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March 19th, 2017
by Diane

March Monthly Activities

Please share your experience with these activities
through out the next month.
Share Your Story on my Website.

  1. Pick a FEAR. Make a list of all the things you are afraid of, that hold you back form doing things or accomplishing a dream.
  2. After you have made the list pick one item. Create an action plan of steps on how you are going to overcome and move into action one step at a time.
  3. Enroll an accountability partner to help you complete each step. Set times and deadlines for each step and move into action.

Here are few helpful strategies to help “train your brain” to take risks and make new choices:

  • Write down all of the negative consequences for NOT taking the risk or making a change.
  • Write down a list of all of the positives that could come from taking the risk, even if you make a few mistakes along the way.
  • Make a list of all the skills, talents and expertise you DO have – focus on all your past learning and trust yourself that you can continue to learn and grow.
  • Be realistic about what could go wrong. We over-estimate the impact of our mistakes. My Father has a great story about a man who worked for a large corporation. He made a $34 Million dollar mistake for his company. He was called into the CEO’s office and as he walked through the door he thought he was about to loose his job. Instead he was given a promotion. His boss said to him, “We have too much invested in your learning curve to let you go.” The gentlemen went on to have an extremely successful career.
  • Let go of what other’s think. We spend too much time worrying about what others think and believe. How does what others believe impact your life? It does not unless YOU let it.
  • Set an intention and a positive vision for stepping into risk. Then trust the process.
  • Take small steps, take one day at a time and know you can always make a new choice.
March 19th, 2017
by Diane

March Daily Ritual

Share your experience with the Daily Ritual
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Create Your Own! Create a new daily ritual for yourself.

Choose something that is a bit risky for you. It can be something small, something large. But – take a risk and change something you do daily.

Walk a different way to work, switch up your workout routine, switch from coffee to tea in the morning, stay away from social media for a month, or limit your checking time each day, cut out an activity from your daily life that you do not enjoy

Pick one thing, change something you do daily that is in your comfort zone and switch it up!

March 19th, 2017
by Diane

Take Risks. Make Mistakes.

Thank you for joining me on this journey as I share with you in 2017 the 12 Chapters of my soon to be book, A Woman Alive. The 12 Principles for Living Alive. The 12 Guiding Principles are all of the lessons I have learned along the way, all of the tools and ideas that have helped me to re-frame the story of my life.

Our third Guiding Principle is
“Take Risks.  Make Mistakes”

When Jessica, my daughter, was 10 years old we made the decision to sell my house and move to New York City. Jessica was homeschooling and in a Homeschooling Dance program that was not really working for her. At age 9 she had drawn a picture of our apartment in New York City (an apartment that did yet exist) and declared that she was going to go to LaGuardia Performing Arts High School – a school that became well known through the movie FAME.

I had no idea what lay before us and was in a bit of shock that I was willing to give up my home that I loved in Medway MA. We had many good and dear friends yet no strong ties. Jesse was dancing a lot and really wanted to consider dancing professionally.

I remember the day when I told the other Moms in our Dance program that we were leaving, selling the house and moving to NYC. The response that most stunned me was, “You are so lucky that you have a choice.”

For many us we make-up the story that we do not have a choice, we have convinced ourselves that are stuck in our current situation. We believe there are just too many variables out of our control that lock us into our present circumstances.

I believe that in truth we always have a choice. What prevents us so often from making a new choice is the fear of the unknown, the fear of taking a risk when we do not know the outcome, the fear of making the “wrong” decision, the fear of making a “bad” decision.

And so we sold the house and made the move. Read more »