Note: For ten weeks, Betty is using the Dream Coaching® program to work on finishing and publishing a book about her trip to Uganda, and is reporting on her progress in her weekly column. To read the series from the beginning, visit www.findyourburiedtreasure.com/blog. The introductory post is dated May 3, 2013. Failure can lead to success. Not only is this something I know to be absolutely true, it’s also the message of Session 7 in the Dream Coaching program. In order for failure to lead [...]
Note: For ten weeks, I am using the Dream Coaching® program to work on my dream of finishing and publishing a book about my trip to Uganda, and I am reporting on my progress in my weekly column. As always, my column is posted on my blog every Friday. To read the series from the beginning, start with the introductory post, dated May 3, 2013. The tipping point. The straw that broke the camel’s back. These and other similar phrases and sayings have to do [...]
Note: For ten weeks, I am using the Dream Coaching® program to work on my dream of finishing and publishing a book about my trip to Uganda, and I am reporting on my progress in my weekly column. As always, my column is posted on my blog every Friday. To read the series from the beginning, start with the introductory post, dated May 3, 2013. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.” I don’t know the source of that quote, but [...]
The more time I spend coaching others – or being coached myself in different areas of my life and work – the more power and perception I see in age-old sources of wisdom. Though written eons ago, sayings that date back to Shakespeare, the Bible, Aesop, and whoever came up with the advice we now refer to as “old wives’ tales,” these deceptively simple sayings from ancient times can provide invaluable insights and guidelines for our lives today. “Say what you mean, and mean what [...]
That mantra may seem like the Holy Grail – something that many people search and strive for, but never find. It remains elusive and out of reach, and we start to wonder whether it even really exists. It does. It’s very possible to do what you love, and love what you do. And not starve in the process. Melissa Olson, the woman who owns the Curves facility where I work out, is an excellent example of this. She loves what she does, and the people [...]
If you were having a dinner party and could invite four people from anywhere and anytime in history, who would be on your guest list, and where would you hold the dinner? Every once in a while, I’ve had to answer questions similar to this – usually in a Toastmasters Table Topics session or contest. But this time, it was during a Holiday Happy Hour with a writing group I belong to. There are actually two separate groups, because the first one was growing too [...]
I got an email from my sister-in-law after she read last week’s column about some of the sayings and quotes that I live by and repeat – often. She mentioned one that she’s heard many, many times in the thirty years we’ve known each other. And she added that she enjoyed the column, even without her favorite “Betty Belief.” She knows me very well, and the quote she mentioned was actually the next one on my “Top Five” list. Betty’s Belief #4: This too shall [...]
“What have we learned from this?” My husband used to say that to our kids every so often as they were growing up. They hated hearing it at the time, but since then it’s become somewhat of a family joke. And it’s something we all still say to each other from time to time. It occurred to me recently that there are several other pearls of wisdom and advice that I treasure. I believe in them, I try to live by them, and I regularly [...]
The column "Find Your Buried Treasure" appears weekly in the Chanhassen (MN) Villager. This column was published on January 27, 2011. “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” This is a new mantra that several friends and I are using to remind and inspire ourselves whenever our energy or our resolve starts to weaken or fade. Actually, the words come from the Bible – John 5:8 – so they’re not exactly new. But they’re new in how we’re using them in our lives...
“She wasn’t where she had been. She wasn’t where she was going. But she was on her way.” I haven’t been able to trace the origin of that quote, but it’s on a refrigerator magnet I keep on the bulletin board in my office (since I don’t have a refrigerator in my office). I get energized every time I read it. It reminds me—especially when I get frustrated or exhausted, or when things I’m trying to do don’t go as planned and I start to feel as though they never will—that I have come a long way, and I’ve accomplished a great deal. Even if the big prize or the big picture is still way beyond the horizon...