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    Resiliency in Action

    The American Psychological Association gives this definition of resilience:"The ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, and even significant sources of stress.”If life didn’t come with lots of stress we wouldn’t need to focus on resilience so often.Since there is no shortage of stress, never mind adversity and trauma, we need to be actively engaged in increasing the behaviors, the thinking and the emotions that support us being able to bounce back to full functioning.If you...  Read More...

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    Why Self-Compassion Is Life-Changing

    Compassion is a word the vast majority of us easily embrace as a beautiful value. You might consider it one of your core values. It may be the lens that you want to see the world through.“Compassion involves "feeling for another" and is a precursor to empathy, the ‘feeling as another’ capacity for better person-centered acts of active compassion; in common parlance active compassion is the desire to alleviate another's suffering.” https://en.wikipedia.o...  Read More...

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    Letting Go Of Appearances

    Lately life has offered Bill and I a seemingly endless set of experiences where we can choose between extremely stressed out or regaining perspective with the long-game in mind.We had our soft opening for The Cedars Ranch. People arrived from far and wide to celebrate with us. Amazing.   Read More...

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    Increasing Emotional Resiliency

    In the coaching world we talk about “self mastery”. I see it as the foundational work we need for ongoing resiliency. That ability to bounce back and even thrive during or after difficult times and situations is made up of multiple skills, habits and beliefs.   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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    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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    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...

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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...

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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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