Archives for the month of: August, 2012

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Last week* marked the 41st anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon, where the famous words uttered by Neil Armstrong beamed down “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Most of us will not be able to have our feet touch the lunar landscape in our lifetime, but can you imagine what kind of step would be the equivalent of that for your life here on Earth?

When you’re on a tightrope or crossing over a stream you must be very conscious and super-present at every moment, as one wrong move would surely cause you harm.   Each step serves its unique purpose to get you further to your destination, no matter if there are 200, 20, or a very special 12.

As the wise saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Sometimes we need to take baby steps, sometimes we have to take one giant step, and many times we seem to take two steps forward and one step back.

But most of all, from time to time, it’s important for us to step outside our comfort zone. If we don’t take the initiative to stretch ourselves here and there, then we often miss opportunities to learn and grow (and/or the Universe eventually ends up pushing us one way or another anyway)!

So if you are in transition or at a place where you feel like your footing is a little unsure, give me a buzz. I will help you get your bearings, hold your hand, keep you steady, and guide you along, one step at a time, to get from one side of the riverbank to the other or one moonbeam to the next!

(*Today’s PGG was originally posted on July 27, 2010. RIP Neil Armstrong 8/5/30-8/25/12) 

P.S.For related thoughts on this topic check out Preparing for Liftoff and One Day at a Time 

P.P.S.This month marks my 5th year anniversary coaching professionally! I’m offering some great specials for you to take advantage of so CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION and contact me to work together today.

Thinking about working with me? Only two more weeks left to take advantage of  special summer savings on my career/life coaching services.  Click here for more info 

For this week’s PGG I thought I would share excerpts from a blog post about a  talk I gave to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network last February.  Enjoy!  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Last month, Kristina Leonardi, the Founder of The Women’s Mosaic offered tips to young nonprofit employees on how they can de-stress and make improvements in the different areas of their lives.  Focusing on work/money, relationships, and health, Leonardi shared the following advice:

1) Examine your relationship with work and money   Work takes up a majority of your time and energy, which are precious resources. You may say you want a job where you “can help people,” but it’s really important to understand why. Ask yourself, “What are my gifts and talents I can offer to the world, and how can the world benefit from them?”

Don’t get stuck in a job that you hate. Get a job that accommodates what you want to do. Make sure the position is a stepping stone towards the direction you want to go.

What comes to mind when you think of money? The way you feel about money has an impact on your life. “How you treat money is how it will treat you back,” said Leonardi.  Remember that you are not your bank account, paycheck, debt, or job title. Money is not part of you; it should have no bearing on who you are. Ask yourself, “What is my definition of prosperity and success?” It’s different for everybody.

2) Spend some reviewing and rebuilding your relationships You may need to “spring clean” your relationships. Let go of relationships which take too much energy from you. 

“You cannot give what you don’t have. You want to give from a place of abundance, where your cup is overflowing. You’ll be able to give much more effortlessly and effectively. ”

Take the time to spend quality time with yourself. “Date yourself,” says Leonardi. “Go to the movies or have dinner with yourself. Get re-acquainted with yourself through journals, by asking questions like ‘Who am I?'”

3) Participate in a multifaceted detox If anything is out of balance, it will show up in your body and home. Below are a few ways you can detox different areas of your life.

1) Home Detox: The home is a physical representation of yourself. If you have clutter, get rid of it.

2) Friendship Detox: Some people can take a lot of energy from us. Let go of those people.

3) Emotional Detox: “Most of us walk around emotionally-constipated,” said Leonardi. “As emotions come up, deal with them. Don’t repress them. If you do, you’re not letting the normal course of things have their process. It’s okay to cry!”

4) Mental Detox. What’s the tape that’s constantly running through your mind? Is it about a relationship gone bad,  a job loss or negative words about yourself or others? Get rid of those thoughts. Be conscious of what you think – we become the things we think.

5) Electronics Detox. Don’t make checking your phone the first thing you do in the morning. Avoid going on social networking sites every day all day. Discern how you can use technology to your benefit and advantage. Take off at least one day a week from being on the computer.

Given how ambitious young professionals can be, it is easy to forget to focus on personal growth.  Leonardi offered solid resources and unique suggestions to help them maintain balance.

P.S. Be sure to contact Kristina if your company or organization could benefit from a speaker or coach on the topics of work/life wellness, employee engagement, communications and more!  Click here for information about her corporate services. 

When Lenny Kravitz came out with his anthem in 1989 the world was at once very different and exactly the same as it is now. The Cold War has been replaced by the War on Terror, the Middle East remains a mess, and there are still far too many people on the planet who live in the midst of hunger, disease and injustice.  Racism and religious bigotry are alive and well, and economies and the environment are in the tank.  Heavy sigh…when will we ever learn?

So what is little ole’ you to do? Well if as the saying goes, ‘peace begins with me’, then the question is, are you at war with yourself or with the people closest to you?

A loving relationship with yourself must come before you can be in one with another, or to even just get along with your family, neighbors or strangers on the subway.  We have to take the time and energy to forgive and love ourselves and others. It’s our responsibility to dig deep to see what is going on inside us, understand it and then have the courage to communicate honestly and lovingly first to ourselves, and then to those around us when appropriate.

Love is the most powerful force in the Universe when used intelligently and intentionally; it can move mountains, heal, connect and transform.

What are you waiting for?  There is no more important time than now to let love start ruling your world. Love of yourself, love of each other, love of your work, and love of life itself – the very breath and heartbeat that is allowing you to read this email.

So if you need a little mediation between your head and your heart, what you earn and what you’re worth, your desires and your reality, or you and your significant other, just give me a buzz and I’ll be the peacekeeping force that helps you reconcile all the conflict zones in your life and make love the law of the land!

(Today’s PGG was originally posted on September 28, 2010)

P.S. This month marks my 5th year anniversary coaching professionally! I’m offering some great specials for you to take advantage of so CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION and contact me to work together today

The remaining lazy, hazy days of summer are a perfect opportunity to disconnect from the usual hustle and bustle of it all and take some quality time to reflect on your life – where you’ve been, where you’re at now and where you want to be going when that autumn wind and the new ‘school’ year arrives!

It’s always a good idea to hang out in the park or at the beach with your journal (or air-conditioned coffee shop if it’s one of those dog days…) and have an honest conversation with yourself. But if you’ve gone over things in your head one too many times and not quite sure what to do next, perhaps you need another brain, an objective viewpoint or just a plain ole’ kick in the butt to put everything in a different perspective and move you forward – that’s where I come in.

As you know, for the past two and a half years I’ve sent out my Personal Growth Gabs on a weekly basis to you at no charge, so every once in a while I have to do some shameless self-promotion…but not without a few special offers for you, my dedicated readers!

You can find all the details below, but here’s the gist:

Now through August 31st:

* save $35 on an Essential Self Consultation + receive one free group coaching session
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If there is another option you would like to consider that you do not see here, feel free to reach out to me.  No matter what the season, I always look forward to providing the clarity, balance and direction you need in order to enjoy the most fulfilling and peaceful life possible!

P.S. For those of you looking for your weekly dose of PGG, be sure to visit my website where you can find all of my past posts. Here’s one from August 2010. 

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