How to Do What Matters in 2016

I didn’t set a New Year’s Resolution.

I find them hard to keep.

I set a theme for the year.

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To remind me to make the choices that I can feel proud of moving through the year and towards my goals.

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You Can Teach “Old Dogs New Tricks”

I just hosted a fun night of Shopping for a Cause. It accomplished two of my favourite things of this season: connecting with friends and giving to others with a % of the proceeds supporting my father’s not-for-profit.

During the night as I was chatting with friends, I found myself repeating the comment “You can teach old dogs new tricks”.

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I am proof, but even more so….

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What’s the Worst Thing That Can Happen?

So often we hold ourselves back from taking action, that’s outside of our comfort zone, because of fear.

Paralyzed by a NHO “Negative Hypothetical Outcome” that of course we want to avoid.

But truthfully, we have no idea what the outcome will be until we try, yet we are committed to the fact that it’s going to be negative.

So….let’s go there…

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6 Leadership Lessons from Running

Today I wanted to quit.

I didn’t say anything out loud to my friend and running partner, but I was struggling to keep up and labouring.

After we parted ways, I stopped to catch my breath and as I walked the block back home I realized how many parallels there are between running, work and life.

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How to Self-Promote: Even when you think you hate doing it.

When you think of self-promoting what words come to mind?

  • Cheesy
  • Sickening
  • Awkward
  • Desperate
  • Not me
  • Uncomfortable
  • Pushy, etc….

If I haven’t said yours, fill in the blank here…….

If your response is positive, that’s awesome, and feel free to stop reading here.

If it’s negative, you are not alone.

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3 Questions to Remember the Value of Slowing Down

As ambitious women, with full plates, so often we are goal centric.

Becoming hyper focused on our goals and delaying our happiness until the outcomes are achieved and/or missing out on so many other things transpiring around us while we push forward.

Ironically by doing this I bet that either one or both are impacting what’s most important to you.

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3 Questions to Shut Down Your Negative “What ifs”

I was recently speaking with a client who reminded me of how debilitating “What if” can be.

The anticipated negative outcomes that we spend too much time thinking about and that lead to inaction.  

Thoughts like:

What if they don’t like it….

What if I fail…

What if I don’t land the client…

It makes sense.

None of these ‘what ifs’ are remotely appealing so why would we even bother to take any action when the anticipated outcome is so negative.

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The truth is the outcomes are unknown and we have NO idea…

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3 Ways to Navigate Difficult People

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was wrongfully dismissed from her job.

Blind sighted.

Totally unexpected. 

Retrospectively she can now see how her boss had been planning her demise for the past 6 months.

No matter if it’s a boss, colleague, family member, neighbour, etc… difficult people are all around.

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3 Things to Remember When Navigating Tough Decisions

In the past few weeks I have been hearing from women who are feeling totally stuck.

Being at a point in their careers and lives where they have to make a big decision to take a course, to go for the promotion, etc… that impact not only them.

These women are ambitious and want to have exceptional careers and lives, and these decisions were being viewed as at the expense of their families.

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Limiting Beliefs – 3 Steps for Shutting Them Down

Every day I am amazed by the number of incredible, competent, intelligent and driven women who share with me the fact that they question themselves.

Do you ever find yourself:

Second guessing if you are good enough?

Worried that someone is going to realize you aren’t as smart as they thought you were?

Worrying that somebody is going to discover your dirty little secret?

Fearful that you won’t live up to people’s expectations?

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