Fun Size Your Goals in 2016!

Okay, so I don’t really do the whole resolutions thing. I mean, I am totally a fan of goal setting and big Fun Size Your Goalsvision, and I LOVE the energy of a new year and a clean slate to build off of.  BUT, resolutions sort of get a bad wrap. (You know, with only 8% of them ever coming into fruition and all).  The things is, along with other forms of goal-setting that don’t get results, us humans tend to come up with these really amazing shoot-for-the-moon intentions at the beginning of the year … and then, shortly thereafter, get intimidated by them and don’t follow through. And, that’s a shame. Because, that little voice that said ‘set that goal’ in the first place was on to something. It’s our soul speaking. It’s our heart’s desire wishing to manifest. And, giving up is NOT a valid option.

So, what actually works? Intentionally cultivating small daily practices/habits/actions (it matters not what we call them) will inch us towards the really big goals … and without the pressure. On the daily, these things can seem relatively insignificant (a 15 minute daily meditation or a 30 minute workout a few days a week), but the results compound into miraculous transitions over time. It starts with a subtle shift in mindset, but the results are pure magic. It’s the art of learning to mindfully focus on taking one step at a time, instead of allowing your thoughts to drift to the finish line (which could still be hundreds of miles away, and which can seem really daunting and make you want to give up all together).

The daily habit I intend to cultivate in 2016 which will surely be the most fun is a handstand a day. :)  I’ve been (rather half-assedly) working on my yoga handstand for a couple of years now.  And, yes, I have seen some progress. But, I’m ready to see more hang-time and better alignment. I’m ready to handstand around the world (which I’m already doing in my mind & just need my physical body & travel budget to catch-up). 😉 This daily practice will translate into more joy in the playfulness of being upside-down as well as the feeling of accomplishment in achieving a goal that’s been a long time coming (and that once seemed so daunting).

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This year’s top lessons & a gift for you!

As always with the end of the year upon us and new beginnings on the horizon, I find myself reflecting Dawn Gluskin Business & Life Coaching for Women Entrepreneurson some of this year’s biggest lessons.  Within these learnings are some real gems offering incredible opportunities for growth.

This year was all about transition for me. In the aftermath of selling (for a loss) my tech company that I ran for 6.5 years, I found myself rebuilding and refocusing. But, as a result, I also found myself losing sight of what I love doing most: helping others!  After selling my company, I started doing business development for one of my former competitors.  This allowed me to utilize the asset of my relationships and book of business in the tech world. But, I found myself strapped for time and putting my coaching and consulting business on the back burner. I even slowed my book-writing to a halt and stopped taking as many freelance writing assignments.

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How many times have you thought a nice thought about someone, but didn’t say it aloud? It probably Live out loud connection elevationhappens all the time. Perhaps you were just too busy going about your day and you didn’t find pause to speak, write, call or text it?  Maybe you didn’t think it was that big of a deal and worth sharing.  Or, perhaps, you feel a little bit awkward dishing out compliments (especially if it’s to somebody you don’t know very well)?

But, what if I told you that every time you decide not to live out loud and keep these positive thoughts to yourself, you miss out on an opportunity to make somebody’s day (including your own)!

I was reminded of the beauty in this the other day with a brief email interaction with my friend Laura, who happens to be a pretty cool biz owner. I’m on her email list & one came through that caught my eye. I clicked, and her words really resonated with a particular pizaaz that day. I decided to take all of 5 seconds to reply and tell her so!

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Join us! Spiritual Business Mentoring Group

Hi friends! I just created a brand new group called Type-A Zen.Type-A Zen Power Posse

This power posse is for support, mentoring, accountability, and for setting loving intentions & goals with soul. We also share our bright ideas as well as our high vibes & high fives! :)

Who are Type-A Zensters?

As a collective, we are conscious & empowered (albeit on different stages of our sacred journey). We wish to share our gifts with the world and to be of service!

Yes, we share traits of high-drive & ambition, BUT, we also believe there is a deeper meaning to life than what we have been led to believe by a more universal definition of ‘success’ (which often comes with a heaping side of stress and unsettled feelings of “there’s got to be something more”).

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Don’t Die With Your Music Still Inside

The expression “Don’t die with your music still inside stirs up truth within your soul & provokes deep Don't Die with your Music Still Insideintrospection. These words were made famous by the recently departed Wayne Dyer (and also as the title of a recent book he co-authored with his beautiful daughter, Serena). Mr. Dyer was a true earth angel and his books and talks have inspired millions, including the very beginnings of my own spiritual awakenings and exploration of higher consciousness many years ago.

As the word spread about his sudden recent passing, this particular phrase, “Don’t die with your music still inside” has been ringing over and over  in my head. Perhaps it’s because he was such a great influence and his death came so suddenly. Or, maybe, it’s because I realize he was only 10 years older than my own parents and it’s served as a solemn reminder of our own limited time on this earth. Maybe it’s the fact that I had always envisioned meeting him one day, giving him a big hug and a copy of my finally-finished (currently still in progress) book that he helped inspire whilst sharing an emphatic ‘thank you!’ for doing so.

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21 Subtle Shifts to Live Life in the NOW!

When we’re not being mindful, life moves by in the blink of an eye. Our tendencies to overstuff our schedules, staying pluggedMindfulness in as slaves to technology all hours of the day, and the constant strive for more (money, fame, success) can and will rob us of our precious presence. We’ve glorified busy and achievement. It’s our culture. And, as a result, people, overall, actually feel less happy and connected than ever. (Just look at stats on depression, anxiety, and stress related illnesses. Now that’s depressing!)

Don’t get me wrong. It’s amazing that we can communicate and do business with people all over the world without ever having to leave our house. I take advantage of this awesome technology everyday. But, in many ways, we’re actually less connected than ever: to ourselves, to our friends and family, to our purpose, to this moment. Instead, we get pulled into an endless sea of information and into the busy cycle of constantly do-ing. When did be-ing became so underrated, anyway? There’s a lot to be said about that sweetness of actually LIVING fully in the moment.

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38 Things I’ve Learned to Let go of in 38 Years

Dawn GLuskinLast year, to celebrate another trip around the sun, I wrote a birthday blog called “37 Life Lessons in 37 Years.” It was reminiscent of my life’s biggest successes, ‘failures’, learning experiences, and opportunities for growth condensed into little life-lesson nuggets.  To my humble surprise, it went on to be my most popular blog ever, read by hundreds of thousands all over the world. (It  was even translated into several other languages including German, Romanian, Spanish, Bosnian, & Russian).  Emails poured in from readers who felt a deep connection and resonance to those words. It spoke to the ability to connect deeply with others by expressing ourselves straight from the heart, showing vulnerability, and finding the lessons in our deepest struggles. It also spoke to the Universal desire to dig deeper and become more conscious.

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Photo Credit: Anton Petukhov

Photo Credit: Anton Petukhov

We are all born with little tiny seeds of inspiration inside of us. It’s our soul’s greatest purpose to nurture these seeds and allow them to blossom, fully sharing their beauty with the world during this lifetime. It’s why we all have unique talents, likes, interests, and passion.

However, as we grow into adulthood, we often often lose connection to this source. Caught up in the responsibility of daily lives, our passion and true desire  gets put on the back burner. We decide we will ‘play’ with it later. At the same time, so many people are unsatisfied with their lives.  Even if everything looks picture perfect from the outside, often times there is a feeling of discontentment.

In my own life, I clearly remember my love of writing, even as a very young girl.  In 1st and 2nd grade, we would be instructed to write short stories at our desk.  I would be so immersed in my writing that I would not even notice that the rest of the kids had finished their assignments and had moved on to another activity.  I’ve missed entire recesses finishing up my own stories.

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How to kick-ass in 2015!

Shine! in 2015 Photo Credit: Kiran Foster

Photo Credit: Kiran Foster

With the New Year upon us, it’s hard not to pick up on the contagious positive energy of making powerful life changing intentions. New Year, new you, right?  Perhaps that means: losing weight, getting organized, spending less, saving more, feeling healthy, learning something new, or maybe even helping others, all of which top the list of the most common goals going into the start of a new calendar year.  Unfortunately, new year’s resolutions are notorious for their short-lived journey here on earth.  In fact, a recent study by Stanton University showed that just 8% of new year’s goals ever see themselves into fruition.  Moreso, this same study shows that only 25% of these goals set will even make it past the first week of the year. Ouch! Now, those are depressing statistic.

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2015: Time to Shine!

2015: Time to Shine!There is something so very magical about our current year winding down with the pending start of a fresh new one, overflowing with infinite possibilities. It’s the perfect time to reflect, rejoice, and re-direct.

Where are we at with our goals and dreams? What were the highlights of our year? What important lessons were learned? Who were the people that touched our heart? What accomplishments made us most proud? Where did we leave room to improve?

From that place of inspired reflection, it’s so beautiful to let our minds soar with big dreams of the year to come. What does the vision we hold in our mind & heart look like? If all of our wildest dreams came true, what would that look and feel like? How can we make it all happen?

Sometimes the amazing energy that comes with the turning of a new year can fizzle out … fast. (If you’ve even been a member of a gym, then you totally know what I’m talking about every January!!). Life gets in the way. Energy fades. Our dreams get put on the back burner. Old habits resurface. We fall off course.

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