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Can anyone say, “Apocalypse” …

I’m sitting here shaking my head at how many people are reacting to the fear of this Coronavirus and the extremes they’re going through to feel they have some sort of control over the situation. Honestly though, I’m still laughing about this need to buy every roll of toilet paper on the shelf. Sorry if this insults some folks, but seriously people! The only thing you’re accomplishing by hoarding, cleaning the store shelves to a skeleton, is to take away from people who are actually in need of any said item. What exactly is going through your mind? What happens to perishable items if you can’t use them up in time before they expire? Just curious …   There are folks out there who have spent the past several years building bunkers and stocking up the right way for the long-haul. They’re certainly laughing right now because they’ve been preparing…

Fingerprints and Virtual Assistants …

… Go hand in hand   As human beings, each of us has a unique set of fingerprints. These begin to develop before we are born. Even identical twins have differing patterns of these swirls and ridges. Although present in other species, fingerprints are most notable for their use in human transactions, from solving crimes to identifying individuals to unlocking electronic devices such as smartphones.  Interestingly, the one animal cited for having prints most similar to humans is the koala. Don’t worry that your prints will be mistaken for one however, as this critter has two opposable digits (thumbs) on each forepaw.   For the seven billion humans on planet Earth, fingerprints serve to differentiate us from one another. This differentiation is applicable to virtual assistants (VAs) as well because of the uniqueness of each life experience since conception.   As a coach or small business owner in search of…

Accessing the Power of Gratitude …

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.   But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.   That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining…

Just Believe …

As the days shorten and a chill enters the air, the seasons transition, and the end-of-the-year holidays will soon be upon us. During those times, many of us turn inward towards our thoughts. Thoughts of things in which we believe, but we can’t verify. We can’t calculate these beliefs with an algorithm. We can’t replicate these beliefs with science. And we can’t often determine from where these beliefs enter our conscious thoughts. Yet for many of us, beliefs, particularly beliefs in things that we cannot usually touch, see, hear or taste, are real, and these things impact our lives in powerful and profound ways.   I recently took a trip with my daughter, Alexandria, down to Virginia for a conference. After a wonderful farewell Sunday brunch, we packed up the car and prepared to return home to Canada.   As I turned the key in the ignition, all I heard…

Three Fundamentals of Work-Life Balance …

Many an author has penned an article about work-life balance. Yet, this oft-mysterious foundation remains an elusive goal for most of us. Nonetheless, if you are able to achieve that proper mix between career/business and your spiritual/social/personal side, you will achieve better success in your work and so much more satisfaction in your life.   The problem with creating the right blend of work and life was a common one for me. For the first 16 years of my life, that perfectionism was drilled into my brain in everything I did – whether work-related, school, or chores; actually, especially chores. The task wasn’t done until it was done to perfection. I struggled to be this superwoman for 40+ years before I realized how deeply ingrained this was within the very fabric of my being.   I needed to understand that there is a difference between delivering excellence in what you do…

Moments that Count …

To an outsider, owning your own business can seem like a dream. You can set your own hours. You don’t have a boss to whom you must answer. You have unlimited abilities to earn income, to provide a better way of life for yourself and for your family. Furthermore, you don’t have fears over losing a job, being transferred halfway across the country, or working endless hours for what appears to be limited rewards.   Indeed, many seek to start a company, purchase a going concern, or enter into a joint venture, to gain access to the entrepreneurial life. Yet, even in those businesses where the proprietor ought to know better — coaching, counseling, medical practices, even ministry — the entrepreneurial life provides challenges to the elusive balance between work and family.   Nonetheless, having a strong, solid family life is a key to a successful business foray. Many an…

Take a Break …

Nonetheless, taking time away from your office and from your clients has much to offer. Even short stints avoiding the pressures of the practice or the worries of the work benefit you. You may find yourself refreshed, rejuvenated, and reenergized.   When you refresh your computer display, it clears the page and re-creates it, anew. Similarly, when you vacation, itʼs as if you click a reset button on your brain. You clear away things that are hampering your efficiency. Much like refreshing a page on a digital device, you may rid yourself of cookies, viruses, worms, or other barnacles that are attaching themselves to the underbelly of your working memory. Clearing the decks leaves room for new, fresh and exciting things to enter.   You may find rejuvenation in your time away. This allows you to look at things from a fresh perspective. When the clutter is cleared away, new…