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Time to Wake Up

April 7, 2011

Most people have done this puzzle at some point in their education, at least in North America. The challenge is to connect all 9 dots together using 4 straight lines without lifting your pen (or pencil).

It’s funny, because I ALWAYS forget how to solve this puzzle.

And I like to think I am a creative problem solver!

The trick to following the instructions, is to begin your first line outside of the invisible box created by the dots. The trick to completing the puzzle is to continue drawing your lines outside of the box!

Just imagine what we could create (or solve) if we did the same with our thinking!

What if we decided not to play by the (sometimes invisible) rules, but made our own? I am not talking about the obvious rules we follow to create safety, like stopping at a red light. I am talking about the rules we set up for ourselves.

Those inner boundaries that we set up for ourselves. Think about it.

What could you accomplish if you just thought outside the box?


Celebrate Failure

January 15, 2011

I know that doesn’t sound right. But I mean it. We really don’t appreciate how important it is to fail.

We are all afraid of failing. Either ourselves or someone else. It means disappointing someone, or looking stupid, or wasting time, energy, money – etc. of the important things in life.

Or – does it?!

I recently asked a client to come up with at least 20 reasons failure was a good thing. I asked her to make a ‘Benefits of Failure’ list.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • failure forces you to be creative
  • failure teaches you that you are soley responsibe for your actions and decisions
  • it might in retrospect make you glad that you failed at something you were not really good at to begin with
  • and might make you find something much better suited for you

In the end, she had the same conclusion that I did. Failure is a good thing because it can force you to think about what it is you really want.

Especially if you stop, and a take a close look at why you failed. Every failure is a chance to learn to do something better. To become better.

So, next time you catch yourself thinking, “Oh, I can’t – what if I fail?!” turn it on it’s head and shout, ‘I can’t WAIT till I fail!’

You might surprise yourself.

Be … You

November 23, 2010

As the holidays are nearing I am hearing a lot of buzzing. Mostly from those who are saying…

Be – Thankful

Be – Careful

Be – Happy

Be – Patient

Be – Productive

And I wonder, can one just BE?

And what would that look like? Boring? Silent? Blank? Nothing? Everything?

Perhaps the important part would be in the doing nothing and paying attention to what happens around you. We all get so busy this time of year, hurrying up to enjoy the season.

But take a moment for yourself. Sit there and breathe. And just BE.

Fall Workshops!

September 12, 2010

It’s that time of year – again.

It’s when we take stock. Reorganize. Start making lists. School has started and the kids are out of the house. Days begin to seem more routine and we have time to plan.

Join me and others who are determined to get themselves off to an energized start. My fall passion workshops are designed to open up your senses, engage both sides of your brain, and chart a direct path to your heart. We want to connect you to that sustainable source of energy! We’ll harness it and before you leave, you’ll have a basic map of where you’re headed.

If you are still feeling lost, I will throw in a free hour of follow up coaching! Hurry and sign up. The workshops are small, only 8 people, so make sure you grab your spot. Contact me to find out if there is still room.

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”
– H. Jackson Browne

New Packages!!

July 21, 2010

It’s like Christmas in July. Or a birthday.  No actually, I am just excited because I am able to offer some really cool new packages!

Yes, I am a coach who loves working with others, and really believes you can’t get where you want to go without help. So, I am teaming up with two other professionals to offer packages.

Cool, huh?  Here’s what they are at the moment. (I hope to add one or two more in the next few months…)

BodyFlow Package: For those who want to restore or restart a healthy lifestyle.

3 months of coaching packaged with an assessment, plan, and final check-in with an excellent holistic nutritionist. (Meet April and see how she works.)

VitalFlow Package: For those who want to rebuild vitality and create focus in their life. 3 months of coaching paired with regular visits to a skilled rolfer! To realign your vision and your body. (Meet Sabine and understand what rolfing is.)

Of course, with these packages you get a great deal. Not only will you have the help of a team of people, but you get that support at a reasonable rate.

Curious? Contact me and ask. I love questions. See my contact information to the right.

Distill Yourself – Get Clear

April 8, 2010

Does your life ever FEEL like this picture?  Full of excitement and promise but you can’t really tell where you are going?You can kind of tell that things are out there waiting, but you aren’t sure what they are…

It’s that time of year. We have lots of energy, there’s more sun, and we want to get going! But our energies seem spread all over the place, not focused on that one important thing.

Join me on April 17th for another in a series of workshops about finding your passion. We will explore who you are and what’s most important to you. We will scrape away the layers of old stories to get to the core – the real power – of what makes you special. (Contact link to the right!)

If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.   ~T. Alan Armstrong

Be Your Passion.

Map Your Passion – Find Your Fire

February 19, 2010

It is not unusual to realize one day that something is missing. That spark you used to have. That twinkle in your eye. Sometimes, when we are busy being successful, or living the  life we always thought we wanted, we have a moment of clarity.

And that moment of clarity lasts for a split second. Then the blankness, fog or confusion sets in. All because of a simple question:

What are you passionate about?

The second of clarity comes with the answer, “Um, I don’t know.”

Luckily, passion – that thing, activity, outlook that lights your fire – is out there to be discovered. In fact, it can be a really rewarding exploration. It starts with looking for one’s happiest, most powerful moments.

Taking those moments and distilling them into values is just the first step. The real work begins in trying to create something concrete – to discover that symbol or metaphor for your passion. That symbol then can act as a kind of match. Whenever your inner fire burns low, and you feel down on yourself, it is a reminder of what kindles your energy.

It is a reminder of what is important to you.

There are a lot of fun ways to begin this exploration. I like to make collages, because I am visual. However, there are people who enjoy making a mixed CD, or a powerpoint with their favorite images from movies, books or places they have traveled.

The key is to make it concrete. Get it out of your head, out of those deep hiding places. By making your passion tangible, it becomes a greater reminder of what motivates you.

If you live in or around Munich, I will be having half day workshops where we will map you passions. Join us!