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Dr. Amy Wood

Psychologist Amy Wood helps adults to articulate and accomplish their own unique versions of success through psychotherapy, coaching, training, speaking, and writing. A pragmatic optimist, she is known for her capacity to simplify complexity and see manageable solutions amid the overwhelm of modern life and work. Dr. Wood is the author of the award-winning book Life Your Way: Refresh Your Approach to Success and Breathe Easier in a Fast-paced World and member of the National Speakers Association. She earned her doctorate from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, graduated from the College of Executive Coaching, and is a certified mediator. Visit her website at Connect with her on LinkedIn and find her on Facebook

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Posted: January 10, 2016

How to get it right in 2016

Written by: Dr. Amy Wood

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Yesterday, Jan. 9, was a big day in America: The date in January by which most American adults typically drop their New Year’s resolutions.

Why do we abandon our annual intentions so soon in the year?

Because they’re too big, too unwieldy, too darn intimidating.

The secret to resolutions that actually get accomplished is making them so ridiculously non-threatening that you will have no trouble summoning the motivation to get started.


“I will write for five minutes three times a week” instead of “I will write a novel this year.”

“I will replace one cup of coffee per day with a glass of water” instead of “I will stop drinking coffee.”

“I will get up from my desk and walk around for five minutes every two hours” instead of “I will drag myself to the gym every morning before work.”

Tiny lackluster steps are far more likely to lead you in the right direction than huge sweeping aspirations.

Try it and see.

If you want support with setting resolutions that truly resonate with you – and are therefore most apt to move you forward – consider attending “Peaceful and Powerful in 2016:  An Afternoon of Yoga, Intuition and Visioning to Re-imagine Your Life.”

I’m co-facilitating this workshop with yoga teacher/shamanic healer Martha Williams with the purpose of helping you clear out what you don’t want (over-sized goals that keep you stuck?) and set the stage for what you do want (greater meaning, joy and possibility?) this year and beyond.

Peaceful and Powerful in 2016

The date: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 23
Location:  Studio 408 in South Portland
The gist: Simple yoga poses, heart-opening visualization practices, and personal discovery exercises to put you in closer touch with your intuitive wisdom, your source for sustainable goals. Nourishing snacks will be served. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a journal and pen.
For more information, call me at 207-232-0390 or email


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