Joy Ignites Success

Are You Really Running Out of Time?

By  - Saturday, October 26, 2013

Philosophers and physicists have debated about the concept of time since Socrates was alive. Carl Sagan believed it might be possible to travel into the future. Einstein said time is an illusion. But tell that to your boss? Or your publisher? Or your five year old? Whether time is real or not, most of us are still stuck with the clock and the calendar. We have deadlines to meet and schedules to keep. What good is it knowing that time doesn’t exist? That’s just another concept.
Concepts can be constraining or useful depending on our response to them. Allowing myself to play with time as an illusion conjures up many images. I think of the White Rabbit (I’m Late, I’m Late), the movie Back to the Future and Salvadore Dali’s  painting of melting clocks . When I think about running out of time in the context of ‘there is no time’, it takes the steam out of the worry engine. Think about it; if time doesn’t exist, how can I run out of it? I never had any to begin with. If there is no such thing as time, it’s pretty silly for me to be trying to manage it. And I notice that my body lets go of the contraction that seems to correlate to time itself contracting.  Read More

Too Many Demands on Your Time?

By  - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Does Everybody Want Something From You? Read More

7 Useful Tips When Feeling Overwhelmed

By  - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ever feel like there's too much to do and you can't keep up?  (or should I say always...)

Some things you can do (most of them in 30 seconds or less) to help yourself:

1.     Breathe

2.    Allow yourself to feel as overwhelmed as you do (just for a moment)- That means get conscious, stop what you are doing and say to yourself  “wow, I feel overwhelmed”.  Racing around and saying you are overwhelmed does not count for validating a feeling.  When you acknowledge the feeling and the sensations,  your system will settle down and begin to dissolve the upset. Read More

Combining Breath and Sensation to Relieve Stress

By  - Saturday, July 20, 2013

One of the natural responses of the body to stress is a contraction or tightening of muscles.  When feeling pressured by others or outside circumstances, we pull in to ourselves to get away from the external.  This strategy makes sense in theory, but in practice, it results in feeling like there is no space to be.  Which results in being easier to push around.  I often have my clients feel this by having them stand and just think about wanting to get away.  They naturally contract and pull in.  Then I give them a gentle push (with their permission, of course), and they inevitably lose their balance.  When I ask them to let go of the resistance and the contraction and try with the same force to push them, they easily stand their ground, or flow back easily.  
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Life as An Obstacle Course

By  - Saturday, June 29, 2013

Once upon a time, when I was working in a skilled nursing facility as an Activity Director, I led an inter-generational group with 5 year old children and elders ranging from 75 to 90 years in age.  We created an obstacle course using the elderly and their wheel chairs, with various props, as the obstacles.  The 5 year olds ran the course.  As they hopped, rolled, skipped and ran the course, they didn’t stop to complain about the roadblocks.  They joyfully met the challenges and kept moving. The elders laughed and enjoyed being engaged in the activity as the best obstacles ever.  Read More

Be Gentle with Yourself

By  - Saturday, June 15, 2013

"When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time."  Saint Francis de Sales

About 20 years ago, I created my very own set of angel cards.  I took pictures of the people and things I loved and put one quality that they most represented to me on the card with the picture.  Of all the wonderful qualities my husband possesses, gentleness was the one that made it on to his card.  Gail has a way of being with me that allows me to be who I am, whoever that is in the moment.  It took me some time to be able to do this for myself.  In fact, I remember the first time I heard myself using his words, ‘careful, sweetie’ to myself after burning my hand.  Even in the moment, I knew this was a pretty cool thing he was teaching me.   Read More

Howl Like a Wolf

By  - Friday, January 25, 2013 Read More

Practice Persistence - SP #22

By  - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Success Principle #22- Practice Persistence

The Principle in a Nutshell: Don’t Give Up!

Discussion: Today’s blog is a sneak peak at an excerpt from my book that will be published in 2013.

Just keep writing.  That’s what I’ve been telling myself.  Even if you don’t know where you’re going, even if you’re repeating yourself, even if you’re writing crap.  Just sit down and write.  Sort it out later.  Different than discipline, persistence calls on the stubborn part of me that knows what she wants and knows how to get it.  It’s rare that I get to consciously employ her.  More often than not, I have to tell her not now or let it go.  But, with this book, she is very useful.   Read More

Keep Score for Success - SP #21

By  - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Success Principle #21- Keep Score for Success

The Principle in a Nutshell: Keep records of your achievements and your progress.  Our natural inclination is to want more of what we feel good about.

Discussion: This principle is very close to one I teach ‘what you pay attention to multiplies’, but with a slightly different emphasis.  About 15 years ago, I was responsible for recruiting 40 volunteers to staff a weekend training.  It was challenging and time intensive.  To help motivate myself, I put up a board in my office and gave myself a star for every committed volunteer.  This visual reinforcement helped me to focus on the progress I was making, not how far I still had to go.  

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Commit to Constant and Never-Ending Improvement - SP #20

By  - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Success Principle #20- Commit to Constant and Never-Ending Improvement

The Principle in a Nutshell: To keep up in today’s world, improvement is a necessity.  But this principle also speaks to the innate urge to learn and improve oneself.   

Discussion: To be honest, when I opened to this principle, I cringed a bit.  Constant and Never-Ending Improvement?  Sounds exhausting to me.  (think I need to release?)  But when I reflect on my life and my business, this principle seems already embedded.  I am always looking for the next great modality or product for myself and my clients and I love workshops that support self awareness and evolution.  Coming from a Sedona Method perspective, I might balance this with the recognition that I know enough and am enough as I am.  

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