The Value of Vulnerability

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Reading is something I have adored for as long as I can remember. I consider books, yes, the real live paper kind, things of beauty! The many bookshelves in my home would that love of beauty. Rarely does a day go by where I skip reading altogether. Most of the time, I have multiple books in the works; books just make me happy! I love a good novel, a compelling biography, a how-to book, or a book loaded with information on topics like leadership, personalities, health, spiritual matters, cooking… I could go on! Just by chance, or more probably by … Read More

The Secret to Becoming a More Connected Leader

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From a child’s perspective, a time out feels like forever! Being removed from the company of others and missing out  – that’s no fun! Has leading conjured up some of those “time out” isolation feelings? If so, you are not alone! Leading can be a very lonely adventure. Do you feel like you have no one to talk to; no one to bounce ideas off of or to offer a fresh perspective? Are you indecisive or find yourself second guessing your decisions or, even worse, waffling? Do you feel out of touch with those you lead or find yourself avoiding … Read More

Stop Hesitating and Let Go

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For there to be space for new, the old has to come to an end. You have to let go. Think back to your playground days. Do you remember the row of rings that many play structures included? In order to get from one end of the rings to the other , you had to let go. Being shorter than the average bird, navigating the rings was tricky for me at first. It required a certain level of strength, coordination, and the determination to set aside my fears. After all, falling is never fun! With practice, I was able to … Read More

Upgrading to Plan B

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How you start the day – that makes a difference. It sets the course of your day. My morning routine includes time connecting with God, reading, exercising, and making a plan for the day. Isn’t that what you would expect from a life coach – a routine and a plan? Armed with my plan, which I now affectionately refer to as Plan A, or my “to do” list, I enthusiastically set out to execute Plan A. Some days, I am able to happily cross things off with ease and my productive side brims with satisfaction. But most days, the unexpected … Read More

Want to Make A Difference? Nourish Your Creativity!

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Whatever you pay attention to grows! It just does! Problems, unexpected glitches, or a day not turning out the way you’d planned – they scream, and shout, and dance around wildly vying for your attention! That’s hard to ignore. And as you give the negatives undeserved attention, it seems more negativity appears. It grows! It spreads. Meanwhile, the far more important, but subtle aspects of life: resting in who God is, being creative, or just plain old “being” get overlooked. What if you were able to shift your attention to the positive? Imagine what would happen if the positives began … Read More

Procrastinate on Purpose & Enjoy Increased Productivity

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Typically, procrastinating is a something to avoid. Google it! There are dozens and dozens of tips and tricks to help you kick the habit of procrastinating! What if the real problem is that you’ve been procrastinating at the wrong things? What if procrastinating could be a desirable habit when it is applied to the right things? If you are a pro at procrastinating… this ought to give you some hope! 24 hours – no matter how you slice it, that’s how many hours you get each day. If you are getting the rest you need, exercising, spending time with God, … Read More

Up Your Game – Speak the Language of Those You Lead

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Imagine what it would be like to be able to speak the language of anyone you came in contact with. That would be pretty sweet, right? Being able to speak the same language – that opens the door to a whole host of possibilities, while the inability to speak the same language is a barrier. Oh you can wave your arms and point and pantomime like crazy, but communicating in depth – that’s probably not going to happen! Leaders naturally communicate with their teams in their native tongue – the language of their own personality type. In fact, we all … Read More

Learning to Trust the Process

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My adventure with self-employment began when my kids were very young. It is hard to believe that was more than 25 years ago! The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone, but I adore the freedom, flexibility, in addition to the chance to be creative. Self-employment also comes with some challenges! Sometimes you have to do tasks that don’t come easily and there is the need to make money – ne regular paycheck awaits! Lately, my concept of self-employment has taken on a whole new meaning. God has been whispering (He’s always so polite!) that in reality I am … Read More

4 Changes I’m Making This Year

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Change – is it something you welcome, or something you resist? I have not always been thrilled about change. This year, somehow, making changes and developing new habits is something I am kind of excited about. It doesn’t hurt that the changes are ones I am initiating, and I can see the ways they will rejuvenate my life and reinforce my One Word: REFRESH. In spite of the desire, I am also fully aware of how change has a way of stretching me in uncomfortable ways. And I know cultivating new habits will teach me some valuable lessons about flexibility, … Read More

6 Beliefs That Might Be Limiting You!

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Humans have limiting beliefs. Leaders have limiting beliefs. One of those pesky limiting beliefs popped up in a recent coaching session I had with a group of leaders. They were feeling the pressure of deadlines and being understaffed around the holidays due to team members taking time off, all while trying to embrace some new skills. The prevailing sentiment was that they would have to wait to integrate the new learning (Do NOTHING) because they didn’t have the time it would take to fully utilize the new tools right now (Do it ALL). Limiting beliefs are sly! They often take … Read More