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


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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

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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

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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.

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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
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LGIM: Weeble – Wobble

As a kid I played with a toy called the Weeble Wobbles.  They were little egg-like people and when you pushed them they would just wobble back and forth. In fact the jingle was webbles wobble but they don’t fall down.
I think we can be like that too. Although, we refer to the phenomenon as resilience.  We get pushed, sometimes knocked down and can stumble, but through it all we get back up.
In fact a true champion knows that it is not about winning and riding high, but rather how you show up when things are a struggle.  A true champion rises to the occasion – during both good and challenging times.
So this week – don’t worry if you “wobble” or get pushed …. be like the toys I played with… Go with the flow and know that you may weeble, you may wobble but you won’t stay down.
~ Coach Clara
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In our Ninja training, we talk a lot about “what you focus on expands”.  I have been having this conversation a lot lately.

It is so easy for us to get off track and to place our mindset and focus on the wrong things.

a challenging market

a difficult market

getting sick

and more….


You need to understand that the brain works to find us solutions – so whatever we choose to focus on, the brain will work to give us more of that.

SO think about what you are focusing on….


Family Issues

Slow business

Challenging Clients

Do you want more of this???????

If you do not work to re-frame how and what you focus on, you could be setting yourself up only for more of that you don’t want.

This week, work to change your focus to things that help you go forward, fulfill your life and position to getting your goals.  This week –  Choose to focus on


Serving Others

Growing yourself and your skills

Taking Care of yourself

The sooner you get clear on what you need to focus on, the sooner your brain will help you find those things and bring them closer to you.

So i will ask you again….. What are you Focused on?


~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: Stop Smoking

 If you are a smoker and decide to quit smoking but you still hang out with other smokers you really haven’t quit because you’re not getting the full benefits.  You still are surrounded by smoke.
The same goes for us with growth and success.  We personally can decide that we want to change a habits or a discipline and  even take the steps to move in a direction toward success. but if the people we surround ourselves,  if the things that we listen to and  the environment we surround ourselves with is one of scarcity and lacks abundance…. we really are not going to be able to grow and change.
We become what we surround ourselves with and if we are staying in around negativity we cannot change the dynamic or the results.
If you really want change, if you really want to achieve something BIG, you need to not only make the decision but also take a risk and commit to change the environment around you. Work to remove negativity and scarcity and create room for love, growth and abundance
 This week don’t just ‘stop smoking’ but also clear the air  all around you so you can breath in and be healthy!
~ Coach Clara
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LGIM: Don’t take on Water

A ship can sail through any water and not sink.  It is only when it allows water into its hull, that it will begin to have issues and eventually sink.

We are like a ship too – we have the power and ability to  navigate through any issues, obstacles and journeys.  It is only when we choose to allow in ‘bad stuff’ that we begin to lose power and sink.  For us this is when we take on a mindset of scarcity, negativity and fear.  All these things become heavy on our hearts and mind and keep us from moving strong through our days.

So this week, protect your ship.  Keep your mind focused and clear of anything that can pull your down and cause you to sink.  Steer clear of negativity and focus on abundance and gratitude.

Like the ship – you are solid and can navigate through anything and make it to your life, your dreams, your goals.


~ Clara

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LGIM: Focus on the Game

While listening to a podcast this week, i heard something that stuck with me.  The speaker said that when we set goals make sure to measure the game, not the gap.

What he was talking about was that we often look at,and focus on all the things we don’t accomplish and lose sight of some of the really good things that we have achieved.

Most of us set big goals; we want to achieve great things and therefore have to think big, set big and go big.  And when you do this – you don’t always achieve 100% of the goal…but you do get a lot further than where you started  And at the end of the day – that counts!

So by measuring the ‘game’ we can focus on how far we have come; maybe we have hit 75%, 80% or 90% of the goal…and that is still something to admire because if we didn’t have a goal at all, we would not have even come this far.

This week – focus on the Game.  Yes do your best to live BIG and go for your goals, yet if you don’t hit 100% try to focus on the Wins you do have – after all what you focus on expands.

~ Coach Clara

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