How do you stay focused while everything is changing?

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Teri and the TROSA Moving Truck

It started with a glimmer of a suggestion from my partner Jo… “Let’s sell our house.”

At first it was not a suggestion that made sense to me.  Why would we would make that kind of change?

For twenty years we’d been making the house our own.  We built an addition that I loved working in.

I loved the original heart-pine floors, the oversized moldings, the ten-foot ceilings.  It really was my dream home. [Read more…]

How To Move from Distraction to Focused Action

dreamstimemedium_55508877As an entrepreneur, my mind is easily distracted.

I see opportunity in almost everything.

The problem is without a disciplined focused mind, there is no follow-up, no realization of opportunities, only distraction.

Even worse, without focus, at some point the pressure of time comes crashing down – on me and my distractions.

Then there is a big price to pay for distraction. [Read more…]

5 Key Tools to Boost Productivity

Watch this video as the first step in using your Productivity Tool Kit.


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Ever Want to Spend the Day in Bed?

Sleeping beauty compressedToday I woke up wanting to spend the whole day in bed.

I felt a combination of being tired and lazy and that ‘enough is enough!’—whatever that means!

After a nice run (you can do this when you own your own business) I got my lazy butt to my desk about 11 am.

I REALLY did not feel like doing anything and yet I had so many things I needed to do, I realized that it was all making me very uncomfortable.

Then I remembered what my business coach and mentor Christine Kane said recently.  She said: Being in business means being uncomfortable. [Read more…]

How to Create a Successful Start Up Business

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Gray and Cara Brooks in front of their 700 degree wood burning pizza oven

Gray Brooks, Cara Brooks and Jay Owens created Pizzeria Toro in Durham, NC, in a span of 2 years in a pretty competitive local restaurant market. [Read more…]

Skillful Means is: What Works!

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During my stay at Ratna Ling this summer, Arnaud Maitland, our skilled retreat leader, helped define Skillful Means on a very practical level, that is, what works. Ratna Ling is full of Skillful Means, at every turn, around every corner. It is a never ending display of beauty. Both natural and human creations flourish there. Ratna Ling and all its activities, however, are not without their own very big challenges.

Can you imagine producing hundreds of thousands of extremely high quality Tibetan sacred texts and shipping them annually halfway around the world?  Then can you imagine creating them with a small handful of English-speaking volunteer workers, with little formal training in the publishing/shipping/distribution business?  [Read more…]

Waking Up to Your Own Leadership Potential

“We all have the capacity to embody visions of knowledge and shape reality in different ways.  Work is a vehicle for refining this capacity, and learning to work well can help us contact our purpose for being alive.” Mastering Successful Work   We become a leader of our own life.

Leadership is NOT about being nice but it is about being fully present and serving your team to help them be the best they possibly can be.   Awareness, concentration and energy, your most precious resources, are the means for accomplishing this.  Leading others, begins with learning how to lead ourselves. [Read more…]

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