MJ Ryan

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MJ Ryan

<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 am larger and better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.”—Walt Whitman The other day, I was driving down a...
If insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results, what is thinking the same thing over and over despite evidence to the...
Last time I wrote about the danger of focusing on the problem rather than the solution. There’s another reason why focusing on the road instead...
“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”–Voltaire Lana Calloway is president of Exhibit...
When I was a child, dealing with my particular configuration of a dysfunctional family, I remember lying awake in bed night after night, year after...
“Can you send me over a copy of your book right away?” a friend asked when she heard about my book, AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change...
If I’ve inspired you in my last blog entry to give meditation a try, here’s a very basic form of mindfulness meditation, adapted...
The other day I got a call from a reporter for a women’s magazine wondering if I knew of any new stress reduction ideas, “you know,...
During the eulogy for Senator Ted Kennedy by his oldest son, Ted Kennedy, Jr., the son offered this story: “When I was twelve years old I was...
Find yourself in fear a lot these days? This is a five-minute meditation created by Dawna Markova. It strengthens the creative, problem solving part...
Pamela Busch owns a restaurant in San Francisco. Like everyone else, she felt the pinch of the economic downturn as people stopped going out to eat....
Research by psychology professors Richard G. Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun shows that not only do we have the ability to grow through the challenges...
“I can’t handle this,” Susan cried, contemplating her daughter’s dwindling college fund. I know how she feels. When I think...
“I can’t believe this is happening to me,” said the CEO on the other end of my phone line. “They just offered me a contract...
Think hope is not something we need in the hard business world? Think again. In these challenging times, says psychologist and hope researcher Shane...

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