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When Things Don’t Go As Planned – Change Happens!

Lucy Resting

We have all been there. Drift off to sleep at night with the next day all planned out. But then life happens. We get interrupted, and our plan goes out the window.  We are hit with change.

That’s what happened to me last week.

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that my best friend and co-pilot, Lucy (my beloved 12 ½ year old Korean Jindo pup) was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2015. At that time, her vet told me she had 3 to 6 months to live. The fact she is still with me and enjoying a high quality of life now, 15 months later, is nothing short of miraculous.

We have been very fortunate in managing her seizure activity. Crazy fortunate. In fact, Lucy has not had a seizure since October 2015. Until Tuesday morning.

At 4:15 am, I woke up to find her in a full-blown grand mal seizure. I thought, “It’s okay. I’ve got this.” I got down on the floor next to her and began to soothe her while I glanced at the clock. After our last episode, which landed her in the hospital for several days and over a week at home not eating, the vet gave me some additional “emergency” medicine....

Release What Is Holding You Back

Release What's Holding you back

Did you happen to catch the “Strawberry Moon” Monday night? Not only did we celebrate the Summer Solstice, but we also were witness to a full moon. It’s such a rare occurrence – the last time was 70 years ago!

Now, I’m not completely “woo-woo”, but you cannot deny the powerful energy of Monday night. I took full advantage of the longest day of the year to have a fire outside and absorb the serene sunset and magnificent full moon.

There is something about fires that I really love. Perhaps that’s why I really enjoy camping. I don’t need an excuse to have a fire in the morning, the afternoon, AND the evening. The crackling wood, the smoky smell, and the jumping flames mesmerize me. Relaxing by a fire helps me to unwind, let go of the thoughts running rampant through my mind, and instead get caught up in a mystery.

With the power of the full moon and summer solstice, I decided that it was a perfect night to “let go” of some things. I mean, why not? When you have that much universal energy supporting you, it felt like a perfect time to throw a few things into the fire....

There Is Still Time To Make A Change

Girl with a choice near the forked road

Lately, I’ve been on a Led Zeppelin kick. Every so often, I find myself listening to the soulful sounds and lyrics of my all time favorite band. Some times it’s about nostalgia. Other times it’s about kicking myself in the butt to move forward.

The transition from the corporate world into entrepreneurship has been quite the journey. When I took the leap almost 2 years ago, I thought I had everything figured out. Yeah, right. I had some things in order – a plan, money in the bank, a website, and speaking engagements. But then there were things that came up that I had no idea were around the corner.

For instance, my network. With 20 years of experience in multiple industries spanning corporations, niche businesses, and consulting firms, I had tons of contacts to help build my business. Except, now I was in the entrepreneurial camp – not corporate. Who knew that I would end up feeling so alone? The mindset is completely different. I needed a new network of like-minded individuals.

Through this transition, I have been undergoing a transformation of sorts. Of course, I didn’t realize it until recently. My overly analytical and logical mind was getting the best of me....

Change Your Environment – Change Your Results

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The late great motivational and personal improvement guru, Wayne Dyer, wrote the book “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.” In this best seller, Dyer shared his thoughts and review of hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching – producing 81 distinct essays on how to apply this ancient wisdom. The basic tenet was the concept that when you change your thoughts, you can make significant changes in your life results.

When things aren’t going the way we want in our lives and businesses, we have a tendency to jump right into taking action. Any action to produce results. We do create some short-term gains, but a long-term sustainable impact eludes us.

Getting to the core thought that keeps us stuck, frustrated, and not implementing new ideas is the only way to create lasting change that will impact our long-term results.

That’s great to know, but can be hard to implement. Spending time to deep dive into our core thoughts takes effort and can be an unfolding process. It takes time to discover the deeper values and beliefs we hold. So it can be frustrating when you need results fast. Especially if you are in a time crunch to generate cash flow or launch a new product or service to grow your business....

Do What You WANT

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It was October 27, 2007. As I boarded my Southwest flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, my mind was cluttered. I was looking forward to the next 3 ½ hours to decompress, sort out my thoughts, and rest. The trip had been planned for weeks. Off to celebrate my best friend’s milestone birthday. A weekend away with old friends was just what I needed to get out of my funk.

Instead of resting and relaxing on the flight, though, my mind was racing. Stress and anxiety filled my body. My job was stagnating. I had been at the firm almost 4 years and did not see any real path for advancement. Finances were ho-hum. I made enough to live comfortably and save some, but nothing extraordinary.

My romantic relationship made me feel like I was stuck in mud. After nearly 3 years together, we had reached that proverbial fork in the road – were we walking down the same path or headed in different directions? Oh, how I wish I knew! My body was giving me signals, but I was ignoring them. I wasn’t working out or eating as well as I knew I should be, and my energy levels were low....

Building Rapport for Successful Leadership

Business woman at the office ready to work

Know any personalities at your workplace that rub you the wrong way? Chances are you do. Friction, by definition, is the resistance of motion when object rubs against another. There are plenty of high friction personalities in the business world. Some are successful, but their leadership methods are often shortsighted and fear inducing to their teams.

Successful leaders understand that building rapport is the grease that reduces friction in the machine of business. Whether you are in sales, marketing, engineering, finance, or human resources, reducing friction allows people to collaborate in a way that is forward moving and productive.

Rapport is an emotional bond or friendly relationship between people based on a mutual liking, trust, and an understanding that they share each other’s concerns. The best leaders create rapport with everyone – their team members, colleagues, managers, shareholders, stakeholders, customers, and clients. These leaders often generate win-win solutions that build upon that trust that was developed over time.

Fortunately, building rapport and the level of trust and understanding that great leaders embody is a skill that has been studied for years. Here are five proven ways to build rapport with everyone you meet.

1.  Pay attention to how you show up – physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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5 Ways to Build Inner Strength

The only constant in life is change. Change is everywhere. We experience change in needs, expectations, careers, economics, business, time demand, and so much more. Today, the security we seek from the various aspects of our lives is no longer guaranteed on any level. To create an effective personal system for thriving in our ever-changing world, you need to become your authentic self – armed with inner strength.

Inner strength helps you to get back up when you’ve been knocked down. Empowering yourself to dust off your pants and step back into the ring. It is about resilience and confidence. A person with inner strength has the mental and emotional skills to confront the challenges life brings. We all have the muscles to do this. We simply need to develop these muscles to respond rather than react to life’s challenges.

It is inspiring to know that you really can do something to increase your inner strength. Since part of survival is the acceptance that you cannot change circumstances or other people, it is critical to accept and feel empowered to transform yourself from the inside out. Here’s a few ways to help you exercise this muscle:

1.  Develop a keen sense of awareness....

Push Beyond Your Fears

We all experience fear at some point in our lives – it’s part of being human. No matter how paralyzing or overwhelming your fear makes you feel, there is a way past it. While you will never completely eliminate fear from your world, you can definitely get to the point where your fear does not stop you from daring to dream, think new thoughts, and create your future.

Pushing past your fears, especially your inner obstacles, is one of the focal points I work on with clients. There is a reason that “F” in F.A.S.T. Women in Business stands for “Fearless.” It is only when you can push past the self-created boundaries in your mind that you can stand in your strength and possess the courage to move forward.

What does it mean to be Fearless? Webster’s Dictionary defines “Fearless” as brave; free from fear. Related words include bold, courageous, gutsy, daring and valiant. In my world, it means you get back up when someone knocks you down. You take calculated risks, fail some times, and then try again and again. The more comfortable you are falling down, the less worried and judgmental you are of yourself. This repeated action of dusting yourself off and trying again helps you to break through the walls surrounding your comfort zone....

5 Key Awakenings – Part 2

 

Last time we started investigating the 5 Key Awakenings that successful career women have. These awakenings create a shift in how you approach your work and your life in a significant way. If you recall, last time we revealed #5: Successful women create structure to their day.  Today let’s dive into #4:

 

Awakening #4: Successful women release the past.

 

Last year the Disney hit film “Frozen” captivated audiences with the tale of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey to find her estranged sister.  It’s a story inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen”.  In the movie, the ostracized Queen Elsa, eventually realizes that she no longer needs to hide her abilities to create snow and ice, and rejoices by belting out the famous song “Let It Go.”

The song itself is a celebration for Queen Elsa.  She is able to release the assumptions and interpretations from her past that her magical abilities were only destructive.  Instead, she embraces her unique powers without fear, without limits, to let it go and create a living snowman and a magnificent ice castle.  Life changes as she releases the past disappointments and fears.  Not only that – the film and song started a wider public conversation on releasing perfectionism and the fears that hold women back....

Vacation Planning versus Career Planning

Negril, Jamaica

 

Negril, Jamaica

Negril, Jamaica

Now that summer is in full swing, most of us have our minds on vacation. Whether it’s a long-weekend getaway with friends, a family reunion, or an exotic overseas adventure, we all can relate to planning and preparing for well-deserved rest and relaxation. For a big vacation, we may start planning the year before – where and when to go, the budget, researching tours, airfare, hotel, and local attractions. You can easily spend several days or weeks planning the whole event. And we do it because it’s FUN. It’s fun to look at glossy brochures, surf the Internet, and devour tour books.

The reality is that most people spend more time planning their vacations every year than they do planning their career over their lifetime. Why? When you reach mid-career, most people are on cruise control. Life takes over. Spending time strategizing on your next career move can feel like……well, work. Maybe you lost your passion. Perhaps you feel you’ve hit a plateau. A wrong turn took you down a dark alley and you feel cornered. Or you are afraid of change. It doesn’t have to be this way.

What would happen if you tapped into that inner spark of passion for your work?...