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8 Effective Exercises For Developing Your Intuition

Intuition is defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. One of the most popular posts I've written on Grow Forward & Flourish has been The Power of Intuitive Hunches. I am a HUGE believer in the power of our intuition and our ability to develop and trust in it's ability to provide us with discernment that helps us to successfully navigate situations and experiences beyond our knowledge and experience. Those of you who have been reading Grow Forward & Flourish for some time, already know how I believe that in addition to my faith in God and in myself, I am convinced that the intuitive thoughts I had during my corporate career played a huge part in my ability to display the street smarts necessary to achieve sustainable success for 20 years in the hospitality industry. What I learned from these experiences is that I was practicing mindfulness without actually calling it that. Which is why once I became aware of the …

Increase Your Ability to Connect and Influence Others by Avoiding these 20 Interpersonal Habits

Since my early 20’s, I’ve come a long way in cultivating effective interpersonal skills considering the rough edges in my personality that had to be refined during my first few years of management. Fortunately, I had the support of great bosses, co-workers, and straight up friends to serve as a mirror. Their constructive feedback helped me to identify habits that weren't a reflection of my best self. With that being said, I’ve recognized that several of the skills I learned and mastered during my corporate career need to be upgraded in order that I achieve the professional goals I've established for myself as an entrepreneur. From my mindset to my mojo, marketing and networking skills to going from promoting a personal brand to promoting a business brand, I’ve accepted this fact: what got me here won’t take me there. This truth is the premise behind Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith book entitled, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”. Listen to this 2-minute video by Gold…

Here's How You Can Take Baby Steps to Create a Better Life

When you awaken each day, do you have a question or a thought that inspires you to be better than you were yesterday?

When I came across the question in this image, it reminded me of the question I'm constantly asking myself, "How can I be better today than I was yesterday?"

By no means do I achieve this every day. However, focusing on this question challenges me to be open to new possibilities as I embrace the fullness of what each day offers. 

Baby steps can lead to living a better life.

My personal and professional theme for 2015 is Daring Greatly which has been inspired by the book written by Brené Brown.

In the book, Brené shares verses from Theodore Roosevelt's speech "Citizen in a Republic" which is sometimes referred to as "The Man in the Arena." 

The passage of the speech that made the speech famous:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.


20 Personal Growth Quotes On Being Your Best Self

In his book, You Can You Will, Joel Osteen writes in the introduction, "There is a winner in you. You were created to be successful, to accomplish your goals, to leave your mark on this generation. You have greatness in you. The key is to get it out."

If you took the time to read the page, New? Start Here,  you know that my mission for this website is to equip you with information and tools that expand your capacity to unleash a greater measure of the seeds of greatness dwelling in your potential.

As you embrace your day, afternoon or evening depending on your time zone and when your read these personal growth quotes, let them inspire you to be your best self so that you can live your best life.

A 4 -Week Guide to Developing Mindfulness

If you find yourself constantly feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious, angry, too emotional, constantly belittling yourself and struggling with overcoming negative thoughts, the practice of mindfulness is a proven tool for empowering people to better manage their thoughts and emotions.

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, mindfulness is “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment. The practice of mindfulness reduces stress and enriches our lives by helping us expand our awareness of the aliveness that exists in each moment of our lives. Mindfulness helps you tap into the power of NOW. In the following video, Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness and how this practice increases well-being.

The practice of mindfulness was one of the tools which helped me on my journey of healing my heart wound after the unexpected death of my son, Blease. It encouraged me to be present …

Are You An Egg, Carrot or Coffee When Faced with Challenges?

There is an old parable about a boy who was so discouraged with failing in school he told his grandfather he wanted to quit. His grandfather filled three pots with water and placed each on the high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out into a bow. Turning to the boy, he asked, “Tell me, what do you see?” “Carrots, eggs and coffee, the boy replied. Then he asked the boy to feel the carrots, which he did and noted they were soft and mushy. His grandfather asked him to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, the boy observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked the boy to sip the coffee. He smiled as he tasted the coffee with its rich aroma. The…

Video Lessons on Courage and Vulnerability by Brené Brown

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, 
creativity and change.” 
~Brené Brown~

Each of us experience moments in our lives when we question if we have what it takes to achieve a dream or goal. I'm no different.

What I've learned is this, we have a choice, we can focus on what we can do or focus on what we can't do. Within the power of our choices, we define our life's path.

That being said, it isn't always easy to override our mental chatter of self-doubt and feelings that we are not enough without support.

So, when I am having self-doubt about a dream or goal that I really want to manifest as a reality in my life, I use the Internet and books to look for inspiration from people I admire. One of those individuals is Brené Brown.

I wouldn't say that I'm obsessed with Brené Brown because I carry her book, Daring Greatlyin my handbag, I would say, I admire her guts. I admire her guts because I can remember when I embodied a fearlessness that made me feel unst…