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WHAT IS THE GIFT?

WHAT IS THE GIFT? What is the Gift? I’m not talking about the actual physical gift delivered to your door from Amazon. I’m talking about something much more abstract and very difficult to find. I’m talking about the Gift in your pain or life struggle. WHAAAAAT? That’s crazy talk, right? “There’s no Gift in my…

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? “If you expect nothing, you will never be disappointed.” Has anyone ever said that to you? It’s been said to me before, but I don’t buy it. How can a human being expect nothing? We can’t. It’s impossible. We ALL have expectations. There’s nothing wrong with having expectations. What gets tricky…

WHAT WILL BE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD?

WHAT WILL BE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD? Have you ever really thought about these questions: What will be your contribution? What will you leave behind? What will people say about you? Does it even matter? Wow, I sure hope it does. Let’s think about those people throughout history who have made a contribution. There’s…

WHAT’S YOUR OPPORTUNITY TODAY?

WHAT’S YOUR OPPORTUNITY TODAY? I believe a single year is made up of 365 opportunities – at least. Opportunity is everywhere. Each day we have an opportunity to shift or change our perspective in any given situation no matter how difficult the situation is. Each day we have an opportunity to live from the place…

WHAT IS IT TO BE RESILIENT?

WHAT IS IT TO BE RESILIENT? There’s a Japanese proverb that says, “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” That’s the definition of resilient. Every time we get back up, we become more resilient. But, here’s my question… If we keep falling down, why do we keep getting up? Why don’t we just stay down…

WHAT AM I RESISTING?

WHAT AM I RESISTING? There’s an old adage that says, “The things we resist, persist.” Isn’t that the truth? Ask yourself, “What am I resisting?” Be honest. I’m talking about the kind of honesty that’s uncomfortable. The kind of honesty that brings out your Inner Champion, Your Captain. Because when Your Captain comes forth, that…

WHO’S YOUR CAPTAIN?

WHO’S YOUR CAPTAIN? We all have a Captain within us. Most of the time we don’t acknowledge it as Our Captain, but it’s definitely there… just waiting to be called upon. Now, before we can go any further with all this Captain-talk, close your eyes and visualize yourself stepping out of your guarded comfort circle.…

WHAT DOES FEAR COST ME?

WHAT DOES FEAR COST ME? A LOT! Remember all those times when FEAR stopped you from doing what you really wanted to do? You see, FEAR talks to us. It’s that little voice in our head that says STOP. Now, to be fair, I’m glad FEAR intervenes and says STOP if I’m about to cross…

WHAT FLAG AM I BEARING?

WHAT FLAG AM I BEARING? Admittedly, not many people walk around bearing or carrying their own personal flag. But if we did, if that type of behavior was commonplace, what would your flag be? Each flag tells a story. The American flag tells the story of our original 13 colonies (stripes), existing 50 states (stars),…

WHAT DID IT TAKE TO GET HERE?

WHAT DID IT TAKE TO GET HERE? Take a look at your life today. Where are you? Are you where you want to be? Are you just about there? Do you wish you were somewhere else? Regardless the answer, you are HERE. HERE is where you are today.. now.. this minute. It is not only…

WHAT IS JOY?

WHAT IS JOY? We all know life is hard, messy, and full of adversity. Not many will argue with that. But what is it that continues to move us forward in spite of the hard times and adversity? JOY. Joy gives us the courage to look adversity in the face and say, “Not today.” So,…

WHAT IS IT TO BE COMPASSIONATE?

WHAT IS IT TO BE COMPASSIONATE? The dictionary defines compassion as “showing kindness and empathy to others.” Sure, that’s easy enough, but what does compassion LOOK like for YOU? After some quick research, I’ve come up with a few examples of what it looks like to be compassionate: • Giving up some of your personal…

WHAT IS IT TO BE POWERFUL?

WHAT IS IT TO BE POWERFUL? Thoughtfully answer that question. Now, does your answer describe who you are? If you often see others as powerful but not yourself, why is that? Could it be that our own definition of powerful is out of reach? If we equate powerful to having great power (POTUS), having mega…

WHAT AM I TOLERATING?

WHAT AM I TOLERATING? If you don’t like the word “tolerating,” try one of these: bearing; enduring; stomaching; allowing; putting up with. So, ask the question again using one of the other words. Whatever word you put in there, it’s still a bit uncomfortable, isn’t it? None of us wants to admit we’re enduring, putting…

WHERE AM I THE SOLUTION?

WHERE AM I THE SOLUTION? Think about it. I’m not talking a global solution, like solving world hunger (although if you have a solution for that, by all means, go for it!). I’m talking about your everyday life. Where are you the solution? Being the solution can look different for everyone. It may mean standing…

WHERE IS MY ATTENTION?

WHERE IS MY ATTENTION? Many of us consider ourselves great multitaskers. Multitasking is the ability to do many (multi) tasks at the same time. What happens when most of our day is spent multitasking? I don’t know about you, but I find it exhausting and unfulfilling. Sure, I may get many tasks completed and there…

AM I BEING NICE OR AM I BEING REAL?

AM I BEING NICE OR AM I BEING REAL? The next time you have a conversation with your partner, boss, close friend, or family member, honestly ask yourself, “Am I being nice or am I being real?” Think about it. What does it mean to be “nice”? What does it mean to be “real”? What…

WHAT IS THE LIE?

WHAT IS THE LIE? Weird question, I know, but hear me out. We all have that negative inner voice – our inner critic – that speaks to us, judges us, and many times, hammers away at our self-esteem and self-assurance. It’s the same voice that keeps us from making changes and taking risks. Sadly, we…