Treat Your Mind Like A Pot Of Boiling Water

I've been thinking about the metaphor of boiling water. You know the old saying, "A watched pot never boils."

When you've got a pot of water on the stove, you can turn it on and walk away from it. You don't have to think about it. You can walk away from it and the fire will still be lit underneath it. That's just how it works.

Now, the same is true for big ideas. Click to watch →

 

Some notes from Instagram.

 

An open invitation

I consider myself an Expedition Leader, helping my client partners tackle their big ideas while also rediscovering and staying connected to their inner basecamp. I asked my daughter to illustrate that idea for me and this is what she created.

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That’s me down there at camp; wielding the walkie-talkie, coaching my awesome climbers both up and down the mountain, reminding them of when it’s time to take a step (micro action) and when it’s time to sit by a fire (upshift and recenter).

If you're considering some bold moves in 2018 and would like some space to talk those ideas out I'd love to invite you to book a complimentary discovery call with me to share more about what you're up to. These connections can be very insightful even if we choose not to speak again, so I encourage you to grab a spot:

ALL THE BIG IDEAS (and the last workshop of the year)

I've put together a summary note of the different content I put out there this past week to help YOU slow down to do your greatest work. Some highlights:

 

An insight about big ideas in my Campfire Conversations Facebook Group

This past week, I did my very first LIVE video inside the group and explored campfires as a metaphor for creating big ideas. Click to watch → 

 

Some notes from Instagram

Please don't underestimate the power of slowing down, taking a break, having no new ideas and nothing to do. As one of my clients realized recently, it's critical to your life to be in it.

So yes, create and enjoy productivity when you're tapped in to it, but don't forget to be still and slow down for no other purpose than to be still and slow down. And as much as possible, don’t make that stillness conditional or put expectations on it, i.e. “I’m going to slow down so that I can have my next great idea!” It’s okay to rest there for no reason at all.

You got this.

 

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November 16th at 1.30PM EST

I'll be hosting another free foundational class over on Zoom this week, sharing my three most favorite tools to help you move from a place of overwhelm, overthinking, and overdoing into calm, clarity, creativity and centered-ness! This will be the last workshop I run in 2017. So if you missed it last week, I'd love to have you this Thursday.

What Gets In the Way of Big Dreams

Last night a friend asked me, "so what is it that keeps people from going after their big dreams?"

We were sitting in her minvan, chowing down on McDonald's cheeseburgers and french fries in between sessions at our kids' Back to School night; the energy was fun and casual and my 3 answers came from an unstructured, unplanned place:

1. We think too much and take action too little. We get so far up in our heads to the exclusion of actually DOING something. Our thinking feels so real, so concrete, and so TRUE that we come to rely on our stories more than what we can find out through taking action.

The answers show up when we get out there and create, run experiments, learn and repeat it all over again.

2. We focus too much on the big picture, to the exclusion of the tiny microactions that are available to us right now, in this moment, and which could trigger a flow of unexpected momentum.

Whatever it is that you're dreaming about - no matter how huge and far away it might look - there is a teeny tiny step you could be taking towards it. A phone call, a book, a conversation or bit of research. A word. A step. A question answered. 

Allow yourself to take your gaze OFF of the mountain top and down to the ground right in front of your feet. Take a step.

3. We're not really committed to doing the thing we say we want to do. Once we realize that we COULD be taking a small step towards the thing we want, a lot of us never take it. Not because we can't --- we just choose not to. 

It no longer becomes a How issue but a Commitment issue, which leaves little room for excuses and a deeper reflection on our willingness to get uncomfortable and walk the talk.

Campfire Coaching: A Reflection

Over a weekend earlier this month I had the honor of hosting the inaugural run of Campfire Coaching with 11 amazing women.

What's difficult to put into words is best captured below.

Photo Credit: Julia Rebecca Photography

Could you use a weekend like this? We'll be back in August. Click here to secure your spot.


WHAT WE LEARNED

The power of Campfire Coaching rests in both your experience of being outdoors AND in the insights you have while in that quiet and centered place. One insight can change EVERYTHING and this is a small collection of what has come up for previous campers:

WE'RE FINE, BECAUSE WE'RE TOGETHER.

I CERTAINLY RECEIVED FAR MORE THAN I WAS SEEKING.

WHEN I COME UP AGAINST SOMETHING THAT'S TOUGH I USUALLY PUNK OUT. BUT THIS WEEKEND I DIDN'T. I FOLLOWED THROUGH EVEN WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS LOST.

I'M CARRYING CONTENTMENT WITH ME.

IT'S ALL ABOUT BALANCE. YOU NEED SUPPORT TO RESTORE BALANCE - EVEN IN A CANOE.
THIS WEEKEND WASN'T ABOUT DOING ANYTHING. IT WAS ABOUT BEING IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

WHEN I LET MYSELF DO IT, I DID IT.

I NEED MORE OF THIS LIFE FOR MYSELF.

I CAN BE BORED AND NOT ANXIOUS.

I SPEND SO MUCH TIME TRYING TO CONTROL ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT I'VE REALIZED I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. FINDING NEUTRALITY EVEN WHEN THINGS AROUND ME DON'T CHANGE FEELS SO MUCH BETTER.

Click HERE to learn about the next session of Campfire Coaching.