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“The easiest way to change something is to change your point of view” – Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar materials

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Those who never change their minds never change anything

I recently watched the Darkest Hour and heard the best quote from Winston Churchill (or at least the actor playing Winston Churchill)... ...those who never change their minds never change anything.... In our personal life or at work there are usually things we want to...

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One step at a time

What does it take to really make something happen? When we do Strategic Planning in the corporate world we go through the steps…Vision, Mission, Strategies, Action Plan.  We see the big picture and then people throughout the company focus on the actions that go toward...

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Ideas to improve listening skills

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ―Stephen R.Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People How good are your listening skills? I thought mine were pretty good but now I'm not so sure. I think they could...

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The Secret Ingredient to Success

Last week I spent time with a friend who needs to make a change in her life to achieve a pretty important goal related to a medical condition. I watched and encouraged as she worked out what actions she could take to get closer to her goal and tried them out. These...

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Project management, control or cooperation!

“Cooperation and peace are achieved by shifting attention from a conflict to an overarching goal” Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar Materials I’m continuing my thread of doing things differently this month.  I’m involved in more projects and going to more meetings...

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Overload! Resetting the System

Last week I lost it. I wasn’t keeping up with my emails or my messages coming in from facebook, text, what’s app, basecamp, slack etc, etc. I wasn’t paying my bills on time and the emails multiplied as I got reminder messages! I was having phone calls, video calls,...

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Change your viewpoint, change your life!

A friend recently wrote a piece about her need to take a trip when things were getting samey.  I agree, there comes a time when we forget to look at what is right under our noses. Our routine is the same, our ideas are the same, nothing is changing!  When we go to a...

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Who controls your mind?

“Before you take on the world, you need to master your own mind.” -Harry Palmer, author of The Avatar Course Our mind is critical to our success – we know that and from a young age we fill the mind with knowledge, rules, experiences, training and we try and teach it...

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Are you honest all the time? Could you be more honest?

We live in interesting times and one of the interesting things I'm enjoying is the spotlight being shone on honesty and dishonesty. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. In his book Living...

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Are you ready to break your jug?

Are you living deliberately and living the life you want?  Are you doing what you'd really like to do?  Or are you tired of living the same old, same old life? Or are you getting frustrated because no matter what you try nothing seems to change? Harry...

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How much are you going to let the past affect your future?

“Learning to navigate the path deliberately is the goal of the Avatar materials” – Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar materials We have powerful memory banks in our minds. They store upsetting events, bad decisions, mistakes, words said by you and later regretted,...

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Are you ready for 2017

“The world at its worst needs us at our best " Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar® materials   Ready or not 2017 will be here soon. And we each have a choice…we can decide what to create in 2017 or we can decide not to make a decision, look away, stay stuck in the...

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Happiness and getting there

What is happy?  We always know when we are not happy but do we know when we are happy?  And if we are not happy how do we get to be happy? It is happy/unhappy that makes us productive or unproductive. The dictionary definition for happy is "feeling or showing pleasure...

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The power of a vision

“Power is the ability to remain present and aware and to shape reality.” Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar® materials Do you ever feel you are swimming upstream? Does it seem like a huge effort to make anything happen? I want to tell you about a conference that I...

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What do you need?

What do you need? It is the loveliest question. I overheard my neighbor ask his wife this question. She is recovering from chemo treatment and he helps her however he can. What do you need? It gives the recipient permission to ask for anything and seems so much more...

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The art of (not) living in the present

I have always wanted to be perfect - pass my exams perfectly, execute plans flawlessly, dress perfectly, have a perfect day etc etc.  But now I realize that is not life.  That is not living in the present! I am a planner.  I get an idea in my head and design the steps...

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How much conflict do you live with?

At home or work conflict drains my energy and I want to have less of that energy drain. Conflicts usually occur because someone holds a different point of view to me and we both think that our viewpoint is right and the other one is wrong. Sometimes having different...

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How flexible are you?

Survivors are the flexible ones. They are not fixed in one viewpoint. Think of an oak tree and a willow tree. Which one survives the storm? The willow tree - right? The neighbor's oak tree fell down on top of my car in a storm many years ago. It took me many more...

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The Art of Listening

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” - Stephen R. Covey Listening is not a passive activity.  It takes effort to really listen. This isn’t surprising since our brains work much faster than our mouths!   Back...

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Improve your curiosity quotient and build better connections

I often say...that is wrong or you are wrong or I did that wrong.  I'm not talking about wrong as in something immoral, harmful or unjust but that other wrong...the incorrect, the judgement that we put on actions of ourselves and others.   Often what I really mean...

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There is another way…Ask for HELP!

These past few weeks my lesson has been asking for help. One week, early in the month ,I was really stretched and  asked to do many extra things with a time deadline.   My usual way of dealing with deadlines is put my head down and work through things one by one. I'm...

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New Year’s Resolutions – get ready!

Are you ready to set your New Year Resolutions? I come from a corporate background where goals and plans were common. I never realized how important they were in all parts of life.  Our New Years Resolutions are our goals.  They put into words what we are trying to...

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How to achieve success?

Last month I heard Jack Canfield, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series speak.  I wanted to share some of my favorite ideas from his talk...How to get from where you are to where you want to be. 1. Decide what you want.  Be precise.  If you want more...

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Impulse or Intuition?

The other day I spoke up in a meeting reacting in opposition to what had been presented. My reaction was automatic and impulsive. I’ve been trying to spend less time in my head thinking, and more time developing my intuition. I certainly didn’t spend time in my head...

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