Have You Heard About FOMO?

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When happenings are positioned as “once in a lifetime” they are hard to ignore; and when schools close and people take time off work, you realize something big is about to take place. The news plays a part in the frenzy by repeatedly warning the public that highways will be crowded and hotels sold out because “everyone” will want to take in the historical event: the total solar eclipse. Missing out – that feels monumental! After all, the last total eclipse took place in 1918, so for most, it truly is a once in a life time event. I don’t … Read More

What’s Messing With Morale?

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Inside, we all have a fear monster. It might be hibernating, but every now and then it rouses – even for leaders! When your fear monster is awake and active, you behave in ways that mess with morale. You may not even know the name of your fear monster, but I can guarantee it’s working against you both personally and professionally. What’s your fear monster? You might word it slightly differently, but no doubt you can spot your fear among these: Identifying your fear monster is the first step towards recognizing when and how it is showing up for you … Read More

How New Adventures Foster Success

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Summer’s my favorite time of year – especially when you can savor books beach-side!  I adore a wide variety of reading material, but recently ambitious, adventurous, historical women have been the topic of the last several novels I’ve read. The characters zeal for life and courage to step outside the norm for women both professionally and personally – that inspires me! I also find it stirring to read about those who reinvent themselves – especially late in life. That’s what the heroine of the last novel I read did. It was based on the real life of Tabitha Moffat Brown, … 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

Stop Feeding Your Fear!

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Fire is a destructive force of nature.  It can quickly rage out of control and destroy everything in its path, as witnessed by the many recent wild fires in various parts of the United States. Fighting wild fires – that’s not cheap; in 2012 the cost for fighting fires that consumed 350,000 acres in the state of Washington was more than $70 million dollars. For those with breathing issues like me, the smoke from a fire can seriously hinder your ability to breathe. And anyone who has survived a house fire and lost precious memories – you understand that the … Read More

12 Sneaky Ways Fear Runs Your Life

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Remember being a child and fearing the Boogeyman and the dark? With a little help from your imagination, ordinary things became terrifying monsters that sent you running to mom and dad for comfort. Fear doesn’t discriminate – If you are human, you have fears. While you may have moved past being afraid of the Boogeyman, perhaps you can relate to these common fears: Flying Public speaking Heights Spiders Snakes Death Commitment Pain Enclosed spaces Mice Thunder & Lightning As adults, our imaginations continue to play a role in feeding our fears. They cause us to dream up some rather distressing … Read More

5 Tips to Help You Survive the Ups & Downs of Life

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When I was a teenager growing up in California, summer became official when these three things took place: a day at the beach in Santa Cruz, a week of camp at Alliance Redwoods, and riding the roller coasters at Great America with friends. These things brought me joy! All these many years later, I still fancy the beach, although I prefer more shade. Getting away for a week is delightful – especially if the hotel is comfortable and bit on the luxurious side. Riding roller coasters on the other hand – that just doesn’t interest me. The uphill climb followed … Read More

Is Fear Keeping Your Life Tiny?

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Playful illustration of a tiny house being held between someone's index finger and their thumb.

Tiny houses – they are the latest craze! Often mobile, these wee homes that are typically between 100 and 400 square feet, rarely more than 500 square feet. That’s small! Perhaps, just a hair bigger than the room you had growing up! There are a variety of reasons people are attracted to the tiny house lifestyle, including the lower cost of living, smaller carbon footprint, and the ability to transport your home. I confess, I find watching the various tiny house shows on HGTV and other networks fascinating. It is remarkable how they are able to puzzle together so many … Read More

Are You Pushed by Fear or Pulled by Love?

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Illustration of a woman being lifted into the air by a large heart-shaped balloon

Lately I’ve enjoyed a nice string of encouraging business developments – God has truly blessed me. Then last week I got some unexpected bad news. In the moment, it felt like my world was crumbling! Oh, lots of things are still going wonderfully – just negative things have a way of overshadowing the good stuff. How everything will shake out is still unknown. The unknown is not my favorite place. I like to be in control and have a plan, but life doesn’t always work that way! In the midst of the chaos, this quote landed in my e-mail in … Read More

7 Surprising Steps to Overcoming the Fear of Failure

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During a break in a leadership team meeting, the discussion suddenly got interesting. I vividly remember the question being posed: How do you feel about failure? My response was: I do not like to fail. I avoid it at all costs! That response was met with chuckles. Looking back on that memorable moment I see how my view of failure has changed! You see, at that time failure was a little like this to me: The challenge is on. The tight rope is stretched out before me and the balance pole is in hand. A gentle breeze eases the perspiration … Read More