Dealing with Dark Times...

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2019

It is a politically charged and emotionally intense day here in the United States.  Ironically, this holiday season, the whole world seems to be focused on cries of corruption, climate crisis, injustice and inequality.

It would be easy to say, "These are dark times."

  • What if, this year, the story of Christmas moves us into a new possibility for modern living?
  • What if this holiday season reminds us that during the darkest of nights, a new hope for the world can be born where it is least expected?
  • What if, like the lights of Hanukkah, our fire burns longer and brighter than logic or reason could justify?

As we head into the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, may we each find that spark within us, and bring the light of Love triumphantly to the world through our actions.

What if this is the time to let Love take the lead?

As individuals, our love of peace, of justice, of democracy, and of humanity is a light in the world....

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What if you CONQUER self-doubt?

Uncategorized Dec 11, 2019

When is the last time you honestly listened to the voice in your head? What was it telling you? Is your self-talk kind and empowering? Or critical and afraid?

The holiday season can easily trigger self-doubt.  For some, it's the result of being around family members who see in you all the limitations of your past.  Or perhaps it happens as you review your goals for the year and notice where you have fallen short of your intentions?

This week, we step into the possibility of powerfully and consistently overcoming self-doubt and negative self-talk:

What if we could quickly identify sabotaging internal dialogue, and easily shift into a new possibility of who we are and what we are capable of creating? 

What if every time we shift from a self-deprecating thought to an affirmation of our power and worthiness, we literally shift the electro-chemical functioning of our brain in a way that builds a more productive (and accurate) sense of our...

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What if we slow down??

Uncategorized Dec 04, 2019

The Sufi poet Rumi reminds us:
"The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear."

December carries with her the call to slow down, to reflect, and to listen deeply. What if, despite all the demands of the holiday season, we take the time to step away from our busy-ness and listen to the call of our hearts?

  • What if, the quieter we become, the more we are able to identify the daily actions that bring us joy and peace?
  • What if, the quieter we become, the easier it is to listen to our body, mind and spirit and free it from stress, anxiety and dis-ease?
  • What if, the quieter we become, the more we are able to tap into the truth of our being and relax into being authentically who we are?

The silence brings clarity.  It holds within it an expanded capacity for understanding, empathy, and love.

This week, for "What If Wednesday," I invite you to join me for a time of deep listening and re-centering. Imagine the beauty of bringing mindfulness to our...

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The Healing Power of Gratitude

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2019

I'm in Texas today.  Mom is in the kitchen preparing the turkey. Dad is in the living room listening to my daughter practice Christmas carols on her violin.

Tomorrow, my childhood home will be filled once again with brothers and sisters, cousins and in-laws, representing different areas of the country, different political views, and different faith traditions.

Thanksgiving can be, for some, a recipe for disaster. But what if we hold tight to the core intent of Thanksgiving... and focus exclusively on what we love and appreciate about each other?

  • What if we outwardly give thanks for each other, vocalizing what we appreciate about each person who gathers at our table?
  • What if gratitude has the power to heal past hurts and strengthen our most precious relationships?
  • What if we tap into the power of thanks-giving to mend old wounds and begin again?

Research shows us what our heart already knows. Gratitude is good for us. It helps us...

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The Greatest Gifts...

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2019

With the holidays just around the corner, you may already be feeling the impending stress of the season. 

Did you know that here in the United States, 48 million people are still paying off credit card debt from the 2018 holiday season?  And, on average, this year our holiday budgets are even bigger than they were last year. 

Imagine: What if there's another way?

What if, this holiday season, we begin by grounding ourselves in the value of intangible things:  love, connection, kindness?

What if we claim our worth in the generosity of our spirit, without equating this to the size of our wallets?

What if we claim our power in our financial life and enter into 2020 without the burden of additional debt?

I shared with you a couple weeks ago that my friend Dawn has brought together an AMAZING series of over 20 interviews called Building Women’s Worth: Creating Lasting Wealth, From the Inside Out.

Tomorrow is the last day, but...

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What if we become UNSTOPPABLE?

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2019

We all know people who have great ideas, right? How many of those people follow through to turn those ideas into reality? 

In working with people for over 20 years using the "What If UP" tools, I've found 5 areas where people get stuck:

1)  They don’t know what they want to do.

2) They know what they want to do, but don't believe it's possible.

3) They know what they want to do, but don't believe it's possible for them.

4) They know what they want to do,  but don’t know where to begin.

5) They know what they want to do, they thought they knew how to do it, but the old way doesn't work anymore.

Any of these sound familiar?

The good news is, I've seen people move beyond each of these challenges as part of our What If UP community.  Consider this:

  • What if we can never truly be stuck because we are creating our reality moment by moment?
  • What if you surround yourself with people who don't see your dead-ends, don't take into...
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What if we mobilize the middle?

Uncategorized Nov 13, 2019

Sometimes it seems as if we are living in a time of extremes.  Polarization.  People donned in the jerseys of "Team Us"  and "Team Them."

What if the reality of our world is actually different from what we see?  What if the majority of us are not at the extremes?  What if most of us are somewhere in the middle? 

What if the only reason we perceive such division is because those at the extremes are louder than the majority of us in the middle?

Wednesday has arrived once again, and this week's possibility is simple:

What if we mobilize the middle?

  • What if the quiet majority rises up as a "network for good," deeply listening to each other, appreciating the diversity of our perspectives, and supporting each other in deepening our understanding and cultivating change?
  • What if this community of "possibilitarians" provides a positive, forward-thinking channel for innovative ideas to flourish?
  • What if Love...
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A light in the darkness...

Uncategorized Nov 06, 2019

A tragedy has impacted my little town in Colorado. Teen suicide has become the leading cause of death for people in our state between the ages of 10 and 24 with over 500 young people per year choosing to end their lives.

Last night, our community grieved another loss.  Following the memorial service, members of our small town lined up along Main Street with candles in hand. 

Our intent was to send a message to the young people in our community: You are not alone, and hope is sometimes much, much closer than it seems.

  • What if, through the power of this "What If UP" community, we are able to bring new light into the world?
  • What if we each start our day with hope and possibility? What if we allow our hope to inspire and uplift the people around us?
  • What if we use our light to help each other through dark times, and reach out to each other when our own light seems to grow dim?

As we stood together last night amidst...

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What if you could strengthen your resilience?

Uncategorized May 15, 2019

As you may know, each month I connect live with our What If UP Club Online for an hour of teaching, sharing, coaching & encouragement. Last night's call was a powerful one.  Our focus:

resilience (noun). The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

It's a life skill we all need from time to time.  Wikipedia specifically defines "psychological resilience" as "the ability to cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status quickly."  

It goes on to say that this kind of resilience exists when a person uses "mental processes and behaviors in promoting personal assets and protecting self from the potential negative effects of stressors." Hey... that sounds a lot like US!

What if this "What If UP" community helps you build and strengthen your psychological resilience?

What if, by using these ideas and tools consistently as part of a disciplined practice, you empower yourself to bounce back quickly from...

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Getting to Know YOU!

Uncategorized May 15, 2019

Here's what I've noticed this week:

It doesn't matter how vast our differences may seem, when we take the time to get to know and understand each other, the space between us seems to melt away.

What if, this week, we focus our attention on getting to know each other a little better?

Consider the possibilities...
What if you spend a little time each day with your kids, your partner, your family, your neighbors, your friends, or your coworkers with the sole purpose of getting to know them a little better?

What if you create a list of 10 questions that would guide you in going deeper as you get to know people better? (Looking for ideas? I'll share some of my favorites with you on Facebook this morning!)

What if, whenever we feel disconnected from others, we use that feeling as a reminder to ask questions, be curious, and seek a deeper level of understanding?

Use the COMMENTS area below to share a little about yourself...

Where are you from?
What do you love to do?
What if your...

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