Going Pro

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 | 0 comments

If you read my last blog, you know that I am battling resistance. Today it has taken on many forms, from errands to housework to the season finale of “Smash.” And now it has gelled into writer’s block. I have several ideas,  each of which has some merit, but none of which takes me past the opening sentence. I type. Backspace. Type. Backspace. My stomach is all bunched up, and I feel trapped. But at least I am in the chair, fingers on keys, right? According to Steven Pressfield, that is what it is to be a pro. The professional goes to work every day, whether or not she feels...

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Battling Resistance

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 | 2 comments

Today I’m writing about the ways in which we stop ourselves from pursuing what we want: resistance in all its forms. Sometimes it is personified as our gremlin, saboteur, or negative voice that tells us that we are not capable of doing or creating what we want or that we don’t deserve it. Sometimes resistance looks like a long to do list that includes so many urgent tasks that we never get around to the really important stuff like starting our business or writing our novel (or blog!). Other times it is the whisper of procrastination “I’ll start my [diet/work-out...

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I’m a Triathlete (who’da thunk it? not me!)

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010 | 0 comments

Well, I did it! On Sunday I completed the Olympic distance Marin Triathlon. It was the culmination of weeks of training, and I felt great. I am still basking in the glow of accomplishment and I am already thinking about doing another triathlon and bettering my times. But I still find it amazing that I did it at all — I feel almost giddy about it. You see, I don’t think of myself as the kind of person who does triathlons. And yet, I did it. Beware thoughts and statements that begin “I’m not the kind of person who ….. ” They usually contain limiting beliefs...

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What We Can’t Be With

Posted by on Mar 4, 2009 | 0 comments

  An instructor of mine once said, “What we can’t be with runs our lives.” In essence, instead of being moved by what we want, we can be driven by our need to avoid. If I am afraid of failure, I don’t take the risks that will lead to real success. If I am afraid of rejection, I don’t reach out for connection and instead remain isolated. My fear is in the driver’s seat, and I don’t get what I really want. So one element of coaching is learning to tolerate our fear, how to overcome it, and how to bypass it. We need get to know our inner gremlin or saboteur,...

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