Move The Clouds

The pessimist complains about the overcast day and how dark it is, making it difficult to see. The optimist hopes the clouds will clear up and the day will get better.  The leader adjusts the light. The change agent says, “Learn to move the clouds… ” – Dr Gail Lewis Clouds are moved by the wind… the wind determines their speed, direction, etc.  A victim mentality complains about the impact of the clouds. The passive-aggressive mentality hopes for the best, assumes the worst, and does nothing in the meantime. The fixer address the the issue by changing course or strategy … Continue reading Move The Clouds

Burn the Ships

“Burn the Ships…” When Cortés and his men made land at the New World in 1519, he instructed his men to burn their ships, sending a very clear message that they were committed to this journey, that there was no turning back. “Burn the ships…” Can you imagine THAT conversation and how it went?!? Oh, to be a fly on THAT wall…. It probably went something like, “…but we just got here…” or “…how will we get home?” But that was the point. By burning the ships, he and his 600 or so crew were forced to make the best … Continue reading Burn the Ships

Quick Tips: Networking

1) Networking is a full contact sport It is not for the faint or meek. You have to go into it with a goal and do what’s necessary to achieve that goal. Your feelings will get hurt, you will feel used, abused and even get injured directly or become collateral damage in someone’s plots BUT you cannot let that stop you. Regardless of whether or not you are in business for yourself, every moment spent awake is a networking opportunity, it’s up to you in terms of whether you take advantage of it. 2) Build It Before You Need It … Continue reading Quick Tips: Networking

Excuses or Moves?

Stop making excuses for why you can’t or won’t. If you are serious about making a difference in your life, then you have to change your mindset and focus on “how”: 1) what are you trying to do? 2) what does success look like? (Be specific) 3) what are the obstacles that may get in your way? 4) what can help you? Focus on this within your sphere of influence and control. Seek others as support and resources to help you, and don’t let setbacks set you up for failure. Continue reading Excuses or Moves?

Beware the Ides of March

   “Beware the ides of March” Caesar was warned by the Soothsayer to aware of potential danger or harm lurking around the ides of March, yet his ego prevented him from hearing and heeding the warning. He never doubted that those around him would be disloyal inspite of his treatment of them. He never thought their personal ambitions would supersede their loyalty and, gasp, love for the great Caesar. His wife begged him to stay home with her, and he refused. What can we learn from this? Real simple – 1) the backfield is ALWAYS in motion, sometimes for your … Continue reading Beware the Ides of March

Transform Your Life

The meeting of two individuals is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is a reaction, both are transformed. – C.G. Jung There is power in the coaching relationship that is transformative when its right. That’s why its important to date your coach. Make sure that you know what you want, need, and are willing to do PRIOR to entering into a coaching relationship. Make sure that you have a sense for your coach’s personality, style, and process. You have to feel a level of trust and confidence in your coach’s knowledge, experience, ability, and style in order … Continue reading Transform Your Life

Some broken things can’t & shouldn’t be fixed

Sometimes good things break to make room for something better… Sometimes what’s broken can’t be fixed, and maybe that’s for the best. I broke my favorite phone charm and was reminded of these two things while I worked feverishly to fix it. I recalled how I managed to put it back together, albeit haphazardly in the past only for it to fall out off my phone and break again…and again ..and again… Maybe there is a reason for that…maybe the universe was trying to tell me something that I refused to hear, so it decided to show me instead . … Continue reading Some broken things can’t & shouldn’t be fixed