Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 4:24 pm on Friday, April 29, 2011

I love the idea of thinking big about things.  The other day this word ultimate kept showing up in my life and in my mind (once on the side of a truck), so I decided to pay attention and to think about it and, ultimately to write about it.

The first thing I did was look the word up in the dictionary.  Some of the words that show up in the definition of ultimate are greatest, maximum, unsurpassed, and highest.  These are big thinking words!

I wondered, what if we always thought in terms of what is the ultimate in all areas of our lives.  For instance, when we are planning a project to add the word and meaning ultimate into the mix could inspire us to more lofty ideas- the word inspires!  I find at times with my clients, and I have also done this myself, that when they are thinking of making big changes they tend to think in terms of the minimum they can get by on.  I think there is some comfort in thinking this way.  It makes things seem more do-able.  It makes what we are about to do seem a little less crazy and then maybe the chances of failing are less likely.  There is much less risk involved to shoot lower.

So what if we went for the ultimate instead?  First of all, wouldn’t it be more exciting?  Why settle for less when you could really go for it.  The Brian Littrell quote “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars” comes to my mind. 

I have been taught to use the word ultimately to question things in order to clarify and get to the bottom line of what is most meaningful- “ultimately, what will all this do for you?’  “ultimately, what would you like the outcome to be?” “ultimately, how would you like to be spending your days, weeks, years?” “ultimately, what will this new habit allow you to accomplish in your life?” “ultimately, what would be like our customers to experience when they work with us?” “ultimately, what would I like my yearly income to be?” “ultimately, who would I like to spend time with?” “ultimately, what is the most important priority right now?”

You can see how powerful this word can be and how easy it is to use it to inspire your big thinking.

Go for the ultimate!  Plan for it and have fun with it.  Why not?  The ultimate is the best, and you deserve that, your family deserves it, your clients and customers deserve it and really, anyone who comes into contact with you in any way deserves it.  Ultimately, it’s a great way to live!

How will you use this word to increase the level of joy, satisfaction, peace and every other incredible thing in your life?  Get our your pen and paper and start writing!


Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 6:01 pm on Monday, April 11, 2011

I have the pleasure of coaching many unconventional clients.  An unconventional person in my world is defined as a person who thinks out of the box, a person who sees things that others may not see. 

It is pretty cool to be unconventional.  If you are interested, you can be unconventional, too.  Just be willing to do the following:

Offer those seemingly off the wall thoughts/ideas you have at meetings you are attending.

Keep offering ideas even when others do not always get them.  The unconventional person knows that their ideas may not be readily understood by others who think more conventionally.

Be bold in applying fresh ways of doing things in your own life.

Do what the crowd isn’t- on purpose.

My unconventional clients are bursting with new ways of doing things and willing to trust themselves to go for it and fail, and go for it and win!  Perseverance is many times the number one value/strength of my unconventional clients.  This keeps them going even when they are misunderstood, not understood or things look tough.

Being unconventional is fun!  I am one, too, so I can vouch for the fact.  Maybe you are unconventional, too?

**The source of my information/thoughts comes from the many Hartman Values Profile Thinking Styles Assessments I have done with my clients over the years.  This profile is the first step in the coaching journey with Your Year of Transformation.

Magical Tools

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 4:41 pm on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Success in April, what does that mean to you!  We just started a new month and quarter.  Things are starting to bloom- how will you bloom this month?  In business?  In your health?  Relationships? Spiritually? Financially?  You can make a big list, but start with just one item.

What one project or activity has been on your list for what seems like forever?   Use the spring cleaning energy to get it going, moved forward, done.  Resolve to be in a position to stamp “success” on that project when you reach the end of the month.  (or before)  How do you do it?  How do you get it done? 

When working with a client today, we started with what seemed like an overwhelming “thing” to figure out.  We took paper and pen and broke it down.  Soon all of the answers we were looking for were clicking in.  Start this way and see the clear steps you can take to realize your success.  Another client was feeling overwhelmed by all she had to do since she had arrived back from vacation- the spirit of vacation already a distant memory.  We got out paper and pen and made a list.  Instantly it crystallized what was priority and she was able to focus and regain her control. 

These are what I call magical tools- paper and pen!  Not complicated, it just takes a little of your time and focus.  It can also help to have someone asking you great questions.  You can also ask them to yourself!