Celebrate and Do A Happy Dance!

By |January 28th, 2014|

You’ve done it! You’ve reached a goal or made a change in your life! You’ve accomplished what you set out to do and you did it! Way to go! Now, make sure you acknowledge your accomplishments no matter how big or how small. Find an empowering way to celebrate and do a happy dance!

Need musical accompaniment for your Happy Dance? Consider putting on Pharrell Williams “Happy” and move in an authentic way that expresses your happiness. (Check out

Then toot your own horn by letting your allies and others know that you reached your goal. […]

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Find Allies

By |January 23rd, 2014|

Research consistently shows that one of the keys to making lasting change is having support, which means you’ll want to find allies to support you on your journey. A true support team of allies encourages our growth and forward movement, helps us to appreciate our progress and celebrates our successes.

Take a moment to identify the people in your life who truly encourage your personal and professional growth. Is it a close friend, a family member, a spouse or partner, a colleague, a mentor, a coach, a boss or a small group of individuals who are all working toward a similar […]

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Underlying Commitments

By |January 20th, 2014|

Making changes in our lives, our career or our work can be a journey in and of itself. It takes a series of baby steps to reach our goal and to truly be able to sustain the desired change over time. And along the path of change, we are likely to encounter some unexpected obstacles or boulders.

The majority of the obstacles or boulders that we find on our path of change are self-made. We put them in our way, although we often don’t want to admit that. These boulders can take the form of: actions, emotions, behaviors or thinking. Boulders […]

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Take Action

By |January 19th, 2014|

Believe it or not the act of planning and taking action steps is easy. No really, it is!! The hard work is saying that we want something to happen in our lives or work and then not doing anything about it day after day after day! That is what really drains our energy and keeps us from achieving our goals and manifesting our intentions.

I once heard someone describe it this way: “If something is hard, you probably haven’t started yet!” And they were right! We usually complain the most about the actions we have yet to take. Once we shift our […]

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Break It Down

By |January 15th, 2014|

Got a goal that you want to achieve or an intention you want to manifest? If so, you’ll want to have a game plan for the actions you’ll take that will help to make that goal or intention a reality. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know all of the action steps up front, you just need to figure out a good starting place.

Begin by identifying one or two small actions that you’ll commit to taking starting on Day 1. That will get you started moving forward.

There are 3 keys to effectively choosing actions: Break It Down, Get Clear on […]

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Narrow Your Focus

By |January 9th, 2014|

After devoting some time to the practice of envisioning…it’s time to start narrowing your focus by identifying the areas of your life and work that are a priority for you. These are not the areas of your life that others are telling you that you “should” focus on, but instead these are the areas of your life and work that YOU want to focus your attention and energy on in 2014.

Take a moment to think about the areas of your life that are important to you. For example, are you at a point in your life where you want to […]

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Journey vs. Destination

By |January 8th, 2014|

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” — Ursula K. LeGuin

As we start the new year and begin to focus on new goals, intentions and resolutions…it is important to keep in mind that the journey is as important (if not more) than the destination.

Our society tends to focus on the destination and not the journey. We believe that when we reach the end-point (e.g. our goal), we will be rewarded for our hard work with everything that has “been missing” in our lives. And so, we focus on […]

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Magic Wand

By |January 7th, 2014|

Not sure what you want your vision to look like? Are you getting stuck on the particulars? Are you dwelling in doubt instead of possibilities? Try this exercise…

If you had a magic wand…

  • what would you wish for in your life?
  • what would you wish for in your business?
  • what would you wish for in your career/work?
  • what changes would you want to see?
  • how would you use the magic wand to make a difference in your life and/or a difference in the lives of others and/or a difference in the world?
  • what would shift as a result of you waving the magic wand?
  • what would transform?
  • what would […]
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Dwelling In Possibilities

By |January 6th, 2014|

“Believe there are no limits but the sky.” — Cervantes

One of the keys to effective envisioning is the ability to dwell in possibilities. This requires us to contemplate possibilities instead of contemplating impossibilities.

Unfortunately, when we typically think about our dreams and goals for the future, we tend to focus on why we think that these things “can’t happen,” “won’t work” or “aren’t possible.” This sort of limited thinking dampens our creativity and clouds our vision with doubt and unnecessary limitations.

Try shifting your thinking to:

  • Be open minded instead of close minded
  • Envision success and not failure
  • Focus on what you do want instead of […]
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For The Sake of What?

By |January 3rd, 2014|

When I’m working with my clients and helping them to think about their vision…I always ask a key question:

“For the sake of what?”

For example:

  • You say that you want to take on a new senior leadership role and make a career change…for the sake of what?
  • You say that you want to build a successful practice…for the sake of what?
  • You say that you want to do a better job of practicing self-care…for the sake of what?
  • You say that you want to build a stronger relationship with your adult child who is away at college…for the sake of what?

The reason for asking these […]

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