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    Getting Past “What’s In It For Me?”

    At least weekly I get offers via Instagram, FB, email, etc. to turn my coaching into a 6 or 7-figure income business. That used to appeal to me. It didn’t take long to understand that some of the ‘techniques’ to do so don’t sit well with me. For sure there is growth to be had in all of our businesses from well-worded marketing.   Read More...

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    Being Your Own Best Support

    So often when we are around people who irritate us we use the wrong strategies to deal with it. Sometimes we mis-diagnose what is underlying their behavior. Sometimes we react with our own blindspots. Different things will push your buttons than push mine but underneath those irritations are often the same core issues.   Read More...

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    National Relaxation Day

    In honor of yesterday being National Relaxation Day, I chose not to write a blog post.What can you let go of? What choices can you make to embrace greater self-care and deeper personal relaxation time? If you missed National Relaxation Day yesterday, plan your own relaxation day soon!Until next time,MarilynMarilyn Orr, MA, CEC, PCC is an Executive and Leadership Coach with Capacity Building Coaching, holding her Professional Certified Coach designation with the International Coach Fede...  Read More...

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    Personal Growth Through Self-Assessment

    We all know what it’s like to be around people who are constantly trying to impress you so that both you and they can think they are all that and a bag of chips. Not fun.Is there a difficult side to people who don’t think highly enough of themselves? Do we just call this humility?On either end of this spectrum the distortion and inaccuracy causes issues both for the individual with the distorted self-concept and for those around them.The individual who doesn’t know their strengths can mistakenly...  Read More...

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    Lessons in Adjusting Your Conflict Lens

    It is a skill set all by itself - the ability to see a variety of possible intentions from people’s actions.Life has led us to have a fairly immediate first take - for some of us we see and interpret other people’s actions through rose-colored lenses. Some of us see the darker side or the skeptical perspective.Here’s the problem - we look at a behavior, usually, and make assessments about motivation and attitude.It’s pretty hard to know the sum total of someone’s heart by their actions. We can m...  Read More...

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    Team Building Practices

    This Fall many companies will offer team building activities for their teams. Money and time will be spent. What really are the goals behind team building and how do they apply to you?There are a number of reasons to do team building, including:increased knowledge of teammate’s personalities and behavioral stylesincreased awareness of one’s own impact on others in the teambuild trust and rapport through shared experiences, even if they are ‘just fun’increase awareness of each team member’s speci...  Read More...

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    Coffee & Meditation

    There is a bumper sticker in the town where I live that says something to this effect: “If I’m driving too slow for you, you are in the wrong town”.Depending what mood I’m in or if I’m in a hurry I either find this adorable or very frustrating.Some of you are living extremely busy work and personal lives. How, in the middle of that kind of pace can we practice “being in the moment”?There is so much research out now about the benefits of meditation and related practices such as yoga. We know that...  Read More...

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    What Are Your Stories?

    Today’s blog is simple and is an invitation. I’m going to give you a few examples and would love to hear from you! The theme is:Really hard things that paved the way for great thingsIf I did not get refused entry to the USA over 4 years now, I would not have been able to be with my Dad while he was in his last year and dying.If GM had not gone bankrupt and ended Bill’s family dealership license Bill could not have come up to Canada when he did nor would we have the funds to pursue our dream of b...  Read More...

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    Trust and Intimacy

    Lucky for me I have found a career in coaching where I am supposed to do the thing that I love most in the world. Building trusting and intimate relationships. Not only because I’m an extrovert (that helps to be sure) but as a human I am hungry for authentic connection.   Read More...

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    Beauty From Brokenness

    During a recent training with other coaches the speaker mentioned this wonderful Japanese philosophy and resulting practice of kintsugi. It is a philosophy that our speaker powerfully embraced in his work. I wanted to know more and as I read about kintsugi I fell in love with this way of thinking. Let’s read a little from Wikipedia: “As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.[5] … kintsugi can be seen to have s...  Read More...

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    Soul Love

    Hello, I am Teresa Q. Bitner, a professional certified coach, speaker and author in Austin TX. I am passionate about partnering with those who have been knocked down by life and want to build resiliency and move forward with a bold life.   Read More...

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    Themes In Our Lives

    There are times in life when we can see themes running through our lives.Sometimes those themes are good, beautiful and feel like gifts. Sometimes the theme is hard, with hardship after hardship.Truly, after writing a book about resiliency I sure felt like I got to practice it, in some difficult circumstances.I’m actually not superstitious in general but I do joke about being careful about what you write about!Let’s ponder the idea of themes in 2 ways.1) Scientifically.When I was pregnant I noti...  Read More...

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    Cheesy Fear Quotes & A Way Forward!

    Nothing To Fear Day is celebrated on May 27 and Face Your Fears Day is celebrated on 13th Oct every year.Here is a great quote on our topic:“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” ~ YodaQuote source: https://www.thefreshquotes.com/fear-quotes/There is so much written and so many ‘inspirational quotes’ about facing your fears, doing it anyway, etc.Some of that is wonderful but I think some of this thinking also just leaves us still a...  Read More...

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    5 Steps To Becoming a Visionary Leader

    Our society has many examples of visionaries. Who do you find inspirational? How can you get on the journey to move towards being a visionary leader in your world, whatever sphere of influence that happens to be? “First described by Daniel Goleman in 2002, the visionary leadership style was one of six leadership types documented. The leader is inspiring in vision, and helps others to see how they can contribute to this vision; allowing the leader and followers to move together towards ...  Read More...

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    5 Steps For Dealing With Shaming Behavior

    Lately I have been shocked at running in to the use of shaming techniques as a means of getting business done. It's not new. You've seen it many times and so have I.   Read More...

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    Benefits of Diversity

    When I was eighteen months old I moved to live in a new country. Belgium. Not long later I was living in Germany.   Read More...

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    Narcissism: What It Means & How To Live With It

    It is highly likely that you have heard the word narcissist in the last month or so. Well, now you have!This word and concept are seemingly much more talked about than before and I think with good reason. Wikipedia presents indicators that it has increased in our current North American culture.   Read More...

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    Developing Personal Flexibility

    Just as there are many facets to emotional intelligence, so there are to resiliency. One key skill that contributes to both is flexibility.We all have an initial reaction to the word. I think of people who don’t need life to be rigid.   Read More...

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    5 Ways To Support Others’ Dreams

    On December 30th we received a new family member - such a great sign of new beginnings.New life. All hopes and dreams lie ahead. Full of possibility.There is nothing right now to get in the way of little David dreaming and creating the future he will end up wanting for himself.What gets in the way of us chasing our dreams?   Read More...

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    Communicating Without Assumptions

    My rug and my cabinet exterior are both made from recycled soda bottles. Many of my choices are fueled by my desire to live more environmentally friendly.So?So, when I was shopping last week and the lady after me in line at the grocery store got my attention to say “You know, it’s a small thing but you really should be using cloth bags!” it really pushed my buttons!I felt a compulsion to explain, justify, make her realize that she had no idea who she was saying that to.Of course I use cloth bags...  Read More...

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    Getting Past “What’s In It For Me?”

    At least weekly I get offers via Instagram, FB, email, etc. to turn my coaching into a 6 or 7-figure income business. That used to appeal to me. It didn’t take long to understand that some of the ‘techniques’ to do so don’t sit well with me. For sure there is growth to be had in all of our businesses from well-worded marketing.   Read More...

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    Being Your Own Best Support

    So often when we are around people who irritate us we use the wrong strategies to deal with it. Sometimes we mis-diagnose what is underlying their behavior. Sometimes we react with our own blindspots. Different things will push your buttons than push mine but underneath those irritations are often the same core issues.   Read More...

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