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<strong>About MJ Ryan, the Author</strong><br /> <br /> Internationally recognized as a leading change expert, M.J. Ryan is one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of This Year I Will&hellip;, The Happiness Makeover, The Power of Patience, Trusting Yourself, and Attitudes of Gratitude, among other titles. A member of Professional Thinking Partners, she specializes in coaching individuals and teams around the world. She has appeared on The Today Show and CNN, and is a contributing editor to Good Housekeeping and Health. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter. Visit her website at <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.mj-ryan.com" target="_blank">www.mj-ryan.com</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>About AdaptAbility, the Book</strong><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Change is hard,&rdquo; we say, and it is even harder when change is thrust upon us. In today&rsquo;s tough times, we may be forced to reinvent our career or downsize our lives; at any point in life, we may lose a love or a dream. Our first reaction to change we didn&rsquo;t ask for may be to rail against fate. But what if we could see past today&rsquo;s turmoil and spot the opportunities that lie within unasked-for change? That is the promise of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amazon.com/AdaptAbility-How-Survive-Change-Didnt/dp/0767932625/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1241409018&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">AdaptAbility</a>, bestselling author and executive coach M. J. Ryan&rsquo;s paradigm-shifting new book on not merely surviving but thriving when change is required.<br /> <br /> Why is it so hard to accept change? Paradoxically, it is for the very reason that our brains usually work so well; we are designed to learn something and make it automatic. The problem is that when circumstances change, our &ldquo;efficient&rdquo; brains keep trying to do things the same old way. In <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amazon.com/AdaptAbility-How-Survive-Change-Didnt/dp/0767932625/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1241409018&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">AdaptAbility</a>, Ryan provides strategies to retrain your brain and optimize your response to change, step by step: by first accepting the new reality, then expanding your options, and finally, taking effective action. She offers cutting-edge tools for becoming calmer, less fearful, and more flexible, creative, and resourceful in your thinking. Best of all, as your &ldquo;adapt-ability&rdquo; increases, so does your confidence that you will be able to face whatever life sends your way and find new ways to flourish.<br /> <br /> For more information visit: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.mj-ryan.com">www.mj-ryan.com</a>

Stories by MJ Ryan

I recently went on a twelve-day business trip to Europe with two colleagues. One said to me as we got on the plane, “I’m watching my...
“Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by air.”—Ivan Pavlov I’m back...
Perfectionism is harmful. Brain research shows that at birth, the brain is wired to track success and discard failure. But a perfectionist focuses...
The new year will be upon us in thirty days. Some will reflect on the past. Sometimes such reflection helps us understand our present circumstances...
Thanksgiving 2010: In these hard times, are Americans thankful? Thanksgiving 2010 finds Americans politically divided and struggling financially....
Perfectionism carries a high price in the ways we treat those closest to us and ourselves. As Kathy Cordova, author of Let Go, Let Miracles Happen,...
“I have heard that an eagle misses 70 percent of its strikes. Why should I expect to do better? And when he misses, does he scold himself, I...
This is a story I was sent years ago. I’m not sure who wrote it. It seems important in these stress-filled days when we think being perfect is...
What drives you around the bend, makes you crazy, sends you to the moon? If you take the time to make a list of your biggest bugaboos, you will be...
I have a wonderful friend named Molly Fumia who is one of the best happiness boosters I have ever met. Being with her is like being wrapped in a...
When I was the editor of Conari Press, we published a little book called Random Acts of Kindness. We knew it would help folks be more kind in...
Scatter Happiness   I wanted to thank someone who had been kind to me. So I sent a bouquet of roses to her office. When ordering, I found...
Wherever the need to try to make others happy comes from, it’s a no-win proposition. So how do you go about changing? There are three basic...
A friend of mine, Kim, is a single mother with two grown daughters, Lisa and Molly. Each of these women—two in their thirties and one in her...
You’re Not Responsible for Anyone Else’s Happiness I was having lunch with Terri, who was telling me about her problems with her husband...

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