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"If you are distressed by any external thing, it is not this thing which disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now."

~Author Unknown

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Let's face it. Stress is really hurting us. If you don't think so, look at the following statistics from the American Psychological Association.

Three quarters of Americans experience symptoms related to stress in a given month:

  • 77% experience physical symptoms

  • 73%...

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Countdown of 10 Ways to help you Get Gutsy (or Gutsier) and a Bonus

  1. There is no such thing as your “permanent record”. So when they say they’re putting it in your “permanent record”, they’re lying.

  1. Do not excel at the things you hate. Master your strengths. If you do, no one will care about your weaknesses.

  1. Remember crappy experiences make for gutsy stories later on. Look for the perspective of the “You’re not going to believe this story…” factor.

  1. Appreciate those around you. Tell them. Show them.

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Inspire or Expire...the choice is yours

Inspire means to take it in, to inhale, to bring in that fresh new air. The opposite is to expire which means to die, to end, to quit.

You have a choice as to whether or not you want to inspire or expire. Which one is it? Do to want to bring in that fresh new air or end and quit and perhaps regret your decision.

I know, sometimes we do want to expire. We do want it to end, we do want to quit and we do want to just get over it. But sometimes it’s not that easy to ‘just get over it’.

I find...

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Let’s Get to Work and Find Your Values

When doing this exercise, I ask that you try your hardest to have no judgment around your selection of values. I had a Judgment around one of my values for the longest time. When I first did this exercise years ago, I realized I valued recognition. I value being seen and acknowledged for the good things I do. Not bad, huh? EXCEPT, in my family I was always taught that recognition was bad; you want to be a part of the crowd and not stand out. Don’t be seen.

Don’t be heard. Well, eventually,...

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Let’s Talk About the Value of Values

Presley Quote on Values

I value words. I think they are important and because of this I am always looking up the meaning of them in the dictionary or looking for the right word to use in the thesaurus and here’s what I found about the word value:

noun: value; plural noun: values

  1. the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. "your support is of great value"

Synonyms:

worth, usefulness, advantage, benefit, gain, profit, good, help, merit, helpfulness, ...

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12 Life Lessons I Learned from the Director of "Boyhood" Richard Linklater in 6 minutes and 33 seconds on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

1. Sometimes we need a “bigger canvas” in our life. Small thinking doesn’t serve us and we need to step way back for a bigger view of what’s possible. Linklater wanted to tell a story about growing up and most of the stories about kids are just a moment in time. He wanted to show it all and said “I needed a bigger canvas.”

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2. Find a cool way to tell your story. It makes for a much better story. Linklater thought it would be cool to show adults in his story actually...

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Get Gutsy...Wake Up and Go to Sleep!

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?"

–Ernest Hemingway

I never imagined I would be writing on the topic of sleep, but I know what the impact is of not getting enough of it onmy ability to think, act, and react. It's not good. I also know how getting enough sleep makes me feel ready, confident, and capable. I prefer getting enough sleep.

Most importantly, as Hemingway implies in the above quote, sleep allows me to get away from it all.

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Men vs Women...NOT!

“Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you’re driving at another.” - George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) “Pygmalion” (1913)

I spent many years of my career climbing the proverbial ladder in Corporate America. I did what I think is typical of so many women who want to succeed in their careers and be promoted into leadership positions. I looked at who was above me, modeled them, was mentored by them, and got promoted by...

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Why Getting Gutsy is Important to Me

Sandberg Quote PicHave you ever had someone say something to you that shook your world and made you feel totally worthless? Well, I can relate.

I grew up in a home where both my parents worked. My Dad worked during the day and my Mom at night. I very rarely saw my Mom when I was growing up. The only time I saw her was in the morning when she would wake my brother, my sister and I up and get us off to school; after school until 4:30 when she left for job; and then for hour at 8:00 at night when she would...

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I Can't Have This Hanging Over My Head In Nepal

Last week, I got a letter in the mail from the IRS. The dreaded letter all business owners never want to see. It informed me that I was being audited for my 2012 business expenses. They were not auditing one or two categories. Nope. I was being audited for all 23 expense categories for that year.

The good news is that I keep very good records of my business and I’m very, very honest on my taxes.

The bad news is they want all this by September 30. The same date my book manuscript is due to my...

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