“Have To” or “Get To”

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Servant Leadership
(Adapted from Jon Gordon article) Who knew that two simple words could change one’s mindset, perspective and approach to work and life? Just two words have the potential to enhance joy, productivity, performance and change a complaining voice to an appreciative heart. So often we say things like, “I have to take the kids to practice.” “I have to go to this meeting.” “I have to finish this project.” “I have to have the conversation to clear things up with them.” “I have to go to work today.” “I have to take care of this customer.” “I have to share these new ideas of change with my team.” We act as if we don’t have a choice. As if we are imprisoned by life, maybe a paycheck and the expectations…
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Bouncing Back from a Failure

Life Coaching
Many of us are afraid to fail which can hinder our growth and even paralyze us in making decisions. But take into account these words of wisdom from psychologist, Dr. Ryan Dunn. Everybody fails…. With things big or small, sooner or later, in private or (embarrassing) in public, with projects or relationships, we all fail. So the skill of bouncing back from a failure is one that is important to develop, to help us get back on track over and over and over…. A recent study in the journal Anxiety, Stress & Coping, found the most effective ways of bouncing back are positive reframing, acceptance, and humor. These helped people recover the fastest and still feel most satisfied at the end of the day. Positive reframing is thinking about a situation…
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Perspective Changes Everything

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Speaking Topics
In order to go forward in life, in situations, in emotions, in relationships, in forgiveness, in health, many times we need to change our current perspective. Our mind is one of the greatest weapons we possess. Our thoughts can fuel victory or defeat in every situation. Victory doesn't always look like obtaining the results we want. Victory is being able to shift perspective, lean into Christ and trust Him in the results. Changing perspective comes when we slow down emotionally and step back to take in the entire picture. It means to reframe our situation, come at it from a different angle, and think outside the box. It means asking myself, "What can I learn from this situation?" It means stepping back, identifying lies, detecting our typical patterns of thinking…
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Different Paths, Same Direction

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Speaking Topics
Our third leg of the walk from Clinton to Navarre was quite different than what we anticipated when we left home that morning. One week prior, the surrounding area had experienced intense rain and storms leading to some serious flooding. However, we had no idea that the trail would be under water. Looking at the "lake" before us, we sat in our car and considered our options. Do we postpone our walk and head for home or do we walk the twenty-one mile trek via roads for the next seven hours? How many miles will we walk off course if we follow the roads? How wide is the berm and how dangerous is this going to be with traffic? And most importantly, how often will we see an available rest room? After several minutes and a silent prayer,…
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Don’t Look Back

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Speaking Topics
Our family was hiking the Chimney Tops Trail in the Smokey Mountain National Park. This trail requires a two mile arduous ascent to reach the mountaintop. Because of the intensity of the climb, hikers stop and rest along the way. As we passed one couple who had stopped, I overheard one of them instructing the other raising his hands above his head to demonstrate some type of exercise recovery technique. My interest peaked, and thinking I too could learn something, I wanted to turn around and see what they were doing. But there was no way I could. To take my eyes off of the trail ahead of me would have been dangerous and only inviting injury. The trail was steep with sharp rocks jutting up and outward. Exposed tree roots, uneven terrain, and…
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Mile by Mile, Step by Step

Life Coaching, Speaking Topics
[caption id="attachment_138" align="alignleft" width="300"] From the city....[/caption] [caption id="attachment_139" align="alignright" width="179"] ....to the country...[/caption] Walking the twenty-four miles from Akron to Clinton was a great experience. We walked through the city, past Canal Park (the Akron Aero's baseball stadium) and crossed beautiful Summit Lake on the floating bridge. The weather was much hotter than our first twenty-six miles making the walk more intense physically, so we were thankful for the shade of the canal's tree-canopied trail.  After the first sixteen miles, to think about finishing the last eight was a little discouraging. Instead we chose to focus on the next trailhead which was two miles ahead. Once reaching that point, we then focused on the next trailhead, only one mile ahead, and then the next and the next until we completed that…
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Living Your Legacy

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Speaking Topics
The choices we make today will impact the legacy we live and leave to those coming behind us. What is truly important and long-lasting? Are we living what we say is priority? This three part series for women can be shared as a mini-retreat in three different sessions or as stand alone sessions. Busyness or Balance? Busyness is the cultural norm today but there is a difference between being busy and being effective. Jocelyn invites participants to examine the activity of their own lives and offers various ways in implementing change to achieve healthy balance. Called to Mentor One of the most important things we can do in life is to invest in people, especially in those younger than us. But we can't give what we don't have. This session reveals a higher calling extended to each one of us and…
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The Encouraging Environment

Life Coaching, Mentoring, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
So much of who we become and how we behave as persons has to do with the environment we’re raised in. Over the years, we’ve observed that our first 10-12 years of life consistently serve as the foundation upon which the rest of our lives are built and established. In “The Encouraging Environment,” Bruce talks about how to intentionally create a climate in our home, life and workplace which builds, lifts up and provides the best conditions for healthy growth to occur.
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