LGIM: Trust your Feet

In yoga, one of the best ways to ensure a good practice is to watch and focus on your feet.  Yes that’s right, your feet.  It is your feet that allow you to have a solid foundation.  They keep you solid in your poses and also help to insure good posture.  If you want a good practice, focus on your foundation.

The same is true in life, if we want a solid business or life, we have to have a solid foundation.

How is your’s?

Some of the ways we can create a solid foundation are through:

having a weekly and daily plan.  Know what you need to do, focus on and follow up on

surround yourself with an environment for success and growth

have people that will keep you grounded and focuses

work daily on the skills you need to help you become strong

This week, focus on your feet, the feet of your life and business.  Make sure you have a solid foundation to not only support you, but also carry you into the success you have in front of you.

Advertisements
Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LGIM: Re-Plant Yourself

One day a women went to buy some flowers for her front porch.  She wanted something with color that would help brighten up her patio.  At the nursery she saw many things, however there was one plant that really caught her eye.  It was not because it was the biggest or the brightest, but it called to her.

The plant was not healthy, the color was faint and it was a little droopy.  As she looked at it more she realized that it was full and starting to outgrow its pot.  She had a feeling that if she could replant it the little plant may have a chance.

She took the plant home and replanted it into a larger pot.  Almost immediately she saw a change.  The once droopy plant began to stand tall.  Color came back and within a week its roots were strong and the plant was thriving.

We can be like this plant… sometime we get constrained.  We get stuck in our comfort zone or held back and are limited in our growth.  We become complacent, lose energy and can start to lose passion.

This week take a look at where you are planted – is it allowing you to grow or holding you back?  This week break the mold, break free from constraints and allow yourself to stand tall and grow into your greatness.  Like our little plant, a new environment, a new routine or a simple ‘shake up’ can be just what you need to get your energy back and help you grow tall.

 

~ Coach Clara

Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LGIM: Kindness Matters

Practice kindness.  This is something we have been encouraged to do and are constantly reminded of.  To enter our days and be kind to other, to forgive them and to practice tolerance.
But there is one person who we often neglect to be kind to… any guesses?
Yup that’s right, ourselves.
Why is it that we can be kind to so many others but not to ourselves. We push ourselves and hold ourselves to unrealistic standards and punish ourselves for failing.  We would never talk to another person or treat another the way we treat our own person.
This week let’s take this advice and practice kindness to ourselves. This week,  do one thing every day to be kind to YOU.  It can be something small like
read a book
go for a massage or walk
laugh
But the smallest act of kindness and love toward yourself can change the game and set a new standard for excellence.
This week, Be Kind.
~ Coach Clara
Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LGIM: Pass the Fertilizer

During the spring, flowers start to bloom.  We have the opportunity to look at them and enjoy their beauty every day.  But what we need to remember is that the beauty comes from being covered in dirt and manure.  If the seeds are not covered – they will not have the nutrients to grow into beauty.

The same can be said for us…. at times we get sh&% thrown on us too.  And then this happens we get angry, depressed, frustrated – we fight it, What we need to remember is that without the bad we cannot appreciate the good and also become the beauty  ourselves.

There is a saying “Sh&% Happens” and it does.  I am not saying you are going to like it, but you do need to understand that it will happen and rather than fighting it, know it is bringing you nutrients to grow.

So this week, connect with the flowers, allow yourself to be covered in both the good and the bad. Enjoy the richness and know that in all things that are difficult and uncomfortable beauty grows,

 

~ Coach Clara

Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

LGIM: A to B

Sometimes the best way from point A to point B is not the shortest path. Often we look for the quickest and simpilest way to achieve a goal – maybe due to time constraints or maybe due to fear and discomfort. Regardless – sometimes the twists and turns , the bumps and hills are still the best way.
This week don’t look for the simple way. Challenge yourself. Use the path to teach you, to strengthen yourself and to enrich your growth. Who knows the twist and turns may be even more beautiful that you had imagined
~ Coach Clara
Posted in General Ninja | Leave a comment

LGIM: Catfish

At the turn of the century cod fish were in much demand on the east coast. News of this tasty fish spread across the country all the way to the west coast. There was however a problem. How could they get the fish across the country and still keep it fresh???

They tried to freeze the fish and send it by rail, the fastest means at the time. However, when it was prepared it turn out to be very mushy and lacked flavor. Then someone decided to ship the fish live turning railroad cars into huge saltwater aquariums. When the cod fish arrived they were still alive but when they were prepared they were still mushy and tasteless.

After studying the cod fish someone discovered that their natural enemy was the catfish. This time when the cod fish were shipped, in the tanks they place a few catfish in with them. Those catfish chased the cod fish all the way across the country to the west coast. This time when they were prepared they were flaky and had the same flavor as they did when they were caught fresh and prepared on the east coast.

You see the catfish kept the cod from becoming stale. The catfish kept them fresh.

What are your catfish? It may be a challenging deal or client, maybe a person close to you or even a coach or mentor.  Regardless – let them push you.  At first they may seem difficult and you will want to resist…but in time you will see and learn that they are really there to help you and be a teacher.

This week, don’t resist, but rather embrace the catfish in your world.  Know that they are here to challenge us, to keep us on our toes,  and to motivate us to improve.

~ Coach Clara

 

Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LGIM: Fire!

There is a term in yoga – tapas.  What this translates into is – the fire within, or the fiery discipline needed for consistent and intense commitment.

I think this is a great word.

We all need discipline, but i think when we can connect it with what burns inside us, the fire in our belly – it is easier for us to stay the course on all we do.  Discipline can be hard, and it certainly isnt fun…but when you know WHY you are doing what you do, the hunger for commitment becomes easier.

This week, connect with your tapas – the fire within you so that you too can be brave enough to stay disciplined in all you do.

 

~Coach Clara

Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LGIM: i’m Busy

There is a poem by Rabindranath Tagore:

Spring has gone, summer has past and winter is here

And the song i have been meant to sing remains unsung

for i have spent all my time stringing and un-stringing my instrument.

This is a poem about time passing and not living fully. The key to this poem is that sometimes we get stuck in the planning that we never get to take the action that will make change and will bring us our true greatness.  We get so focused on what we need to do, how we are going to do it….but we never actually make the time to take action.

As a coach, I talk about planning and I do believe in the power of a plan – it gives us direction, purpose and allow us to live intentionally.  However, a plan doesn’t do anything unless we take action.  We must act.  Even if it is just one small step…. it is still action.

 

So this week, focus on progress, not perfection. Don’t just think about what you want to accomplish, but rather make it happen.  If that means you need to do less, to say No to some things…then do it.

Don’t let your song go unsung for another season – plan your life,  live your life.

~ Coach Clara

Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LGIM: Let Go

When a rock climber is ascending a slope, they work to move by finding the safest rocks to secure themselves in.  They know that to get to the top, they must let go of the rock they are holding on to.  This can be scary and it doesn’t guarantee success, but it is the only way to move forward toward their goal.

We do the same thing.  Everyday we climb and move toward our goal.  We have to traverse challenging passes that are not always fun or guarantee safety.  Sometimes we want to hold on to our current ‘rocks’ or situation for fear that we may make a mistake.  But if all we do is hold on, we can never move forward.

This week ask yourself what you may need to let go of in order to move forward.  Believe in yourself and your dreams and have the faith to risk – be willing to let go and reach for the next rock and climb up your mountain.

Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LGIM: In Bloom

Every day millions of flowers open to greet the day. No one has to force them, they just instinctually know and bloom into their beauty.
What if we did the same – what if everyday we instinctually opened ourselves up for greatness without anyone having to force us?
We woke up energized
We were excited about our tasks
We were prepared and purposeful
What if we just knew and acted without someone or something forcing us to be all we know we could become ?
This week take time to prepare. Know what you need to do and connect that with your passion and your purpose so like the flowers, you will rise each day and bloom into your greatness…not because you have to, but because you can and want to.
This week,  know your beauty and let others see it too.
~ Coach Clara
Posted in General Ninja | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment