A Season of Pruning

What's that dead weight you're carrying around?

Things just seem to unknowingly latch on to us while we live our lives. It could be that sitcom we can't get up from binge watching. Maybe it's a relationship that doesn't seem to have boundaries. If we actually take a real close look at the flow of our week, I'll bet we could identify a few things that are dead weight and need to be pruned.

Reasons to prune plants include deadwood removal, shaping (by controlling or redirecting growth), improving or sustaining health.
- Wikipedia | Pruning
There may even be a few things that are important enough not to stop doing, but maybe we can manage them better or realign them?

A good coach will ask the question, "what are you tolerating?" Take a second to think about that. What in the world are you tolerating that needs to be eliminated, minimized, managed or realigned?

We want to be able to manage a harmonious journey for the things that are in our control. In n…

Laugh A Little

What is your humor quotient?

I'm sure you have heard it said that laughter is the best medicine. If that is true then, maybe we can self prescribe a few big laughs. Bad thinking, that can lead to depression, confusion, self pity, frustration, etc. is all antithetical to moving forward. Humor is the skill. Laughter is the healing.

There are dozens of phrases that express the vitality of laughter. Here are a few for fun:

There is little success where there is little laughter. - Andrew Carnegie1 Laughter and joy are part of the beauty of life.  - Diogo Morgado1 Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale. - Will Durst1 As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul. - A Jewish Proverb2 Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. - Mark Twain2 He that is of a merry heart has a continual feast. - Proverbs 15:152
A Student of Humor and Laughter Laughter can replace frustra…

The Form of Gratitude

So, what form does your gratitude take?

Let's just cut to the chase... it's no secret that gratitude is a life giving force. It may very well have the greatest impact on our fulfillment in life.

Gratitude is one of those values that can get crowded out of our busy lifestyle. We just don't seem to have time to stop and think about it. And that's it... it takes thinking. It's not necessarily an autonomic response. We need to do it on purpose.

The great thing about it is, it's completely under our control. We can do it whenever we choose to and there are so many wonderful ways to express it.

Undervalued No More We are all different but there are some values that truly are universal. Gratitude is one of them. You know it when you see it kinda thing. Gratitude is much like forgiveness. It affects those we express it to in fantastic ways, and yet, has an even greater impact on our own wellbeing.

This life coach is going to take you right into the heart of your fulfi…

Vocabulary | A Reflection of Who We Are

What do I say and how should I say it? Vocabulary is a reflection of who we are, but not necessarily who we want to be. It informs our vision of life and oppresses it or sets it free.

Addressing our vocabulary isn't necessarily a moral work. It's a creative work!

With a quick Google search you can find articles telling us, that it's the really smart people who use curse words in their daily conversation but I don't think that's true. It's more likely a lack of creativity.

The smartest person in the room is not the guy/gal spewing profanities. It's the person with a "higher" word stock that breathes creativity and inspiring thoughts that builds themselves and others up.

Bad verbiage is rarely inspirational. It may be functional, but don't we have a vision of our life that is more than functional? You bet, we do!

Lazy Is As Lazy Does We see in comedy, the lazy comedian goes right at the vile and vulgar to get the laughs. The thoughtful and crea…

A Quick Diagnostic | What Have I Overlooked?

Sometimes we get super busy and put far more things on the back burner than we wish we had. Some of those things can get forgotten in the rush. The disquieting part is, some of those things impact our ability to hold up our values.

What have I been putting on the back burner?

Is there something there that should have never been diminished?

How does that thing reflect on who I am and the values I want to hold up?

Values/Behaviors/Habits If we can find that thing that has been crowded out of our life and work it back into our daily walk, we may find our fulfillment is enhanced. It's a good, quick maintenance check-in to keep the main things, the main things!

What does this value/behavior/habit look like now?

What makes this so important?

How can I make this a natural part of my day?

What are the obstacles for doing it well?

How do I minimize distraction and maximize integration of this value/behavior/habit?

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