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Putting YOU on PAUSE. . . The Weekly Space

As the title of this blog suggests, I am putting The Weekly Space on a pause. I am unclear whether I will pick it back up in the future or will start something new. Acknowledging the Past Accomplishments On February 18, 2014, the first issue (Volume 1 Issue 1) of The Weekly Space/blog was sent […]

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The TIME is NOW!

The TIME is NOW to make a change. Do you know anyone who is: Stressed, Overwhelmed, Burnt-out, or Just getting through the day’s list of to-dos? Perhaps you know someone who is: Distracted, Forgetful, Addicted to their phone, Worn-out, or Dealing with serious health issues? The truth is . . . it is hard to […]

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Find Yourself in these Stories

YOU@the Center was originally created to honor the unique spark, purpose and contribution that you have for the world. This week I am giving a shout out to three members of this community who have turned their life lessons and journey into a business to serve others – maybe even YOU. The other side — […]

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SAVINGS and Enjoy FREE

Two opportunities to save money while supporting yourself with your year-end goals: 1) SAVE $250 off one-on-one coaching package with Rachel if purchased by August 8th. Package of 4 sessions for $750. Email Rachel@racheldavis.biz for details. Here is what a client said after a recent call: When I got on the call with Rachel I […]

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A Wave of Kindness

How about starting a ripple or WAVE of Kindness this week? Listen or Download this week’s short audio message for more. Change Your Vision: Change Your Life. Enjoy it once (or several times) this week. Use it to start a new conversation, use it to share kindness and caring. Share with your friends or share […]

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The Speed of Kindness

  What does a rabbit and turtle have to do with Kindness? Solve that mystery by Listening or Downloading this week’s short audio message. Change Your Vision: Change Your Life. Enjoy it once (or several times) this week. Use it to start a new conversation, use it to share kindness and caring. Share with your […]

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Overflowing Kindness

Enjoy the second week of our new format for The Weekly Space. This week’s audio recording is intended to be something you can listen to daily as you create A New Look at life. Change Your Vision: Change Your Life. Listen or download to this week’s short audio message. Enjoy it once (or several times). […]

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A New Look AND New Format

  I have been noticing . . . with information overload in abundance, fewer people seem to read (or share) emails. . . SO I am trying a new format for The Weekly Space this month – an audio recording. This recording is intended to be something you can listen to daily as you seek […]

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Enrich Life with Celebration

I want to hear from you…in fact, I need to hear from you. I am contemplating “new beginnings” and I need your input (see my questions at the bottom). This week’s focus is Celebrate (here is the excerpt from the Self-Mastery EBook) Before you move on to “new beginnings”, enrich your life with celebration. We […]

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Work-Life Imbalance

Putting YOU at the Center of Your Life is about living with Wholeness and Connection — having your WHOLE life aligned and working. When YOU are thoughtfully at the center of your life then everything that is important to you is also there – no sacrifice. In fact, you actually have more time, attention, and […]

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Depletion to Aliveness

Last week I ended with the question “Where will you invest your attention and energy?” How did you answer that question? How I answered that question more than three months ago was to go back to the foundation of putting YOU@the Center of Your Life. In this case it was ME — I needed to […]

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Discontent and Joy

Yes, that is right. Access to Higher Consciousness, Happiness or Joy is often through these experiences: Discontent – Dissatisfaction – Stress/Overwhelm Exhaustion – Boredom These are signals you are living misaligned with your values and/or your fundamental and unique purpose. This week’s theme is INVEST. The most fruitful questions are: 1) “Where am I investing […]

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Happiness – Found in Nature

Science is demonstrating what we knew all along. We feel better and think better when we have time in nature. While it may not seem like it, consider that our natural state is to be relaxed and responsive and nature helps us recover this state. In this state, our body relaxes, recovers, repairs, refuels and […]

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Fine-Tune and Build a Great Life

Last week I ended with: IMAGINE IF you could begin your biggest vision NOW. This week’s theme for self-mastery is fine-tuning. Beginning your biggest vision now is a powerful way to fine-tune the alignment of your life. Beginning your biggest vision now can leave you more peaceful, grounded, clear and happy. And, of course it […]

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Accessing Alignment and FLOW

Alignment is the theme of the week. Some SIGNS of LACK of ALIGNMENT: Stress, Overwhelm, Exhaustion, Lack of Clarity Discontent, Dissatisfaction. A bigger purpose can suddenly put everything in perspective and in alignment. What’s important becomes sharply clear. The daily “to dos,” pressures and distractions become irrelevant, or at least no longer barriers. Disparate information […]

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Want more JOY? Improve Your Thinking

Improved Thinking = More Joy? Crazy, right?! Thinking puts you in your head and experiencing Joy is felt when you are not in your head, right? So. . . why am I writing about improving your thinking when this is about Self-Mastery, Joy, and living your best (unique) life? Simple. You need brainpower to • […]

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Soften Your Life for Greater FLOW

If you have been following along with me in the (free) EBook: Self Mastery: Simple Practices Toward Living YOUR Life with Joy you will know the Week Seven theme is: Be Nice to Yourself. Softening your life is one way to be (extra) nice to yourself. As a by-product, softening your life can lead to […]

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Go Deeper

Two out of three adults report being overwhelmed (Deloitte, 2014). This is probably NOT a surprise to anyone, given the increasing distractions and demands upon our attention. Consider that one source of overwhelm is multi-tasking. Said another way, allowing our attention to be scattered, fractured and distracted (all day) comes with some big costs. Our […]

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Noticing the Good in Life

This week’s practices in the Self-Mastery free EBook are focused on Emphasizing the Positive. I am an optimist, perhaps even to my detriment at times. 🙂 I see the good in people, I see tough situations as holding precious lessons for positive growth, and I generally believe that the future is bright (regardless of what […]

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Staying on Track

This week’s practices in the Self-Mastery free EBook are focused on Providing Direction. These days it is easy to get swept off course. Something happens. . . . all of a sudden it is 10 days later. Like being in an undertow, without regularly and intentionally creating direction for our lives, we can end up […]

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On the Move Again

This week’s theme in the Self-Mastery free eBook is Movement. In the last year, I have walked well over 1,000 miles with my dog, Dakota, averaging 3+ miles/day. Sometimes those walks were because he needed it; sometimes it was because I needed it and in particular I needed a brain break. Physically moving my body […]

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Renewal from the Core

It always amazes me the value of the YOU@the Center practices. New benefits and pleasant surprises each time they are enacted. This week’s theme in the Self-Mastery free EBook is Renewal. Re-new: “to make (something) new, fresh, or strong again” On a physical level Practices for renewal (i.e. rest, relax, nurturing activities, sleep etc.) allow […]

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Finding Joy Again

Last week I followed the guidance I give others. — Imagine that! I focused on the practice listen to YOUR inner guidance, and as outlined in my free EBook. The first thing I noticed in my daily journaling was that I had to get past the noise of my mind to reach and listen to […]

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Join me in a creating a kinder, gentler life

            There are multiple ways to respond to stress. Last week we focused on overwhelm – a likely result of a fight, flight or freeze response to stress. Sometimes squeezing a ball to relieve your tension just continues to reinforce powerlessness. There ARE other responses. In fact, you can help […]

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Is Overwhelm Inevitable in Today’s World?

          In some ways your answer will determine your future. Nobody gets to overwhelm all at once. It happens gradually… Too much stuff to do, too much running around, too much busy — racing from one thing to another. Not enough time, not enough energy, not enough fulfillment. Just one small […]

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Love

I am taking this week to give you a personal update. A Labor of Love  For the last 2.5+ years I have invested myself in creating and improving the YOU@the Center™ Course and Curriculum. The Weekly Space free newsletter/email and blog is more than two years old as well! It is time for the next […]

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Does This Sound Familiar?

“More than anything else, men and women seek happiness.” ~ Aristotle We could say that Quality of Life is your EXPERIENCE of being alive. Many people these days describe themselves as stressed, overwhelmed, tired, exacerbated, busy or as “having so much going on they can’t think.” This is a far cry from happiness, flow, optimal […]

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Want More Time?

Want more time and bigger results? Create Community. The truth is we are SOCIAL creatures – our behaviors are easily influenced by our close circle of friends OR those in our environment. Create Your Team You have heard people say “I will keep a promise to someone else, but not to myself.” Instead of resisting […]

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Expand Yourself in Meaningful Ways in 2016

It may not make sense to your logical mind, but science has shown that when we make time to connect and support others we experience more time, more joy and more ability/confidence. As John F Kennedy demonstrated with his declaration “We choose to go to the Moon!”, when we are bound together inside of a […]

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Harness the Power of Community

Our NEW YEAR’S gift to help you Harness the POWER of Community AND a Free ebook – just one of our gifts to you (see bottom) Turns out there are two sets of natural responses to stress and challenge. One you may know well because the behaviors are considered normal, even routine, these days. The […]

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Sharing Our Vision

YOU@the Center™ Community VISION: We intend the YOU@the Center™ Community to be a vehicle FOR something great to happen (in YOUR life and in the world): an unparalleled community leading creativity and collaboration for heroic and great accomplishments. To cultivate actualization of SELF and purpose, and at the same time, help in dealing with the […]

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Creating Certainty in Uncertain Times

“Surefire things are deadening to the human spirit.” ~ Dorothea Lange, influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist In challenging times we naturally seek safety, certainty and predictability without seeing the consequences of this automatic tendency. Here we are on the brink of a new year!  When you create your New Year’s goals or resolutions — […]

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Gratitude and Appreciation

“All that is important is this one moment . . .Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” ~ Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, and is widely considered one of the greatest artists of the […]

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Live Your Purpose NOW!

The meaning of your life is shaped by how you live it (including this Holiday Season). Your purpose is fulfilled in the NOW and in the FUTURE. When you are clear on your purpose, your job is to stay open and true.  Refrain from letting doubt creep in – especially the doubt associated with “should” […]

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Beware of Unimportant Details this Holiday Season

In these complex and fast changing times we live in, it is easy to lose ourselves — to get swept up, and swept away, by the demands on our attention and our lives. What keeps us on track is the practice of mastery. This Holiday Season – Beware — don’t let yourself get swept up, […]

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Creating YOUR Best Holiday Season Ever!

I frequently hear “I don’t have time to do that, with the Holiday Season and all.” For many, it is NOT the time to start anything new, or even think about the New Year. It is easy to get caught up in the traditions and other people’s expectations. No matter where you live in the […]

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Telling the Truth (to yourself)

We started this month with: YOU, dear one, were never meant to live someone else’s life. You were meant to live YOUR LIFE – and contribute your unique note to the universal symphony. To do anything else, to live someone else’s life, to follow their path, creates suffering and struggle. It is a Tradeoff It […]

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Self-Mastery: Big Feats for Small Beats

A dear friend (and YOU@the Center Course graduate) Maria announced the other day that she had held a plank for 8 min 28 sec and did 48 full (man)pushups as well.  That is impressive!  Now here is what is worth noticing – most people would read about that accomplishment and have these thoughts – “wow […]

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Space is the Recipe for Vision and Success

Here is a secret you might not know: In today’s changing world, the MORE you have on your plate (or the more people you interact with or manage) the more SPACE you will need to perform at your best. Space is the first of three pillars I promote for developing your self-mastery (the other two […]

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Turn Your Life Upside Down for Greater Fulfillment

YOU, dear one, were never meant to live someone else’s life.  You were meant to live YOUR LIFE – and contribute your unique note to the universal symphony. To do anything else, to live someone else’s life, to follow their path, creates suffering. Recently, I popped into a higher space of awareness, a greater field […]

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Your Best Weapon for Complexity – Purpose

  I used the word “weapon” vs. tool in the title of this blog, because in today’s world, the word “weapon” will more likely grab your attention. In an adrenalized or threatened state, the brain will respond to “negative” material more than positive material. This blog is number four in our Living with Complexity mini-series […]

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Insight: Gateway to Simplicity

This blog is number three in our Living with Complexity mini-series this month. This blog’s focus is on developing Mastery. “The primary cause of all threatening trends is the complexity of civilization itself, which cannot be understood and managed by the cognitive tools we have thus far chosen to use.”   ~ Edward O Wilson, […]

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Talk to the Hand

  Talk to the Hand Don’t tell me another thing! I can’t take any more… I AM FULL. Often the impact of complexity – or more accurately our inability to deal well with complexity — means we are frustrated or impatient. We have NO SPACE to listen to ourselves, or to what others are trying […]

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Danger: Living in a Complex World

Danger: Living in a Complex World It is unavoidable of course. Our world is increasingly more complex – with more choices, more nuances, more information, and LOTS of disruptive innovation.  And the pace of innovation is getting much, much, faster. There are two sides to all of this complexity: the wonderful opportunities and the “danger.” […]

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Lose Your Attention; Lose Your Direction

Yes, that’s right. I am suggesting if you lose the control of your attention, you can lose your direction in life and ultimately lose the unique purpose or contribution you have to give to the world.  Others will grab your attention. There are millions of people trying to grab your attention if you consider social […]

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Change Your View; Change Your Life

What if creating work/life balance is a function of how you direct your attention? Consider that the work/life balance conundrum is a function of awareness and attention. When we compartmentalize our life into silos and have our attention focused primarily on “work,” the rest of our life suffers. The non-work areas of our life suffer […]

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Control Your Attention; Improve Your Life

Have you ever considered that directing your attention is an immediate access to improving your quality of life? Let me assure you that it is. Taking time to widen the sphere of your attention or deepening its focus will enrich your life. Skim the surface of life; lose your effectiveness, satisfaction, wisdom and the experience […]

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The ONE Thing

What is the ONE thing that both directs and shapes your experiences, your perception, your life and even who you are? Yes, you guessed it — that “thing” is . . . (drum roll please!) Your Attention. The more scattered your attention → the a) More stress you will feel, b) Less time you will […]

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The Pursuit of Mastery

I have always admired people with mastery – people who excelled in their field and did so seemingly effortlessly. AND even with that admiration, I was never motivated to pursue mastery. It seemed like a lot of time and effort, and pretty unattainable, especially with “all that I had on my plate.” In 2000, I […]

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An (M.V.P.) Proactive Approach

Purpose elevates. Values define. Mindfulness ensures. Each gives us an advantage for living in the zone of optimal motivation. In an earlier blog post, we looked at how to stay out of those sub-optimal motivations that are so detrimental to our well-being and performance. Our access – ensure we are meeting our individual needs for […]

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Motivational Junk Food is Killing Us

I bought a bag of chips on Friday and by Saturday it was gone! Yes, it is true – I ate it all. That is how junk food works, right? “I am just going to have a little,” then we can’t (or don’t) stop and finally when we finish it our energy is so low […]

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Moving UP – Out of Stuck!

Have you wondered why sometimes you may be stuck in a sub-optimal motivational outlook, even when you don’t want to be? We can find ourselves plagued with sub-optimal motivations when our basic psychological needs are not met. Not only is it possible to learn how to shift our motivational state from sub-optimal to optimal (last […]

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Optimal Motivation

In last week’s Weekly Space issue, I shared about transforming a “sub-optimal” (blah) state of mind to an elevated motivational state for better results. I am not sure most people think about (or are even aware of) whether their personal motivational state is optimal, or sub-optimal. And then again, if we are reading this, we […]

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My 100 Days with ME @ the Center

Written by Carolyn on her 100th Day of the YOU@the Center 100-Day Course: “I’ve always stayed an arm’s length away from life coaches. They scared me. I think I was always a little wary of what they would tell me or what I would learn about myself that I didn’t want to know. I also […]

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Why “YOU at the Center of Your Life” Was Created

I think most people have a strong fundamentally desire to “be their best self” and have their lives matter in a real way – whether that is being more fully available to their loved ones, doing excellent work, or even fulfilling a big purpose. I also think that many people are dealing with a certain […]

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Making 2015 Count – Reaching Your Big Goal

At the beginning of this year, I found myself saying “what I really want to do is….and what I am doing now is….” I like to “walk my talk” and so I gave myself a challenge to have 2015 COUNT. Knowing the value and power of a community of people up to similar things, I […]

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A Glimpse Inside You at the Center

Of course, people’s journey in the 100-Day Course is both personal and confidential, but we do have a few participants in the September 2014 100-Day Course who have their own blog – here are a few of their posts:   “This course [You at the Center] has spoken to me from day 1 and at […]

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Preparing for a Fabulous 2015

Despite our common superstition that “great work” happens almost magically and “great leadership is a function of natural-born talent,” deep down most of us know better. We know that great leadership involves inner work (reflection and growth) and outer work (improved skills, abilities, capabilities, “right” thinking, planning and actions). In the midst of the whirlwind […]

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Early Bird Registration

Three times a year we start a new YOU@the Center of Your Life 100-Day Course™ — January, May and September. This 100-Day Course is long enough for you to create practices, habits, and results in your life that you can sustain long beyond the 100th Day. Our next course starts January 20th with registration ending […]

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Why We Exist

YOU@the Center was created as a response to a need. For many of us, what constitutes “normal life” these days involves being busy: multi-tasking, multiple distractions, obligations, responsibilities, and overall, lots and lots to do, more than we can do in any given day, week, month, or year. Many people experience the lack of fulfillment, […]

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