I used to believe being powerful meant you had to have a forceful personality with a healthy ego.  I grew up watching John Wayne movies and revered sports heroes portraying a confident air about them, the level of self-confidence that seemed unshakeable.  As the years passed, I learned self-image is simply a reflection of how…

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What you say and how you say it matters more than you may think.  Words carry enormous weight, and impact your direction, perception, and connection – and sometimes for a lifetime, giving you reason to pause and give up or the courage to move forward with something you want.  In 8th grade my art teacher had…

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Success coach, Emotional Resilience expert, and guest writer Suzanne Dudley-Schon is back, sharing her brilliance on the power of forgiveness in this week’s Upside Thought.  Several years ago, when my business was growing, I prayed for the right person to show up to enhance my team. I envisioned hiring someone who would complement my work and coach clients giving them (and me) added depth as a leader. …

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Since opening the doors to Upside Thinking, Inc., I have been advocating for courageous leadership.  Over the past several years, my plea for people to step into their calling has gotten stronger and the call to action has gotten louder.  Born in the 1960’s, I don’t remember the societal upheavals of the United States of…

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Have you ever committed to making a change – and then slid back into the same routine as before?  You may have found yourself feeling stuck in the rut of an old pattern or habit, and don’t feel as if you have the motivation or desire to create the new results you want.  While you…

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On my last travels to Costa Rica, I spent 2 glorious weeks in the jungle taking a Master’s in Psychosomatic Therapy course.  My time there was magical as I had the opportunity to make new friends, deepen existing relationships, and invest in quiet time with me.  When my training was completed and I traveled back…

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When I was a little girl, there was a part of me that truly believed I had superpowers.  My imagination would run wild and I would fantasize about when they would be revealed.  In addition to my own belief about my hidden powers, I was fascinated by Wonder Woman and Superman – and couldn’t get…

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Life includes defeats and victories.  Losses and wins.  Seasons of heartache and disappointment and seasons of joy and happiness.  What do you do to navigate the changes so you stay grounded, centered, and moving forward regardless of what comes your way?  Years ago, I sought out a magical destination in my career, business, and life…

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What does it take to be a courageous leader? Is it about your ability to take big risks and step outside your comfort zone? Or, is it about the ability to do something new and innovative? Yes, it’s all of that – and courageous leadership is also about how you show up when life feels…

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