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6 Reasons Goal Setting Is Important

While it can be fun to live without direction in the short-term, in the long-term, human beings are wired to need a purpose and direction. Goals give a sense of direction and purpose to life. 1. To put us in control of our lives It is often easy to let others set our direction for us. We take a job because family or friends point us in that direction and then we follow the dictates of our bosses. We move in other directions because popular culture or the media tells us to do so. The simple truth is that if

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving

During this season of Thanksgiving, I give thanks for all the wonderful people who came across my path this year helping amplify women’s voices and raising women up to higher heights in their careers. Count your blessings From the amazing 4Word volunteers I get to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with each week mentoring high potential business women… To the talented executive coaches in the Chief community who partner with me to create sacred space for women leaders to gather with their board of advisors… To the many group and one-on-one clients who entrust me with their stories, I give thanks! Share Encouraging

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A Courageous Ask and Response

I was always a driven child. My parents would agree, though they’d say I drove them nuts with both my strong will and my desire to achieve. I knew my parents sent me to my aunt and uncle’s farm for periods of time during the summer so they could get a little reprieve from me. I think the expectation was that I would learn domestic skills, like sewing and baking, along with my girl cousins. But, let’s be honest. I’m pretty sure my aunt quickly realized that it was better and more peaceful for her to channel my energy to

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Want to Thank a Veteran this Veterans Day? Start Here

What if this year we could do something more than wave a flag to support the brave women who have served and are serving? Do you know that a 2016 survey of service women and women veterans showed that 97% of respondents long for an organization dedicated to the issues uniquely facing them as women? These women have much to share and want their stories heard. Thursday, November 11, 2021, is Veterans Day…a day to honor American veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Around towns across America, we’ll see flags waving proudly to celebrate and honor veterans. We

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3 Quick Stress Busters

We’re gearing up for the holiday season and that often means big plans tied to big expectations all wrapped up in stress. How do you react when your plans fall through? Do you roll with the punches? Or does anxiety keep you from enjoying life? Here are three simple things to help keep your stress under control this holiday season. 1. Sleep more. It’s very common in our society to exist on less than six hours of sleep a night. However, experts recommend six to eight hours of sleep per night. Sleep not only rests our bodies; it also rejuvenates

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5 Ways To Focus on Goal Setting

Have you ever considered that the paths to our goals are like obstacle courses? Around each turn on the path is another obstacle that we must figure out how to overcome in order to make it to the goal at the end. While it may not feel this way, it’s actually normal to encounter obstacles in the pursuit of our goals. Sometimes, however, those obstacles leave us so perplexed that we don’t know how to move forward. These obstacles can range from an annoying distraction that we can put out of our mind as we keep moving forward, or worse,

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How to Celebrate International Day of the Girl

Today is International Day of the Girl. Today we champion the empowerment of women and girls around the world because empowered girls grow up to be empowered women. While we have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality, we can also celebrate the fact that a new generation of women are rising up with amplified voices and sharing their voices with the next generation. Today, I want to share how I’m celebrating two women in my life who have risen up to be strong women. The Empowered Voice of a Filipina in My Life My older

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3 Powerful Tips To Help Manage Everyday Stress

Lately, I’ve been coaching women who are overwhelmed with life. They can’t seem to transition between work and personal life and, when they do, they still find their minds filled with work. As a result, they are carrying work concerns into every part of their lives. An accumulation of carrying these burdens will almost always end up in a high stress level. Therefore, we must be able to “dump” all of our concerns from the workday or days and concentrate wholly on our present. Here are 3 stress busting tips. Stress Busting Tip #1 Resolve right now to release every

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9 Ways To Combat Fear

As a child, I swam on a competitive swim team. We trained at a facility with a diving pool. This wasn’t your usual diving pool with a six or eight-foot-tall diving board. This was a deep pool with concrete diving platforms that were between 16 and 32 feet up in the air, like in the Olympics. During each practice, we would finish our laps and watch the divers walk to the end of the platform and dive in without hesitation. It all looked so simple and easy. After one practice, we were given the opportunity to jump off the shortest,

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How to overcome your fears when you’re facing a new environment?

“But mama, what if no one sits with me at lunch and I’m all alone,” my daughter tearfully asked the night before her first day of 8th grade at a new school. Suddenly, all the memories of my own feelings of loneliness from new starts came flooding back. And then, as I worked to look for the good in those memories, I remembered a time when that lonely feeling gripped me, too, in a very public way. After my first year of law school at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, I signed up to study abroad under

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Blast Through Barriers to your Goals

One of the reasons we do not face our goals is because we shut down when we are faced with an unexpected barrier that we’re unsure how to handle. We become discouraged; we start making excuses; and we allow ourselves to back off of our original plan. While this is a human and natural tendency, it’s not conducive to success. An important step that you can take to avoid this barrier blunder is by carefully planning your goal to include backup plans for all those little “what ifs.” “What if I don’t pass the prerequisite course?” “What if I don’t

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Born To Be An Optimist?

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty “ –Winston Churchill An optimist, when faced with a problem, tends to find the upside to the situation and starts figuring out ways to solve that problem, or ways to turn it around. A pessimist, however, immediately throws up his hands, and yells, “That’s it; it’s all over. I can’t handle this anymore.” Or he will distance himself from the problem, pretending it doesn’t matter. This is denial, and it never works. According to the world’s foremost expert on optimism, Dr. Martin Seligman, everyone is

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Spend Time To Save Time

You have to give some to get some. The old adage is usually applied to money but it is also true of time. We are always pressed for time or seem to owe time to others — from our bosses to our families. Time is such a valuable commodity and we need to make sure that we use it carefully. Careful use of our time means one thing — time management. The sad truth is that most of us who are really in need of time management rarely utilize it. However, spending time on this simple four-step plan named “TIME”

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Feeling Overwhelmed In Work And Life

I was leading a group coaching session a couple months ago with eight powerful, diverse women executives. The topic of discussion was how overwhelmed, beat, tired, and burned-out many of them are feeling due to the “too much to do / can’t stop now” syndrome. Are you one of those people who can’t seem to stop “doing?” I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t felt overwhelmed from time to time. Since it tends to feel uncomfortable, if not downright unpleasant, we often view it as negative and as a weakness. We don’t dare to admit we are overwhelmed or

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When different types of leadership collide

Mary was at the pinnacle of her career. She had worked her way up in the cosmetic industry, building strong teams and learning all there was about marketing along the way. As a result of her dedication to growing as a leader, she became a marketing director in a prominent cosmetic company. The pressure of both that position and being a mom to two young children began to mount and Mary found alcohol as a great stress release. She started turning to wine the minute she got home and could easily consume a bottle a night. Soon, there was a

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How to ask for a promotion

Learning to advocate for ourselves and ask for a promotion can be intimidating. The following is a story about Claire who shares how she asked for a very big promotion. The Feedback Loop Claire rose through the ranks of a male-dominated tech industry to land a position four years ago as Chief Information Officer for a prominent housewares line. She is warm and welcoming, asking those around her for input in a continuous feedback loop that she keeps open. This means that she touches base with every employee in IT nearly every day. Some days and even some weeks, she

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How to be a Mindful Leader

Shannon is a woman who is small in stature and big in personality. Sometimes being a woman has been the biggest challenge she has faced in moving forward in her career. She’s worked in male-dominated industries, like construction and engineering, where the executives and board members were always male.  Being mindful about how she is showing up and relating to others is one of the superpowers she has leveraged to move forward in her career. Mindful about Opportunities Shannon was one of the longest tenured employees with her last employer. She watched as members of the “good old boys’ network”

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How to deal with a toxic workplace

A few months ago I received a call from a woman in a prominent leadership position who was looking for help navigating a career transition. To protect her, let’s call her Amy. She recently left her high-paying position on the cusp of being terminated. Her workplace had become so toxic that it was taking a toll on her health. She described the men as “machismo” and the women as “opportunistic, arrogant and stepping on others to get ahead”. Sadly, this isn’t the first time Amy found herself in such a workplace, yet it was the first time that her body

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Am I too old to go back to school

My 55-year-old mom was standing in the open-air market when she started to have a breakdown. My mom is not someone to have a breakdown. She’s always been a woman who speaks from a place of strength and self-assurance. I remember when Hillary Clinton was running for president in the 2008 Democratic primaries, the mom of one of my friends commented that my mom would give Hillary a run for her money. How could my mom reach the point of a breakdown? Pursuing a doctorate degree at 50 In 1996, when I was a sophomore in college and law school

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How to stay true to your leadership style

We have had the honor of listening to over 50 remarkable women leaders this last year, who have faced giant obstacles and persevered with all the might and courage they could muster. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we want to honor them by sharing their stories in the women’s leadership space. These women have inspired us in our journeys, not because they had an easy life handed to them, but because they faced giant obstacles and didn’t run away. They persevered with all the might and courage they could muster. This month, we honor them. A “People First” Leader We

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