Creativity takes courage.

Creativity takes courage.

HER: “I’m not creative.” Argue enough for your limitations and sure enough – they’re yours.   ME: “What if you’re wrong?” What if; your definition of creativity is too rigid? it’s there within you but you don’t recognize it? you just need...
What’s missing?

What’s missing?

A friend remarked recently about how tired she was all the time. She wondered what could possibly be making her feel so tired, that by early evening she felt “exhausted” and could think of nothing else but going to bed. Running through the list of possible...
The essentials.

The essentials.

A close friend moved to California earlier this year. She’s my age, and this was a major reset for her. She decided to take only what she could fit in her car. Imagine – going through a household of items, decades of things gathered and making a single...
Tumbled

Tumbled

I remember a trip to the beach almost 30 years ago. Michael and I spent a day at the Delaware National Seashore. I liked going out beyond the breaking surf and just floating in the swells as they passed by on their way to the shoreline. Michael liked to body surf....
Tend your mind.

Tend your mind.

If you spend hours every day in a sitting position, the shape of your spine changes. If you shove your feet every day into shoes that don’t allow for their natural movement, the shape of your feet will change. That’s what our body does; it adapts to how we...
All for one and one for all.

All for one and one for all.

Pushing this forward. Original HERE: “A moment of gratitude and thanks as we all stay in the safety of our homes for the nurses, doctors, healthcare workers, the people who keep the hospitals and care facilities running around the globe. Thank you to those who...
Why bother?

Why bother?

Another great example this week of how focusing on the growth versus the gap can keep things going in the desired direction. Yesterday one of our members was talking about her efforts to lose weight. After weeks of steadily losing, she’s at a frustrating...
Reset. Renew. Refresh.

Reset. Renew. Refresh.

That’s what consistency looks like. A marble for every workout completed.  And a star on the jar when she couldn’t fit any more marbles so dumped it out and started again.  That’s a pretty great streak. Built one workout at a time.  Bonnie is joining...
Streaks create habits and habits create outcomes.

Streaks create habits and habits create outcomes.

Amidst all the noise about goals around the change in calendar year, there are voices in that noise that understand how focusing on goals rarely creates success. Rather, focusing on the processes (actions) is what move people towards where they want to be (the goal)....
Imperfect action

Imperfect action

Something to keep in mind if you’re a recovering perfectionist; imperfect action beats perfect inaction every time. In other words, better to do something than nothing at all. This is a powerful mindset if you’re trying to build a new habit (or maintain an...
Symptoms are teachers.

Symptoms are teachers.

You take your car to the mechanic when the check engine light comes on. (Well – maybe not right away, but you get there.) Do you ask him to just turn the light off, or do you ask him to diagnose and fix the problem? The light isn’t the problem. It’s...

Move more. Feel better.

The human body is designed to move. However we label it; movement, physical activity, or exercise – most of us have heard plenty about the health benefits and yet so many still struggle to do it. Why is that? Our lives have become structured in a way that makes...
Which diet?

Which diet?

The definition of diet: “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” We name diets: Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, DASH, South Beach, Mediterranean, etc., and then go round and round about which one is “best”. Maybe by...
Streaks create habits and habits create outcomes.

Have it your way.

Last chance for Early Bird pricing: Returning players $29 / New players $39. Team Dauntless is growing fast and there’s a solid array of intentions for starting the new year. That’s the beauty of the Whole Life Challenge – you’re a designer and...
Resolutions with resolve.

Resolutions with resolve.

Resolution.  Noun.  A firm decision to do or not to do something. You’ve probably heard – and perhaps learned for yourself – that New Year’s resolutions have a dismal chance of success. We think time is better spent doing little things everyday...
Design your season

Design your season

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”    –  Antoine de Saint-Exupery The holiday displays were up before we even blew out the candles in the Halloween...

The bookends of your experiences

“Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.”  – Zig Ziglar A client recently returned from a trip to a wellness spa, her body recharged and her mind full of healthy ideas and positive thinking. Now she is back in her everyday normal with a...
The switch.

The switch.

I walked into the studio one day and saw this written on the whiteboard. I smiled in agreement; this simple switch in thinking is a game changer. Plenty of people exercise because they think they have to, or eat well because they think they should, or do any number of...
still alive but we’re barely breathin’

still alive but we’re barely breathin’

“I’m still alive but I’m barely breathin’…” He’s singing about a breakup, but the first line of this popular song is actually a pretty accurate description of our stressed out culture. Not you? Bet you know someone. In fact,...
What do you need to be your best?

What do you need to be your best?

 What do you need to be your best? We asked this last week and the first response was written in giant letters. SLEEP. Most people agreed, whether they added themselves to the tally or not. We know this. Sleep is essential to both daily well-being and long-term...
Consistency matters, so proceed wisely.

Consistency matters, so proceed wisely.

Three cheers to Nancy. Her marble cup runneth over. (Bonnie too, right behind her.) We’ve got a simple method for tracking workouts: finish your workout, drop a marble in your jar. It’s satisfying – hearing the clink of the marble drop into the...

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