The Breakthroughs Blog

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I’m writing this blog with the intention of helping people learn life changing concepts and principles, as well as to share my own reflections and perspectives as a coach. In coaching sessions I don’t do very much talking, I simply ask intuitive questions to spark new insights and possibilities and guide the client towards their own choices & commitments.

There are times when I feel called to share “teaching pieces”; either a helpful model, concept or way of understanding their situation from another perspective. Often it was just what they were needing to hear. Then I offer the suggestion that they learn more about it through books or other resources. I want to provide one of those resources here for you – a self-coaching resource.

To make it more interactive for you, feel free to leave your comments at the bottom of each post and I’ll be glad to respond.

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: Book Recommendation

Over the course of my conscious personal growth journey, whenever times got tough and I lost myself in fear or worry or even anger, I went back to this book to remember its lessons. This book changed the course and nature of my life and I hope it does the same for you.

It’s all about understanding and embracing the power that exists in the present moment and that most, if not all, of our ‘needless’ suffering comes from us identifying with our minds and living in a state of unconsciousness. Is that hard to hear? Welcome to your EGO. Are you ready for this book? If you’re reading this, I bet you are, so read on…

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Consciousness, Choice & Accountability

Every day is made up of 86,400 seconds. Each second is an opportunity to choose who you are Right Now. It’s a choice to stop reliving your past, to live in the present and to consciously create your future, moment by moment. It’s also a choice to give up your right to choose and let life take you where it may. It’s a choice you are accountable for.

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Happy Mother’s Day

To all the mothers in the world, especially my own, happy mother's day! I consider myself so fortunate and I'm so grateful to have such a wonderful person in my life to love me, raise me, provide for me, shelter me, nurture me, protect me, enrich me, guide me and to...

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Presence, Consciousness & Life Purpose: Aligning With the Now

You will learn who you truly are beneath the story and stories of the mind and ultimately what your life purpose is all about. The reason why I share it here is because I see coaching as a shared journey, a deep and meaningful relationship that facilitates such awareness and being-ness in another person over time. I hope this will help those interested in experiencing less fear, stress, anxiety, pressure and suffering in their lives while increasing their levels of inner peace, contentment, connection with self and others, and more joy in life.

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Happiness Flow Productivity & Profits

This is the new model of success: one built on happiness, flow, gratitude and to adopt his firm’s foundational mantra “Awesomeness”!

You may never have heard of him but he was invited to speak among luminaries and business moguls such as Sir Richard Branson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Stephen Covey, Tony Hsieh and several others. His speech was voted as the best of the entire event. He speaks about why “Happiness is the New Productivity”.

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Happy Endings and Happy New Year

As this day approaches, most people tend to focus only on the New Year ahead – fresh starts, new beginnings. Today, in light of New Year’s Eve, I’d like to shift your attention for a few moments to the endings of things – not just the end of the year but the end of every day and every experience. It’s important. How do you want to remember 2011 and begin 2012? You have some control over the matter by choosing what you focus on. Consider answering the reflective quesitons in this article to help you create your own happy ending and new beginning.

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Find Your Center – Find Your Strength

Finding your Center means reconnecting with your true, inner self, the place within you that is calm, strong and unfaltering. Just a moment or two in this place is enough to regain the perspective you need to remember that everything is perfect, that you will handle all that needs to be handled, that you are doing your best, and that, is all you can ever do.

Learn more about finding peace and clarity within and get a few coaching tips to help you find your inner strength

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Still Trying to Get There?

You can be, do or have anything you really want if you are committed and resolved to achieving it and you take the steps needed to make it happen. Anything is possible, but… you’ll never Get There…

Huh? What’s that you say, coach? Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Learn a new way to think about goals and achievement. It might twist your noodle a bit but that could be a really good thing!

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The Gift of Presence

I’m taking a chance here and I’m going to confess something… I’m a big fan of American Idol, especially this season (2011). Did you just cringe? Give me a chance here 🙂 It gives me goosebumps and resonates with me every time I watch it because I get to see people taking big chances, sharing straight from the heart and moving people on an emotional level. I love that!

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What is Happiness?

I’d like to introduce the topic of happiness to the blog and just float out that question and look at it for a while.

Though it’s one of the first things mentioned on this site and one of the main goals of coaching, to “discover your authentic self and learn to lead your life in ways that bring you the most happiness and fulfillment”, what does happiness really mean?

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Achieving Life Balance

When people say they want more balance in their lives, they are referring to more than just an equal split of time across all the things they want to do in their lives. They’re looking to feel more in control and at peace with their lives. They want more enjoyment, more fulfillment and they want to feel more like a whole person again. They don’t want to be a slave to work or even to any one primary area of their life.

Read this article to learn more about what balance really is all about and do the self coaching exercise to help you prioritize your values and create some meaningful goals that will leave you feeling more whole and balanced in your life

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Managing Your Inner Critic

The Inner Critic – a messenger of self critical thoughts – can control your every move and your every word. It might tell you, “That’s too risky, don’t even think about it” or “Don’t even consider it, you’ll get embarrassed”. Most of the time just a couple of ‘messages’ from this voice is enough to stop you from thinking about following that dream or even just doing what you want to do or say.

Learn how to soften its blows and defuse its powerful grip on your life.

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From Self Doubt to Self Confidence

Whether self doubt is holding you back from fulfilling a great dream, from being more productive at work or from connecting with others more freely, we could all stand to gain a lot by having more self confidence and believing in ourselves more than our doubts and fears.

Read this article and do the included self-coaching exercise to shift from self doubt to self confidence.

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The Power of Being Authentic

We wear masks because we all want to be and feel accepted by others – belonging is a very strong and basic human need.

There comes a time in people’s lives when they begin to value how they feel about themselves more than they value what others think of them; where they value self respect more than the respect or acceptance of others. There is an astonishing power and sense of freedom and lightness that comes from being authentic. It is so powerful and vivid that after a while, being ‘real’ is the only option worth considering.

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Living Life to the Fullest

There is no ultimate formula for living life fully; it is perhaps our own unique expression of the list above that matters most. In order to have a full life then, you must know what fills you up, what fills your heart and gives meaning to your days….be present and mindful so we can allow ourselves the gift of experiencing every moment as fully as possible.

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HEART SMART Goals & Resolutions

Finding the Positive Emotions in Your Resolutions

It’s that time of year when many people sit down to reflect about what they want to change in the new year. They think about what they’re not satisfied with, even what they’re guilty about, and they think (with logic or intellect) that they should change their ways. This post shares a new way to look at (and feel about) your new year’s resolutions and any goals that you have: using HEART-SMART Goals.

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Questions to Reflect On

One of the best ways to gain clarity and spark new insights into understanding ourselves is through deep, personal reflection. Open ended questions invoke the deepest levels of self reflection because they direct and focus the mind on what matters – moving us away from our habitual thought patterns, into new and more meaningful ways of thinking.

Here are a variety of powerful questions that will help expand your awareness and could prove very fruitful if you’re willing to invest the time.

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The Value of Personal Values

In the field of life coaching and personal development, values are the things that matter most to a person. They are the personal, intimate, gauges, signposts or internal barometers of what’s really important to a person and what isn’t. Life coaching (as well as executive or business coaching) can help you discover and clarify your values so that you learn how to live a life that honors what you value most helping you feel happier, more fulfilled, more at ease and at peace.

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