I notice that many women are resistant to seeking out or saying yes to opportunities that will take them to the next level of success. I hear them say things like, "I'm not ready" and "Let me get another certification first." They also are often reluctant to accept offers to increase visibility such as board positions, media interviews, and other leadership opportunities, yet I notice they say YES to more work without more pay, more responsibilities without recognition, and "
Good morning and WELCOME FEBRUARY. We are one month closer to spring and I'm happy to welcome the month of love into my world. Here are some new affirmations for you to enjoy. Feel free to print these out to review each day. 💕 I know from personal experience that what we think about we bring about, and I hope these thoughts bring the very best for you: What are your plans and intentions for this month? For this quarter? If you are a woman-owned business or service-oriented p
I've been getting a lot of "Who said you could do that..." questions from women recently. For example, I was speaking at an author's conference recently to an audience of readers and book lovers. A woman raised her hand tentatively during the question and answer session. We made eye contact and I could see how hesitant she was feeling. She began by sharing that she had earned a degree in journalism followed by a master's degree in creative writing, and then she began to stam
WARNING: Learning to say no to the things that don't serve you may result in unfamiliar peaceful feelings as well as an acceleration in productivity. There was a time in my life when I said yes to almost everything. Not because I felt obligated, but because I enjoyed being involved, active, and needed. I was very proud of my busy life, my jammed calendar, and my "importance" to others. When others depended on my expertise, energy, and enthusiasm it made me feel worthwhile and
Here we are friends, a fresh new start! Remember, we create our own futures. Today I am thinking of you and looking forward to all the good things coming for us in the new year. Here are some helpful affirmations for you to print out and use all month. Enjoy! Have you heard about my new coaching program, Position Your Practice? We meet every Thursday at 4pm ET for 30 minutes of business strategy, accountability, ideas, motivation and community. There's nothing like this out t
If you have my book Women Lead, you already know that chapter nine is entirely dedicated to how to shift yourself out of frantic, hectic, and drama-filled to enjoying a life filled with intention. In that chapter, I share seven tips for intentional leadership. In this week's episode, we discuss tip #7, learning how to trust yourself AND trust your team. This is a leadership challenge for many women. If you struggle with overwhelm, have an over-booked calendar, experience Sund
Last week I got to be with two different groups of women, one in Atlanta, Georgia, and one in Ohio. I was teaching one of my most popular presentations, Confident Communication. Women continually tell me that the list of phrases I give them to use when they get interrupted, talked over, or conversationally bullied has become one of their favorite success tools. I've spent years of my life sitting in meetings as a social worker and community leader listening and watching as pe
Have you ever found yourself excited about a really good idea and then notice that you talk yourself right out of it? This is called RESISTANCE, Self-Sabotage or being "BLOCKED". It's a way that the brain attempts to keep you safe from things like exposure, not fitting in, criticism, judgment, risk, etc. If you're not careful, resistance can rob you of success. I've noticed the women I work with often resist ideas by saying things like this: "That will be really hard work." "
The interesting thing about your inner critic is that it says things to you and about you that you would NEVER say to someone else. One of my favorite quotes of all time and some of the best advice I've ever given about this topic is this: I wrote this little love note to myself more than ten years ago and had it on my bedroom mirror for a long long time. If you struggle with constantly criticizing yourself, please print this photo (link below) and remind yourself of this tru
One very late evening, while publishing my Publicity Action Workbook, I was gathering marketing materials and searching my computer files for a free report that I'd written a few years before. After about 30 minutes I decided to google myself and see if I could find an online copy. What I found turned me inside out. There, in the google search, I found my free report re-published under someone else's name. She hadn't just stolen the content, she used the exact same title. To
Each week I have the pleasure of helping women step out of their comfort zones. These women want to grow their business, be seen, and make a difference but many of them are stuck and struggling with resistance, hesitation, perfectionism, and the constant worry of what others will think. Guess what? I used to be the same! I kept myself small and safe until a family friend volunteered me for a community leadership position leadership with the neighborhood athletic association.
Happy July 1st, friends, we are officially right in the middle of a hot summer and halfway through the year. When my boys and my business were both young, summertime was a constant struggle to keep everything going. I always strived to be that mom who got up at 5am to get her work done before the children woke up, but the truth is that one of my favorite things is to sleep late on a summer morning. I like to start my days slowly and tend to work later in the evenings which ca
Do you keep saying YES to people who ask you for your time and talent even though you have no time to help them? Do you feel exhausted and depleted but still allow yourself to volunteer for more work or additional responsibilities? Do you continue to do work, homework, housekeeping, and errands for people who should be doing these things themselves? This will NEVER contribute to your abundance. For most of my life, I said yes to every request. Let's face it, high-functioning
These past months have been stressful for most, incredibly challenging for many, and really difficult for others. Some people wonder if things will ever get easy again. They will. Your life challenges will vary from cloudy days to full-on hurricanes. Over an entire lifetime, most of us will have many more sunny days than stormy ones, but when you are grieving or struggling with the challenges and disappointments in life it doesn't seem that way. During my life I have had a fe
This week, I have a new list for you to make. ✔︎ ✔︎ ✔︎ When I faced my own toleration list several years ago, the results were a huge improvement on my productivity and happiness. When I began to address the little things that were annoying me, it gave me the space to take on bigger challenges. Will you give this strategy a try? Enjoy this week's episode of Monday Morning Mastermind with helpful tips on addressing tolerations: If you decide to make this list for yourself, typ
If you think that I'm lucky or that I work really hard to enjoy success, then you may be struggling with RESISTANCE to your own success. If that is the case, this is an easy fix. Whenever I hear that "success is hard work", or that things have to "get tough before they get better", that makes me crazy! I 100% DISAGREE! YES, sometimes we have to stretch out of our comfort zones, but, friends, this ain't hard! Avoidance is what keeps many of us from achieving ultimate success
"You don't eat dairy?" "Seeing anyone special?" "Have another glass of wine." "If you are a vegetarian, you'll never have enough protein." "FASTING! That's so dangerous." "Honey, we're worried about you." "WHY WOULD YOU QUIT YOUR JOB?" "When are you two getting married?" "When are you going to have a baby?" "Are you planning more children?" "Your spouse is not that bad, you should have stayed with them." In the US we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and while your
If you check email all day long, read emails as soon as you wake up in the morning or right before bed, you're wasting precious time and missing out on new clients, more business, or the next big promotion. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE STUCK HERE, but don't worry, I was stuck too and I figured it out. I've learned for myself that wasting time in an email in-box keeps you busy but also sends a person off track, and can keep us from focusing on the most important work. In this week's vi
The first time I took a leadership position I was SCARED TO DEATH! I worried for three days before giving my first presentation. This week I have a funny story for you about my first ever community leadership position. I remember exactly how much I obsessed over giving a report and just how bad I was shaking at the time. Enjoy this weeks episode of Monday Morning Mastermind: Taking the first step is VERY SCARY, but VERY MUCH WORTH the risk. I hope you enjoy today's story and
When it comes to visibility, I prefer you be more in-demand than more visible. If you are like some of my clients and have been saying things like this: Should I be on Tick-Tok? I need to do more Insta-Reels and Stories! I don't have a clubhouse following, HELP! My Facebook page needs more followers. I need to create a business page on LinkedIn I should blog more often. then please watch this week's episode of Monday Morning Mastermind before you "should" yourself with anythi