My biggest f*up (and lesson) of 2016

One of my biggest lessons in 2016 was almost one of the most painful.

It started out last Summer when I began the search for new members of my coaching team.

I had a very extensive screening process that lasted a number of months:

First round: fill out a lengthy and detailed application
Second round: create a 3-minute video about yourself and your strengths
Third round: interview with me READ MORE

10 Things I’m doing right now

10thingsFor many people – myself included – it’s been a trying few weeks since the U.S. elections.

To be fair, it’s been a trying year.
I’m honestly kind of really over 2016.

Amidst all of this, I’ve been incredibly reflective – processing, listening to my emotions, understanding my fears…. READ MORE

(vulnerability alert) Facing a hard truth about myself

It’s been nearly 3 months since I sent you my last newsletter…which is record-breaking because for many, many years I’ve faithfully shared an article and content every single week.

I’m a big believer in being persistent and consistent, and teach this to my clients all the time. For example – if you’re going to have a newsletter, the way to make it most effective is to send it out regularly. It’s a rule I have lived by.

So why have you not really heard from me since July?

Well, two monumental things happened simultaneously.

The first is that mid-Summer I became TIRED. I’m not talking a little tired; I’m talking the kind of tired that has you want to stop everything, stay in your PJs for a month, and watch bad TV.
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Your Business and Your Nervous System

joannabeachwithfamilyJuly2016

When this newsletter gets to your inbox, I’ll be enjoying my last day of a week-long vacation with my family at the beach on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

I wrote this newsletter before leaving for our trip, and it’s a short one…but a really important one.

What I want to share with you today is about the absolute, VITAL importance of taking care of your nervous system…first and foremost for your physical, spiritual and emotional health…but also for the health of your business.

In today’s world of ongoing technology and social media, and of IMMENSE pressure, fast-paced and professional expectation (all we have to do is open up to Facebook to see what others are saying they’re up to, and start feeling bad about ourselves)…our nervous systems are in very precarious positions. READ MORE

A Simple Visibility Ritual for the Summer

beautiful girl enjoying the summer sun
It’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer and longer, and have you noticed that people are more social, want to stay out longer, and are generally having more fun?

Next week, on June 20th, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the Summer Solstice – the longest day and shortest night of the year.

The Sun will be at her glorious peak, being seen and shining brightly for many, many hours. READ MORE

my most traumatic incident of 2015 (BIG biz lesson) 

5-27-16VoiceImageI’ve waited nearly a year to share this
important story with you.

It’s one I want you to hear because it will
impact how you approach your clients, your prospects, your team
members, your
joint venture partners,
your vendors….not to mention
everyone else in
your life.

This story starts in March 2014, a month before Yael, my younger
daughter, was
born. READ MORE

My favorite Springtime Ritual for Business & Life

spring-06-310As you may know, I love rituals. I use them to create peace, balance, joy and success in all areas of my life, and I take special care to use the power of the Seasons to do all this.

Springtime is the moment of Re-birth.

It’s the time when the days are finally as long as the nights, the animals begin to come out of their hibernation and give birth to new little ones, colorful life and buds appear on trees and bushes, and it even smells like new beginnings and new life in the air.

Our lives reflect what happens in nature: It is so normal and natural for things to get dusty during January and February, even if you were on fire for them while making your New Year’s Resolutions.

Why?
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6 tools to create deeper transformation for your clients

transformationIn my 15 years of facilitating Transformational Experiences for thousands of individuals and groups, I’ve come to learn that there are certain skills and elements you need to master as a leader and facilitator in order to be successful at creating lasting shifts, healing and real openings for your participants.

In fact, what I’ve come to see is that without these tools, things can go very, very wrong – your workshops can fall flat or not go deep enough, or someone in the group will dominate and upset everyone else, or you will misuse your energy and feel exhausted and spent.

Here is a snapshot of some of the most valuable tools I’ve developed over hundreds and hundreds of rituals and workshops:

  1. Create and Hold a Tight and Safe Container:

    This is the most important tool to facilitating any kind of ritual of transformational experience for an individual or group. If your container is leaky, you will find that participants get bored or don’t go as deep as they could, or get upset at you or others in the group.

    From the very beginning – literally from the moment you walk in the room – you must make sure you are creating a very tight container, an environment that feels safe enough for your participants to open up, be vulnerable, share with you and the group, and transform.

    And you must make sure you hold that container throughout the work so that it remains tight and doesn’t fall apart.

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What’s the Sister Wound, and how does it show up in your biz?

uncoolIn grade school, there was a group of girls I called the "Clique" – they always seemed to be laughing, in the "know", have the best clothes, and generally gave off the feeling that not only were they cooler than everyone else, but that their circle was utterly impenetrable.

No outsiders allowed. And all outsiders were definitely not good enough.

Being the sensitive kid that I was, this affected me deeply. I didn’t actually know if I liked the girls in the Clique (because I didn’t really know them), but at the same time I really wanted to be part of it.

I longed to belong, to be seen, liked and appreciated by girls that were seemingly "better" than me. And not being part of it felt like a massive rejection and judgment on my "enough-ness".
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