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Archive for February, 2013

Bit by Bit

I ran a 5K yesterday.  Well, according to the news folks I ran a 5K yesterday.  I heard earlier this week that shoveling your sidewalk after the kind of snowfall we just experienced is like running a 5K, so I ran a 5K yesterday.  It was perfect shoveling weather — not that frostbite cold that causes me to bundle up so only my eyes are exposed but warm enough that I worked up a mild sweat under my bulky coat as I shoveled.  The snow was heavy and wet this time so it was physically impossible for me to load up a full shovel, scoop it up and lift it to the side.  Instead, I had to chunk large globs off, then pick up smaller bits and move them a little at a time.  I gotta tell ya, I really wanted to quit more than once.  My arms got tired, progress seemed slow and it felt like I was never going to get finished.  Then I’d challenge myself to do just cleared sidewalkone more chunk, then one more chunk and finally — SUCCESS!  I’d cleared a path from our front door to the driveway.

Seems to me,  this is part of the formula for success in business and life.  You have a goal and step-by-step you move toward it.  I know lots of marketing gurus talk about getting the ‘big bang for your buck’ and making a ‘huge impact’ and reaching thousands of potential customers at one time.  And, it really is great when that happens.  However, I believe it’s equally important to take those small steps, keep going and take some time to celebrate each one along the way.  Just like my snow shoveling challenge yesterday, when you stick with it, the small bits add up to your success.

TODAY’S TIP:  Acknowledge each of the small steps you take today toward reaching your goals and celebrate every tiny bit of forward progress.

Oh…and by the way, when I reached the end of the sidewalk, I did a little dance holding the snow shovel overhead and singing the “Rocky” theme song.  It felt great.Success!


Stuck and Unstuck

Great story out of Kansas City during the snowstorm yesterday.  An ambulance, trying to get a man with a heart issue to the hospital, got stuck in the snow. (Obviously, this is not the great part of the story.  The great part follows….)  The man’s neighbors came together, dug out the ambulance, then cleared a block-long path so it could get to the hospital.  The news story said they may have saved his life.  You can see the news coverage of the event here.

Where are you stuck?  What would you like to change, improve, accomplish, achieve?

The story reminded me exactly why I love coaching people.  I love to help them get unstuck because that’s what my coaches and mentors have done for me!  My shovel and I are at the ready to help if you’re stuck in the same old rut and looking for something more in your life, you’re not generating the income you want with your business, you want more clients but are frustrated because nothing seems to be working, you want to start a business but feel so overwhelmed you don’t know where to begin, you’re in a job you hate, you’re struggling in a relationship, you’re sick of the money drama in your life, you’re tired of feeling tired all the time and you’re just ready for something different.

I want to be on your team.  I want to provide the kind of support that is LIFE GIVING and JOY RESTORING.  If you’re looking for someone to help you dig out of your rut, contact me at and let’s get you on the path to a thriving, joyful, prosperous life!

TIP FOR TODAY:  Identify where you’re stuck in business or your life and reach out to someone to help you get unstuck.

What a Difference……

The herd enjoying the snowSunday was a beautiful day here.  The sun was shining.  Temperatures were in the upper thirties.  I was able to enjoy a ride in the snowy pasture.  The horses were working on their tans.

Then 48 hours later, it’s Snowmageddon #2 in the winter of 2013.  I checked three different weather forecasts to get a sense of what to expect.  Let’s just say the one that indicated we could get 3-5″ of snow Monday evening and possibly 1-2″ this morning was a little off.  When I went to feed the horses a couple of hours ago, I trudged through hip-high snow drifts (that would be 25″ mounds of snow) in 30 mile per hour winds.  Looks to me like the ones who predicted 12-16″ of snow were lots closer to getting it right.Breakfast at the snowy buffet

When you think about what you want to achieve, what have you done in the past 48 hours that moved you closer to your goals?  What will you do in the next 48 hours?

TODAY’S TIP:  Do something that will make a positive difference and move you closer to living the life you truly want.


How many times during the day do you grumble about your circumstances, your life, things people have done, what you haven’t gotten done, those petty annoyances that pop up unexpectedly?  Now, how many times during the day do you offer thanks and acknowledge all the wonderfulness that surrounds you?  Make this a day of gratitude.

TODAY’S TIP:  Make a list of at least twenty things you are grateful for today.  Happy Sunday!

What Can I Learn From a Horse?

From  Parelli Natural Horsemanship: “It’s more than just about the horse. It really dips into the personal development side of things. You learn about yourself, you learn about communication, about leadership, about truthfulness, about consequence and responsibility. You learn about love and imagination. The horse becomes the animal that tells you the truth about yourself in all these categories.” – Linda Parelli
JJ and Jean
That’s why I love to share my horses.  They are fantastic, non-judgmental teachers.  I offer 1/2 day and full-day retreats here at the ranch for anyone who wants to take a break from their crazy, hectic life and gain insight into their communication, leadership, and life skills and reconnect with their passion and purpose.  Just a few hours with the horses could have a huge impact on your life in a very good way.  Contact me at for more information and to schedule your retreat.

TODAY’S TIP:  Identify the places in your business and your life that you’d like to change for the better, then contact me and let’s see how we can make that happen.

Weathering the Storm



The snow has stopped falling.  With the drifting, it’s hard to tell just how much snow we had.  I’m guessing about 6 inches.  The drift directly in front of the house is about 19 inches high.  We’ve got a bit of wind, but no blowing snow, so it’s just a white, chilly wintry day.

And, yesterday’s lesson from the horses?  They chose to stay outside in the storm.  I could see them periodically running through the pasture with their manes and tails flying, rolling in the snow and spraying it everywhere, chasing each other and kicking up their heels in sheer joy as the wind howled and the snowflakes flew.  Then they would disappear into their shelter, probably to rest, warm up and catch their breath before another outburst of joyous play.  The lesson, reminder and gift for me in yesterday’s snow day:  find those moments every day to kick up my heels and play, regardless of what’s swirling around me.  What did you learn?

TODAY’S TIP:  Kick up your heels and have some fun!  Have a great Friday and a fantastic weekend!

Snow Day and Choices….



We’re having a major snowstorm here in the mid-west today.  The forecasters are predicting we may have twelve inches of snow or more!  We’ve also got some stiff winds and the temperatures are in the low twenties.  Definitely not a day that I want to spend much time outside.



While I was feeding the horses breakfast, I decided to keep the door in the arena open just in case they want to take shelter out of the storm.  As I peer out of my office window, I can barely see them through the blowing snow as they finish up the hay in the pens.  It will be interesting to keep an eye on them to see what they decide to do today.  Will they choose to stay outside and endure the elements?  Will they get out of the wind by standing in their three-sided shelter in the pasture?  Or, will they decide to get out of the elements completely and hang out in the arena?

Choices.  We make them every day.   TODAY’S TIP: Make choices that will move you closer to the success and prosperity you desire.





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