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When You’re Ready #532

by Sue Hawkes

Thank you Marshall Goldsmith for this timely tidbit on feedback.   Do you ever struggle with feedback? Me too.   Most days, I am open and willing to give and receive feedback. But some days, my ego is out of joint, fully engaged and feedback feels like criticism. Ever been there?  What can you do to maximize the opportunity to learn and grow based…

Sue HawkesWhen You’re Ready #532
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How to Make It Work #531

by Sue Hawkes

I was connecting with a friend and colleague and during our discussion offered some feedback. I shared I hadn’t wanted to burden her with a request as she seemed busy because she hadn’t responded to prior emails.  She seemed taken aback and apologized, not wanting to project that image.  I could totally relate. When I’m truly executing to the max in my business, I often…

Sue HawkesHow to Make It Work #531
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Begin Where You Can #530

by Sue Hawkes

You owe yourself one hour a day of self-maintenance. It can include reading, writing, yoga, exercise, dancing, meditation, painting, or whatever, but you owe it to yourself. One hour, 1/24 of your day.  That’s less than 5%.  It matters, it really does. Make it count.  At one point in my life, I read this and yet I still couldn’t find an hour. I…

Sue HawkesBegin Where You Can #530
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More Than Enough #529

by Sue Hawkes

I have an office with windows in a semi-circle revealing beautiful landscape outdoors.  Today it’s snowing lightly.   It’s the kind of snow you don’t mind, it doesn’t really accumulate much and it’s warm in Minnesota terms at 30 degrees Fahrenheit. (Don’t shudder warm weather friends, we have clothing for this.)  One of the most peaceful, grounded, clear experiences available are on days like these.   They don’t happen in…

Sue HawkesMore Than Enough #529
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Are You Clear? #528

by Sue Hawkes

Transitions.  They’re challenging. Transitions require you to let go while you are also fumbling to embrace the emerging space of what’s next at the same time.   Transitions are neither here nor there. Both places are uncertain.  One is about completion, one is about possibility; and either way, you don’t know for sure.  Like the acrobat shifting from one trapeze to another, there is a moment of suspension, exhilaration, fear, and nothingness.  The next trapeze is there, in fact, many possibilities…

Sue HawkesAre You Clear? #528
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Making Friends With The Day #527

by Sue Hawkes

I woke up with a feeling of hope, inspiration, gratitude and peace.   I was driving alone to work out with a good start to the day, it was early and still dark. On my drive, the sun was rising.   As I witness the soft hues of the morning kissing the horizon, the pink hues merging into lavender and tangerine on its boundaries, it somehow signaled hope, peace…

Sue HawkesMaking Friends With The Day #527
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When You Believe It #526

by Sue Hawkes

Think affirmations are a bunch of BS?  Two examples to ponder:   Scott Adams – creator of the Dilbert comic series – attributes his success to the use of positive affirmations. 15 times every day, he wrote “I Scott Adams, will become a syndicated cartoonist.” By doing this, he anchored the concept deep into his psyche and began to see opportunities that had been unavailable…

Sue HawkesWhen You Believe It #526
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Good Enough #526

by Sue Hawkes

It all changed tonight. After a week of deadlines, challenging commitments and frustration, I decided I was done with it.   I told myself I had plenty of time, would enjoy writing my blogs and would complete them quickly, easily and they would be good enough. They didn’t have to be perfect, they would be fun to write and I’d commit myself to not overthinking…

Sue HawkesGood Enough #526
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Extraordinary Teams #524

by Sue Hawkes

An extraordinary team is an ordinary team with an extraordinary commitment. The extra refers to their commitment, not the players.   Relatively speaking, any team can be extraordinary.   To be extraordinary, you must align yourselves, and be resolute in your collective commitment. This means a firm determination, shared by all. When push comes to shove, an extraordinary team will always find…

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Tired of Things as They Are? #522

by Sue Hawkes

Jim Rohn said “Don’t wish things were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”  When you’re tired of working so hard looking for a better, simpler, easier way or the next opportunity, flip the switch and consider the quote above.   Tired of things as they are? Wish you were better,…

Sue HawkesTired of Things as They Are? #522