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Why I Keep Coming Back to ‘Your Best Year Yet’

I hope you had a wonderful holiday week last week full of good food, great times with family and friends, and some rest!

Several friends and clients have been intrigued by a practice I do annually called Best Year Yet.

The book Book“Your Best Year Yet!” by Jinny S. Ditzler asks 10 questions to help you get clear on your wins and challenges during the past year while also helping you focus your energy and efforts in the year ahead in a way that will make it …(badumbum) Your Best Year Yet.

Since most of you are still on vacation, I encourage you to take advantage of this time to do some insightful planning for the year ahead.

You’re probably inundated with books, articles and other resources right now to help you plan your 2015. But the simplicity and flexibility of Best Year Yet keep me coming back to it. Working through the questions takes three or four hours. I recommend giving yourself four hours, and I encourage you to go through the process with a friend, spouse or colleague.  As I’ve done Best Year Yet, I’ve found that sharing someone else brings about more insights.

Some of the things I learned when I answered the questions this year: Continue reading

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Something to Look Forward to All Winter Long

It’s December.  The holidays are here in full force.  How do you feel?  Is the gratitude practice working?  Still feeling pulled in a million directions?  Like there isn’t enough time to catch your breath, let alone do all of the things you’ve planned?

And, just to ratchet up the tension a little bit more, this is the time of year when most of us start thinking about our next year–our big plans, our goals, our gotta-make-it-happen’s for 2015.

We have a solution to help you focus. 

TCE Immersion Continue reading



The Gift of Risk

When was the last time risk got your ass in gear?

One of my clients sent me a recap a few weeks back…

I have a renewed sense of optimism for the company. We have much to be proud of and a stellar collection of talented people all looking to make big things happen. The very act of committing ourselves to something “risky” and somewhat “unknown” has brought out a renewed sense of purpose across the board and especially amongst the partner group.

This is what risk can do for us, whether as individuals or organizations. It creates cohesion and motivation in ways that status quo just can’t.

We often think of a risk as something that could be hazardous, but I have seen in my work how NOT taking risks is actually more dangerous. Continue reading



Unherd

My summer has been filled with planes, trains, and automobiles.

On one of my recent trips, I took a day trip from Milwaukee to Chicago on the train.  After a productive day of meetings, I headed back to Union Station a bit tired, yet content.  I was looking forward to a relaxing train ride back to Milwaukee.

As people lined up for the train, you could feel the stress build in the waiting area.

When the train arrived, I began walking casually to grab a seat.  But then people began whizzing by me to secure a good spot, and I picked up speed… unconsciously.  I was being herded without realizing it. Continue reading



Your attachment is getting in the way of your success
05 06 14, 11:14 am
Filed under: General, Growth + Development, Thought-Provoking

You are really passionate. You know what you want to make happen and how it should go down. You’ve envisioned, planned and acted to make your goals a reality. Yet you keep hitting your head against resistance from yourself or others.

You might be experiencing attachment. It’s something we all deal with.

Most of the time Continue reading



What to do when growth and change kind of suck
04 08 14, 6:14 pm
Filed under: General, Growth + Development, How-To's, Thought-Provoking

Grown-ups have growing pains, too. As we move from one phase/chapter/stage to another, there is always a transitional period that can be just brutal. A great desire to move to the next phase can alleviate some of the pain, but it never makes it go away. 

We are creatures of habit, and doing new things, while exciting, requires mojo, acceptance, perseverance and compassion to get us to the other side without being maimed.

I’ve experienced one of the most difficult periods of my business and Continue reading



I love to watch you play…
12 13 13, 4:00 pm
Filed under: General, Growth + Development, How-To's, Thought-Provoking

A few weeks ago, a friend shared an article on her blog that highlighted the attributes of a great sports parent. 

“College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: ‘I love to watch you play.‘”

Instead of the parents instantly critiquing how the kids played, those precious words “I love to watch you play” allowed for the players to be present in these shared moments of joy and acknowledgement from their parents.

In my experience, acknowledgements have the potential to be really powerful and are highly underutilized.  Continue reading




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