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This post is a little personal. But I wanted to share it with you because it has made such a profound impact on me and how I look at overwhelming circumstances now. I don’t usually struggle with overwhelm too much because I have systems set up to get myself back on top of whatever it is that’s overwhelming me. But just recently I had events that instantly threw my life into chaos and overwhelm that I found myself struggling with.

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I few weeks ago I was challenged to re-evaluate what I felt my strengths were.  This made me think back to several years ago when I was going through my coaching certification. In that certification course, I did several exercises to uncover the hidden strengths I may not have not been aware of. One of those exercises was to ask several people who were fairly familiar with me what they felt were my 3 top strengths were,

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You know how some days seem to just fall into place and the world seems to be working with you. Your successful day just rolls out as you find the perfect parking spot, accomplish tasks with ease, your follow up calls end in a sale or a new client, and at the end of the day you feel your business and your life moving forward.

Then there are those days when you drag yourself out of bed,

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Today’s risk is tomorrow’s cake walk.  Or as a mentor once told me, “what was once hard becomes easy.  A risk is something you would do in an instant if you knew it was the right thing to do and you knew it would work the way you wanted. It is not knowing the outcome that makes it a risk.

Here is an important secret…risk taking increases your self-trust. Self-trust is what personal power is all about.  

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Your mind is like a powerful search engine. It will find what you are focused on and look for. And those things it finds will become your reality if you will allow it to.  In Star Wars episode 1 George Lucas wrote “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”

What were your thoughts focused on in 2016? Were they mainly focused on the things you WANTED…or was much of your focus on things you DIDN’T WANT to happen?

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This year’s winter storms have caused many of us to struggle to get to our destinations this holiday season. I headed out with my family to Oregon from Idaho to visit my 93 year “young” father and found myself in one of those winter storms. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attempt it, people warned me of the dangers of traveling in this kind of weather. But I was raised in snow country and felt confident I could easily make the 2-hour trip.

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Have you been thinking about having a strong finish to 2016? Another year is ending and we are preparing for a new one. But this is the time of the year we sometimes start looking toward January and the new diet we want to start,  the new exercise program we want to be on, and how much money we want to earn in the new year and we forget about finishing out on this year.

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In this age of information, we have a world of resources at our fingertips. We have more teachers, coaches, mentors, and “experts” at our disposal than ever before. But the most overlooked, underutilized and divinely powerful resource of them all is YOU – your own “Star Power”…your own strengths, intuition, knowledge, and inner voice. I think so many people have lost contact with their inner resources.

As Albert Einstein once said, “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking”.  

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