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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. 

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Gratitude + The Holidays
11 30 14, 1:27 pm
Filed under: Growth + Development, How-To's, Thought-Provoking

You know how November goes.

An eye blink from now, we’ll be in the holiday whirl of shopping, traveling, eating, drinking and gathering.

And then it’s the end of the year. Already. I know.

Before it all starts, I invite you to reclaim Thanksgiving as a time to get some perspective and connect with others.

We pay a lot of lip service to gratitude this time of year. But I want to invite you to take it deeper. 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



How to take a REAL work vacation

August is a big vacation month. It’s hot here in Austin, Texas, which is why I am excited to go to Colorado this month. It’s 71 at noon vs. 112, thank you very much.

I was sharing my plans with my friend and colleague Maura Thomas, a productivity expert who always keeps me in line when we start talking about time management. She has some really useful articles on how to take a vacation that I’ve shared below. 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



Do you see the forest or the trees?

This morning, I was listening to a Deepak/Oprah meditation that landed in my inbox. (I’m a big fan of these meditations!)

The topic was ageless living, and there was a great point about how common it is and how stressful it is to overthink our age, how much time has passed since something had happened or how much time was left before an upcoming event.

Yet, as the meditation pointed out, there is no counting “time” in the here and now. When we are truly present and breathing and letting go, there are no thoughts about where or who we’re supposed to be. In the present, we just are.

It got me thinking. 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




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