The Weekly – When You Change, Everything Changes

Back with a new set of eyes!

So many things I study all lead to the same thing – which is internal growth, external growth and the idea that we continue to evolve – or not.

After some study of Feng Shui (The Chinese art of placement) I got the notion that when you travel or go through a change, it’s smart to alter or change or shift something in your environment.

Doesn’t that make sense?

You leave your house, office, barn (in my case) in one place, one frame of mind and then you grow, you learn, you are challenged or confronted with a limiting belief, or you meet someone or some people who allow you a glimpse into another way to live.

Then, you are different.

Coming back to your house, office, barn, you see the environment you left (hopefully in a nice and tidy way) but there is a small feeling of unrest. There is also a wonderful feeling of relief and joy and wonder at how great your environment is (hopefully).

I know sleeping in my own bed is past wonderful after seven days of horse camping!

The unrest is what I want to talk about now.

That feeling is from the changes in YOU.

So doesn’t it stand to reason that your environment must change to reflect some form of difference?

The tip for you today is this:

When you return from travel, from an expo, a class, learning, growing, sharing,  do something, anything, even a tiny bit of change, altering of where you live, work and live.

I’ve just come back from my 100-mile horse trek, uncertain what changes I will make as I write this, however I will, because when you change – and I have, everything changes, even if it’s subtle.

How will you use this to your advantage? I’m interested to know, so you can email me if you wish.

 Blessings,
 Shawna Schuh, CSP 

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The Weekly – When was the Last Time You Risked Something?

Getting nothing from nothing.

Reading this quote helped me:

“The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” –Leo F. Buscaglia

I probably liked it because I am a risk taker, though I actually didn’t realize that about myself early on. When you’re in the risk, it doesn’t seem like it at the time, right?

If it did, would we ever start a business, begin a relationship, have a child?

Can we risk better?

This week, while you are reading this, I am doing the second leg of the 1300 mile trail ride that follows the path the Nes Piece Indians traversed while eluding the cavalry in 1877.

The story of the Indians is a good one though they didn’t prevail, and their horses were taken from them… (animals being destroyed for no good reason is such a heartbreaker) and now anyone with a high tolerance for saddle time (20 miles a day) and a registered Appaloosa Horse can join this yearly ride over much of the same terrain that the Indians traveled.

Is it risky? That depends on how you look at it and that’s the message for today.

When the quote starts with those that risk nothing have nothing, do nothing and become nothing it might be the best wake up call ever.

Risk is determined by the taker I believe.

If you’re shy, and step out to meet someone, or start a conversation, that can be your risk. I know that getting up on a horse, or stepping into an automobile or airplane are all risky actions, and yet, after doing any of them for awhile they seem less risky.

This is the mistake –

From this moment on – what if …learn and feel and change and grow and love and live – is simply acknowledging the risks you take every day?

What if – every day you thank your lucky stars and the God of your understanding that you have all the risky options you do?

And while you’re at it – what other risks might you take to live more fully?

For me, this ride tests my skills on so many levels, it brings a fresh perspective to every other aspect of my life.

I’m glad I risk it – what risks are you most happy about?

Email me and I’ll respond when I return.

 Blessings,
 Shawna Schuh, CSP 

 Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
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Monday Mindset: Start your week off well! Is your philosophy to give?

Is your philosophy to give?

What is your intention for the week?

Ask yourself…

What gifts do I feel most inspired by giving?

Is it your sharp mind, your expertise, your leadership skills?

What other gifts do I have to give this week?

 

I adore you!

Blessings,
Shawna Schuh, CSP
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The Weekly – How Do You Handle Fear?

You Can’t have Two Emotions At the Same Time

Recently I read or heard that you can’t have two emotions at the same time. That got me thinking…

So, you can’t be angry and grateful at the same time?

Can’t you be happy and depressed at the same time?

In thinking about it, you can’t!

Don’t you love this?

How can you use this knowledge to the best effect?

The best way I’ve figured out, and that I help my coaching clients with is actually the key to any kind of shift or improvement. It’s AWARENESS.

Here’s how it plays out:

You feel yourself getting angry, frustrated, upset…. And as you feel this, it gets stronger and before you know it you’ve lashed out at someone, or said something unkind to a stranger, or stuffed something in your mouth you didn’t want to eat to stop yourself from saying anything. (This has been one of my top tactics in the past, and I have the extra poundage as a result I’m sad to say)

Here’s how awareness can shift this scenario going forward:

You feel yourself getting angry, frustrated, upset…. And as you feel this, you decide to:

Count your blessings – and make a goal to count 10 blessings before you speak

Take a breath and visualize something you love for 20 seconds and that tiny bit of time turns your thoughts to love or admiration.

You clamp your lips shut and turn the corners up into a grin (yes, it may appear at the beginning to look like a grimace but it will turn into a smile if you leave those lips turned up!)

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 Shawna Schuh, CSP 

 Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
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The Weekly – Are you Asking Bad Questions?

The Real Question Behind The Question

By now you know I ask a lot of questions. As I’ve lived and gained wisdom it’s become apparent that a good question can be the key to, might I say with confidence, EVERYTHING?

Good questions have lead to nearly if not all discoveries (I wonder what would happen if we…)

And most amazing relationships, (Wanna go out with me, or have lunch with me or share a ride?)

They gain us business, (What are you looking for? What result are you after? How can I serve you?)

Recently I was asked a bad question….

And it was a question, so I felt compelled to answer it, even though I don’t think the asker wanted an answer, they really wanted to make a point. Right there is when you will know you are asking bad questions.

When you don’t want an answer, you want to make the other person feel bad, or squirm, or make yourself appear superior in some way. I know that this is hard to admit, however, read the questions and you may find you are asking some bad questions.

Here aisa list of poor questions you would do  yourself a favor by NEVER asking –

(Note: I will not go into how to answer these poor questions here – since there are multiple ways and the space here, and your time is limited)

Why would you do that? Why are you doing that? Tell me why?

These questions are not meant to get an answer, you are simply asking these types of questions out of astonishment and it leaves the other person no place to go.

What is your company doing about…? What are you doing about…? How can you allow…?

These questions are usually meant to shame, belittle or make the asker feel superior since it is assumed they are doing something about whatever it is. Will asking these questions ever get you help, or support? Unlikely.

Who told you to do that? What were you thinking? How could you have thought that was okay?

If you’ve uttered these questions to a teammate/employee, or a child or lover, it’s a direct accusation that they did something wrong and you really only want them to know it through asking an unanswerable question.

When the bad question came to me, from someone I didn’t know, I realized they more than likely didn’t know it was such a bad/poor question. I am uncertain of their intent, though not to help me is fairly certain.

My goal in sharing these less than stellar questions is to HELP YOU! Next time you are about to ask one of the above, stop  yourself and ask yourself this question first. Do I need to say anything? And if I do, what would be a better question than these?

Note: I help professionals all the time with these types of situations through Ignite Coaching. You can set up a free discovery session here.

 Blessings,
 Shawna Schuh, CSP 
Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others

 Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
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