The Power of the Bribe

I can still see my mom standing in the doorway to my bedroom surveying the piles. (I was sitting on the floor, so I was lucky I could see her, considering.) “When you get your room clean,“ She told me, “We’ll go to Dairy Queen.” Immediately, I could taste that vanilla creaminess on my tongue and the tang of the …

One Crazy Key (Half Key) to Success

We have all been lied to.  Sort of.  I guess you would call it a half-truth. Here is the lie: Hard work is the key to success. Please, please!  I know it sounds like I’m blaspheming.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t work hard.  I’m just saying that working hard is not enough.  Hard work is only half of the …

What if your mind could free you?

I just had one of those moments where I saw very clearly the power my mind has over my actions. A friend asked me to mail her a book she left the last time she visited. She told me exactly the bag she left it in, what the bag looked like, the title, the author and even that it was …

Release Yourself to the Ride

When I was a little girl my dad took me on my first roller coaster ride. As we bumped through the twists and turns, I braced my arms and gritted my teeth and tried to keep myself in place. I was NOT having a good time. Finally, as we slowly ratcheted up to the top of the next hill, my …

Just Start!

“Just start.” That is my mantra as a coach. Whether the challenge is a client’s business or personal life, I can’t help until they start moving.  So most of the early coaching I do boils down to this: “Start”. The longer you sit and look at a project without taking action, the harder it becomes. When we do nothing, projects …