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Behaviour defined can be a physical thing one does such as a morning routine and it can be non-physical such as replaying negative thoughts all day long.   A few behaviours are instinctual and built in while the rest are learned through meeting needs.  What this means is that our behaviours are motivated by our needs and therefore we can be manipulated as well as manipulate to have our needs met.

So when we have negative behaviours and we want to change them, we find it isn’t always so easy because these learned behaviours that we exhibit are actually rather complex.

There are two types of motivation – the motivation to approach something and the motivation to avoid something.  When we desire something, we are motivated to approach it therefore receiving positive reinforcement or feedback.  When we avoid something, we are motivated to move away from it or we will receive negative reinforcement or feedback.  This is pretty simple.  We...

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The comfort zone

On Wikipedia, comfort is defined as a sense of physical or psychological ease and a lack of hardship while uncomfortable are people lacking in comfort.  I disagree!  I am hung up in the word “lacking”.  I think people who are comfortable are lacking.  Let me explain. 

When you go along in life and stay within the lines, always on the safe side of the street, not taking risks and staying under the radar, you think you are comfortable.  You don’t ruffle feathers, you don’t cause problems, you avoid drama… Ha!

That is not the life I want to live. Not that I desire to ruffle feathers and be that obnoxious girl no one wants around. Far from it.  I want to be the person that takes the risks, that lives in that uncomfortable zone because that is where I am growing – taking life by the horns.  Experiencing new things.  Having new adventures. Dreaming big dreams and better yet, living the life I desire. 


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How self-aware are you?

Just like myself, I am sure that you - as a leader, also strive to be effective in all your engagements with your team. We all want to be seen as an effective leader but most of all we want to see results from our leadership.

Numerous elements contribute to our effectiveness - but one of our crucial tools in our leadership toolbox is self-awareness. The role that self-awareness plays in effective leadership cannot be overemphasized. Numerous authors have commented on the growth that occurs when a leader endeavors to actively become more aware of their effect on others as well as their reaction to others. 

As a Tall Trees facilitator I am often privilege to be part of that A-HA moment that comes when leaders become more self-aware. I would like to share a recent event that really touched me and reminded me again that each leader journeys at their own pace.

A young aspiring CA trainee recently completed a Tall Trees leadership profile for a course that he...

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Uncategorized Aug 04, 2019

This is one of those topics that I could write about all day every day.  Goal setting, goal achieving, goals goals goals!

We all have goals.  Each and every one of us. Some of us think we gave up a long time ago and don’t have any but we do.  Every day we wake up with the goal to live another day.  Ok, maybe that is a stretch but don’t we all have goals to some extent?  And why is it so important to have goals?  

The most successful people on this planet didn’t wake up one day with an idea and a few minutes later after they got dressed became successful… No way.  They had an idea and they developed a plan.  Within that plan there were goals – some big, some little – some attainable, some way out there. 

And each day, they worked at it – chipping away, having triumphs and failures along the way but tweaking and re-evaluating and working toward goals. Goals!

We have had goals from the day we...

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#goals #purpose Aug 04, 2019

Why am I here? What is my purpose? What am I supposed to be doing?

These are ageless questions.  Some people don’t believe there is a purpose and that doesn’t mean they won’t find their purpose, it only means it will take a little longer for them. 

To learn what your purpose is, you must first remove all the chatter from your mind.  Most of us were taught false purposes or worse yet that we have no purpose.  Having an open mind will allow this process to work more quickly.  It is as simple a process as you make it to be.  The more resistant you are the longer it will take to unearth your purpose.

To find your purpose:

  1. Gather a blank piece of paper and a pen (or use a computer)
  2. Write at the top of the paper – My true purpose
  3. Write the first answer that enters your mind.  It doesn’t matter what that answer is and it doesn’t matter if it is a complete thought – just start to write.
  4. Repeat this process with...
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