Prevent Burnout: Be Like the Moon

Hello, Warriors! I’ve been writing and coaching about burnout prevention and recovery a ton lately. It’s my passion. I feel as if I’ve been planted on this earth to help be a mirror to others’ pain points while championing them to make the powerful choices they desire to rock their own world. Let’s go beyond the world, for a moment. If you were to think of the role you play in our solar system, what comes to mind? Yes, that’s quite the question, so let’s make it multiple choice. You can be the Sun or you can be the Moon. The Sun is fabulous because everyone is happy to see it, it warms the whole planet and never once asks what have you done for me. It’s toasty, bright, sheds light and provides life for planet Earth. It’s often worshiped. Those are all pretty amazing qualities. If you are the
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Me … Enlightened?

Hello Dear Warriors! I just recently started up a new, ‘bigger and better’ turtle tank for my daughter’s two red-eared sliders. The tank is huge and spacious and has a floating platform at the top so that there’s plenty of room for them to swim about below it. These guys have it made! Or do they? While they had all kinds of space not to mention that snazzy new platform, they seemed to migrate to the only plant in the tank so they could rest a foot on it or swim around and through it. All this unblocked, free-flowing space, and they keep running into the fake plant in the corner. I think they must be bored and want a challenge. This resonates with me. I was disclosing to a group of clients the other day that I have hardly landed the plane on self-improvement or  self-development. I haven’t yet
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The Power of NO

“I am the lightning that changes the world one strike at a time.” After months of introspection on my “life’s purpose,” this was the crystallized statement that I developed years ago and it still resonates with me big time. Those of you who know me well know that I am a high-energy person in every way. Yet, I sometimes get flack for this statement because “lightning kills!” Well, yes it can. But I’d prefer to see it applied to blasting stories and beliefs that do not serve your authenticity, zapping self-criticism, negativity and fear, and destroying the other things that do not leave you feeling energized. It takes courage to eliminate, remove, say “no,” put up boundaries and all of those blocking or zapping actions. Down deep, you want to please, serve, be liked, be appreciated, or even recognized. And that ‘violent’ act can seem selfish or unkind. But let
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Today I Am Tender: The Loss of Wayne Dyer

It’s the first day of school for my oldest kiddos, and I am so grateful they are together on the bus. I’m feeling emotional and so connected to them. I’d like to think I have many more years with them, but one never knows. I usually don’t live in a pessimistic, ‘what if’ world. As a child I was way more fearful. Nostradamus, anyone? He ruled my dreams. But as an adult I feel I have a choice whether or not to stay in negativity. Today I am tender. The loss of the great Wayne Dyer has left me saddened with the reminder of what’s temporary. I can talk and coach about powerful choice all day long. I also talk about how important it is to be with whatever is. That if we skip over the pain, it bites us in the ass eventually. What we resist persists, so lets
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Kick Fear to the Curb…

I LOVE Halloween and this time of year. I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker in general, but something about the spooky nights and mischief in the air makes me come alive!   I’m sure you’ve all heard the words of Eleanor Roosevelt and others’ versions, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” There are many good learnings that come from testing yourself and pushing through the uneasy feelings. True growth comes out the other side. And sometimes your values are telling you something, like maybe you shouldn’t open the door and walk out onto your dark porch and say, “Hello??? Is anybody there?” when you hear a chainsaw in the background. (That always drives me crazy in horror movies!)   I am 100% for challenges and possibilities! And, so my invitation to you is to not let fear in the driver’s seat. A life governed by fear is not sustainable and it sure isn’t
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What time is it? Now!

Sensei: “When is the time to strike?” Me: “When the opportunity presents itself!” Sensei: “Good, Grasshopper.”   Back in college I was training for my black belt in Isshinryu karate.  One of the codes of Isshinryu states, “The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself.” I always loved this saying because I am hard-wired for action. Do! Do! Do!  I cannot NOT act. At least that is how I have always been. Through coaching and being coached, I am soaking in more than ever that a Human Being is just as important as a Human Doing.  I now have a new relationship with this word, “Now.”   I bought a new watch. It has an hour hand, a minute hand and a second hand like any traditional watch would have. But it has a special bonus for my new outlook. It says NOW right in the middle of
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Whoa!!! Reigning in the One-Dimensional Woes…

I was engaging in one my favorite activities when it happened. It was the week before my half marathon. I made great time during my 12-mile training run. My average pace per mile was right on track with my race goal. And then my knee went all wibbly-wobbly, clicky-clacky. It is an injury that didn’t leave me in major pain which would have at least brought the clarity of what to do (or not to do) next. But rather it was an annoying niggle that kept me wondering whether or not to race the following weekend. I saw a chiropractor and a masseuse. I practiced “RICE”–Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. And the day before the race I went out for a test run. Within minutes the wibbly-wobbly, clicky-clacky feeling showed up. I chose to not to run the race the next day out of fear and also practicality of what might
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Tough Enough

I have always been a fan of action. Hard core action. I’m one of those people who used to be unable to sit still and just be. I felt I wasn’t ‘enough’ if I wasn’t constantly doing something. I’d ask, “How do I DO ‘being’?” I actually had a limiting belief that being still was a sign of weakness. Well, I have been harnessing my inner Zen-like state and loving it. So much power comes from the being place. Creativity and “allowance” live here as well as a new state of awareness and possibility. AND…. I’m still a doer!!! In January I signed up for a Tough Mudder. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, I invite you to visit www.toughmudder.com. It’s quite the opposite of lying on the ground supported by the earth and gazing at the clouds passing by (which is still one of my favorite being
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The Affinity for Infinity

My 1-year-old son has had an obsession with the Number 8 for months now. It was actually his fourth word right behind, “Dadda”, “Momma” and “Cat.” He points it out and screams it everywhere he sees it…on a calculator, stacking block, the phone, wherever! I was attributing it to my frequency of watching “Local on the 8s” for the latest weather forecast, but now I’m not so sure. During a recent visit with one of our psychology savvy friends, I asked him what the significance would be with the Number 8. He exclaimed, “It’s Infinity!” I’m wondering what message my little guy is trying to pass on? I’d like to think there are endless possibilities in this life (or the next), which would suit my title of Chief Possibility Officer just nicely! Wikipedia research states the infinity symbol is sometimes called the lemniscate, from the Latin lemniscus, meaning “ribbon”. A
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