Marilyn's Musings Blog


In my twice monthly "Marilyn's Musings" Blog for Capacity Building Coaching, I offer resource-rich leadership and personal development content, with a commitment to being vulnerable, real and practical in my sharing.

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  • "The Deep Dive"

       Let's talk about how to create a practice of doing deep dives. It is, sadly, becoming a lost skill and practice. It was a real pleasure to hear Cal Newport speak recently in Charlotte, NC at the International Coach Federation Global Leaders Forum.   Read More...

  • "Positive Disruption"

      If you have been my client you have likely heard me say "I'm completely comfortable with your discomfort". It gets a hilarious response each time - but it's true. It hasn't always been so. In fact I was exceptionally good at rescuing, hiding, giving in and avoidance.   Read More...

  • Get Inspired!

       It's a little talked about resilience-building strategy. It's one I'm about to test out, again. The last few weeks have brought some huge gifts and some very difficult situations.   Read More...

  • The Joys of Procrastination

      It was my last course of my Master’s Degree. It had been 8 long years since I had started and the finish line was in sight. It was down to my final paper of my final course.   Read More...

  • "Self-Protection Deception"

      There are so many ways to “self-protect”. Some of us withdraw, some get angry, some use humor, some people just get busy and some people get even sweeter. Let’s paint a picture.   Read More...

  • "What's in a Name?"

      I got a new name yesterday. Nana. Do you hear the music because it certainly is music to my ears.   Read More...

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    Sneaky Stress & How To Deal With It

    Sometimes we know we are stressed out, other times we notice other symptoms and wonder why. Why do I keep having these headaches? Why is my stomach upset so often?   Read More...

  • The Coach Approach: 5 Coaching Tools To Assist You In Your Own Life

    Language is always evolving - words and phrases changing meaning, nouns becoming verbs. "The Coach Approach" has potential for this, in my biased opinion. Just this week I learned to be careful when using the phrase "Netflix and chill".   Read More...

  • Laugh Until You ...

    It is debatable which is the highest form of laughter - laughing until you cry, laughing until you pee, laughing until you can’t breathe. My dear friend, a doctor, assures me that laughing until you pee is the ultimate laughter. Regardless, most of us aren’t doing enough of it!!!   Read More...

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    Express Vs. Impress

    As much as we may want to not care what other people think of us, most of us are not entirely free from this annoying concern.For some people the concern over what people think of them rules their lives and controls their daily choices. It truly is a stifling way to live. In whatever way we adjust in order to present in acceptable ways to others, we compromise our true selves. “You can't base your life on other people's expectations.” - Stevie Wonder Lovely thought but how do we stop c...  Read More...

  • Unplugged

      One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the lights. I love driving around enjoying the beauty of well-lit yards, trees, windows. From an energy perspective, not necessarily a good thing but so pretty.   Read More...

  • Ending Well

      Endings are always around us but they have been especially obvious to me lately. In November my father-in-law died at the amazing age of 94. An ending a journey that started in 1921, the year the first Band-Aid hit the market, the first lie detector was invented, the term “robot” was coined for the first time although not yet actually invented.   Read More...

  • Holidays - Survival Strategies

       It’s the time of year when many of us love to watch Christmas and holiday movies. Although many of them are ‘feel good’ movies there are many that try to cash in on the humor of how dysfunctional families are, seemingly, especially over the holidays! (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation jumps to mind.) So, let’s talk strategy for surviving the holidays and still liking your family after (and yourself).   Read More...

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    3 Steps To Encourage More Inspiration In Our Lives

    So, I just did the dishes, completed an on-line survey for a furniture store, browsed FaceBook … came back and looked at my blank screen again …Most weeks I can’t wait to sit down and write, I have something waiting to get out. What do we do in those times when we want to get inspired and nothing’s happening?What are the elements that go in to inspiration and why is it relevant to our lives? At least 99% of you reading this have plenty to do and no shortage of things waiting for your attent...  Read More...

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    7 Steps for Self-Coaching

    One of the things that consistently happens to people who have had a personal coach for awhile is that they start to coach themselves. This is not bad for business as a coach, this is truly cause to celebrate!We all are guilty of living just hoping that something specific will happen in our lives but not really doing much about it. Coaching moves us to action and strategy, two of the many reasons why it is so powerful.Behind the conversational flow of a great coaching session is a model, often w...  Read More...

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    Well, What Did You Expect?

    “Don’t get your hopes up”, “Lower your expectations”, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”.As advice goes, I personally think these 3 expressions are usually bad advice. (Honestly, they are sayings that push some invisible button deep inside of me!)It would seem that the idea behind them is that if you aren’t expecting much you won’t be as disappointed when you don’t get it.Maybe.I’m not so sure. Maybe you experienc...  Read More...

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    Break Free From Playing Small

    Don’t you love those ‘aha moments’? I had one recently that was triggered by one of my favorite quotes.Most of you have heard that amazing Marianne Williamson quote, made especially famous by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 Inaugural Speech. Here it is:Most of my childhood I attempted to be either sweet or invisible.   Read More...

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    Resilience - It's All in Your Head

    Well I had another blog ready to go today but I was just “presented” with a very live opportunity to share some resilience tools.In case it hasn’t been obvious, I have a commitment to being vulnerable, real and practical in Marilyn’s Musings. This morning takes all that to a new level.Monday morning my father-in-law passed away. At the age of 94 he left behind my mother-in-law, Priscilla, at the age of 92 after 65 years of marriage.Needless to say, there is a lot of raw p...  Read More...

  • It Never Rains But It Pours!

      It may seem like a strange topic to blog about but I have been bombarded lately with the power of water - and of course it’s symbolic images. Last week the area of Texas where we live saw the second major flooding incident this year. Here is a clip from a USA Today article: “Austin-Bergstrom International Airport broke a rainfall record Friday with 14.99 inches recorded.   Read More...

  • Learning from Entrepreneurs

     If you want to get energized, spend a couple days with over one hundred entrepreneurs from around the world!!!I just had the pleasure of doing so - attending business school for entrepreneurs in Stamford, CT. (Client Attraction Business School) Although the learning was tailored to growing your own business and working smart as owners, there are so many fantastic principles that apply to life in general.One activity we had to do was to divide our work in to 4 quadrants:1) What we excel at ...  Read More...

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