LGIM: Let Go

As I was out walking today I found myself looking at the beauty of fall with all the colors in the trees as the leaves change and fall. It strikes me each year and it’s hard to imagine that all this beauty actually comes from the trees doing something remarkable – letting go.
A tree can not survive and live to give more beauty unless it lets go of its current beauty, trusting for the new seasons to bring it back to life
Makes me wonder what would happen is as people we let go….
So often we hold on to Hong’s that keep us from growing
A limiting belief
A relationship
A job
Whatever it is, we hold and cling to it when maybe true growth and beauty lies in us letting go and trusting life to bring is what we really need.
So this week try to trust.  Focus on growth and be brave enough to let go of that which is not serving you.  You may be surprised by the beauty you find in the end.
~ Coach Clara
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LGIM: Who is Better?

In nature there are many different types of trees. Who is to say one is better than another?
Who gets to say that the bamboo is more beautiful than the maple tree or maple tree is more valuable than the bamboo because it gives out maple syrup?
And then, does the bamboo feel jealous of the maple tree because it is bigger and its leaves change color?
 The idea of trees comparing themselves to others is silly – they both have value and both bring their own purpose and beauty.
Like trees in nature,  it is just as ridiculous for humans to compare themselves to one another. Yet we do!  We judge ourself by others and often feel guilt and sadness based on how we feel we compare to those around us. It is stressful and often defeating to our growth and success.
We must learn to compare our growth to who we were yesterday not to the growth of another. Everyone is incomparably unique, great and beautiful.
This week love your uniqueness. Value another for theirs.  Stop playing the comparison game and be happy with the value you and those around you bring.
~ Coach Clara
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LGIM: Bye Bye Birdie

Often when I am out for my walk, I look into the sky and see the birds flying past me.  As I watch them, they appear majestic and peaceful.  They seem to fly effortlessly and represent limitless freedom.  But the road to flight for them isn’t always pretty.

As a baby bird, they are often forced out of their nest early in life; they are pushed into flight ready or not.  And they learn how to get ready real quick….

They don’t have time to think about their fears or what can potentially happen.  All they know is in that moment they better start to flap those wings and take control.  And it is in that moment as they are ‘falling’ that they learn to soar.

On some level I feel these beautiful creatures demonstrate the potential available to us if we just release our fears. Everyday we are faced and presented with opportunities that can be scary.  Our gut may tell us we are not ready and we want to stay in the safety of our nest just a little bit longer.  We tell ourselves we just need a little bit longer to prepare.

But like those baby birds – its time to go.  Yes, taking off to fly for the first time can be scary and bring about feelings of fear. Without taking the risk of the first flight, we won’t find the internal freedom we desire. To reach our goals, We must dare to take our feet off the ground, spread our wings and soar.

This week, be bold and dare to leave the nest.  Open your wings….trust that the wind will catch you and you will soar.

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LGIM – Cut Your Hair!

Do you remember the fairy tale of Rapunzel?  She had long flowing, magical hair that was desired by the evil enemy – afterall all fairy tales have an enemy.  After many years of captivity, Rapunzel finally realized that the only way to escape was to cut her hair – once she did that, she would be free.

So the question I have is – what took Rapunzel so long?  For years she stayed captive, all along having the power to free herself so simply.

I don’t think many of us are that different from Rapunzel.  Many time we too are held captive – maybe to a thought process or belief, or maybe in a situation that we feel we cannot get out of – regardless we are trapped.  The reality is, like Rapunzel, we also have the power to free ourselves.

We often do not see the potential and power we have inside.  The ability we have to change our situation and take control over our future and current situations.  The reality is – the answer to what we need is often so simple and right in front of us.  We just need to take a moment to look and believe in our strength.

This week, what do you want to change? And what are some solutions YOU have to make the change?  This week – cut your hair!  Dont be like our friend Rapunzel and wait years stuck in a tower – get clear on your path and what you can do to free yourself and live the way you were meant to live.

 

~Coach Clara

 

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LGIM: Smile

In Australia, you can find a tiny, cute animal called a Quokka scurrying through the trees…and stopping to take selfies with humans if they’re not too busy. One of the first things people notice about this little animal is that they seem to smile.  People from all parts of the world have been posting their pictures with this amiable, cheerful creature, and their infectious smile.

In watching the Quokka, they seem to live out their days without a worry in the world, and keep a positive attitude through it all. They keep that smile they are so well known for.

I think we can learn from the Quokka and smile more.  

So this week, even if you’ve had a bad day, think of how the Quokka would handle it, and you will instantly break out in smiles, and that smile just may be infectious to those around you.

 

~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: The other side of the Wall

There was a young woman who took great pride in the growth and care of the flowers in her flower garden. She had been raised by her grandmother who taught her to love and care for flowers as she herself had done. So, like her grandmother, her flower garden was second to none.
One day while looking through a flower catalog she often ordered from, a picture of a plant immediately caught her eye. She had never seen blooms on a flower like that before. “I have to have it,” she said to herself, and she immediately ordered it.
When it arrived, she already had a place prepared to plant it – a perfect spot at the base of a stone wall at the back of her yard. It grew vigorously, with beautiful green leaves all over it, but there were no blooms. Day after day she continued to cultivate it, water it, feed it, and she even talked to it attempting to coax it to bloom. But, it was to no avail.
One morning weeks later, as she stood before the vine, she thought about how disappointed she was that her plant had not bloomed. She was giving considerable thought to cutting it down and planting something else in its place.
It was at this point that her invalid neighbor, whose lot joined hers, called over to her. “Thank you so much! You can’t imagine how much I have enjoyed the blooms of that vine you planted.”
Puzzled, the young woman walked through the gate into her neighbor’s yard, and sure enough, she saw that on the other side of the wall the vine was filled with blooms.
There were indeed the most beautiful blooms she had ever seen. The vine had crept through the crevices and it had not flowered on her side of the fence, it had flowered luxuriantly on the other side.
Often in life and business we work hard, putting in great effort each day, and fail to see the results.  We wonder if we are making an impact and even question giving up and going in a new direction. Next time you think about giving up, stop for a moment… Just because you cannot see the good result of your labor does not mean that it bore no fruit.  You never know who your actions, love and attention are helping.
This week stay focus and tend to your process – the actions you do today will create blooms, even if you do not see them.
~Coach Clara
Story adapted from  Randy Reynolds
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LGIM: Off to the Races

Race Horses are amazing.  In fact several of the most famous ones won when others just about gave up hope on them.

The horse would run the race lagging behind.  But then, as the race neared its end, that horse appeared to get a ‘second wind’ and would began to gallop ferociously.   It would pass all the other horses and win the race.

Sometimes we are like that horse.  We run our days simply galloping at a safe pace – not letting our full potential out.  Well guys – today is the day!  Get your second wind and let yourself go full out.

You have greatness in you!  Sometimes we hold back.  Sometimes we begin to even give up on ourselves and achieving our goals.   The race is not over – you have fight and energy still in you.

This week, dig deep and find your fire.  Be like the racehorse and gallop full out.

 

~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: Find the Fire

Think about a time that you got something you really wanted?
A new car
Lost a few pounds
Your dream job
Did it come easy or did you have to work for it ?  Chances are you had to work for it.  And you worked for it because you really wanted it. Bad!
Success is like that.  I all depends on how bad you want it.   You can’t just kinda want something and to be successful – you have to really want it .
To achieve success you have to
Dream about it
Put in the effort
Be somewhat obsessive about it
And never give up
So let me ask you …. what are you working for this week and how bad do you want it ?
This week find the fire and Chase your dreams.
~ Coach Clara
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LGIM: Knock Knock, Who’s There?

When there is a Knock at your door, you take a quick look through a window or peep hole to make sure the person on the other side is some one safe, someone you want to let in.  Like the front door to our home, we also have a door to our mind….and we are letting in a lot without checking if they are safe.

Every day we let in thoughts and people that maybe should not be making their way past the front door.  We hear things and are told things that tear us down, keep us small and diminish out light.  It is in the news and tv we watch, the magazines we read, and sometimes the people we spend time with.

This week, we aware.  Take a look through the peep hole before you let thoughts into your mind.  Remember that your thoughts become your beliefs.  Believe in yourself and make sure what you are letting in believes in you too.

 

~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: The Pencil’s Tale

An old pencil maker took his newest pencil aside, just before he was about to pack him into a box. Imagining the little fellow as a person he recalled a few things about the pencil.

“There are five things you need to know,” he said to his pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember these five things – never forget them – and you will become the best pencil you can be!

“The first thing is to remember that you will be able to do many great things, but only if you put yourself in someone else’s hands.

“From time to time you will experience a painful sharpening, but

remember that this will make you a better pencil.

“Also, keep in mind that you will be able to correct any mistakes you might make along the way.

“And the most important part of you is what’s on the inside.

“And remember this, as well, upon every surface that you are used, you must leave your mark.”

We can also learn from these 5 lessons.

We need to allow for others to help us,

we must grow, have a little pain and be sharpened,

learn from and correct the mistakes we make along the way,

focus what in on our inside and also

leave behind a legacy – on that we can be proud of.

This week think about the pencil and remember these five things so that you can live your life with heart and purpose.

~ Coach Clara

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