The Power of Creating a Joy List

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Last week in The Wisdom Circle, my private coaching group of extraordinary women, we explored joy.

So many of us confuse joy with happiness. Let me explain.

Happiness is a state of being.

Joy is an emotion created in any given...

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The Power of the Determined Client

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Transformational Coaching takes skill, creativity and commitment. But more than anything else, it takes time.

Can one conversation be full of insights and deeply valuable? Can it be unforgettable and impactful?

Absolutely.

But,...

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Be a Miner, NOT an Astronaut

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Last week’s blog amplified a communal sigh of relief, “We made it!” and begged the answer to the question, “Now what?”.

While we are learning how to slow down and live more consciously, our default tendency...

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We Made it! Now What?

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We made it!

There were a few dodgy turns, and we weren’t sure if we could handle the curves. We were scared, anxious, and just wanted to zone out with Netflix.

We fell, got back up and lived to tell.

We were embarrassed, ashamed,...

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Ambition Vs. Greed leadership mindset

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When did ambition become a four letter word?

Think of the last time you used the word “ambitious” to describe yourself or another person. Was it in an entirely positive context? Did it sound a little cringy even when it was...

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Why Are Old People Slow? leadership life skills mindset

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Why are old people slow? Because the fast ones are dead!

— Anonymous wisdom

I won’t get a tattoo. I have nothing against tattoos or people who have them, it’s just not my thing. But if it was, I know exactly what...

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How to be a Fierce Giver? leadership life skills mindset

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In last week’s article, I shared my learnings about making money. I’m not a financial advisor or a money expert, so I chose to go upstream and address the three areas that I am an expert in:

  1. Shining a light on false and...
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The 3 Steps to Creating Money leadership mindset parenting

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In my work, limiting beliefs around money are some of the hardest to unearth and transform. Most of us are still carrying around our great grandparents’ beliefs about money and allowing them...

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Make Belonging Happen! communication leadership mindset relationships

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Do you belong?

I don’t! At least not until fairly recently in my life.

You see, although I don’t present as one, I am naturally more of an introvert.

Additionally, for reasons mostly of my own creation and external...

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Interesting vs. Happy: Which Life do You Want? communication mindset parenting relationships

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I received an email recently from a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while.

She asked, “So what’s new in your life?”

Oddly, an emotion I couldn’t identify with or name...

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How Can You Speed Up by Slowing Down? life skills mindset

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The blog I wrote two weeks ago — 4 Life Principles to Quit the Hustle addressed a myth most driven people assume to be true — that striving for more, going faster, and competing to be...

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Zan Zendegi Azadi

I am a permanent resident of what the author, Franz Johansson calls The Intersection in his seminal work, The Medici Effect.

I live at the intersection of female, Iranian, American, Jew, Mother and Coach.

My platform is not a political one. But one cannot be a professional coach and not be a...

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4 Life Principles to Quit the Hustle leadership life skills mindset

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If you describe yourself as driven, high-achieving and ambitious, then you’ve probably drunk the Kool-Aid. If you’re in your late thirties or above (depending on when you started...

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80% of Our Decisions Need to be Made and Only 20% Need to be Made Right — Is That True? communication mindset

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Dinner at my aunt Melody, and my uncle Daniel's house is always gracious, engaging, and full of the kind of goodness that comes from sharing a meal (an exquisite one in this case) with a family of...

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What is Fierce Presence? leadership life skills mindset

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When I ask potential clients for the reasons they want to be coached, almost always they want more of one or both of two things — power and money.

Before you judge, ask yourself if power and...

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Your Future is a Result, Not a Mystery life skills mindset

The first episode of Amateur to Pro — a weekly solo-cast offering insights for leaving the “amateur” mindset behind, no matter your age, and adopting the mindsets, skill sets and practices that can help you live life like a Pro is live!

Want to listen to — Your Future is a...

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It’s Nice to be Kind! Or is it? leadership life skills mindset

Words are powerful and distinctions help us turn words into roadmaps for action.

If you don’t already have a bias for action, my work won’t help you.

But if you are or want to become an action hero, you’ll want to become obsessed with words, their meanings and ensuing...

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Age Powerfully, Not Gracefully mindset

Things that age well:

  1. Humans who take care of themselves
  2. Life lessons
  3. Wine
  4. Cheddar cheese
  5. Icelandic skata
  6. Grandparents
  7. Jeans
  8. Trees
  9. Kids (with a bit of luck!)
  10. You and me

 

The one thing that does NOT age well: Problems

Culturally and socially, we’ve got a problem with aging. We...

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Nine Superpowers of a Great Coach leadership

I’m often asked to explain what makes for a “great” Life Coach, as well as the reverse.

So here's my list of 9 things a great coach can help her clients with and 7 things she/he can leave to other professions.

  1. Helps you focus on the things that are right with you rather than...
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Kintsugi and The Art of “Creating” Meaning from Life’s Challenges leadership life skills mindset

Last night, my daughter was having a tough time.

She was angry at herself and stuck in a cycle of rumination over a totally innocent mistake she had made.

In last week’s blog I wrote about the value of reflection and how experience without reflection does not lead to the kind of learning...

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How Often Do You Question Your Worth? leadership mindset

Questioning our worth is the unsolicited and unwelcome gift of adulthood.

No one ever looked at a newborn and gauged their worth. Children don’t question their worth unless they experience early life trauma. Even then, their experience is more one of confusion than unworthiness.

However, as...

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Is Experience Always The Best Teacher? life skills mindset

A very long time ago, Julius Caesar said, “Ut est rerum omnium magister usus” which roughly translates to — experience is the best teacher.

And we’ve since repeated this “truth” a gazillion times — to ourselves, our children and anyone who is willing to...

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The Tyranny of "Should"-ing On Yourself leadership life skills mindset

If you’re reading this article, you are a grower — a person who wants to live better, more skillfully and with more ease.

I want to make your goal of growing and expanding easier by sharing a single transformative and life changing practice.

If you commit to ONLY this one practice and...

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Going With the Flow Vs. Being In Flow — An Important Distinction leadership life skills mindset

I’m often asked what books I recommend to clients.

The answer is easy because there are so many terrific books in the world of self growth and mastery.

But it’s not simple because each person is walking their own unique path and I’m an expert at creating a bespoke coaching...

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