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Five Strategies to Re-KICKSTART Your Holiday MOJO


By Kelly Beischel Phd, RN, CNE It’s that time of year when many of us are experiencing a roller coaster of emotions. So much that it can feel like a tug of war competition between love and hate being played out in our brains. You love the holidays and all the festivities. But you also have 101 tasks on your work or school to-do-list. And let us not forget the parties to attend, cards to mail, gifts to buy, cookies to bake, and if you are like my family, crafts to make. It’s enough to make a person want to hibernate in the fetal position. Especially when your energy is zapped and you still have a week to go. You have 7 days to go until Christmas. If your energy is waning, try these strategies to boost the energy you need to finish strong.  Five Strategies to Re-KICKSTART Your Holiday MOJO: 1. Release The expectations we place on ourselves or allow others to place upon you are over the top. The funny thing is, we would never put these expectations on others. Why do we do it to ourselves? Being a perfect baker, gift wrapper, party-goer, house cleaner, gift giver, you name it, is overrated. * Release the need to […]

What to do when you want to give up on your goals

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE The first quarter of the year has already passed. Crazy, right? How are you doing on what you set out to accomplish this year? If your answer is “not that great”. Giving up on your goals is not the answer.  So many times we get pumped up about our goals at the New Year or at the start of a new semester, making plans to go after what we most desire. And then when the bright, shiny new year fades and we are mired in the real work – the rise and grind – day in and day out – we lose sight of our goals, of what we truly desire. It’s easy to allow ourselves to become derailed from the path of our dreams. It’s easy to forget why we were motivated to take action, to build rest into our schedule, to become healthy …. (insert your desire). And then what happens when we fall off the path? We berate ourselves. We make excuses. Or we say to ourselves things like, “Well, that didn’t work” or “I can’t do that.” or “That’s too hard.” And we give up. If this is you… I want you to know, my friend, that you are not alone. […]

What’s the harm in failing to fail?

by Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE My client, Susan, was steaming. And rightly so. Susan’s department director went over her head and told Susan’s failing students that she (the director) would change their course grade if they passed the HESI, a standardized test. True story. I’ve heard this story, or a version of it, more times than I can count. And I too am furious. How have we come to this in higher education? As a society, we have evolved into “trophyizing” (yes, I made that word up) children for simply trying, for showing up, for giving their all. And sometimes they don’t even have to show up or give their all yet still receive a trophy.   Just as distributing trophies to undeserving children, the practice of passing students when their grades suggest otherwise serves no one. It’s unethical in fact. Why? Because it teaches nothing. Except perhaps, “If you whine loudly enough, you can get your way.” The official term for this is “failing to fail.” While Susan’s story may be infuriating, administrators are not alone in the practice of failing to fail. Faculty have cited knowing the student’s name, giving the benefit of the doubt, fearing the student would be held back or removed from their course of […]

What would it look like to channel Garth Brooks in your classroom?

Kelly P. Beischel Ph.D., RN, CNE   My husband and I saw Garth Brooks in concert this past Sunday night. I don’t typically stay out late on Sunday nights as the price to be paid on Monday is too steep. But for Garth Brooks … I made an exception. What a performance! I love his music and know nearly all of his songs by heart. The lyrics and accompanying music are catchy thus memorable. But do you know what I love most about him? His energy. His enthusiasm. His passion for his art. And from what my son told me after meeting Garth personally, Garth is an unbelievably kind person.  Refreshing to hear, right? Even if you aren’t a fan, you have to agree that he has something special going on.  I mean. Come on. Garth goes on a world tour after being absent from the music industry for nearly 16 years. And every one of his concerts sells out within minutes of the shopping cart opening.  During the concert, I couldn’t help but note that when we were all clapping, screaming, and singing with Garth, he responded with over-the-top expressions of gratitude and joy.     Garth’s gratitude and joy generated, even more, engagement and enthusiasm from his fans.   And […]

My Naked Truth. What’s Yours?

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE I value transparency. So much that I no longer have tolerance for folks who aren’t willing to be transparent and vulnerable with me. You know who I’m talking about. Folks who pretend life is perfect or that they have no place to grow. You and I both know that life doesn’t work that way. Life isn’t perfect. Life is messy. And we humans are often a mess as we navigate it.  But we have a simple tool to make our lives better. More joyful. Even easier. And it’s free! What’s this miracle tool? Self-reflection Deep reflection is the most impactful strategy for personal and professional growth. It’s the perfect tool for jumpstarting the necessary disruption of a life set on autopilot. Deep reflection exposes our naked truth. And, for me, it’s not always pretty.   While December is a perfect time to reflect on the past year, life isn’t perfect. In fact, life in December is often mega messy.  To this end, I sat in reflection of 2016 the second week of January. Better late than never. Right? I was astounded by what I discovered when reflecting on 2016 using Susan Hyatt’s reflection questions. Feel free to use these questions to guide your own reflection. […]

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