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Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Body, and Soul – Advice from Donna Hartney, Author of “Aha” Moment Self-Help Book

Spring cleaning isn’t just for the home. Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of an “aha” moment self-help book offers 5 tips for a vernal cleaning of the mind, body, and soul.


CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094,

Buffalo, NY – March 20, 2013 –Spring cleaning isn’t just for the home. Life coaches and career advisers often recommend annual assessments of the mind, body, and soul to clear the cobwebs from the inner reaches of the brain. Performance consultant and “aha” moment expert Donna Hartney, Ph.D., offers 5 tips for undertaking a life and career spring cleaning.

“A personal spring cleaning can be easier than getting your house in shape for the coming warm weather. Sometimes, all it takes is changing your mindset ever so slightly, just enough to be open to those pivotal realizations that can radically alter some aspect of your life—your health, relationships, career, or spiritual life,” says Hartney, author of the self-help book titled The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.

The AHA! Handbook is the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to prime themselves for pivotal "aha" moments.“Priming yourself for a defining moment is quicker and easier than giving the bedroom a fresh coat of paint or washing all of the window treatments,” she adds as she offers the following 5 tips:

The AHA! Handbook is the first research-based self-help book to teach readers how to prime themselves for life-changing insights. The book counters conventional wisdom, which holds that momentous, life-altering “aha” moments are rare events outside a person’s control and is based on Hartney’s analysis of 99 published, first-hand accounts of life-changing insights. The book is published by Clarenell Press, LLC and is available in bookstores nationwide. Learn more at

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AHA! Q&A on Experience Pros Radio Show

Donna Hartney author of "aha" moment self-help book is interviewed on the radioA few weeks back I had a great time talking with Angel and Eric on the Experience Pros radio show. Here’s the link if you’d like to listen…

Fast forward to 9:35 to hear Jerry Brown share his story telling tips.

Keep going to 21:20 to hear my answers to these questions:

And if you want to listen through to the end, at 34:40 Jim Blue talks about what baby boomers need to know about the great digital divide.

Happy listening!

What Could an AHA! Teach a Psychologist About Psychology, and Life?

aha moments transformed the lives of psychology experts

Alice Boyes recently asked 15 experts in the field of psychology to describe a personal “aha” moment that was sparked by knowing what they know about psychology. They’re fascinating stories. (Click here to read Alice’s post.)

Barb Markaway’s story stood out for me. She told Alice that while she was in therapy she was generating all kinds of “aha” moments. The problem was that nothing was changing in her life. It wasn’t until she stopped going to therapy that she had an realization that made all the difference.

Barb’s story is such great illustration of something that I’ve found with insights. Not all insights are created equally. A logical insight will change what a person thinks, and may not have any impact on a person’s actions. My guess is that the insights that Barb was experiencing when she was in therapy were logical insights.

A core insight, on the other hand, changes a person’s subconscious mental models. When a person’s view of reality changes, her behavior naturally changes, because “that’s just the way the world works.”


Len Saunders’ Healthy Tip #157 – An “Aha” Moment

Len Saunders prints a healthy tip from Donna Hartney, author of "aha" moment self-help book

Len Saunders recently shared on his blog a tip from me on getting one step closer to a healthy lifestyle. Click here to read the post.

Lindsay Lohan Had an Epiphany! Did She or Didn’t She?

According to news reports, Lindsay Lohan has experienced a life-chaning "aha" moment

Celebrity news was abuzz last week with the story—Lindsay Lohan has had an epiphany! At least according to an interview that Mark Heller, her new attorney, had with E! News. (A google of “Lindsay Lohan epiphany” on Saturday netted 361,000 results.)

Okay, I  know what you’re thinking. We’ve been here before. We’ve watched the revolving door that is Lindsay’s life. An ongoing omg! poll of readers found that (at the time I wrote this) only 4% believed it’s real this time, while the remaining 96% think it’s just “more of the same.”

Her attorney said in the interview, “…being re-arrested and facing going back to jail caused her to have an epiphany. Some times the cumulative effect of everything in your life percolates and you have a realization and a clarity that things have to change.”

I read this looking for clues of a pivotal insight as I thought about my three criteria for an AHA! (At this point all we have to go on is the interview with her lawyer. I didn’t find any first-hand comments by Lindsay.)

  1. A sudden flash of clarity. Epiphany. Realization. Clarity. The lawyer used these words to describe Lindsay’s experience. Did that clarity arrive suddenly in a jolt of understanding? We don’t know.
  2. About the reality of the situation. “…a clarity that things have to change.” Has Lindsay woken up to that realization? Is it her new reality? Again, all we have to go on is one brief comment by her lawyer.
  3. That has a profound and lasting impact on Lindsay. Her lawyer mentioned that she is exploring options—working with girls who are hospitalized and/or speaking to schools.

It’s too early to tell whether Lindsay’s experience was truly a pivotal, life-changing insight. I certainly hope for Lindsay’s sake that this time it’s a real “aha” moment, one that will have a powerfully positive impact on her life.

Could You Use a Little Willpower? Join the Club!

The Psychological Association released results of its sixth annual survey on stress in America.

How’s it going doing what you know you need to do for your career, your health, your relationships, your spiritual life? Maybe you could use a little (or a lot) of willpower. Join the club.

According to a recent research report from the American Psychological Association (Stress in America: Missing the Health Care Connection), the biggest perceived barrier to change is willpower. (Of the nearly 2000 people surveyed who where trying to make a change or who had been advised to make a change, 31% said that a lack of willpower was getting in their way, followed by time constraints (22%), cost constraints (16%), and stress (12%).)

31% who want to change think they need more willpower to be successful. What worries me about that number is that I’ll bet that most (if not all) of the people who said that are thinking the willpower that means muscling through, putting your nose to the grindstone, sucking it up and making it happen.

Unfortunately, the muscling-through kind of willpower isn’t sustainable over the long haul. (Check out this research summary in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.)

So what options does that leave us with? I have two suggestions:

  1. Find your trump. If you’ve played card games such as Spades or Hearts, you know what a trump is. It’s something that has uber power. Play that card, and you win—every time. When you’re trying to make a change in your life, find your trump and you’ll have all the willpower that you’ll need. I used to be a choco-holic until I found my trump. (You can read about what that trump was for me in Robin Madell’s recent article on TheGlassHammer.)
  2. Prime yourself for an “aha” moment. In a flash of clarity you’ll gain all the focus and commitment that you’ll need to follow through. If you don’t know how, I encourage you to pick up a copy of my book, The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.