Do you like you? Do the people around you like and accept you even with your silly and messy parts. Being Authentic is about being the best version of yourself. Not changing to be like others or like others think you should be. Step 7 is be Authentic, learn to accept and embrace all the parts of yourself.
Be Courageous…Get uncomfortable…Set BIG goals and Grow while you support others!
Being Courageous is about getting uncomfortable because that is when you will grow in life. It is great to set goals it is even better to set goals you don’t think you can accomplish and then work on a plan to figure out how you will achieve them. What are your 3 goals for 2018? What is your one BIg uncomfortable goal for 2018? Do you want to join me on the MS150? Do you want to do a Rollerblading fundraiser with me? Do you think you can double your income? Your number of clients? The number of No’s you get, How about the number of Yes’s to your Products and Services?
not deterred by danger or pain; brave.“her courageous human rights work”
synonyms: brave, plucky, fearless, valiant, valorous, intrepid, heroic, lionhearted, bold, daring, daredevil, audacious, undaunted, unflinching, unshrinking, unafraid, dauntless, indomitable, doughty, mettlesome, venturesome, stouthearted, gallant;
There are all sorts of people out there calling themselves coaches. I love having conversations with other coaches about what they coach on, who they coach, how they coach, where they coach and why they coach. I’m always curious about what, why, how, where and when people do what they do. I find many people give themselves the title of “coach” because they’ve lived a long life and had many experiences, so they feel they can give great advice. After speaking for a few years, I realized when I meet audience members after and they say they want to get together for coffee or lunch, they are really saying they want to process some event in their life with me.
Four years ago, I decided to get certified as a life coach. Some say you don’t need a certification but for me I did. I wanted the credibility, the tools and, most important, I wanted the practice. Some call me an executive coach, others a wellness coach, some a transition coach. For me, I believe the best style of coaching I do is motivating, inspiring, empowering and encouraging my clients to create the life they desire, to believe in themselves and their abilities.
I’m a wonderful connector and am happy to share resources. Most of my clients are in a career transition, taking a promotion, working on more intentional relationships, or wanting better health. One of my clients the other day told me she thinks of me as a “nudge coach.” I asked what that was, and she replied, “You nudge me to get to the next level and I never would have written my book without your support and encouragement.” I love the idea of nudging and encouraging people on their journey.
Do you have a coach? Have you ever had a coach?
Are you ready to go to the next level?
What area of your life needs a nudge? Is it time to take your career, relationships, health and life to the next level?
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a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges.
Step 5 Be Gentle with your story, we all have stories and Stories behind our stories. What is your story about? Be careful listening to this one, it might be too much for you. But I wonder are you more likely to Judge or Wonder about peoples story behind their Story. Be Gentle with you and Be Gentle with others.
Fit In or Stand Out?
I used to think it started in elementary and ended after high school, but what I realized today is that many adults still struggle to know who they are to try to fit in. Maybe it’s through what they wear, what they watch on TV, who they vote for, where they hang out, if they drink or not, or what their kids do. What if you really knew who you were and what you liked? What if you wore bright blue, orange, or yellow rather than wearing black 80% of the time? What if you spoke up if you didn’t agree with what was being said? What if, instead of nodding with a fake smile, you spoke your truth so your belly didn’t hurt at night?
You see, I believe more each day we’re NOT meant to fit in. We’re meant to be different from each other, from what’s expected, from what’s average, from what’s common. Do you like to look, talk, act and be the same as others? Have you traveled the world, seen different cultures, had different experiences, and met people with different values?
I once met a woman who told me she would only allow her kids to hang out with two-parent Christian families so they wouldn’t have any bad influences in their life. Half of me wanted to laugh, (wow, that is going to take a ton of energy to control your kid’s every move). What if one of those people got divorced, changed, or did something she didn’t approve of? Would she walk away? The other part of me wanted to cry. It was as though she missed the whole point of Jesus; he never hung out with the perfect people. How can you let your light shine in a bright room?
I was listening to some music this weekend and the song said “the more cracks in you, the more spaces for light to shine through all the broken pieces.” You see, when I was very young I realized I didn’t fit in, and I’m not like all the other people. I didn’t grow up with two parents, we didn’t have extra money, and most of my clothes were hand-me-downs. It took me 30+ years to realize that I’m happy that I don’t fit in, and I’m okay if not everyone likes me. I’m sorry I don’t know movie star or designer names but I’m okay being me: a little goofy, very flawed but hoping every day to make a difference by being okay being me. Who will you be today?
Are you trying to fit in or stand out?
How do you fit in?
When did you realize it’s okay and maybe even good to stand out?
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Be Flexible, Are you open to change? Do you know Change is a guarantee in life?
Choose Change and choose to be open to changing
We don’t always get to choose the changes we will walk through in life but we always get to choose how we will react to them and if we will open are hearts to look for the good even in the painful ones. What change could you be open to this week? What is a painful change that after time you found the silver lining in? What is one thing you wish to change for the better this year? How can I help you get to where you want to go in 2018?