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

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

What A Difference Hope Makes!

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Hope is a fragile thing. It is not stagnant. Hope swells. Hope shrinks. What I put my hope in – that makes all the difference! As believers, hope is a strong confidence in God – the One who has unlimited power and resources; He is the One who is able to make profound changes in me and produce results far beyond my imagination when I cooperate with Him. When my hopes are dashed, I know that my hope has been misplaced. Hope is choosing to see my present circumstances from God’s perspective. In order to do that, I must get … Read More

How to Rest Your Way to Success

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You haven’t always viewed rest the way you do today! Remember spending the day at the park, the beach, or an amusement park when you were a child; a day bursting with activity and wonder? Those days were exhilarating and exhausting. On the way home, you drifted to sleep in the back seat of the car knowing that you would be well taken care of. You were relaxed and completely at peace. Those were sweet moments! Fast forward and the pressures of life seem to encroach on your peaceful sleeping moments! It feels like there is a never ending list … Read More

Failing Your Way to Success

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One of my top five values is relationship! I treasure the people God has placed in my life, and my family is at the top of the list! This past weekend, we celebrated my in-laws birthdays by enjoying a scrumptious picnic at a beautiful state park. Our picnic spot was perched on a hill overlooking a lake with hints of fall color surrounding us. Aside from a cool breeze and some missing family members, it was a perfect day! My 18 month old grandson was tickled to be outside and had no trouble keeping himself busy. He chased a ball, … Read More

Sustainability – The Key to Avoiding Dashed Dreams

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These days, we hear a lot about sustainability and living a green lifestyle. Being wasteful is frowned on while being efficient is celebrated. The driving force behind sustainability is a better future. Sustainability applies to your dreams too! It is a significant factor when it comes to pursuing your purpose, big dream, or giant goals! In order to accomplish what you have set out to do, you must do it in a way that is sustainable. When you set out on a new adventure, you don’t intend to overcommit yourself or hope that you will end up overwhelmed.  No, you … Read More

7 Myths about Perfectionism

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I admit it – I am a perfectionist! Oh, I have come a long way in the last 30 years, but every now and then that perfectionistic leaning rears its ugly head once again! Take this past weekend for example. I created some nifty “love” magnets as favors for my daughter-in-law-to-be’s shower only to discover after the shower that one of the designs had a typo. Pierce my soul! Thank heavens there were three other mistake free designs! The perfectionistic rascal in my head began to chatter: “How could you do that? You should have noticed that typo while you … Read More

5 Ways to Tame the Green Eyed Monster in You

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After cracking a contact lens, I was forced to wear my glasses for nearly a week. If I was a hermit, this would not have been a problem, but I am not a hermit! You see, I don’t really love my glasses! So while I was in the process of getting new contacts, it made sense to also get a new pair of glasses that were public-worthy. About a week later, I picked up my fashionable new spectacles. As I walked to my car, my vision was not as wonderful as I would have expected from a brand new pair … Read More

What Climbing Pyramids Taught Me About Goals

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Reaching goals is challenging business, especially if you are attempting to reach a stretch goal! Whatever stretches you will be outside your comfort zone. Breaking out of that comfortable place is no easy task! A couple of years ago my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Ek Balam – a recently opened Mayan ruin located in Yucatan, Mexico. Previously, when we visited Chichen Itza, a more well-known Mayan ruin in the same region, we could only view El Castillo, the massive step pyramid, from afar. However, at Ek Balam, we were able to make our way to the … Read More

Are Distractions Sabotaging Your Success?

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Running two businesses and having a life that includes the people I love and activities that fuel my soul takes determined focus. Like you, I wrestle with the myriad of interruptions and distractions that divert my focus from what’s really important when it comes to having thriving businesses. My biggest culprit: all methods of communication including e-mail, instant messaging, social media, phone calls, and texts. Communication is vitally important to me – it is one of my top five values, making it also one of my top five temptations! Adding to that temptation is the fact that most communication, in … Read More