Transformation: What Would You Love to Create? Receive?

What do you long to create this year?  In the continuous cycle of giving and receiving, what would you love to receive?

This year, instead of running “out there” to “get” or instead of sitting right where you are now, waiting to “attract,” I’d love to offer you something far more sustainable and fulfilling.

Consider for a moment the energetic difference between getting, attracting and creating.

What does each feel like?

If you are anything like me and my private coaching clients, you may find getting to be exhausting and attracting to be frustrating or some variation of each.

What makes creating truly different?

While you are not in charge of what you can get or what you can attract, you are always in charge of what you create!

Do you want to create or re-create your coaching business?  Good.  Then coach every day and ask people to pay you.  Do you see the difference between that and trying to get clients or waiting for clients to show up? 

It’s subtle and it changes everything.

Do you want to finally write your book this year? Great.  Then write four pages every day.  Can you sense the difference between that and buying a book-writing system or hoping you’ll have the time to write?

Creating holds you accountable.  Receiving naturally follows creating.  As you create your coaching business, you receive clients, income and fulfillment.  As you write your book, you receive your own body of work, new opportunities and fulfillment.  As you create, you begin to realize your infinite capacity to create. 

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What were you born to create?

If you are ready to immerse yourself in the creation process and would love an amazing coaching partnership in that endeavor, I will have an opening for a new client the end of January and another the end of February.

If you have an inkling that you would love to create a partnership with me as your coach, reply to this email and we’ll schedule some time for us to explore that.

In December, I created play in two areas: 21 intuitive paintings in 21 days and tremendous learning around StrengthsFinder™ from an advanced training.  I then took two weeks off to integrate.  I really stretched myself and feel so renewed and invigorated, ready to create more!

To our delicious creating and receiving!

P.S. Speaking of delicious creating, My client, Emma Skala, proprietress of The Shoppe here in Denver creates a dozen new cupcake flavors every single month!  My favorite this month: French Toast.  She told me she could create new cupcakes every month for the next 20 years!!!  Now that’s creating. 

French Toast cupcake

She is featured this week on the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets” the Wild West Sweets episode, first airing at 10:30 pm ET.  How’s that for creating?!?

Evoking the Best of You: Natural, Energizing “Resolutions”

Most of us are not naturally disciplined.  Sure, we can learn discipline.  We can push ourselves.  We can muscle our way into something like discipline, but we don’t tend to stick with it because it doesn’t come naturally and it doesn’t energize us.

Last month I attended an advanced StrengthsFinder™ Train-the-Trainer and learned that after 10 million people taking the assessment, Discipline is one of the bottom 5 of 34 strengths.  We questioned that finding.  Surely people in the military have a lot of discipline.  To fully understand, you need to know that the StrengthsFinder™ folks define a strength as consistently near perfect performance.  After working with StrengthsFinder™ for more than 10 years, I’ve noticed that when people are using and expressing their strengths, they are naturally energized.

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So if you, like most people, don’t stay consistently disciplined and aren’t naturally energized by disciplined, how do you move toward, engage more with your optimal life and work?  Most people I know aren’t too keen on New Year’s resolutions, yet they still feel a calling at this time of year toward more growth, more life . . .

My top strength, Maximizer, calls me to take things from good to amazing.  I’m energized by making something already good even better.  I love to make a practice of things, creating a lot of opportunity to consistently maximize.

Often this time of year, I create a new practice so that I naturally move toward the things I might otherwise try to make resolutions about. Yeah to my Strategic strength!  For me this year, I have gotten back to daily sacred time in the morning before I start my day. (This feeds my Connectedness strength.)  I give myself 20 to 30 minutes to do a short meditation, some reading and some writing.  This quiet, open time creates the space for me to connect with best uses of me for the day.  That way, if I don’t get to everything in a given day, I have at least gotten to the important things, rather than the details in my line of sight or the “urgent” distractions.

What about you?  Which of your strengths can you call upon to naturally energize yourself toward more of your wonderful life and work?  If you haven’t yet taken the StrengthsFinder™ assessment, I highly recommend it.  For the cost of a book and about 30 minutes of your time, you receive an incredible personal compass of your top 5 stengths and huge permission to be more of the best of you!  

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And as always, I invite you to share your responses and experiences in the Comments section below.

To your own natural and energizing resolve!