Dr. Keith Ablow’s Blog

Keith’s blog is a collection of powerful insights to help you achieve emotional wellness and personal empowerment. To complement and expand on these insights check out the Pain-2-Power YouTube channel and Dr. Keith’s Pain-2-Power Podcast.

Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story

Every one of us is a story.  The past chapters of our lives comprise our back story – childhood, adolescence and the rest.  The present is being written this very moment.  And the arc of each of our stories will be determined by the future chapters that will unfold. Every event in our stories matters […]

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“I Can Still Buy A $4 Cup of Coffee”

Sometimes, it’s the little things that bring the big things back into perspective.  A friend of mine who runs a technology startup was in the midst of sharing with me some of the very real challenges he faces in getting his company up and running.  His brow was furrowed, and hhe kept sighing.  He seemed […]

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Pain-2-Power Person of the Week: Robert Paylor

On May 6, 2017, during Robert Paylor’s sophomore year playing on the University of California, Berkeley’s rugby team he was paralyzed during the national championship game against Arkansas State.  Rendered quadriplegic, he was told he would never walk, again. The immediate aftermath of Paylor’s horrific injury meant he could not swallow or breathe independently.  He […]

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Countering Disempowering Messages from Government

Now, maybe more than ever in this country, messaging from many quarters of government is contrary to the Pain-2-Power philosophy.  Stated simply that philosophy is:  Boldly pursue your true SELF and true goals, being willing and even eager to confront the discomfort of doing so, in order to become the strongest you can be.  Government […]

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Pain-2-Power Person of the Week: Colonel Sanders

The late Harland David Sanders, a.k.a. “Colonel Sanders” is known as the face and force behind Kentucky Fried Chicken.  What could he have to do with Pain-2-Power? Well, I have said, again and again, that the comeback story is the iconic story of human beings.  It is when adversity visits that those who dig deep […]

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The Ego Climber

In Robert Pirsig’s book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, he talks about what he calls the “ego climber.”  These are individuals whose energy to pursue goals doesn’t emanate from a core passion aligned with a true sense of self, but, instead, from a desire to prop up a false self—one connected to trying […]

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Drs. Marion Gruber and Philip Krause: Pain-2-Power People of the Week

Dr. Marion Gruber, the director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review, along with her deputy, Dr. Philip Krause, submitted their resignation notices last week.  They believe that the Biden White House has been prematurely pushing for Americans to receive a third Covid immunization (the “booster”) prior to a formal FDA approval of […]

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Can A Business Become SELF-Actualized?

Short answer: Yes.  But what do I mean?  I mean that even though a business is a collection of people putting effort into a particular goal, the business has its own story.  The people putting effort into making that story everything it can be need to be aware of that fact.  They are serving not […]

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Pain-2-Power Person of the Week: Marine Sergeant Nicole Gee

  Marine Sergeant Nicole Gee died a hero in Afghanistan on August 26, 2021, along with 12 other U.S. service members, in a suicide bombing near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gee, whose husband is also a Marine, was from Sacramento, California and served as a maintenance technician with the 24th Marine Expeditionary […]

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Too Late for Pain-2-Power?

One of the most daunting psychological resistors to using Pain-2-Power to become the most authentic, powerful version of yourSELF is the idea that it is “too late.”  It’s too late because you’re so far along on a career path that, while it doesn’t speak to your soul, pays the bills.  It’s too late because the […]

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