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Not That Kind of Person:

Don’t let your self-definition limit your possibilities!

As a child who daydreamed a lot, I often imagined myself acting on the professional stage. Much later, I realized that dream was not so much about being an actor as it was about being the kind of person I perceived one would have to be, to get up on stage and take that risk. And because I was not ‘that kind of person’ in my own mind, I never pursued that dream.

What possibilities have you ruled out in your own life because you believed you were not the kind of person who attempted that sort of thing? Recent research in psychology has given a name to that condition: the fixed mindset – the belief that your key defining traits, like intelligence, athletic ability, and creativity, are determined at birth and relatively unchanging. A growth mindset, on the other hand, embraces the possibility of changing and improving these and other attributes at any stage of life.

In this motivational, highly interactive presentation, David Otey first describes these research-based concepts, and then uses stories from his own growth-mindset journey to illustrate their power. Audiences will leave with a fresh understanding of how changes to their thinking habits can open up a world of new possibilities.

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The Myth of the Comfort Zone

Don’t step outside the box – get rid of the box!

Those safe boundaries you retreat into – are they a comfort zone or an isolation booth? And if everyone from your boss to your personal trainer is urging you step out of your comfort zone, what good is having one? What would you be able to accomplish if you abandoned the myth of the comfort zone and met life where it happens?

Drawing on the lessons of his personal journey of reinvention – as well as the latest research into the psychology of happiness – David Otey delivers an engaging, thought-provoking look at common self-limiting beliefs and offers specific steps for overcoming them. Appropriate for all audiences. Especially appropriate for employers or organizations interested in their employees’ or members’ self-actualization.

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Out of the Labyrinth

Life Lessons for Your Journey

The ancient practice of walking a labyrinth is still followed today by many, who find it a source of tranquility and insight. In contrast to traditional patterns, life today is defined by increasing uncertainty, which often leads to anxiety and paralysis. What if you (along with your employees or associates) could re-frame that uncertainty? What if you saw it as nothing more threatening than unexpected twists and turns on the path to your destination? What would you be able to accomplish with the energy such a mind-shift could unlock? An excellent program for corporate or association audiences.

Second Lesson of the Labyrinth from “Out of the Labyrinth”:

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