Life in the Time of Corona

In light of this unique occasion, I am taking a break from my previous blog series and changing focus for a bit. Today I want to share thoughts and observations from this unprecedented time in history.

We are four weeks into isolation, quarantine, social distancing, stay-at-home orders…whatever you want to call it. In my household, we have been safe at home for a month now. Our particular version of quarantine includes me working from home, my husband’s clinic closed and him homeschooling a 5th and 2nd grader. We both spend time each day as cook, housekeeper, technical support, personal trainer, activities director, project manager, employee, and business owner. While we have two extroverts and two introverts in the family, there is a good combination of time alone and time together for all of us. We are thankful for our home and yard, which give us space to share together, and to spread out and be alone, when necessary.

I was telling my 11 year old son the other day...

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Composing Your Personal Mission Statement

Over the past few weeks, I have provided you with a few exercises to help you frame who you are and what success means to you.  Now that you have taken the time to understand your origin story, core values, and personality, creating a Personal Mission Statement is the next step that brings all of those pieces together to define your Intentional Identity.
 
As I mentioned in my previous posts, you won’t be successful until you know who you are.  Because, when it comes to success, one of the key components is a clear definition of what success look like to you.  Without defining what success is to you, you will never know if you have reached it, or whether you are even on the right track.  And, while success is more than understanding who you are, this understanding is the foundation.
 
After the exercises of the past few weeks, you now have a solid foundation to build your future.  A future that follows the path of success as you have...
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Realizing Your Personality Traits

As I've discussed in a previous post, Intentional Identity is the clear, unapologetic view of yourself. It’s living authentically, understanding where you’ve come from, where you are today, and where you want to be in the future. I firmly believe that the foundation for your path to success is defining your Intentional Identity and using it to drive your future vision and actions.
 
In order to truly discover your Intentional Identity, I've outlined the following five step process:
  • Documenting Your Origin Story
  • Understanding Your Motivations
  • Realizing Your Personality Traits
  • Composing Your Personal Mission Statement
  • Clarifying Your Identity Disparities
Are there any personality traits you've heard others apply to you consistently throughout your life? For me, this is a definite yes! Bossy, direct, talks too much, smart, sassy...and many more.
 
Whether we like them or not, there are particular traits that are inherent to who we are as an individual....
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Understanding Your Motivations

The thoughts and feelings you have, the actions that you take, the dreams you aspire to, and everything in between start with your Core Values.  Those philosophies and principles that define what's most important to you also define your motivation in any situation.  Whether you realize it or not, they are the components you will use to make decisions.
 
Core values are those deeply held, intrinsic motivations that drive each decision we make and how we prioritize our lives.  For many of us, we have never stopped to think about what we value and why. 
 
I remember the first time I did this exercise about 6 years ago.  We were encouraged in a team meeting to review a list of values and select the 5-10 that were most important to us.  It was eye opening for me to see how different the answers were for the 10 people in the room.  I guess I had never really given much thought to the realization that we are all...
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Documenting Your Origin Story

As I've discussed in a previous post, Intentional Identity is the clear, unapologetic view of yourself. It’s living authentically, understanding where you’ve come from, where you are today, and where you want to be in the future.  I firmly believe that the foundation for your path to success is defining your Intentional Identity and using it to drive your future vision and actions.
 
In order to truly discover your Intentional Identity, I've outlined the following five step process:
  • Documenting Your Origin Story
  • Understanding Your Motivations
  • Realizing Your Personality Traits
  • Composing Your Personal Mission Statement
  • Clarifying Your Identity Disparities
In today's post, I plan to dig deeper into your Origin Story...let's find out where you've come from, and how that history impacts who you are today and who you want to be in the future.
 
Why do we need to understand our past?  You and I both know that there is no real superhero that...
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You Won't Be Successful Until You Know Who You Are

When it comes to success, one of the key components is a clear definition of what success looks like to you.  Without defining what success is to you, you will never know if you have reached it, or whether you are even on the right track.  And, while success is more than understanding who you are, this understanding is the foundation.
 
You won't be successful until you know who you are.
 
If you were to take a look at the profiles of several successful business men and women, you would consistently find people who live on purpose.  They have drive and ambition that comes from their core being and they are intentional about who they are and what they do.  I like to call this an Intentional Identity.
 
Intentional identity is the clear, unapologetic view of yourself.  It's living authentically, understanding where you've come from, where you are today, and where you want to be in the future. 
 
The critical...
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Performance vs. Trust

Have you ever considered if you prefer colleagues and team members based on their performance or trust? 
 
I was challenged the other day by a video presentation from Simon Sinek. He was recounting a discussion with Navy Seals on how they determine who participates in the most elite teams. In this discussion, he presents a quadrant with performance (how well you achieve their objectives) on one axis, and trust (what kind of person you are) on the other. Of course, he found that individuals with low performance and low trust are the least desirable and people with high performance and high trust are the most desirable. After that, the conversation got interesting. The Seals told Simon that they preferred individuals with moderate performance and high trust, and even low performance and high trust, over individuals with high performance and low trust…indicating that trust was more important than performance.
 
I found this research very interesting.  It...
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Managing Anxiety in the Midst of Tragedy

emotions women Jan 29, 2020
There are moments in time when tragedy and loss feel heavier and more burdensome than others. Usually this occurs around a personal situation, but can also be felt on a societal level when tragedy strikes in a more public arena.
 
Such is the same this week with the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and the seven other individuals involved in an almost unbelievable helicopter accident.  As we learn more about the event, we learn about that families and communities that have been forever changed.  While I am not a basketball fan, I do know the name Kobe Bryant and I do realize the talent and skill that he possessed. His loss is tragic. And, for me, my heart settles on all of the losses in this accident…a mother, father and daughter who left behind other siblings, a mother and daughter who left behind the rest of their family, individual losses that have impacts on many people.
 
These type of accidents happen daily in our world, but when a celebrity...
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The Journey That Never Ends

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About fifteen years ago, I completed a marathon. (I really can't believe it's been that long ago!). The race and the training leading up to it were an experience full of lessons that could be applied to every facet of my life.  One lesson in particular has stayed with me through all this time.  
 
On race day, I was so excited to run, reach the finish line, and accomplish my goal! I had not studied the map, so I wasn’t exactly sure where the finish was, but I knew when it was getting close.
 
The crowd was getting thicker and started encouraging the runners by saying “one more corner”.   Full of enthusiasm to finish strong and relaxation realizing I was almost done, I picked up my pace and put a little bounce in my blistered step.   I turned the corner excited and expecting to see the finish line...but it wasn’t there.  As far as l could see, all I saw was a block of people cheering me on, still shouting...
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Everyday Mindfulness

emotions mindfulness women Jan 14, 2020
When we talk about emotions, stress, anxiety, and all those different kinds of topics, one of the things that you hear from people is to be more mindful.  The suggestion may be to put mindfulness into your day, or to have a mindfulness practice…but do you really know what that looks or feels like?  Is that something actionable you can use?
 
For me, it gives the vision of meditation, and the idea that we're going to sit on a cushion and clear our heads for 20, minutes or a half hour or something like that. But if you're anything like me and you have the type of brain that thrives on action, activity, and energy this concept of being mindful doesn't seem like a possibility.  It just seems like it would be painful to completely just sit still for 30 minutes.
 
The truth is I've done it before, in fact I've had a full meditation practice where I got up every morning and meditated.  The problem is, I always felt like I was doing it wrong!  I...
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