Purification (time to renew)

Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Purification.” Time to cleanse and renew; inside and out.

Make a list of what isn’t working in your life. How will you change for the positive in the coming year?

Tackle an organization or clean-up project you’ve been putting off.

Clean up your diet by cutting out some of the junk food or sugar.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Abundance (you get what you look for)

Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Abundance.” Your attention and energy creates reality. Focus on prosperity and not scarcity.

Make a list of what you’d like to manifest for yourself this week. Focus your positive mental energy intensely and purposefully on your wishes.

Make a note of any “coincidences.” How could your mental state have created the event?

This week, give everything your full energy. Look for instances where it is returned in kind.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Delight (have fun!)

Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Delight.” Experience the unbridled joy, silliness and wonder of life. Talk with your inner child and have fun!

Make a list of things that made you laugh as a child. Spend a few hours this week rekindling that spirit.

Play with a toy; the more silly the better.

If you can, spend a few hours with a child and look at the world through their eyes. Make note of the differences between how you typically react to situations and how they respond. Which would serve you better in your life?

Jot down a few ideas for how you can add more fun and joy to your work. Try one out this week.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Passion (your purpose)

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Passion.” This is the energy that drives you towards your life’s purpose.

What are you truly passionate about?

  • Make a list of things you love to do.
  • Put a star next to the ones you wish you did more often.
  • Create a plan and do something each day this week to rediscover or deepen your passions.

How supportive are you of others in pursuing their passion?

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Opening

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Opening.” Fearlessly open yourself to all the possibilities of your life.

What doors are opening around you? What’s keeping you from entering?

How open are you to receiving love, compassion and care from others?

What are some things you wish you were more open towards? This week, work on one or two of them.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

The Science Behind Being a HeartMath Coach

There are hundreds of scientific papers around the techniques and methodologies of HeartMath. Here’s a new video that quickly explains the principles.

Breakthrough

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Breakthrough.” We each have the potential for greatness, we just need to break through anything that’s blocking us.

What positive actions can you take this week to move towards a life-long goal?

Having difficulties communicating with someone? Break through the static by really listening to them.

What negative attitudes do you have towards yourself? This week, break through one of these limiting beliefs by acknowledging your talents.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Discipline

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Discipline.” To balance your free, open nature there are times when you need to focus.

How disciplined are you in your life? Where might more focus improve your work, relationships or health?

Be succinct in your speech and complete your tasks efficiently and with purpose.

This week, pay particular attention to details. What did you notice that would normally go ignored?

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Great Inc. Article about the Value of Coaching

http://www.inc.com/clate-mask/why-every-entrepreneur-needs-a-coach.html

Set Boundaries with your Employer

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I just read a post on a very respected time management blog about checking into your work email on Sunday to be more productive. Um, NO!

You work hard at showing your value to your employer and you want to be there for others but you also need some boundaries. If you start responding to your work emails on Sunday, over time the boss will start to wonder why you don’t bother on Saturday. Then Friday night. Suddenly, you’re on 24/7 call when you never signed up for that gig.

The need for work-life balance is a real thing. Your employer pays you a check but they’re not the one your kids need to tuck them in at night or your significant other looks to for attention. You also need time to evolve to be the genuine and unique person you’re meant to be. You need time to write, paint, read, create, dream; whatever else you’re meant to do that isn’t part of your day job.

Make sure you and your boss are on the same page as to what’s expected of you outside of normal work hours. If it isn’t spelled out explicitly in your job description, have a frank discussion with them. If you have personal commitments outside of work (and yes, you’re allowed to have a life outside of work) make sure your employer is well aware of your schedule.

If your explanation carries no weight, you always have a choice.

I know of a very successful executive that had been with their organization for years. Towards the end of their career, with a number of years behind them to have shown their worth and commitment to the organization, they needed to adjust their schedule to care for an ailing spouse. They had a new, up-and-coming boss that started questioning their commitment. The new boss couldn’t understand how the employee’s spouse was more important than the organization. Really?! At this point you have to question the direction in which the organization is going when the fundamental concept of family no longer has meaning. This individual made the right choice. They left to live their life.

I’m seeing an alarming trend with my coaching clients where “work” and “life” are one in the same. It seems trite but ask yourself this question; are you living to work or working to live? Working through prioritization exercises and communication tactics, I help people live their purposeful and authentic life. It’s something to which everyone is entitled and it all starts with setting those boundaries at work.

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