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#1 Mistake Before Goal Setting

"My 2015 plan is pretty much done and I’m ready to start fresh. Can we just work on a new plan for 2016?" My coaching client had unknowingly uttered a common end-of-year refrain. It’s the #1 mistake that people make even before they begin goal setting for the year....
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Are Your Dreams Too Big?

  One question I get asked a lot is how to set the right goals. People worry that they aren’t being realistic when they let themselves dream or that they might be setting goals that are way too big to achieve – all of which begs the question, “What dreams are too big to be realistic?” As with most things, the answer to this question comes down to how important your dream is to you. The bigger the dream, the more dedication it may take. Does that keep you from setting big goals or inspire you to ...
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Save a Life Today - Your Own

My partner has a saying that helps me keep myself from getting caught up in the stress, drama and weighty-ness of work situations – “We’re not saving lives here.” It’s a great reminder that I don’t need to put too much stress on myself over the little things. Since I have stepped into my role at Best Year Yet®, I have a different perspective on that saying....
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Snake Pit

  I believe that until we take full responsibility for what shows up in our life, we will stifle creativity, passion, and the potential to breathe life into our dreams. Shakespeare’s most recognized soliloquy is the moment when Hamlet ponders this question of whether the unknown experience of death is easier to bear than living....
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Beyond the Moment of Change

  Those of us who have created our Best Year Yet® plans are familiar with the phrase The Moment of Change. This moment happens after Question 4 of our 10-question process that leads to the one-page plan for the year. When we identify our most limiting belief about ourselves and release the energy that has held us back from reaching our true potential, we experience a moment of change. ...
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Let Your Light Shine

When I learned that this series of Best Year Yet® articles was about the shift from a self-centered reality to one devoted to helping those around us and beyond, this idea of serving others rang true for me. For me, service offers a heart-centered experience, one that comes from our willingness to give our gifts and talents in unconditional support for the highest and best in another person....
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The World Beyond These "Walls"

“I have come to the realization that my job is all-consuming. Between my job and my family, I have no other life!” I was meeting with a woman who was a member of a leadership team I was coaching and she had just completed her own individual Best Year Yet® plan as part of the program. Although I had not had this discussion with her before, her words sounded familiar....
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Move from ‘I’ to ‘We’ – Your Success Depends on It!

I was traveling with the President of our company on a flight from Boston to New York after giving a client presentation. I was physically and mentally exhausted.  I had worked around the clock to get this presentation prepared and perfect. The presentation was a success! After waiting for just the right moment, the president said, “The client is worried about you and is not sure you can continue on the account.” I was dumb-founded and devastated....
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Unmasked

  On the last day of 2011 when I took stock of the year, answering the ten questions within the Best Year Yet® system, I uncovered a surprising limiting belief that needed inquiry. While on the fourth question, a new insight caught my attention and made me rethink my approach. The question is, “How do I limit myself and how can I stop”?...
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Making Dreams Come True at Natalie’s House

In 2010 I had the privilege of meeting Janet Olsen, Founder and Executive Director of Arizonans for the Protection of Exploited Children and Adults (APECA).  It’s an organization that mobilizes people and resources in the fight against sexual exploitation and abuse. Together we created her first Best Year Yet® plan for APECA, and she continued to use Best Year Yet® for a second year on her own with the support of her Board of Directors. The results have been amazing and many lives have been ...
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