Gina’s Mindful Moments: Higher Thinking Activated!

We live in a fast paced technologically advanced world. We’re constantly go go go. And amidst that, many of us feel stress, overwhelm, frustration, exhaustion, and we give a lot. We give a lot of our bodies and our minds to build businesses for the future, and yet that stress impacts our ability to think clearly and to feel good and energized to do the work that we need to do.

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“I Am Sad”

“Just Get Over It” - I Am Over Hearing That Too

Many of us are taught the to be happy, we need to do more, be more and have more. Living in this modern technologically advanced world and our constant need to live up to everyone else’s standards can be a huge challenge. When we have those moments of sadness and feelings of defeat, so often we hear, “Just get over it.”  I am over hearing that too!

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What is the Budget for Life?

A few years ago, I sat in the audience for my son Oliver’s graduation from Claremont College.  We listened to speech after speech intended to inspire these graduates to greatness. Then the commencement speaker started. His words still resonate with me.

Wes Moore is a decorated Army combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, best selling author and CEO of Robinhood.

Many ask, “What are you doing after college?”

Wes asked, “Who will you stand for?”

Pause. Ask. “Who will you stand for?”


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How Judgment Creates the Great Divide

WHAT IS JUDGMENT?

Judgment is a final declaration – a label and a stamp about someone or something.  It’s a conclusion, an endpoint.  The term itself implies finality of approval and disapproval.

 Sometimes people who tend to make snap black and white judgments often have not experienced life to understand shades of gray.  It’s in the gray of life that we find true wisdom.

 I often find that the more people know, the less certain they are about their own judgments.


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Success & Meditation - Seriously? YES!

Ok - there is so much hype out there about meditation.  What’s the deal?

So many people know the secret….

Who Meditates?
Successful entrepreneurs know it… Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, Jeff Weiner, CEO of Linkedin and so many more...

Star athletes know it… like Lebron James, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant meditate to improve their athletic performance. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that meditating is what helped his team with the Superbowl.

Superstars know it… Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Paul McCartney...


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Focus. Aim. Hit the Target.

The Bullseye.
Imagine you are holding a bow & arrow and you must hit the bullseye - your business depends on it.

The Distractions.
Unfortunately everything around you distracts you…

  • You put down the bow to deal with all the noise.

  • You can’t aim because so many things block your view.

  • You get ready to release the bow and someone taps you for attention.

  • You can’t focus because you continue to think about what happened yesterday.  You worry about tomorrow and your mind becomes heavy with the endless to-do lists.

  • After a while the target becomes blurry and you are not sure where you should be focus.

  • You finally give up, put down the bow, forget the target and give in to all the distractions.

  • You get so frustrated you lash out at everyone and tell them all to STOP.

  • When that becomes too stressful you temporarily escape to avoid it all.

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Her Time is Now! Say YES!

Our world needs great leaders now more than ever. 

It’s time to be fully aware of our world and take action for what is needed to make our world united, healthy and peaceful. It’s time to create an environment that we are happy to pass on to future generations.  

That full awareness in the present moment is the essence of mindful entrepreneurship and leadership.

As Sheryl Sandberg once said, “We cannot change what we are not aware of and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”

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GANG LEADERS meet TIM & ADAM DRAPER in their Silicon Valley Hood and walk on TONY ROBBINS Turf of Fire at UPW

Imagine gunshots in your town.  Gangs. Crips. Bloods. Gangsta Disciples. Crime. Violence. Crime. Pain. Fear. 

Now, imagine those gangs meeting together in peace.  

Enter George Taylor – Super Hero, Game Changer, Successful Start Up Entrepreneur and founder of Untappd, the most used beer app in the world. 

George had enough of the violence, fear and pain in his community.  He decided to change the game. Enter TRU COLORS – his vision of change.  George is living proof that one man can truly change the world, one gang leader at a time.

His inspiration continues to transform gang violence and conflict into… peace, truth, responsibility and unity.

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We Broke Up. Now What?

THE 5 STAGES OF GRIEF TO HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART

 “Hearts Will Never Be Practical
Until They Are Made Unbreakable” 

The Wizard of Oz

How do you feel?

Angry? Sad? Guilty? Or just plain nothing? 

After a breakup or any loss, we often experience our grief through 5 emotional stages.

These emotions are normal, and yet, they are passages, not places to stay.

Once you understand these stages, you will move through them with more understanding, love and compassion for yourself and others.

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On Being a Role Model - Are You a Shining Example or Glaring Warning?

Role Models Through Life

From an early age, people come into our lives influencing our beliefs and values, ultimately leading us to a life of joy and success, or one of pain and despair. Whether we know it or not, we are role models as parents, educators, coaches, clergy, civic leaders, peers and the myriad of other people we encounter in life. We influence others every moment of every day.

Every experience, relationship, lesson, opinion and word we utter or hear throughout life leaves an imprint in our psychology. These imprints alter the entire course of our lives. 

Having positive role models is key to living in a world of good and inspiring our next generation to do the same. Teaching our children to navigate life with optimism, initiative, strength, and courage is crucial to being role models for healthy and happy lives.

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Do the Blues Blur Your Focus? There is Hope…

Got the Blues?

Feeling hopeless and sad for a long period of time? Lacking interest in activities you once enjoyed? Restlessness? Tired most of the time? Having a hard time concentrating or making decisions? These are some of the signs that you may be depressed.

Bummer Days vs. Real Depression

Different than just having a bummer of a day that happens once in a while, major depression affects almost 15 million adults in the United States every year. And it’s likely that even more people have minor bouts of depression that are not diagnosed.

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The Importance of Taking Time for Yourself

Taking a bubble bath after dinner or ducking out for yoga during lunch sounds great in theory.

But many of us simply, well, don't.

We should: Getting “me time” has more benefits than just allowing us a reprieve from our to-do lists and everyday responsibilities.

Many of us believe we can’t fit these purposeful breaks into our schedules, but the data says otherwise. Americans spend an average of 45 to 60 minutes a day just waiting, Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, says. Instead of scrolling through Facebook, we could be using that time to better unwind.

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Chipping Away at Life...How Chilling Out Can Help!

More than ¾ of Americans feel stress physically and almost as many report they also experience it psychologically. Chronic stress slowly chips away at mental, emotional, and physical health. 

Basically - we have all heard it: prolonged stress is UNHEALTHY! Even the stress of happy events such as getting married or winning the lottery can have a negative impact if stress is ignored. Stress, whether from positive or negative events, can potentially cause distress and exhaustion.

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Laugh Your Way to More Focus & Creative Juice!

Will Laugh for Cash

Smiles are compelling. Laughter is magnetic. That’s probably why comedy makes more than $300 million per year in the US! 

People want to laugh. People need to laugh.

 

Success Without Fun

For many people, a “successful” business venture or job comes with a high price tag. Long hours at work, tight deadlines, skipped meals, a constant barrage of emails and text messages. Add this to struggles with finances, relationships, politics, or other issues, and life can be filled with chronic stress.

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The Biggest Barrier to Your Ability to Focus, Create & Innovate: Stress

WE ALL KNOW THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN THE FLOW – IN THE ZONE.

TIME SLOWS – OR SPEEDS UP – AND OUR BRAINS ARE FIRING AT THE RAPID SPEED OF WONDER WOMAN’S LASSO OF TRUTH.

We make connections we didn’t previously see, we forget to take bathroom breaks because we’re so focused, and we don’t even think about checking our phones. Only one thing exists: the laser focus, creativity, and innovation that flow through us.  Basically, we feel our best and perform our best!

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