Gift of Imagination


We have this gift called imagination. As children we played make believe for hours, we were race car drivers, movie stars winning an Oscar or we were scientists living on Mars. We lived in the realm of imagination where anything was possible, our imagination was a bright and wondrous place to be. Then around five or six well meaning teachers said ” stop day dreaming, stick to the facts,” and we shut down our joyful imagination.

As adults we tend to use our imagination to envision the worst instead of the best. How many times have you noticed when your children were late getting home  your mind went to  there was an accident, they are in a ditch. When I was  getting divorced I kept imagining I was going to be a bag lady living in the street.( it never happened) Our minds are very powerful image makers and search engines. So the question becomes what is the vision you want to carry in your mind, freedom or oppression, peace or turmoil, lack or abundance, health or disease, love or hate? Instead of imagining what we don’t want it is time to start using our imagination effectively create what we do want.

I have been studying Napoleon Hill for several years and he says.” Imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivable, powerful force the world has ever known.”  I believe that. So as creative, imaginative human beings what would you like to create for yourself, your family, your community and for the world? The question isn’t what do you think you can create,  rather what does a life that you would love to create, look like? What do you want to create with the gift of  your imagination?

What do you want. Buy yourself a journal. Take the time for yourself. You are worth it. Keep asking yourself what do I want. But instead of saying I don’t want to be sick, Say I want to be healthy. Instead of I don’t want to be stressed. I want to be calm and peaceful. I don’t want to be in debt rather I want more than enough money  to pay my bills and take care of my needs. Make it in the positive, your thoughts are magnets. Here is my partial list.

1. I want to paint and collage more
2.I want to have more fun and adventure in my life
3.I want to make welcome my beloved
4.I want to serve more people and host a Creative Activist retreat in April
5.I want to buy sexy new clothes in a size 12
6.I want more flexibility and stamina to walk 10,000 steps daily
7.I want the financial freedom  to spend three months in California
8.I want  a deeper  connection to Spirit
9.I want to travel and explore the world with family and friends

Now it is your turn to  write down at least 50 things that you want to have, do or be in 2016. If you want more information on using the gift of your imagination get our free visioning and goal setting report.

How Do You Define Success?

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As the New Year approaches we inevitably start to ask the big questions: Will the economy finally turn around? Will I have a job next year? Am I going to finally meet the love of my life? We are busy creating our 2014 business plan, New Year’s resolutions for personal growth and preparing for the diet that starts on Jan. 2. But the question remains how do you know if you had a good year? How do you know when you have been successful?

Success seems like this this elusive, mythical creature that we prepare for, chase after and desire: Money, Celebrity, Power. If we don’t get it we feel like a failure. Do you remember hearing your parents talk about people who jumped out of windows because they lost “everything” in the great crash. Similarly people drop out, break down, have mid life crisis because they aren’t achieving or being who they think they should.

Last year I felt like a failure. I did not reach my “financial goals” and I had to dip into my savings one more time to keep my business going.  Not until I looked deeper at my life and business did I see how “rich” I really was.  I created a success map for myself. It is an embellished  time line. I started at  the beginning of the year in the left hand corner and went through the year. I asked myself a series of questions and I plotted them out on the paper . When I was finished I was amazed at what I accomplished. The people I impacted and how I made a difference in the world.

Imagine you are standing at the back of your church listening to your eulogy. What are they saying about you? Oh he had three beautiful homes and an antique car collection or he was an inspiration to his family and neighbors. He was never too busy to stop and give a helping hand. Are they going to remember the big deal you closed at work or how you inspired and mentored your team. 

What do you want to be known and remembered for?

” Unless you have thought through the answer to that question, you are at risk of letting others define success for you or trying to keep up with their definitions of success. Only when you can define what is most important in your life can you set the right priorities for your life and become an integrated leader” – Bill George with Peter Sims, True North

If you aren’t happy and feeling successful it’s time to rethink how you define success, and start making changes to your professional and personal life that align with that definition.


How to Make a Success Map



markers/colored pens

stickers ( gold stars, awesome, hearts, smiley faces)

Steps to take:

Write down your current definition of success.

Create your success map based on questions listed below ( obviously add your own)

Identify your top ten successes

Add stickers

Journal about your experience. What patterns emerged? Any themes?

Write your new definition of success.

Create an affirmation that you put on a 3×5 index card

Place them where you can see them every day: mirror, in the car, above your desk, in your wallet.

Celebrate your accomplishments.


What activities/ events brought a smile to my face?

What did I learn this year?

Whose lives have I impacted?Ask Questions 3d button

What was the most loving service I performed?

How have I made a difference?

What surprised me?

What 3 people made the most impact on me?

What risks did I take this year?

In what ways did I grow emotionally, physically and spiritually?

What was my grandest adventure in 2013?

What is the biggest change from last year to this year?

What was the best thing that happened to me in 2013?

What was the most challenging thing that happened to me last year?

How did I overcome my challenges?

What is the most creative thing I did?

If I could change one thing about me or my life, what would it be?

What is the legacy I would like to leave at home, at work and in the community?

What is the most courageous thing I did?

What is the biggest lesson I learned this year?

How am I going to celebrate my accomplishments?



I would love to hear your definition of success in the comment box.

I have additional material available to help you vision for the New Year, a  free visioning and goal setting report which you can get at

Dream Big, Live on Purpose: How to Make a Vision Board

vision boards4 How to Make a Vision Board

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board (also called a Treasure Map or Dream Board) is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images and words from magazines, cards or Pinterest that inspire you. The theory is that you surround yourself with images of what you want to have in your life or images of who you want to become. They are really simple to do and very powerful.

There are two types of vision boards. The first is for opening and allowing and the other is when you know what you want to manifest. I have been doing both types for many years.

When I went through a deep depression in my mid-thirties I could not see any way out. I did not know what joy and happiness could look like so I collected images of pictures that made me smile. I put them in a book and I spent time every day looking at them and it freed my mind to consider something new and different. I eventually came to the other side. Before I ever thought of interviewing over 120 leaders around the country and becoming a speaker and a radio show host I created a vision board of Oprah and other influential leaders I admired like Eve Ensler who wrote the Vagina Monologue and started a movement. I put this in my office and looked at it all the time.

Last year I decided it was time to release 50 pounds and get active and I made a specific board that had images of me at a thinner weight that I put on the fridge and one with images and words such as “it is safe to lose weight” in the bathroom where I could see it all the time. Since last February I have lost 47 pounds.

Supplies for Creating a Vision Board:

Poster board

Manila envelopes to collect materials


Glue sticks, rubber cement or fabric glue Markers, gel pens, glitter pens

Photographs of you

A big stack of different magazines as well as different kinds of paper: post cards, gift wrap, stamps, maps, calendars

Before you Begin Your Vision Board: Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Just notice how it feels. What do you hear? Can you hear the wind banging on the window or the sound of laughter? What do you feel? Maybe you feel the beating of your heart or you notice you are excited to begin the process. Take a few more breaths and settle into your heart space, let your mind step aside. Ask yourself what is it that you want? What is it that you need? Allow the answers to unfold. It may come as an image or a word. Maybe peace or wellness or a new house. When you feel comfortable open your eyes and begin. I like to play contemplative music and light a candle.

The Seven Steps of Creating a Vision Board:

Step 1: Go through your magazines and pull out pictures, words or headlines that strike your fancy. Have fun with it. Don’t censure yourself. If an image or word appeals just tear it out. I know many people like to use a scissors, but ripping is important to the experience. It increases your creativity, imagination and intuition. You can trim them later.

Step 2: Go through the images and see if any themes emerge. I was working with a client and she was amazed that what began as a general” I don’t know what I want to do with my career”… blossomed into something very specific based on the images she choose. It actually brought her clarity.

Step 3: Eliminate any images that no longer feel right.

Step 4: Glue everything onto the board. You can add writing, stickers, glitter or other materials.

Step 5. Title it

Step 6: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.

Step 7. Spend time looking at it and journal about your experience. What feelings and thoughts have come to the surface? What action steps or strategies have emerged from the images?

If a traditional vision board does not resonate try these options.


Mandala is the Sanskrit word for magic circle. Throughout history it has been part of spiritual and religious practices from Buddhist monks to Native American medicine men. Draw a circle within a circle. In the smaller inner circle put a picture of you as your most happy and radiant self and fill in the images in the larger circle what you want. Sometimes I place a spiritual icon or a peaceful image such as a lotus flower in the center.


During the last year I dove deep into Pinterest. I was going through a tough time and this was a quick and easy way for me to visualize what I wanted. In a short period of time I create 22 boards. They never fail to inspire me and put a smile on my face.

Visual Diary

At the beginning of the year I always make a new vision board or create a visual diary in a sketch book or blank journal. I have numerous ones sitting on my book shelf. Sometimes there are thematic, covering one area of my life or I divide them into categories: giving back, parenting, money, love, creativity. I always allow room for journaling.

I welcome anyone who has created a vision board to write your own experience in the comments…


Tags: vision boards, personal growth, creativity



Summon Your Creativity and Boost Your Confidence

If I asked you are you creative what would you say?

No, I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler. You might laugh and put yourself down. Creativity is more than the ability to paint, sing or dance…it is the way you parent, problem solve, or create a culture at work. In a recent study of IBM executives 51% said it was the most important leadership skill going forward.

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If you think you are not creative then you hold back.

You don’t risk sharing your idea because you are afraid someone will laugh at it. Yet maybe your idea is the next innovation that is worth millions.

Sometimes creativity is revealed during tough times.You lose your job and you have to still keep your family clothed and fed. At the last minute your plane is canceled and you have to skype your presentation.

As parents you are always being asked to tap into your creativity on rainy days. You get sick and traditional medicine isn’t working and you research alternatives. That is creativity.

Steve Jobs said that Apple flourished because of the diverse interest and skills of its team: historians, musicians, artists who were also excellent computer scientist. In a 2005 study by Gilson, Mathieu, Shalley and Ruddy found that creative teams were more efficient and performed better.

Contrary to what you have heard creativity can be cultivated. Creativity is one of the key ingredients in confidence. Creativity can connect you to your hearts dreams and give you the roadmap to your success.  You need to be patient and practice.

1. Ask what if questionsEine Idee haben.

2. Write a creativity affirmation. For example, Creativity brings clarity to my thoughts and propels me toward my dreams, or I imagine possibilities where others see obstacles.

3. Change perspectives: ask what would a ten year old think?

4. Learn something new.

5. Eat at a new restaurant.

6. Get out of the office and take a walk in nature.

7. Scribble and doodle

8. Collect quotes

9. Start an idea journal

We are all creators. How are you going to use your creativity to make a difference in the world?

3 Ways to Make Deposits into Your Confidence Bank Account

Piggy bank with the lifebuoyIt’s all too easy to overlook the wonderful things about ourselves when the world is constantly pointing out the things that are not. It’s important for us to be in charge of our own ‘confidence bank account’ and to make many deposits so we do not become overdrawn when the world makes withdraws.  As leaders it is our job to also fill our teams “confidence bank account” if we want happy, energized and inspired employees.

Here are some boosters that can help keep you and your teams’ confidence bank account full:


#1 – Be aware of your successes.

Draw a success time line. Divide your life into decades and mark your successes. Has your definition of success changed over the years?  When you complete that keep a success journal. Literally write down a record of all successes, both great and small.  By writing them down you can review them.  This way when self-doubt sneaks in to your mind, you can review your successes and reframe your current challenges in a more positive light.

#2-Reward for sucleadership trainingcess.

Create a reward system for yourself. Every time you do something right, make sure you give yourself a gold star or an awesome sticker. Also make a list of the things that make you happy and reward yourself regularly. It could be a luxurious bubble bath, time for a play date with your husband, a massage, theater tickets or for a major celebration a weekend getaway. Get in the habit of recognizing and rewarding yourself for succeeding in life rather than punishing yourself for coming up short.

#3- Reward your teams success.

A key leadership trait is the ability to make people feel important and a valued member of your team. You can never tell them enough what a difference they have made. In fact small surprises and tokens of your appreciation throughout the year are a great morale booster. Free report available on 10 ways to say thank you at work.

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