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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...

  • Note to Self

    As part of the International Coach Federation Greater Austin chapter I have the opportunity to hear amazing speakers, often! Last night was one of our own, an amazing lady, Carolyn Scarborough. She is a writing coach helping people unleash their creativity.   Read More...

  • Paths to Independence

    As a Canadian living in the USA I get to celebrate Canada Day July 1 and Independence Day July 4. I’m intrigued by both the parallels and the differences those two celebrations have.Wikipedia has great little summaries:“On July 1 1867, at noon, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada were proclaimed the Dominion of Canada, with John A. MacDonald its first prime minister.   Read More...

  • Being In The Flow

    There are different words connected to this concept of “flow”. Intuition. Discernment.   Read More...

  • Facing Fear in Texas Y'all!

    When it comes to fear in some ways I’m very fearless and in others I’m a scaredy cat. One of the highest ranked fears - public speaking - I quite enjoy. I don’t like having needles but they don’t really bother me.   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...