Set Yourself Up For Success in 2015!!!

Here we are once again, embarking on a new year that will be full of new opportunities, new relationships, new hopes, and new aspirations. The question to ponder is, “What makes this year different from the last?” There is always so much talk about new year’s resolutions and about finally being committed to reaching the goals that, for so long have been on our to-do lists. But I want to challenge you to adopt a new perspective. Goals represent those hopes, dreams, and aspirations that we long for. Most people I have talked to have a very clear picture in their minds about what they want and even how to get there, but they are not taking the action necessary to get there! The truth is that what truly holds most of us back lies in one of three areas: our identy, our beliefs, or our actions (or lack thereof). This is so easy to identify in others, but not so much in ourselves. Have you ever thought, “Wow, she deserves so much more than that!”, or “I’m can’t believe he puts up with that!” Our inner struggle with our identies and our beliefs are often invisible to us, but they are our biggest blocks to attaining our goals and they determine which actions we take and which ones we avoid. I want to challenge you to begin to notice what you are telling yourself about your identity and your beliefs. Are you identifying with being too young or too old? Are you too tall or too short? Are you of the wrong background? Do you believe that you...

Happy Independence Life!

Today we will be celebrating Independence Day here in the United States. The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays because it truly commemorates the idea of freedom and pride in an incredible accomplishment. It is a happy holiday and it warms my heart to think of spending time with my family at the festival, swimming, grilling a delicious meal, and then topping it all off with a beautiful display of fireworks. What if we all were to have our own “independence day” to celebrate – as in independence from  living someone else’s ideas and expectations for your life? I vividly remember some of the turning points in my life when I experienced my own independence:  establishing my first home on my own as a young adult, graduating from college, moving to new states, buying my first house, and quitting my j-o-b to become a full-time entrepreneur, to name a few. Gaining independence is not separating yourself from your loved ones or catching “superwoman/superman syndrome” and thinking you can do it all by yourself. In fact, the meaning of independence is: The state or quality of being independent;  freedom from dependence;  exemption from reliance on, or control by others;  self-subsistence or maintenance;  direction of one’s own affairs without interference. Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood. Gaining independence requires knowledge, experience, and ability, ingenuity, assertiveness, and a firm understanding that independence is not selfishness, isolation, or arrogance. What a beautiful feeling it is when you realize that you can decide to design your life and step into your purpose! When will you celebrate your independence...