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Be The First You

Imagine feeling curious and excited every day. Using your innate strengths and skills with intention. Living in alignment with your values. It’s not like you wave a magic wand and everything comes easily. You have to expend effort to make things happen. It’s just that you do it in a way that energizes you and […]

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Time for a New Vision

Clearing away what no longer serves you is essential to making space for a vision of what does. That view. Brilliant blue sky. Vast lawn. Unimpeded view of that enormous ancient tree. An hour of sitting with nature in that space renewed my spirit like few other experiences can. It wasn’t until after the requisite […]

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Can a Grateful Heart Save Your Life?

Can keeping a gratitude journal prevent you from having a heart attack? Several researchers have discovered a connection between gratitude and heart health and are digging deeper to discern the how and the how much. A significant body of research reveals a link between gratitude and physical health – think connection, not causation. Grateful people, […]

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Do You Know More About Gratitude at Work Than a Fifth Grader?

I learned about the power of gratitude at work from a bunch of ten-year-olds. A strange thing happened at the beginning of what became my final year teaching middle school music. The new fifth graders thanked me. After every class. Sincerely and authentically. Thank you for teaching us. Thanks for a fun class. Thank you. […]

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Begin with Thanks

When I was a brand new coach, one of the first things I did was a lead group coaching course on gratitude. Two people signed up. I was thrilled. I taught and coached. They showed up fully and shared with courage and compassion. We learned. We grew. We supported one another in community. We connected […]

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Why You Need a Personal User Manual

Do you have a Personal User Manual? You need one. What? I’m not some piece of IKEA furniture or a kid or pet being left with a sitter. Of course not. You’re a human being who interacts with others in order to accomplish important work in a world of rapid, unpredictable change and uncertainty. Someone […]

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Short-Term Coaching for Big-Time Impact

Is short-term coaching effective? It depends. Maybe you’re ready to invest in short-term coaching to help you figure out what’s next, craft a plan to make it happen, and/or navigate your journey, and of course, you want your efforts and investment to be effective. Call me biased, but my own and my clients’ experience shows […]

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Real Mindfulness

I have this story about myself about how, since I don’t practice “real” meditation, I not allowed to claim that I do the mindfulness thing. (As if there’s this omniscient, unseen Mindfulness Proctor who watches and evaluates us, right?) That story’s false, and it has been since at least sixteen years ago. An ordinary work […]

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In Praise of Contentment

When did contentment become less than enough? The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu may have considered contentment to be the greatest treasure, but in our fast-paced, achievement at all costs culture, it’s often viewed less positively. Don’t settle. Strive, struggle, work harder for more, bigger, faster. Level up your summer! (By buying our new car.) […]

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Midlife equals crisis. Or not.

Midlife crisis is inevitable, right? To quote Gershwin, “it ain’t necessarily so.” What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “midlife?” I asked that on Facebook the other day, and at thirty-three replies and counting, got way more responses than the cutest bunny video I’ve ever posted. (Bunny Elphaba is not […]

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