Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By Angela Duckworth

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people-both seasoned and new-that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own “character lab” and set out to test her theory.

Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers-from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that-not talent or luck-makes all the difference.

How to set boundaries with your work schedule to create better balance

If you master the concept I outline in this video, you will experience:

  • Greater satisfaction with your work
  • Get more work done than before
  • Feel less stress and anxiety
  • More healthy habits to support you

Because you’re no fun when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed all the time. Take it from me. I struggled with burnout as I led the communications for a $50M company and what I outline here is one of the exact strategies I used to create my own transformation from burnout to balance.

And if you stick through to the end of the video, you have a chance to win a prize! Enter in the comments below.

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

“The Bible of business and personal productivity” —Lifehack

“A completely revised and updated edition of the blockbuster bestseller from ‘the personal productivity guru'”—Fast Company

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

Erin Acton CBC

Join me and CBC All Points West host Robyn Burns as we discuss how to create your best life.


Date: January 3, 2017
Time: 4:50 p.m.
Appearance: Creating Your Best Life
Outlet: CBC All Points West
Location: Victoria, BC
Format: Radio

The Now Habit

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

By Neil Fiore

Learn how to overcome procrastination and enjoy guilt-free play!  One of the most effective programs to combat procrastination, THE NOW HABIT has sold over 100,000 copies, has been translated into 11 languages, and is now revised and updated.

Featuring a new introduction and a new section providing strategies to understand and deal with the role technology plays in procrastination today, THE NOW HABIT offers a comprehensive plan to help readers lower their stress and increase their time to enjoy guilt-free play. Dr. Fiore’s techniques will help any busy person start tasks sooner and accomplish them more quickly, without the anxiety brought on by the negative habits of procrastination and perfectionism.

Stop Holiday Overwhelm

It was a delight to be featured on Shaw TV to help people manage overwhelm during the busy, stressful holidays. Watch the story here:

Stop Christmas Overwhelm

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed in the holiday season? Certified Business Coach, Erin Acton & Registered Dietitian, Kristen Yarker have some tips on how to remain calm & stress free during the holidays.

Women feel more stress during holidays, and experts say it might come from within

Erin Acton and Kristen Yarker

Everyone feels the stress at holiday time, but two experts in Victoria say women feel it more.

Life coach Erin Acton and registered dietitian Kristen Yarker say many women feel too much stress on themselves to be “perfect” this time of year.

Read full article:

Date: December 20, 2016
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Appearance: Women feel more stress during holidays, and experts say it might come from within
Outlet: CBC All Points West
Location: Victoria, BC
Format: Radio

Stop Overwhelm Virtual Training

We can often romanticize the festive season, imagining it’s all cocktails and sequins or a rosy, merlot-induced glow by the fire.

The reality is much different for many of us: skipped meals, squeezed-in dance recitals, cupcake baking for the school fundraiser, midnight trips to Walmart because we’ve run out of wrapping paper, and mindlessly shoving any food in our mouths on the way there. In short, you’re overwhelmed and feel held hostage by life’s responsibilities.

I want to help you avoid overwhelm, enjoy the season, and get more out of your hectic life. I am presenting a seminar that teaches a simple strategy to get calm when you’re overwhelmed by your busy life.

Keeping it simple

In my practice, I have found that big life overhauls don’t work. People often do nothing because they don’t have the capacity to incorporate hours of yoga or complicated food prep into their day. We have heard the solution is to stop being busy, but for many of us, that isn’t an option.

I will teach you how to make a small yet powerful shift so you can feel better and be more productive. It will be a short and powerful training done over the phone that you can dial into and listen in while you’re on the go.

Here’s what you get

  • My simple, three-step process to get calm anytime, anywhere
  • A quick, 5-question overwhelm assessment
  • Real-life examples and takeaways that you can use right now
  • Answers to your questions live on the call.

Where & When

  • Online or by phone. You choose! You’ll receive full connection details when you register.
  • Monday, December 12
  • 7 pm Pacific/10 pm Eastern

Reserve your seat here!

Date: December 7, 2016
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Event: Stop Overwhelm: Get Calm in 3 Steps & 30 Seconds
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

By Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, Matthew McKay

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook broke new ground when it was first published in 1980, detailing easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world. Now in its sixth edition, this workbook, highly regarded by therapists and their clients, remains the go-to source for stress reduction strategies that can be incorporated into even the busiest lives.

This new edition is updated with powerful relaxation techniques based on the latest research, and draws from a variety of proven treatment methods, including progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, and mindfulness and acceptance therapy.

In the first chapter, you’ll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation and stress reduction, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do to apply that method when you feel stressed. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit – an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

Find more help online at Self-Help Therapy offers web-based treatment for stress reduction based on the book The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook . Other modules in Self-Help Therapy offer treatment for anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder and anger.