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Now is the Time


This month 16 years ago my husband passed away suddenly of an aortic dissection.  He was 51 years old. Our children were 17 and 20.  As you might imagine in the midst of the tragedy and grief, there were a lot of what ifs. There always are when there is a great loss.  However there was something else that truly changed my life and how I approached it from that time on.  There were a lot of unfulfilled dreams. There were plans that never came to fruition.  There were feelings…


Added by Lynne Watts on September 19, 2017 at 9:07am — No Comments

Why Writing it Down Works

I recently returned from a trip to Alaska where I visited Denali National Park, then boarded a cruise ship for 7 days of visiting several ports of call. Experiencing the wildlife and the incredible glaciers as well as interacting with fellow travelers were highlights of the trip.  Because I wanted to focus on the travel experience and not be distracted by the internet, I did not take a computer on the trip.  Of course, it helped my resolve to know that much of the time, internet service was…


Added by Lynne Watts on September 11, 2017 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Presence as well as Preparation is Key

Hi There,

For the past few years, I’ve done a lot of training at schools, businesses, and conferences.  When I first started, I spent hours, days, weeks even getting ready for the event.  I researched.  I practiced. I researched some more.  I rewrote the material.  I practiced…  You get the idea.  

Sometimes the material went over well and I was elated.  Sometimes I knew it hadn’t gone well and I needed to regroup and revise.  

Eventually, I learned something that not…


Added by Lynne Watts on September 4, 2017 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Clean Your Office

Hi There,

Seems like everyone I talk to lately remarks on how badly they need to clean their work space. It’s easy to let things get out of hand.  Files piled everywhere.  Books that need to be shelved or even potentially shared. Office supplies stashed everywhere.  Even personal items that need to be put away.  It didn’t happen over night.  Instead, little by little the clutter took over the work world like a kudzu vine.

I recently took on a major office overhaul myself.  Here…


Added by Lynne Watts on August 29, 2017 at 7:38am — 2 Comments

Doubtbusters: Changing Your Mindset


I’m not good enough…

If they really knew me…

Everyone else does it better…

I’m not worthy…

We all have it.  The fear of being seen.  Not a fear of being seen in our latest contrived photo-shopped selfie on Facebook.  Not a fear of being seen in our latest story of  “I’m the greatest” as we rail on about the ailments of our society and how things would be different if we were in charge.  Instead, our fear of being seen is that primal fear…


Added by Lynne Watts on August 21, 2017 at 8:11am — 1 Comment

Crucial Conversations


Recently I presented a training on parent engagement and crucial conversations for the staff at a local school.  You might wonder why a school would be interested.  It was a school that already delivers a great academic program with lots of dedicated teachers.  The involvement of parents is outstanding with a stellar number of parent volunteer hours.  

However, for most teachers, interaction with parents is the most challenging aspect of their job.  They know what to do…


Added by Lynne Watts on August 13, 2017 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Fear of Failure or Fear of Success?

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

What if you deliberately chose to take a path in life where you knew there was a good chance you would fail?

Would you steer clear of the challenge?  say bring it on?  start strong and then give up?

I recently watched…


Added by Lynne Watts on August 7, 2017 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment


I often talk with clients about things they want to stop doing or habits they want to break:

stop spending so much time on Facebook

stop worrying so much

stop being depressed

stop neglecting their business

Here’s the problem with…


Added by Lynne Watts on July 30, 2017 at 7:39am — 2 Comments

#1 Enemy of Productivity?

What is the #1 enemy of productivity?  





It could be any of those but I often find the number #1 enemy for many clients is perfectionism. Seriously. Why? Because if you feel you need to do…


Added by Lynne Watts on July 24, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Where is the Story in Your Business?

I was consulting with a business owner recently who has a gift for seeing the story, the message in everything that his business does.  You might find that hard to believe if you knew his business.  He cleans. You know, offices, homes, dorms, new construction.  Bathrooms, bedrooms,…


Added by Lynne Watts on July 18, 2017 at 8:46am — No Comments

What's Next?

Now that you know who your clients are, the next question is: where can you find them? Knowing who they are should give you direction. If your clients work a 9-5 job, where can you find them after hours? Are they at the gym? On the golf course? Are they working moms who are…


Added by Lynne Watts on July 10, 2017 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

Looking for Clients in all the Wrong Places?

In my line of work as a career and business coach, I talk with a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs who aren’t making the sales that they expected.  Heck they aren’t even making enough sales to justify their business as a business rather than a hobby. Many are confused and discouraged. They…


Added by Lynne Watts on July 3, 2017 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

Just waiting to see what happens?

One thing I’ve spent a lot of time talking with individual clients, schools and businesses about is setting goals.  If that makes you sigh with frustration, I bet you’ve been required to meet a sales goal or a self improvement goal or something similar at work and you might be thinking,…


Added by Lynne Watts on June 26, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Been doing it too long to change now?

Have you ever said,  “I’ve been doing it this way too long to change”?

I recently decided to learn a new sport:  pickle ball.  I attended my first impromptu lesson at a pickle ball free play court last week.  A visiting player and pickle ball instructor showed me the basics…


Added by Lynne Watts on June 19, 2017 at 6:04am — No Comments

Lead from where you are

You’ve finally identified your passion, your talent, your skill…

You know how you want to serve others


What if you aren’t good enough?

What if you don’t know everything you need to know?

What if you need more training, degrees,…


Added by Lynne Watts on June 12, 2017 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

How to be Happy

There are plenty of reasons to be unhappy…

You hate your job but don’t see any better options.

You are sick and the treatment isn’t working.

You are having problems in your relationship; with your partner, with your kids, with friends. 

Seriously, I could go on…


Added by Lynne Watts on June 5, 2017 at 8:21am — 3 Comments

Getting Clarity is Hard

Prior to each coaching session with a client, I send a clarity tool to complete and return to me beforehand.  In a recent session, a client told me what a struggle it is for her to complete the tool each time. “You should write a blog about that form,” she said.  “I put off filling it out…


Added by Lynne Watts on May 29, 2017 at 8:15am — 2 Comments

Are You a Boss or a Leader?

Lots of the clients that I work with supervise others.  

Principals guide their schools.

Teachers manage their students. 

Managers direct workers.  

Owners of businesses supervise their employees.

Here’s an important question for anyone in any of these…


Added by Lynne Watts on May 22, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Given up on Your Vision?

I had good intentions but…

I lost my focus and my emotions took over…

There was no time to follow through…

I feel like giving up…

What do you do when you have a vision, set an intention, make a goal…

and then stuff happens? You know what I…


Added by Lynne Watts on May 15, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Should You Hire a Coach or DIY?

Have you thought about hiring a coach, but wonder if you really need one?

Couldn’t you could just do it yourself?

Or maybe you could read one of those self-help books and just do what it says?

After all… how hard could it be?

Here are some thoughts to help you…


Added by Lynne Watts on May 8, 2017 at 6:35am — 2 Comments

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