Simple, Profound Wisdom

Every day we make thousands of decisions, some big and some small. Then there are some that need to be made and yet we sit on them, analyze the pro’s and con’s to death and never really make the decision. Maybe fear takes over or we are not confident in our ability to do it. Whatever it is, we stay stuck.

This past summer my granddaughter came for a visit and she taught me a simple, but yet profound piece of wisdom.  I took her to the amusement park at MOA to ride the approved rides, basically nothing that turned her upside down or was a roller coaster. However, the minute we walked in she spotted the roller coaster and wanted to ride it.  I explained that she would not like it and that her parents had told me she was scared to death of these rides. Doing my best to discourage her but nothing worked, as  she was determined to ride it.  After a careful assessment that she would be OK, I decided to let her try. Long story short, she came off that ride beaming from ear to ear, so proud of herself for doing. She rode another 3 times!

On the way home we talked about how she overcame her fear and how courageous she was for doing something that scared her. Then I asked her why she decided to ride it and she simply replied, “I just decided it was time and I did not want to be scared any more”. My jaw dropped at her wisdom and I wondered how many times fear kept me from making a decision.

I figure that if my granddaughter can overcome her fear just by deciding to do so, then I can too! How about you? Are you willing to make a decision that scares you?

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Are You Being True to Yourself?

Those of you who know me, know I love my morning reflective time. This year I have the added benefit of reflecting on my life while watching a sunrise over the ocean.

This particular morning I was reflecting on my new book, Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life, and the reasons I wrote it. I know what it is to live a pretend life, I did it longer than I care to admit. It was not that I wanted to be phony, I just did not know how to face my doubts and fears and still fit into the world around me. Everyone looked like that knew how to navigate life, except me, so I pretended to be happy and have my life together, while I was dying inside. When a friend challenged me to make changes, the charade was over.

That is how my journey began. Once I started looking at my negative thoughts and limiting beliefs a whole new world opened up to me. When I realized how long I had lived like this and how good it felt, I wanted to help others do the same. Was I scared, of course, but the confidence far outweighed the fear.

That is why I tell my story as honestly as I can, became a Life Coach and wrote my latest book. If you have questions or just want to talk to me, just reply to this email. I promise I won’t bite and it won’t coast you a penny.

You can visit my Facebook page for daily inspiration. Please be sure to like the page so you get the inspirations in your feed.

What You Do Everyday Matters!

I know that what we each do every single moment of our lives matters, and yet I know how hard it can be to have our actions be in alignment with this belief. We easily fall into the habit of doing the same old things, but somehow expecting different results. Simply put, change requires intentional and consistent action on our part.

That is why what we do everyday toward what we want for our life is so important. Reaching for what we want is a series of small steps we take each day and is more important than what we do once in a while. If you want to make a change in some area of your life you need a path and plan. What is yours for this new year?

Is a free Discovery Call with me in your future? If so please reply to this email and we can set up a 30 phone call.

Building Your Inner Strength

Building inner strength helps us navigate life in a way that gives us more confidence and trust in our own inner voice.

I have done 6 video’s that give a brief introduction into what is meant by each of the following strategies that will help move you from a negative mindset to a positive one.

Inner strength is our capacity to change the relationship to whatever has happened or is happening in our life and keep taking one more step toward what we want most.

These can be viewed on my Facebook page. Click here to visit my page.

If you are not on Facebook reply to this email and I will send a link to you.

Sunday, 11-18-18 –  Developing a Worthiness Mindset

Sunday, 11-25-18 –  Honoring Your Story & Wisdom

Sunday, 12-02-18 –  Choosing to Move Forward

Sunday,12-09-18 –   Perspective is an Essential Life Skill

Sunday, 12-16-18 –  Pay Attention to Negative Thinking

Sunday, 12-23-18 – Imagine the Best Story for Your life

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The Gift of a Book!

Hi Everyone…I hope you are all doing well!

With the holidays approaching I wanted to share my belief that signed books make the best gifts – way more meaningful than scented candles or tea towels.  So, if you would like to purchase signed copies of Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life – 52 Inspiring ways for YOU to take action just reply to this email. The book is $15.00 plus $3 for shipping and I will invoice you to pay online. Let me know who you are buying for so I can personalize the book.

As you make your holiday list think about teachers, book club friends, sisters and most of all the girlfriends you can’t live without.

All the best to you!

Sandy

P.S. Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life – 52 Inspiring ways for YOU to take action is being considered for the Best Book Award. I will know mid-November if I am a finalist, or better yet, win best book.

Stay tuned next week for information on new offerings on my Facebook coaching page. If you have not yet liked and are not following me on Facebook you can do that by accessing my: Facebook Page

Sneak Peek…

I am getting very excited about my new book that I have been working on all summer. In the next few weeks I will be announcing the name and let you get a peek at the cover. Until then I wanted to share an excerpt from the book. I would love to hear your thoughts…just hit reply. Thank you so much!

Everything You Need–You Already Have!

“I want you to get excited about who you are, what you are, what you have, and what can still be for you.  I want to inspire you to see that you can go far beyond where you are right now.”

Virginia Satir

I remember that my grandmother Selma had high standards for herself and others, and believed in me more than I believed in myself. One day in a conversation, when I must have been particularity down on myself, she said to me: “I can’t be the only one who believes in you. You have to do your part, too!”

This was my first introduction into knowing that I had the ability to affect the outcome of my life, and I could do it by changing my thinking and my attitude. I knew it was not about wishing things were different, but that no matter what came my way, and a lot did, I had what I needed inside me to navigate life—and so do you!

I have the ability to affect the outcome of my life.

Inspired Action:

  • Make a list of your positive qualities.
  • Choose one or two and begin to incorporate them into your life on a regular basis.
  • Which of these qualities will help you move from negative thinking to positive thinking?

Based on my new perspective:

  1. What nugget of inspiration will I carry into my day?
  2. What is one thing I am committed to changing?
  3. What are the action steps I will take to make the change?

 

 

Pressing the STOP button

Learning to create a pause between our thoughts and actions is a powerful tool to help us navigate life.  It is something that is always available to us that is simple, but at the same time profound.

We have all been there in that moment when we have had a negative reaction to something we have read, heard or experienced and have responded in a way we later regret. This connection between action and reaction happens to us in a matter of seconds and is recognized by the emotion it triggers in us.

Our brain labels these emotions based on the past experiences we have had in our past. Seeking to make meaning of this negative reaction, our mind compares it to other such experiences we have had and we feel it as anger, pain, hurt or a host of other emotions. This cause and effect scenario results in responding in ways that do not serve anyone.

Unless we make a change it can feel like we are stuck in a negative pattern. Creating a pause is to allow space between what happened and how we respond to it. This space that we give ourselves, allows us to stop and reflect how we want to be in the situation at hand, and that allows us to respond in a way that is healthy.

I know that this is easier to talk about than do since it is not our natural way to respond. However, it is one of the most important tools I teach my clients because it frees them from being at the mercy of negative thought patterns and allows them to have control over how they choose to respond.

BREAKING DOWN BIG IDEAS:

If you would like to learn how to push the STOP button and create space that allows a different response I will be doing a free 40 minute phone workshop on Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30 to 7:10 PM. Please respond to this email and I will send you the conference line information. Feel free to forward this on to friends who might want to register as well.

Moving Forward: What Do You Want?

Seems like this should be an easy question to answer right? Maybe not. My clients tell me this is one of the hardest question to explore and define. The initial answers we give are too vague and don’t paint a clear picture of what we want. Without that crystal clear picture it is almost impossible to create a path and we find ourselves going in circles wondering why we don’t get where we want to go. That is why this is such a crucial question to answer because when we are not clear about what we want our life becomes more difficult and stressful.

Whether you are wanting something tangible or you want to change a behavior or improve a relationship, the process remains the same. You must first define it as clearly as you can. Answer the who, what, where, when and why questions and then add action steps that will move you in that direction.

It is amazing to watch people move toward what they want with a clear vision and plan to get there. I hope you will take time to really explore what you want and dig deep to define it and move ahead with action steps. I’m here if you want to talk more.

Free Tele-class: Navigating Life with Ease 6:30 – 7:15 PM CT this Thursday 2/15/17 Reply to this email if you want to join us. 

I offer Pinpoint two 45 minute phone coaching sessions that can explore you explore what you want to change with a plan to get there. Email for more information. 

 

Seeing Your Own Light

” To the one who waits, all things reveal themselves, so long as you have the courage not to deny in the darkness what you have seen in the light.”  ~Barbara Brown Taylor

It was several years ago that I first came upon this quote. Although I had to read it several times to fully take in the meaning, I knew it spoke to the part in all of us that forgets we have a magnificent light within us, especially when life is hard.

There are times when we lose hope that something, anything, might change, or there is an improvement in our relationships or life circumstances. In fact, in the course of any given day, we face situations that we can’t control that can leave us feeling discouraged, waiting for the day to be over. I bet you know what I mean.

It is easy to acknowledge the light within us when things are going our way, not so much when life is hard. However, that is the most perfect time to go inside and acknowledge our light knowing that just because there is cloud cover right now, it in no way diminishes who you are!

Inspired Action: Think back to a difficult situation in your life and ask how it might have been different if during that hard time, you had remembered the light within you that guides your path. 

Navigating Life – “No Fee” Tele-class

Life can be hard and challenging and we can all benefit from learning new skills that can help us navigate life easier. That is why I am offering a “no fee” tele- class called, Navigating Life on February 15 at 6:30 – 7:15 CT time. Past participants tell me they came away with valuable insights. Email me here if you would like to attend and I will send you the call in information. Hope to see you in the class!