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01
Three Ways to Influence Others
By Kevin

My son was not buying the rules I set out for running a smoother family.

My supervisor wasn't taking my ideas seriously enough to make an impact in our company.

My relationship with others began to crumble and I couldn't figure out why.

These relationships in my personal, professional, and family mattered, in my day-to-day life.

I've been there and struggled quite a bit. I really wanted to great raise good young men. I wanted to lend my ideas and experience to strengthen our company. I want to improve relationships with those I know, love, and care about deeply.

The desire to improve in my life drove me to learn how I could improve my influence with those I care about the most. I focused on those who have played a major role in influenci...


Apr
29
Want to get to the next level of life?
By Kevin

I believe you and I are on our respective Life Journey, that path we choose to take as a physical human on this planet.

As an individual, family, group, or organization, there comes a time in your Life Journey when you become "stuck." This can happen in either your personal or professional life. Whether it's in your home life or work life, it happens to each of us. It's that growing feeling with that builds as you begin to have uncertainty or dread about your life. Some may call it a "mid-life crisis." As a Coach, I have called that point in your life as a "Fork In The Road."

You have worked hard, raised a strong family, done well at work, and helped others succeed in the community you live in. Then there's that feeling where you know......


Apr
21
Six Steps to Emotional Mastery
By Kevin

He stands 6'-7". With a booming voice and a caring soul, he looms within an audience of thousands of indivdiuals who come to learn from him on a yearly basis. His spirit of provocation is to question the big, obvious things about living. He has written best sellers about motivation, personal development, and business growth. His name? (Anthony) Tony Robbins.

Think about Robbins' work. Then think about yours. The way you go about your daily life is driven, in large part, by emotions. An emotional approach can be used in personal and professional life. The emotional energy within you drives your own important and subtle support, praise, and nudge to try new things.

I have spent considerable time learning from Tony. I have touched on six sk...


Apr
14
Be aware of your Kryptonite
By Kevin

Remember the Superman cartoons and movies?

Clark Kent landed on Earth from Krypton, as it was being destroyed. The very substance that destroyed his planet was far enough away from him that he expected to survive and thrive. As the story goes, we come to depend on Clark, who would be called Superman, to keep the world safe from harm.

There was one problem with the plan, another antagonist comes along, known as Lex Luther, who finds the very substance that would criple and destory the red-capped wonder.

Superman would find Kryptonite to be the lone substance (outside of Lois Lane) that would stop him and render his powers useless.

While Clark Kent is a fictional character the lesson provides a powerful reminder for each of us. The lesson?...


Apr
07
Five Feelings People Crave
By Kevin

Among decades of research we have found that man cannot control their feelings. In fact, the best we've been able to develop ways that we can respond to powerful emotions. One significant insight came decades ago.

We have discovered five principal feelings which have been identified as principal motivators of all human behavior.

Love

Fun

Freedom

Power

Belonging

Think about your very self.

These are the pleasurable feelings which draw you to crave affection, excitement, empowerment, choice, and partnership. It has been this seeking pleausre that led to creating families, amusement parks, sports, governments, support groups, and countless more structures in our world.

Your own behavior is driven by one or five of these feelings. These are ...


Apr
01
Use Your Superpower in Your Life
By Kevin

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

~ Anais Nin

When you were little, you feared nothing. Learning to walk didn't scare you. As a toddler, you had little reason to fear anything. As a result, you stayed in the moment. You just went about the day, taking one thing at a time.

If you fell down while walking. You just got back up and kept moving. You didn't know it then, but you were tapped into your own superpower.

Wait..."I had a superpower?," you ask.

I suggest that thinking in past tense "had a superpower" is wrong. You always have a superpower within you.

Your superpower is courage.

Courage is defined as, "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty." (Merriam-Webster, 2019)

Courage is got you through being a toddler, kindergarten, gr...


Mar
17
Bogged down by Decisions?
By Kevin

Struggling with making decisions? If so, you're not alone.

Each person makes a ton of decisions throughout their day. Whether it be setting the alarm to wake up or something far more critical, like buying a new car or house. We tend to have difficulty making many different types of decisions. I have struggled with decisions that impact myself and my family, from time-to-time.

Often times I struggled with choosing how to face new opportunities. I tended to worry too much about what others might think about me. I would worry about the long-term impact on my career, my personal life, or the relationships with my family. When it became really difficult, I would put off the decision as long as I could (an anxiety coping skill).

Through my struggles, I have learned from research and personal experien...


Mar
10
The #1 Thing which helped me with Anxiety
By Kevin

I first discovered anxiety in 4th grade.

My school's track coach walked up to me and said, "I'm thinking of putting you in the 1600m race." I told him, "uhhh, ok." Then the time came for me to line up with the other 7 kids in the race...I felt this deep nervousness. I began thinking of all the things that will go wrong. I had no real idea what was taking place at the moment and I locked up in fear. I began with the certainty that I am going to look bad and fail. After the gun sounded, I allowed anxiety to win.

That race in 4th grade was something I began to understand the power of fear within the brain. I fell behind in the race very quickly and I couldn't compete. I feared the worst, that I would fail, and I did. In years that followed,...


Mar
03
A quick antidote to Depression
By Kevin

I was sadly reminded this past week of the power that depression has on an individual. As someone who has been through depression, I the depths and power that helplessness and hopelessness has on an individual. As I have become a sought-out therapist and addictions counselor, I have learned how to help individuals move through depression and come through the other side of the deep and dark times.

Along the way, another client of mine taught me a very powerful vision of what depression can do. He said it like this, "Kevin...the problem with depression is that it begins to grow very silently. If depression could talk, it would say something like this, 'stay here on the couch and do nothing. Here take the remote control of the television....


Feb
12
Brain vs. Inner Mind: Which Do You Use More Often?
By Franz Locsin

By: Kevin R. Foley, M.Ed., LPC

Feelings of depression, anxiety, and depression are patterns of thought and behavior that have drawn the majority of attention, whether it's in health care or business. Much of the so-called "problem solvers" focus their attention on the "presenting problem." Consider that our entire health field is dedicated to diagnose and treat symptoms, whether they be physical, mental, or emotional, through medication management of these symptoms. Business consultants spend much of their time determining faults and failings of a business, through high priced consultants. Instead of dwelling on the problem, I have found much of what leads to progressive and lasting change comes from forward motion through self-awareness ...


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