Mindset Monday: 7 Things You Might Not Know About Me

It’s always fun to look back on our life experiences and accomplishments that bring smiles to our faces and remind us of where we’ve been and what we’ve done.

Here are a few of mine that might surprise you:

#1 — As a kid I spent many summers with family in Pacific Grove, CA. My cousin and I talked the owner of the glass bottom boats into letting us work in exchange for free rides.

#2 — In 9th grade I was voted as “Most Witty.”  That quick wittedness has brought a lot of fun and a few “oopsies.”

#3 — In high school I was a Girl Scout – a member of the Mariner Scout Ship (MSS) Morning Star. All year long we raised money and then in June we used it for sailing cruise. 20-25 of us, with 15-20 guitars, rented a 65′ yawl (the Desiree) and sailed around Catalina and the Channel Islands in Southern California for 5 days.

#4 — My guitar playing and song leading days also included a summer as a camp counselor at White’s Landing Girl Scout camp and over 5 years in the same role for Athletes-in-ActionFCA and Young Life.

#5 — One summer I worked in the Main Street Market House at Disneyland. Did you know that the gold on the merry-go-round horses is real? Or that there are fans in the Candy Palace walls that send the sweet fragrance of cooking candy out onto Main Street?

#6 — I could sit for hours playing video games — specifically hidden object, time management, and strategy games that I find on Big Fish Games! I’ve really got to watch myself and make sure I’m playing for relaxation rather than avoiding work or boredom.

#7 — After my husband received his new heart in 2004, I couldn’t keep up with him when we rode our regular bikes, so we bought a tandem. We rode in several Midwest Tandem rallies with up to 500 other cyclists.

So why share this on Mindset Monday.  Well, as I said at the beginning, I believe we need to look back on our lives so that we’re reminded of where we’ve come from, what we’ve done, how we’ve succeeded … and especially, how much we’ve grown.

A few years ago, I started seeing how useful this was in my spiritual walk.  So when I came across a Scripture passage that pointed to something I’d learned or a place where I’d grown I would put a little mark in my Bible signifying my growth.  Now I can look through my Bible and see those growth markers — this is especially powerful on those days when I’m feeling low or unsuccessful.

So join the fun!  First, share 7 things that we might not know about you.  And second, try adding notes in your Bible so you have growth markers to look back on.

Leave a comment below and share!!

Cow and Rhino — Why it’s best to be both

As a college volleyball coach, I taught my players how to push through the hard times at practice and in matches so they could excel as athletes, teammates, and people.  I used a variety of metaphors and one that comes to mind was hanging on the door of the track coach who I worked with in Texas: “Cow or Rhino?”

This excellent word picture reminds us to be aggressive rather than passive in our competitive endeavors … and there’s more!

In my current role as a personal and business development coach, my objectives are focused on helping my clients igniting and reigniting the skills and talents that will help them meet their goals and find the success they seek.

I recently thought back to the cow vs. rhino metaphor and did some research to see if I could use it to motivate my clients to bigger and better things.  Here are some fun and interesting facts about these two animals.

COWS – from the World Animal Foundation Adopt a Cow site

Cows are social ~ they can recognize more than 100 individuals ~ will closely bond to some herd members, while carefully avoiding others ~ maintain lifelong relationships with their peers ~ they “moo” to each other to stay connected, even when they can’t see each other ~ they will communicate through different body positions and facial expressions when they can see each other.

Cattle will learn from each others’ mistakes ~ if one is shocked by an electric fence, others will become alarmed and avoid the source ~ if a herd is confined by an electric fence, only 30% will ever be shocked

Cattle have almost panoramic vision, which allows them to watch for predators or humans. They can see in color, except for red.

They have an amazing sense of smell and can detect scents more than six miles away.

My favorite characteristic:  Cattle enjoy swimming and running in the moonlight; when the moon is full they will remain active for longer periods between their two sleep sessions.

At the other end of the spectrum …

RHINOS – from the Wild Ones and Wikipedia

Rhinos are solitary in nature, usually living alone or in small groups of mother and offspring. They have small, widely positioned eyes that result in very poor eyesight. They have good hearing and sense of smell.

Their two horns are used for defense and intimidation ~ especially by males who fight over territory.  In fact, their aggressive dispositions discourages predators ~ nearsightedness seems to urge them to charge first and investigate later.

My least favorite characteristic:  Rhinos mark their territories with dung piles that can be three feet high!  Yuck!!

Thus the title … Cow and Rhino.  Cows are relationship-oriented, while rhinos are task-oriented.  So when it comes to working with people, being a cow is a must.  In contrast, when it’s time to focus on getting things done, like emails and social media posts, then it’s time to play the rhino card.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We’re never really either-or.  It’s best to be intentional and choose the most appropriate approach for different situations.

Ready to become the best cow and rhino you can be?

Ready to take God up on His promise to help you?

“The one who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” (1 Thess 5:24 MSG).

He’s called you and equipped you to fulfill that calling — sometimes you’ll be a cow, sometimes a rhino, and sometimes in between.

What is your plan to answer the call on your life?

I’d love to hear … and if you choose … help you work it out.

Leave a comment below or go HERE to set up a Power Chat with me.  After our 15 minutes together you’ll have a set of your next best steps to take to fulfill your calling.




Mindset Monday: Throwing pots and picking out the rocks

There are so many word pictures of our relationship with our Lord — the vine and the branches and the Potter and the clay are the ones I think of most often.  In fact, the other day during I was thinking about the Potter and the clay.

I had a good friend in college who was an art major and I spent some time watching her throw pots – I never quite figured out why they call it that <smile>.  The clay that she used had been refined and purified so that there weren’t any small, medium, or large rocks or pebbles to get in the way of the molding and firing process.

I think God has a different experience with us.  As He gently holds and forms our clayness (a word I made up to describe us sitting in a lump on the wheel), God has to stop every time he comes across a small pebble … a large rock … or anything in between.

Unlike the clay that my friend worked with, God is working with our unrefined and unpurified clayness.  When He has to remove a pebble, we feel the pain — emotional, physical, spiritual — but because His hands never leave us we can lean into his molding.

Here are the words from the Potter’s Hand, by Darlene Zschech.

Beautiful Lord, wonderful Savior, I know for sure all of my days are held in Your hands, crafted into Your perfect plan.

You gently call me, into Your presence guiding me by, Your Holy Spirit teach me, dear Lord, to live all of my life through Your eyes.

I’m captured by Your Holy calling, set me apart, I know You’re drawing me to Yourself, lead me Lord I pray.

Take me, mold me, use me, fill me I give my life to the Potter’s hands.  Hold me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me, I give my life to the Potter’s hand.

Click HERE to hear this song.

Sometimes it’s hard to trust … hard to turn our lives over to God and surrender to His gentle hands — especially if we’re afraid of the growing pains.

So let’s join together in holding our hands out and letting God shape us.  I don’t believe this process is being done to us.  God works in concert with us.

I love this picture and how it reflects how God works with me to make my life pleasing to Him as I become all He created me to be.

Trust Him … as Chris Tomlin sings, “He’s a good, good Father … it’s who He is …”  Step out and trust in new ways and you will get to know the Lord, our God, in ways you could never imagine.

Click HERE to listen and sing along.

As always, I’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below and let’s chat.

3 Simple Steps to Maximize Your Most Important Commodity

As we get ready to head into 2017, it’s so important to get a clear picture of three things:

  • Where we’ve been
  • Where we are now
  • Where we’re going

Let me ask you a question … When it comes to building your business or ministry what is your most important commodity?  Did you say that YOU are?   Well you’re right!  You set the tone and direction for your business/ministry.

So that means when you step back and reflect on yourself, both personally and professionally, and zero in on what you’ve done well and what needs to be improved, you can make the needed adjustments and YOU WILL AMPLIFY your effectiveness … AND … as a result, your joy and contentment, too! <smile>

Here is a series of questions to help you take a look at 2016 so you can strategize your 2017 success right now.

Get someplace where you won’t be disturbed for a little while.  Grab something to drink, get your notebook & pen or computer, take a deep breath, and then ask God to reveal what you need to know to get the most out of this exercise.

Now I want you to reflect on your PERSONAL LIFE — spiritual, relationships, personal growth, physical well-being (fitness, food, etc.), emotional health, thought life — and your PROFESSIONAL LIFE — finances, business — business strategy, income, email list building, client numbers, program enrollment, social media strategies.

Choose some areas from the life area list above and think through these questions for each.  Record your thoughts, reflections, and realizations in your notebook or on your computer.

Question 1:  Look BACK

What went well in 2016 in those areas you chose?  What can you have a big party about?  What makes you smile when you look back?  What was the biggest lesson you learned about yourself in 2016?  What ah-ha moment did you have about your business, ministry, or work?

Question 2:  Look at NOW

How satisfied are you with the progress and changes that you made in those areas in 2016?  You might have made great progress in some areas, no progress in others, and then you might even be stuck in others.  Take each of the areas that you chose and rank them 1-5, where 1 is “I’m totally dissatisfied” and 5 is “I couldn’t be happier.”  What are you doing right now that is not getting you the result you want?

Question 3:  Look AHEAD

What changes do you need to make to ensure that 2017 to get the improvements you want in those areas you chose?  Where do you need to make a shift?  What do you need to do to see those things change?

How did you do?  I’d love to hear what discoveries you made — what shifts you’re going to make in 2017 — how you’re planning on kicking your personal and professional life up a notch.

Leave a COMMENT below and let me know.


Once you’ve gone through the exercise it’s time to decide what you’re going to do in 2017.  So let’s talk.  Sign up for a FREE call and we’ll put together some next steps for you.






🎼 Who are you? … Who? Who? … Who? Who? 🎤

That’s the Million Dollar Question and that’s the question that people want to know.

As coaches, entrepreneurs, and business owners we are seeking to build a tribe of people who we can serve with our services and products.  Those potential clients need to fully understand our messages … So I have to ask … Are you crystal clear on your message?

In fact, are you clear on your strengths, talents, gifts, abilities, and calling?  The more clear you are on who you are the more easily people will understand your message.  In fact, when you find the intersection between your gifts/talents and the true needs of the people you want to serve you’ve found THE SWEET SPOT! bullseye

That’s where the fun … the fulfillment … and the JOY happen!

My most precious times as a coach, are the times when I witness my clients’ ah-ha moments … those instances when I see the twinkle in their eyes because they made the connection.  WOW!  It makes me smile just thinking about how fun that is.

Let’s go back to the $100M question: Who are you?  You see it’s more about who you BE, than what you DO.  I know, bad grammar, but you get what I’m saying … our BEINGNESS is what draws us to that place where we are fully expressing all of who we are — that’s where we find our voice.

IT’S TIME TO FIND YOUR VOICE — I want you to be able to rattle off your talents, abilities, and your message … and share them so effectively that people can make a decision whether to join you or not.

You see, it’s not about getting everyone to join your tribe — it’s about sharing who you are and what you’re all about so that the right people will be naturally drawn to you.


Click HERE and let’s zero in on who you are — your gifts, talents, abilities, calling, and message — I can help you FIND YOUR VOICE.  And then let’s put together a plan that you can implement right away.

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