3 reasons to start planning 2017 – now | Conduit for Self-Healing

3 reasons to start planning 2017 – now Can I interrupt your holiday frenzy, for just a minute? I promise to make it worth your while! Hey, I know, this time of year can be crazy-making with all of the shopping and the planning and maybe even travelling. Perhaps this time of year is depressing for you and makes you just want to crawl under the covers. All of that can make you want to do anything except think about next year, right? I get it! But here are three really good reasons to start your 2017 planning now rather than after the holidays:   1) By January 1st, you’ll most likely feel like you’re running on only one cylinder. Am I right? Think back for a moment to New Year’s day of this year. You probably had just had a little bit of downtime. You partied the night before. If you’re anything like the Guttas Household you also had your fair share of the Vino. Just sayin’… 😉 How’d you feel? Did you feel energized and ready to run out and grab life by the horns? If you did, great! I’m proud of you! You can stop reading now. Let’s be honest here, for most of us, after even just a few days off it takes some time to get back up to speed again. Right? The brain can feel a little foggy and it can be hard to focus. Planning to take care of this most precious of tasks (this IS your life we’re talking about!) right after the holidays, and expecting to complete the process quickly,...

Do you want to be in the 1%? | Conduit for Self-Healing

Do you want to be in the 1%? Does it ever feel like moving towards your goals AND managing everything in your life is kind of like tapping your head with one hand and rubbing your stomach with the other at the same time?! Do you find yourself looking at your goals now, at the end of the year, and wondering “What happened?!” There are a lot of opinions out there about why you might fail in reaching your goals. Many of them I feel miss the mark, and here’s why – if you come at this process from only a left-brain approach, what you end up with is a list of goals or resolutions that feel like “shoulds” and “must-do’s”; much like the list of the top 3 goals we started talking about two weeks ago: “Lose weight.” “Save more, spend less.” “Pay down debt.” So far we’ve explored two of the three critical components to creating goals that you will actually DO. In case you missed them, they were: Your goals need to have an emotion or tangible feeling for how your life will be different as a result of having achieved that goal. Having an overriding theme for the year can act as a sort of guidepost as to where and what you put your energy into; and You need to have a real clarity and focus on what areas of your life you want to change, and then create your goals from that place. What feels out of whack or in need of a boost of energy in your world? What goals can you create...

Are you thirsty for more in 2017? | Conduit for Self-Healing

Are you thirsty for more in 2017? Sometimes reaching your goals can feel like being stranded in the desert – with a thirst-quenching mirage always just out of reach, and a trek that seems to go on forever. Am I right?! I bet you’d never set out on a trek in the desert without a map, water and some back-up resources in case something happened along the way, would you? In the same way, when crafting your goals you’ve got to have: a map or plan on how you’re going to get there; some support in case your sense of hope gets a flat tire along the way; and, you need to know why you want what you want in the first place! In my last article, we reviewed some sample goals and explored the importance of having an overriding theme for the year, one that has feeling and emotion. How did you do with that? Did you come up with a theme yet? If you missed that segment, you can catch up HERE. What do you want more of in 2017? Do you even know? Do you have a sense that something’s not right, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? Or, do you feel like there are so many areas that need a change that you don’t even know where to begin? It can all feel so overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to occasionally stop and do an inventory. What better time to do that than now, with the new year right around the corner?! I have an easy tool to support you in doing...

Craft the life you love in 2017 | Conduit for Self-Healing

Craft a life you love in 2017 Have you ever wondered what secret successful people utilize in reaching their goals that you don’t? Take a look at the goals below. What is the one missing element they all have in common? “Lose weight.” “Save more, spend less.” “Pay down debt.” If you guessed clarity or detail, you’d be partially right. But the answer is actually deeper than that. How do these goals feel? Heavy, right? Do they inspire you? Probably not much. They all lack soul! There’s no life in them. And yet, this is how the majority of us craft our goals for the year. Is it any wonder, according to one survey, that the average length of time a person can expect to stick to their goals is around three and a half weeks, or 24 days? As a human being, every decision and action you take is based on emotion. If you’re a guy, you might want that big screen TV because you want to experience all of the energy of the Super Bowl as if you are actually there. If you’re shopping for clothes, you might secretly want to have all eyes on you at the New Year’s Eve party. I started the practice of having a theme or word of the year back in 2014. That year my theme was “Expansion”. WHEW! That was a really big year. I hosted my first global speaker summit, the Conscious 6-Figure Success Summit, which more than tripled my audience and set me on the course for a global reach. In 2015 my theme of the year was...

goals, goals, goals | Conduit for Self-Healing

Are you part of the 1%? Does all this talk about resolutions and goals leave you feeling all tied up in knots? In a research study conducted by Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech: 80% of Americans claim that they don’t have goals 16% of them have goals, but they don’t write them down Only 3% actually have written goals, but they don’t review them regularly Only 1% have written goals and review them regularly, and these are among the highest achievers in the US The conclusion would be that if you write down your goals AND you review them often that you have a pretty good chance of achieving them. But I think there’s one more very crucial piece. If you’re among the 80% of those who don’t write them down or maybe you do but feel they don’t really work for you, it might be because your goals don’t have a soul. Yes, a soul. In my experience in order to accomplish anything you set your sights on, there has to be some emotion connected to it; it absolutely must be inspiring in some way. For most people, their goals are something that originated from a place of “I have to (lose 10 pounds or exercise more or….)” or “I need to ___”. What happens is that it you end up with something that you don’t really want to do and it’s just one more item on your “To Do” list. Now I know that we all have things that we “need” or “should” do. But what I’m saying is that you need to go...

3 reasons to start your 2016 Vision Board now | Conduit for Self-Healing

3 Reasons to Start Your 2016 Vision Board Now vs. Later (and 3 Easy Steps to Get You Started) Last year I blocked off a whole week between Christmas and New Years to do my vision planning for 2015. I even rendezvoused away from home along the coast in our motorhome. I packed all of my tools: my visioning processes, lots of blank paper, my calendar, and a bunch of creative tools including some colored pens and pencils and some canvas to get my creative juices going. I thought I was being smart! I was getting out of my home environment and blocking time out on my calendar to take care of this most important process. What happened? Getting out my creative tools to do some drawing and painting was easy. But my planning tools on the other hand, stayed in the carrying bag I brought them in. For days. Every day I’d tell myself “Okay, today’s the day. Today I’m going to do my planning.” I’d get out my tools, lay them out on the table and stare at them blankly, my mind a fog. Nothing. Nada. So, I would return to my drawing and painting! Then I’d feel guilty with thoughts running through my head. “I only have a couple of days left.” “I really should be doing my planning.” “I’m losing precious time. It’s almost the first of the year and I have nothing.” Can you relate?! Come on, be honest. I promise not to tell! Three reasons to start your 2016 planning now  1) The holidays turn your brain to mush! I’m serious! Maybe it’s...