE
03/20/2015
The stories that we tell ourselves are very powerful. Through a change in perspective we can profoundly affect how we view ourselves and the goals that we want to accomplish. As I was becoming a yoga... read more
PLAN A binder in trash with PLAN B binder in foreground
03/17/2020
“There is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.” ~Meryl Streep CHANGE IS HERE TO STAY Once we accept that change is a constant in our lives, it becomes... read more
Celular phone on bright orange background with large ERROR message
02/28/2020
F*cking up. Making a mistake. Failure. Just imagining these things is the stuff of nightmares for most of us. Which is really bad news if you want to be successful. Because just as Brene... read more
Albino rat escaping from its cage
03/25/2019
Is this you? I haven’t been happy at this for the past five or six years. I didn’t really choose this career. I don’t even know what I want to do. Every time I think about leaving it, I... read more
11/26/2018
Is your boss grumpy or unappreciative? Do you have a co-worker who takes credit for your ideas? Is your company or industry in decline? Most of us don’t do anything... read more
Port Authority Terminal with violent posters and heart mosaic.
03/14/2018
#MeToo means so many things right now...and, although I empathize in so many ways, I wonder where the #MeToo energy is really coming from.   As a white male, growing up in the US, I am... read more
Woman's hand in silhouette reaching out across sunset waters
07/17/2017
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”  ~The Buddha What a great way to think about the past, present, and future―and to do so with kindness, compassion... read more
Painting adaptation of Vetruvian Man
10/03/2016
“An attitude which greets life with inspired expectation and an understanding of the power inherent in being present in the moment brings with it a capacity for resilience and, consequently... read more
dandelion puff blowing away in wind
05/27/2016
Let there be no doubt that life can be severely ironic.  Two weeks after I sent out remarks on the sacrifices my wife was making for our family, she got laid off from that soul-sucking job... read more
red neon sign reads: CHANGE
03/20/2015
The stories that we tell ourselves are very powerful. Through a change in perspective we can profoundly affect how we view ourselves and the goals that we want to accomplish. As I was becoming a yoga... read more