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Yes! Criticism Stings! Make it A Positive

By Marvae Eikanas | September 20, 2022 |
criticism

There’s no denying it – criticism often stings! On a sunny summer day a few years back, my daughter was merrily mowing the lawn – her way to earn a few extra bucks. Everything was proceeding per usual until suddenly the sound of the mower stopped and hysterical shrieking ensued. The shrieking was so intense…

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Is Fear Keeping Your Life Tiny?

By Marvae Eikanas | September 13, 2022 |

Fear shrinks your life and keeps it small! Tiny houses are all the rage! Often mobile, these wee homes that are typically between 100 and 400 square feet, rarely more than 500 square feet. That not a very big space! Perhaps, just a hair bigger than the room you had growing up! There are a…

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Expectations! Your People Can’t Read Your Mind!

By Marvae Eikanas | September 6, 2022 |
Expectations-Assumptions

Expectations! We all have them, and it’s a common problem among leaders. They expect their people to know exactly what they want done and are amazed and annoyed when it doesn’t happen. Perhaps not consciously, but you’ve made that mistake too. Think about it, unspoken expectations, aka assumptions, are dangerous! They wreak havoc in your…

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Wow! This Might Surprise You About Striving

By Marvae Eikanas | August 30, 2022 |
Striving

Dictionary.com defines striving this way: the act or practice of trying hard to do, reach, or achieve something; vigorous effort the act of fighting or struggling against someone or something; competition, opposition, or battle There’s something very good about giving something your full effort – holding nothing back when it comes to doing a job…

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3 Ways To Keep Your Leadership Fresh

By Marvae Eikanas | August 23, 2022 |
leadership

Leadership – it’s a big responsibility! When conversing with leaders, I hear the words demanding, overwhelming, never-ending, lonely, and challenging frequently. Those words sound like a recipe for burnout. And that’s not a happy feeling! To make matters worse, operating at max or maybe overflowing capacity, leaves very little room for doing what leaders do…

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6 Reasons to Ban the Word Busy

By Marvae Eikanas | August 16, 2022 |

Busy – how often do you find yourself using that word? It’s a simple word, and a loaded word. It’s come to mean more than “doing something” or “engaged in an activity.” The word busy now implies a whole lot more. It’s become shorthand for being… Important Significant Someone who matters Enough Competent The opposite…

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Quit Your People Pleasing Ways

By Marvae Eikanas | August 9, 2022 |
Peoplen Pleasing

People pleasing rarely leads to the perks you think it will. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, people pleasers suffer some pretty significant loses! If you are a people pleaser, you’ve probably discovered by now how exhausting it is to try and make everyone happy. Not to mention just how tiring it is to…

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8 Powerful Things People Pleasers Give Away

By Marvae Eikanas | August 2, 2022 |
People Pleaser

Are you a people pleaser? Someone prone to people pleasing – striving to make everyone around you happy at your own expense? You probably didn’t set out to be a people pleaser, but odds are good that you were “set up” for it. But before we get to that, take a look at this list.…

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6 Amazing Reasons To Embrace Your Creativity

By Marvae Eikanas | July 26, 2022 |

When you hear the word “creativity” what comes to mind? Perhaps artistic endeavors that include paint, brushes, canvas, clay, and a host of other mediums. Or maybe the word creativity conjures up images of dancing, writing, or decorating. Of course, creativity is a key element of all of those activities, but creativity is much bigger…

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The Power of Plugging Into Your Passion

By Marvae Eikanas | July 19, 2022 |
Plug Into Your Passion

Passion – it’s easy to spot in others. It’s like the kind of contagious energy that exudes from someone newly in love. Hide? No passion doesn’t hide – it leaps out and springs to life when barely nudged. It is powerful! And it propels you forward and keeps you on track. It motivates. Inspires. Energizes.…

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