Marilyn's Musings Blog


In my 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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  • 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...

  • You Write the Ending

      One year ago today we woke up for the first time in our apartment here in Austin. Two years ago  we were just settling in to me being stuck in Canada waiting through an unexpected immigration delay while Bill spent 2/3s of his time staying with and caring for his elderly parents in the US. Today, our dear friends and architects will see our land, future home of The Cedars Event Center.   Read More...

  • How to Heal

    Based on questions and feedback from some of you, today’s blog is about the process of growing and healing. We will, obviously, just be touching the tip of the iceberg. There are a number of components that make up the healing process.   Read More...

  • Give Me A Break!

      If you’ve been reading my blog weekly you know that I’ve been writing on some heavy topics. This is not an apology for that - we need to go deep to live well. We need to have fun to live well too.   Read More...

  • Super Challenging Forgiveness

      Many of you offered me vulnerable feedback from last week's blog. Thank you for your honesty about how hard this forgiveness thing can be. As promised, here is part two on this important topic.   Read More...

  • The Challenge of Forgiveness

      Part 1 (Too big for one week) Here we go, this is a tough topic. It's one I'm passionate to speak and write about though.  I think we so often get in wrong in ways that can cause long-term damage, limit our resiliency and leave us feeling bad about ourselves.   Read More...

  • Is Today the Means to an End?

    You are sitting by a wonderful crackling fire. It's cool and foggy outside. You can hear the surf of the ocean even though the thick fog prevents you from seeing it.   Read More...

  • The Power of Persuasion

      After a month away in Canada we came home to a pile of mail. Among the pieces was a "Labor Law Compliance Notice". It says in the letterhead, "Texas State Compliance" with an address on Congress in Austin.   Read More...

  • Baby Steps

      Have you watched the old classic "What About Bob?" Definitely one of my all time favorite movies. Having a therapist background I find it hilarious. One of the best, most quotable lines from the movie is simply "baby steps".   Read More...

  • The 5-Year Plan, LOL

      Coaches are all about setting goals, creating your future, being intentional. 5-Year Plans are good things. They represent great intentionality, opportunities for clear strategies and fantastic actions to get you to that 5-year destination.   Read More...

  • Self-Soothing Lesson

      It was an incredible honor to spend this past weekend with the most amazing, resilient young person. I can't stop thinking about him. He made an indelible impression on my heart.   Read More...

  • Leadership Skills and Your Love Life

    For 10 years now I have been coaching business leaders and executives and providing leadership development for companies in the form of certificate programs, seminars, coaching skills training and retreats. One comment I have received often is that a by-product has been an improved marriage or life partnership.  When you stop to think about it, it makes sense. I thought I'd list some of the leadership skills and principles that just make sense to "try at home".   Read More...

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