Are you selling yourself short ? – Try making your story arc longer.

Are you selling yourself short ? – Try making your story arc longer.

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If you live at all in the world of selling yourself, then you tell a story. Our resume is a story, our work performance or our business pitch and marketing strategy is a story. Our self-confidence and sense of worth is also heavily supported by the story we tell ourselves every day. We often have this idea that telling our self-story has something to do with us in the present tense. We project back on the past and lead up the present outcome- for better or for worse. We analyze the past and then we plan for the future. We miss out on something huge when we do this. What about the rest of the story? It’s certainly not over, we’re not dead. Yes, we plan ahead, but is it…
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It’s Not Fear Holding You Back

It’s Not Fear Holding You Back

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The big thing holding you back from launching full force into action? It’s not fear, your VPS is off.     “Everything we want is on the other side of fear” – George Addair     This famous quote has always resonated with me because that’s how it feels to stand in front of the gap to action. That space feels real even if we know it isn’t. I know I need to make “jumps” in my life if I’m going to achieve what I want, but there is one big thing missing here and you might feel it too.   If everything I ever wanted is on the other side of fear, I just have to conquer my fear and dive in, right?   Ok, that’s cool. I guess…
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Empowerment Hack – Zone out to solve big problems

Empowerment Hack – Zone out to solve big problems

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I was home with my daughter this past Friday, she was home sick from school. It was one of those parenting moments when you realize you've been had immediately following the point of no-return. In this case, right after leaving a message on the schools absentee voicemail system. It's there, in the barely noticeable smirk you detect beneath the "sad, sick" face. And I was right, she TOTALLY could have gone to school. I'd also hoped to get some substantial writing done on Monday, so this put a little wrinkle in that plan. You know the feeling, that point where you need to decide if you're going to let it build up in frustration all day with some half-assed attempt at getting something done, or you let it go and…
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Empowerment Hack – Visualize your actions, not your goals.

Empowerment Hack – Visualize your actions, not your goals.

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There is fascinating research coming out on the powerful results achieved by visualization. The brain is a massively powerful organ but we actually understand very little about its full capacity. We do know that we can have a great deal of influence on outcomes when we utilize visualization techniques. In fact, studies show that subjects who visualized practicing a task such as playing piano or exercising a specific muscle, performed almost as well at those tasks as participants who actually practiced the skill or the exercise! Really cool, right? Huge implications for us on many levels as we learn more about how to fully utilize this technique. Many professional athletes already use visualization techniques to optimize their performance. The idea that visualization helps us achieve goals has been around for…
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Empowerment Hack – Lift others up with you

Empowerment Hack – Lift others up with you

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The Hack:  Lift others up with you.   As we work to invest and grow ourselves personally and professionally, we start to discover a network of opportunities that weren’t available to us before. Our mindset begins to shift towards seeking opportunity as opposed to avoiding failure and we get better at identifying the right folks to hand around. It’s easy to stay focused on looking forward to the next step and what we need to do to get there & who can help achieve it. The reality is that we can easily overlook both the responsibility and huge personal benefit of mentoring, supporting, and sponsoring others around us to advance their own growth.   Why it works: Networks aren’t valuable unless they are anchored on all sides. As we achieve personal…
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Empowerment Hack – “Excited”, not “Nervous”

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THE HACK: This week, I want to introduce you to Amy Cuddy. If you haven’t seen her TED talk, watch it! Then buy her book, Presence. My personal favorite hack from Amy- replace “I’m nervous” with “I’m excited” both in conversation and in your internal dialog. Pure brilliance, and I swear by its effectiveness in lowing my stress levels in everything from giving a speech, interviewing, or even networking on an off night. WHY IT WORKS: The idea of “nervous” raises the stress hormone cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) and testosterone, while the idea of “excited” keeps that elevated testosterone without raising cortisol levels. Here is the awesome part- by telling your brain that what it’s experiencing is “excitement”, not “nervousness”, it responds by lowing that stress hormone, and…
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Empowerment Hack – Inspiration in the shower

Empowerment Hack – Inspiration in the shower

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The Hack: Take Inspiration into you own hands…in the shower. Take your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about podcasts. I’ve found that peaceful time in the morning is ideal inspiration time and listening to podcasts really gets me primed with ideas and inspiration that build throughout the day. We don’t realize how under stimulated with inspiration we are. Oh, we’re plenty stimulated with distracting, depressing, stressful information, but don’t invest in balancing our intake. Why it works: Exposure to new ideas stimulates brain activity helping us to make connections to our existing context that we normally wouldn’t encounter. A new passion or personal insight will likely emerge as you discover content that gets those ideas flowing. Allow yourself to indulge in following your curiosity wherever it leads. Those passions and…
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