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What to do When You Feel Like a Failure

I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately. It tends to be something that we don’t like to think about too much. It is easy to think that other people are perfect, that they don’t make mistakes. The reality is that we all fail sometimes. In fact, I can’t imagine how it would be possible to not fail because there is so much that were faced with on a daily basis—literally hundreds of micro-decisions to make in a day: what to eat, what to wear, what time to get up, whether or not to exercise, whether or…

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This Epic Life: Start from Where You Are with KC Carter

If you’ve noticed that maintaining presence is a key to enjoying the business, family or impact you’re building, you are in the right place. – KC Carter A Kriyaban yogi, meditation guru, and company culture expert, Kristoffer (KC) Carter is a living, breathing example of awake, on-purpose living. Quick to laugh and exquisitely present, KC has devote his career to helping people live epic lives by optimizing one’s experience, from the inside out. Intrigued? Please join me for: This Epic Life: Start from Where You Are with KC Carter  Tuesday, 4/26 @ 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET RSVP for this…

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Listen for the Bat Phone

If you’ve ever seen an old Batman TV episode, you’ll remember the special red phone, and when it rang Batman always answered. It was always Commissioner Gordon calling, and it meant that the superhero, and his trusty sidekick Robin, were needed to avert certain disaster for the citizens of Gotham. I find myself using this metaphor with coaching clients, asking: I wonder, what is your personal Bat Phone? What do I mean by that? What I mean is: what is the thing that, when it happens, means that you need to wake up and pay attention to…

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Why Giving Matters

As I sit here on Black Friday deluged with ads, I feel a bit sad for our world. Not because I don’t like to shop; rather, it’s because the race towards Christmas, now that Thanksgiving is done, is so focused on acquiring material goods. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always liked the joy that finding just the right present for another person brings, and I have certainly enjoyed being on the receiving end of gift giving too. I have a confession–most of the time I don’t watch the news. I just can’t take it, to be honest….

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Practicing Gratitude

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love that it’s about slowing down, taking notice of the abundance around us, and appreciating those we love and who have supported us in our lives. But I have to be honest: when I first sat down to write this post, I wasn’t feeling very grateful. It is so easy to become focused on what we don’t have, haven’t yet achieved, or still want for our lives.  It can be difficult to pause and appreciate our accomplishments. While it’s good to be motivated and have goals, sometimes we are too hard…

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Move Forward by Listening to Your Intuition

Go with your gut is my mantra these days. Recently I hired an Executive Assistant. It was something I put off for a long time. My intuition told me that it was the right decision for me, but I talked myself out of hiring someone to work solely for my business, in-person by my side. I gave myself reason after reason about why I shouldn’t do it…even though, all the while, deep down, my gut was telling me that it was the right choice for me. Finally, after resisting for years and trying other solutions to my…

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The Ebb and Flow of Strong Emotion

There is an image that helps me weather times of intense emotion, such as fear or sadness, and I’d like to share it with you. Perhaps it will resonate and help you in times of stress, too. My favorite beach in Maui is Napili Bay, a beautiful small crescent of sand and surf with a view of neighboring island Molokai. When I’m there, I wade in past the breaking waves to a spot where I am up just up to my neck in the water but I can still touch. The sandy bottom has no rocks, so…

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Clearance Sale: Junk Aisle, 90% Off

I think of my mind as having aisles like at the grocery store. Some aisles are more chock-a-block than others. One in particular is bulging at the seams. I call it the Junk Aisle. Lots of things in there, bits and pieces. For example, there is a big section devoted to quotes from 80s movies. I can recite pretty much any line from Better Off Dead: “I’m sorry your mom blew up Ricky!” ”Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.” …or Christmas Vacation: “Eddie, if I woke up tomorrow with my head…

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The Abundant Life: Here I Come!

I’m up early again, 4:30am. I woke to the sound of my toddler’s cries because she wet her bed. As I tenderly cleaned her up and changed her sheets, I made sure that she felt accepted exactly as she is, whether or not she stays dry through the night. No judgment, only love. Now she’s sleeping again and I can’t get this thought out of my head: How can I show that same unconditional love to myself?

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