LGIM: Rocks Ahead

There was a group of students who decided to go white water rafting.  They had never been before and they were excited.  When they connected with the guide they were told that conditions were a litter rougher than normal.  As they got their tutorial from the guide, he told them:

“when i want you to paddle I am going to call out where I want to you paddle to – not what i want you to paddle away from.  So I may yell out – right bank –  meaning paddle toward the right bank of the river rather than steer away from those rocks!”

What the guide meant by this is that whatever he called out needed to be the focus. If he called out “stay away from the rocks” all the group would focus on were the rocks and inevitably they would run right into them and have issues.

The idea here – focus on what you want and where you want to go.

Most of us focus on the rocks in the water – we focus on what we don’t want….

I don’t want to make those calls

I don’t want to have that conversation

I don’t want to eat healthy

and therefore we never progress and truly get where we want to go.

So I ask you – where do you want to go and what do you really want?

This week change your attention and focus on:

the success and connection you will have when you make the calls

the closure or personal power you will get from a challenging conversation

the health benefits of feeling and looking healthier

So this week i challenge you – look to where you want to go.  You will find that destination more rewarding and fulfilling.


~Coach Clara

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LGIM: Stormy Weather

A well-built boat can withstand a storm if the captain who is navigating knows what he or she is doing. An experienced and knowledgeable captain can guide a boat through the worst storm, and arrive on the shore safely.
Sometimes we need to travel  through stormy weather to get to our goals – it could be a rough transaction, a failed sale, falling off the diet or maybe a week where we didn’t hit our goals.
But here’s the deal – you just need to take a moment and refocus on your path and take control Of the wheel so you can sail your ship back on course.
Don’t worry about past experience; just start being more conscious of today.  Rough waters can push you back and slow you down – but they can’t stop you.
This week, take a moment to redirect yourself and you will find yourself navigating clearly and  sailing back to shore, in safety.
~ Coach Clara
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What does it mean to be “strong”?

The gym I belong to is focusing on this for the month of July and it has got me thinking….  many of us think of being strong as physical strength or over coming a big hurdle.  And yes that is true.  But being strong also means –

Holding true to yourself

Doing what you need to do, even when uncomfortable and scary

Spending time with family or a loved one and not working – because it is what needs to be done

Taking time off to heal and re-energize yourself

Knowing when and what to say NO to

We are all strong.  Everyday!  Sometimes we may not feel it – but we are.  This week – focus on what makes you strong.  Is it in your follow through, your mindset or even how you serve others?

This week be Strong!  You will accomplish great things.


~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: Brushing Teeth

What does brushing your teeth for two minutes in the morning do ????  Absolutely nothing !   Where the power and protection come in is when you brush your teeth both morning AND night every day …. you can’t just do it once and hope for a healthy mouth.
THe same goes in life and business.  If you want growth and health for your dreams you must commit daily.
It will take …
More than one day of making calls
More than one work out
More than one day of good habits
It will take more.  And it will take more consistently
So this week think about where you want to go and what it will take. And then make the commitment to bring it every day.
~ Coach Clara
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LGIM: All You Can Eat Buffet

What are you craving today?  We all want something different.   When you go to a cafeteria or buffet – that is the draw.  You only have to get what YOU want.

Do you want chicken?  Pasta?  Salad?  Dessert?  well get that.  And if there is something your don’t want….just move along.  And at the end of the line you only pay for what you choose.

The same is true in life – you get to ‘choose’ what you want to do.  Life has a lot of options – and you don’t have to do everything. But it isn’t so easy….

Here is the challenge… yes you get to choose, but you must choose wisely.  What you choose is what you get AND you must be willing to pay for what you take….

Do you want to be more productive?  Then your choices need to bring you results in that area…

Do you want more income?  Are you making the right choices to bring you that result…

Do you want to be healthier?  Are you making healthier food and exercise choices…..

Are you willing to choose wisely?  And are you willing to pay the cost for those choices?

This week – think about what is it you really want?  Don’t just take what looks ‘good’ or easy, but rather what will bring you what you truly desire and what will help you become who you truly want to be.


~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: Time for an Oil Change

i love my car, but one thing i don’t care for is the maintenance part of owning a car.  It takes time, money and effort to keep it running.  However if i don’t maintain it, it will not run, or perform, at the level i need it to…. and i need my car to run.

We are like our cars.  We are dependent on ourselves being healthy and to work at optimal performance, but we often don’t take care of ourselves.  We put our needs on the back burner and therefor are often running on fumes and are sluggish.

Yes it takes time, effort and sometimes money to keep ourselves healthy, but think of it this way – our people ( our families, friends and clients) need us to be at peak performance.  They depend on us to take care of them, to guide them and advise them.  We cannot do that if we are not at our best.

So this week – give yourself and ‘oil change’ and check your tire pressure – are you running at your best?  are you ready to perform at your optimal performance level?  If not – it may be time for a needed tune up.


~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: Be in Love!

We all like the idea of where we will be “when we make it”.  In fact we are in love with the end result!


We love

The idea of success

The feeling of being sought after

Having money, fame, etc


We love what we will get ….


But we often don’t love what we have to do to get there.  And that’s the problem.  We want the end results but are not willing to do what it will take to get there.


It isn’t enough to be in love with the end of the journey – you Must believe in and fall in love with the process to get there.  You must find a way to love the work it will take, the habits you need and the daily disciplines required along the way.


I will also say the process will not always be fun and you may not always like it – but it is necessary.


So this week fall in love – not just with the person you will become but also the process to get there.  The future you will be happier and even stronger!

~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: Ouch!

There was a man and his dog sitting on a porch.  Every few minutes the dog would let out a low moan.  This went on for a while.  A friend came by and asked the man  “what’s wrong with your dog?  Why is he moaning like that?’

“well, said the owner, he is laying on a nail.”

“why doesn’t he just move?” asked the onlooker

“because it doesn’t hurt him enough to move.”

I love this story because many of us do the same thing.  We have pain, but it is not quite enough to make us move.  We stay in a situation, dealing with the discomfort because the idea and effort to move is greater than the actual pain we are enduring.  The situation hurts…but not enough.

The problem is this…. if we don’t move, we can never change and improve our situation.  Yes, change is uncomfortable and yes its not ‘that bad’ where we are…but it is also not that good!

This week – get off your nail!  Take a chance to change.  Move through the discomfort and toward a better situation.  Even though the pain isn’t terrible right now…. The beauty of something new will show you it was all worth it!

~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: Throw it away

Often in our lives we are asked – if you could change one thing about yourself or add-on a new trait to help you be better what would that be?  So today I am asking you the same question – and this time I want you to write it down on a piece of paper.  You got it?

Ok, now I want you to throw that paper away.  That’s right – get rid of it!

You see we are who we are, and it isn’t that we can’t change, but we spend so much time focusing on that one thing that keeps up from being ‘perfect’ and we forget about, or even ignore the good qualities we already have that make us unique and amazing.

We spend too much time comparing ourselves to others or trying to become a person we think we ‘should be’ to please others when the reality is that you are already perfect.  You are perfectly “YOU”.

This week, throw away the notion that you have to change and the idea that 1 character trait is keeping you from becoming the best version of you. Instead, celebrate the beauty and awesomeness that is already in you.  This week just enjoy being you.

As Dr. Suess says: Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

~ Coach Clara

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LGIM: The View from the Top

When a person goes to climb a mountain, like Everest, it takes guts, planning, and perseverance.  Once they start the climb they may have all the right equipment and a team of people there to help them, but circumstances outside of their control, like the weather may halt their movement.  They may be stopped for hours, even days waiting;  they can seem so close to their goal – yet also so far and feel like they are making no progress.


This is where they must persevere.  They can’t just give up.  They use this time to stay focused, re-strategize and keep themselves rested for the arduous climb that awaits them.  They when they get the clear – they start climbing full of energy and enthusiasm, charging for their goal.


Like the climbers, we sometimes get stalled and halted too.  We make forward movement and then suddenly have to stop.  That can be frustrating and deflating to our spirit and drive.  But we too must persevere and push through.  We can’t just give up – our dream, our goal is still waiting for us and so close.


This week take a look and see what you may be stalled out on.  Is there something that you feel is far away or that you are not getting closer too?  Often it is in this time we need to re-group and rest because our climb is just about to start.  This week take the time to assess where you are and get ready to go forward.  Your Everest is there waiting and the view from the top is worth the climb!

– Coach Clara

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