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What Stands Between You and Your Sexy Second Act?

Nothing is against you other than your perspective. Michael Beckwith Isn’t it amazing how one statement can be so profound, simple and elegantly stated? And yet, so challenging to believe! Do you think you can’t start over in this economy? People ARE starting over. Do you think you’re too old to design a Sexy Second Act life or career? Older people ARE designing them. Do you think it’s too late to have a career that fulfills you? People ARE starting satisfying businesses. People ARE finding jobs they love that combine Passion, Purpose, and a Paycheck!® What’s the difference between you
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Encore Career, Fresh Start, Home Page Recent Posts, and Sexy Second Act.

Why Celebrate Your Breakdowns?

Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.   ~ Martha Beck How would you think about your life and world events differently if you saw breakdowns as worthy of celebration rather than something to be feared, distrusted or avoided? Okay, it’s true. It’s hard to celebrate something that doesn’t FEEL good. If they did they wouldn’t be called “breakdowns”.  And when you’re in the middle of one it’s hard to see beyond it to the gift it has in store for you.
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Encore Career, Entrepreneur, Fresh Start, Home Page Recent Posts, and Life Purpose.

Designing an Encore Career is a Call to Adventure!

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. ~Ragindranath Tagore Are you experiencing that signal – you know the one – that feeling of dissatisfaction, discontent or restlessness regarding your job, your relationship, your future, or some other aspect of your life? If so, then listen carefully!  You might be hearing the call to adventure! A friend recently posted an article link on Facebook that defines the steps one takes when one embarks on the Hero’s Journey. I think my clients will find it amusing that I’m sharing it. They’ve heard me tell them often enough that I believe when they choose to
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Escaping the Rat Race, Fresh Start, and Home Page Recent Posts.

Mastering the Art of Letting Go

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life. ~ Anonymous One extremely challenging part of creating a Fresh Start is mastering the art of letting go.The challenge is to recognize or understand what we are hanging onto and most people don’t take time to get clarity about it. It SEEMS easier to hang onto the familiar than facing the uncertainty of letting go. And so we stay “stuck” in unworkable careers, relationships, and bad
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Categories: Blog, Career Transition, Encore Career, Escaping the Rat Race, and Fresh Start.

Throw Away the Crutches of Reasons, Excuses and Explanations!

There aren’t nearly enough crutches in the world for all the lame excuses. ~ Marcus Stroup Reason! Excuses! Explanations! We all make them or give them. They sound good (at least to us) and other people accept them (or they seem to). But lately I’ve been present to how lame and useless reasons, excuses and explanations are, especially the ones that justify not taking action on something that matters. And If I’m BRUTALLY honest about my own reasons, excuses and explanations for not taking action, I have to admit they are mostly a cover-up for being lazy. Or scared. Or
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Categories: Blog, Escaping the Rat Race, and Fresh Start.

How to Break Out of the Rut of Same Old Thinking!

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”  ~Tina Turner It’s challenging to create a Fresh Start when you are bogged down by the same old ways of thinking. Did you know that, depending on the source, research indicates that humans think somewhere between 60,000 and 90,000 thoughts each day? That’s a LOT of thinking! The problem with that much thinking is that we think the same old
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Categories: Blog, Escaping the Rat Race, Fresh Start, and Life Purpose.

Open the Door to a New Future!

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives. ~ Viktor Frankl In my coaching practice, one of the most challenging questions my clients face is coming up with answers to these questions: “What are your biggest goals?” “What do you want?” “What matters most to you?” Such questions are often followed by blank stares or long silences or a very sheepish “I don’t know”. Like some of my clients, you may be challenged by answering these questions too. Most of us are used to being driven by what’s urgent rather than “pulled” by what
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Categories: Blog, Escaping the Rat Race, Fresh Start, and Home Page Recent Posts.

How to Make Your New Year “Trippy”

Just when Christmas is over and all you want to do is kick back and relax, how many of you are experiencing pressure to create New Year’s Resolutions?  How many of you are resisting the idea altogether? Either way, the process (as we usually go through it) doesn’t seem very appealing or creative, does it? At best, it seems like work and at worst, it seems like a sure path to failure. I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in deliberately setting myself up to fail. According to Wikipedia, a New Year’s Resolution is “a commitment that an
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Categories: Blog, Escaping the Rat Race, Fresh Start, and Jump Start Your Goals.

Doh! A Lesson in Situational Awareness!

What we hear while we are asleep continues to resonate with us upon awakening. ~ Henry Reed By now you’ve likely seen or heard the flack about the Northwest Airline pilots who overshot their landing destination due to “loss of situational awareness”. According to news reports, a series of mundane activities distracted them and led them to miss their destination. How often does something like that happen to you? Getting caught up in the daily rat race makes it easy to become distracted and you may end up going through the motions of everyday life like a robot. Then before you
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