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What is Sparking Me Up: "Friday Forward"

What is Sparking Me Up

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Reading: I am a big fan of Robert Glazer's weekly blog "Friday Forward" and have been reading it for years. His writing is a testament to showing up and writing consistently; you just keep getting better over time. One of his recent posts, titled "Uprooting Hate," cut right to the core of some of the challenges that our society has faced over the past year. Glazer talks about how a community is strengthened during times of adversity. In order to combat hate, we must con…

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The Beauty of Reframing Your Perspective, Choose Your Lens

"The key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it" - Marianne Williamson

Have you ever felt stuck or paralyzed in indecision? I know I have! Well, not to worry, there is always a way. And one of those ways is reframing your thinking. In today's post, I will offer a quick tip to get you thinking about how to create what I call a beautiful reframe in your life.

Change your lens, change your future!

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The Beauty of Reframing Your Perspective, Choose Your Lens

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As a coach, I o…

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What is Sparking Me Up: The Earned Life

What is Sparking Me Up

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Watching: I recently watched The Earned Life, a documentary on the amazing Marshall Goldsmith. For those who don’t know Marshall, he is a highly acclaimed leadership coach and author of “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful.” What really struck me about Marshall is how his attitude about life simply radiates outward onto the people he meets. The one quote from the movie that has stuck in my head ever since is “I earn m…

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Conversations about Resilience

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"You don't have to wait for a breakdown to make a shift. You can look for clues and start to take action before you break down." 

I recently had the pleasure of being featured on The Kintsugi Podcast hosted by Michael O'Brien. I love the concept of this podcast, which got its name from the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. Kintsugi is a metaphor for embracing your flaws and imperfections so you can realize your full potential.

Michael and I covered a lot …

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Universal Dance

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Have you ever noticed how easy it is to overlook something extraordinary?

The heat of the sun travels 93 million miles through cold space, and there are still summer days when I say, "Man, it's hot out." I possess a device that gives me access to all the knowledge in the world in my pocket. And yet, we use it to "like" funny pictures of dogs and cats. Plus, the internet on airplanes or even the internet to begin with! Seriously!

Something that can be extraordinary to me but is often overlooked…

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Signal to Noise

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We are born into a noisy and chaotic world, and most of us then go on to spend our lives lost inside all that noise and chaos.

But there are a few of us who somehow find a way back to silence and peace. These people tend to have the inner clarity that they can create anything they want in the world. You can recognize them because they are the rare breed that can put out a message that impacts you. You've probably experienced it before, yourself.

It's like everything goes silent, and all of a s…

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Do the Opposite

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Would you like to know what to do when you feel stuck?

Many people will metaphorically keep tugging on the knot or kicking the dead horse because they simply don't know what else to do. But the solution is simple. So simple that most of us miss it.

It's all about doing the opposite.

There was a classic episode of Seinfeld that spoke to this in a way the entire world could understand.

In the episode, George Costanza decides that after a lifetime of every choice he made being wrong, that movin…

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Be Disruptive

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Have you ever been told as a kid not to be disruptive? It's kind of ingrained in society that it's a bad thing. But I love being disruptive in a good way.

It means thinking differently like the companies that come into an industry and completely change the game. Everyone is going to the left, but this company says, "Well, we went to the right and look at what we can produce when we do."

Disruptive thinking is what visionaries do. They see something that others don't, and because of that, they …

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What's Sparking Me Up: Audrey

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Watching: I recently watched the Audrey Hepburn documentary titled "Audrey" (2020). I have always been inspired by the classic beauty, style, and adventurous spirit Audrey brought to the silver screen. After watching this documentary, I now have an even deeper appreciation for the humanitarian and emotional impact she had on so many people with her love and presence.

Malnourished as a child, abandoned by her father, and growing up under Nazi occupation in Holland, Hepburn faced a life-long bat…

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The Gap or the Gain

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Does the distance between where you are and where you want to be discourage you? There is a brilliant concept from the author Dan Sullivan called the Gap and the Gain that helps reframe your perspective. Gap thinking is when we focus on the distance between us and our goal. With this mindset, we often compare ourselves against what others have achieved. There’s no way to be happy from this perspective because even if we’re highly successful, we’ll always feel like we’re lagging behind. The good …

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