Upside Thinking

Fearful to Fearless

By Lisa Marie Platske / August 27, 2012

With all of the work I do all over the world, do you know what I hear more than anything else?!? Two words. -“I’m scared.”  ·         “I’m scared to follow my heart.” ·         “I’m scared to dream big.” ·         “I’m scared to pick up the phone.” ·        “I’m scared my kids will hate me.”   In other words, “I’m scared…

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Goats and Second Chances

By Lisa Marie Platske / August 20, 2012

One of my fondest memories as a child was going to the Trexlertown Game Preserve. I enjoyed feeding the animals, and reveled in the beauty of the landscape as we drove through the country to get there, sometimes stopping for ice cream on the way home. Each trip, I wanted to get closer and closer…

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Easy and Effortless Success?

By Lisa Marie Platske / August 13, 2012

If you’re like me, you’ve spent time watching the Olympics over the past few weeks. What I enjoy most is the singleness of purpose that got each athlete to London, and the sense of camaraderie that occurs when you watch great competitors come together. Did you ever notice how some people make a challenging task look easy and…

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Stash My Cash!

By Lisa Marie Platske / August 6, 2012

I’ve been on the road for the past 2 ½ weeks working with clients in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Ontario, Sonoma (yep, wine country). On one stop, I cruised around in my fully loaded black Cadillac CTS rental car, and in other cities I enjoyed the ease of having a driver take me to client meetings. The lodging…

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Are you only using 10% of your brain?!?

By Lisa Marie Platske / July 30, 2012

Albert Einstein estimated that the average person uses only 10% of their brain’s full potential. So, what about the other 90%?!? One of the biggest components to Upside Thinking is believing, and understanding that if you change your thinking, you truly can change your life. You become what you believe. 90% of our brain is controlled by…

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The Power of 3 – Choice. Commitment. Discipline

By Lisa Marie Platske / July 23, 2012

Thomas Edison said, “When a man makes up his mind to solve any problem he may at first meet with opposition; but if he holds on and keeps on searching, he will be sure to find some sort of solution. The trouble with most people is that they quit before they start.” I couldn’t agree more…

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I’m All In…You?

By Lisa Marie Platske / July 16, 2012

I just came back from Pennsylvania where I attended my cousin Joey’s wedding. As I sat there I thought about how wonderful my own wedding day was and what an honor it is to be Jim’s wife, and how our life has changed through the past ten (10) years. When Jim and I were living in California,…

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By Lisa Marie Platske / July 9, 2012

Jim and I travel often, usually staying at a Marriott property, Renaissance, or the Ritz-Carlton. After years in the military, Jim’s idea of roughing it is the Motel 6. However, every so often we travel to a remote area where the Motel 6 would be delightful. Two years ago, we stayed at a motel –…

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Are You a Difference Maker?

By Lisa Marie Platske / July 2, 2012

In a week when we celebrate Independence Day in the United States of America, I thought it was appropriate to write about difference making. My first book, Designing Your Destiny, has a starfish displayed prominently on the front cover. (Click Here to order your copy!) The original story of the starfish that inspired this design was by Loren Eisley,…

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