Whatever You Think You Can Do, Begin It!

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Our Tapping Into Your Wellpower Retreat is just 9 days away! I’m so excited to be spending a day at the Rickert Lodge in Bellevue with such fabulous new friends.

It takes courage to commit to spending a day doing a deep dive into those areas where most people are content to stay where it’s numbingly comfortable.

Up until now, I’ve attended retreats. Lots of them. This time I’ll be leading one.

It’s a gigantic leap but one I’ve been preparing for all summer.  I’m thrilled to put my spin on the lessons I’ve learned from hanging out with some of the best teachers in some the world’s most beautiful places.

I have grand plans to host future retreats in the places dearest to my heart like Santa Fe, St. George, and Monterey. But for my first go round, it makes sense to stay local and start small. I’ll get through 1 day and work my way up to a week.

I couldn’t ask for a lovelier setting than the Rickert Lodge in Bellevue, Iowa. It’s close to home but far enough away from my normal work environment that it feels like a get-away.

The biggest challenge has been to pick just one theme for the day. I remind myself it has taken me a lifetime to integrate the various teachings and experiences I’ve had.  As tempted as I may be to throw a little bit of a lot of things into the ring, the last thing I want to do is overwhelm someone coming to me in search of tranquility.

So I will teach something I love (tapping/EFT) that I know can make a profound difference in the lives of others in a very short time.

Today I said to a co-worker, “This is what it feels like to realize a dream.

And remarkably it feels like another day in paradise. A day where dozens of creative decisions and compromises must be made, people surprise or delight me, others challenge me, and the dogs still demand a walk. (Because they know the walk puts it all in perspective.)

This is the beauty of stepping into your well of power and owning your throne. It forces you to be a better version of yourself. Putting together this retreat has proven the Goethe quote to be true.

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.”

All kinds of things came into alignment as soon as I committed to hold the retreat. I have become more of a business person than I ever thought possible for a creatively quirky individual. Incredibly, I now have a YouTube channel, an active Instagram account, and have done several FB Live segments.

Upleveling is oddly disorienting until you realize this is what you were born to do.  Then you understand that there really are no mistakes, just learning opportunities, and no matter how steep the learning curve, what’s on the other side is usually worth it.

Doing the necessary hard work is really the only way to appreciate the magnitude of what you are able to manifest.

There is still time for you to join me at the retreat. We have the perfect size group for this kind of transformational work (20 people), but there is always room for you if this speaks to your heart.

Contact me if you are interested in attending or would like to host an event of your own and need a little nudge to make it happen.  Click on the Retreat tab above for all the details.

 

Cease Fire September

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Happy Labor Day, my friends!

Since our Get Stuff Done & Have Fun 21 Day Challenge ended in August, I thought we needed a new theme for September.

I got the idea of Cease Fire September from none other than our Get Stuff Done & Have Fun winner, Gilbert Higuera.

Like Gilbert, I’ve noticed we can all be a little critical of ourselves (and others) when things do not go as planned. So instead of bashing, trashing, guilting, or goading ourselves into submission or compliance, I say we call a cease fire and stop with the incessant shoulda, woulda, coulda’s.

Let’s just let things be as they are for the moment. No judgments.

Think Switzerland.

Think neutral.

Think neither good nor bad.

It is what it is.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t try your darnedest to change things or make things better. It just means that when change doesn’t happen quickly or easily or at all like you’ve planned, you don’t ridicule yourself for trying.

In my experience things seldom go the way I think they will or they should or I would like them to.

Sometimes they go even better!

But often times it’s just another day in paradise where I get to learn something new. Like how not to do something. Or how to tweak something just a smidge so it will work better next time.

Freaking out or abandoning the entire project does not contribute to the greater good. Mine or any one else’s.  It just gives me further “proof” of my ineptitude at the expense of  the innovative or creative thinking that prompted the idea in the first place.

Few things work right out of the gate. Despite what our culture tells us, overnight successes are usually years in the making.

I learn best by practicing and I practice best when I have partners. Since some of you have already been Getting Stuff Done & Having Fun with me in August, I thought you might want to continue on this journey in September with a new challenge.

If you haven’t done a challenge with me before, now is the time to start! You can participate as much or as little as you like.

The best way to do this is to join our Facebook group – Get Stuff Done & Have Fun. If you don’t use Facebook, then just follow along here or on Instagram at pjplautz.

I like to use a catchy phrase so I remember to practice what I preach at the precise moment I’m about to forget it.  Something like, “Think twice and be nice,” might work for this month.

What do you think?

 

Share the ways you are practicing a little kindness, self-compassion, or neutrality in the comments below.

 

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PS – The Tapping Into Your Wellpower Retreat is just 19 days away.  If you want to get in on this amazing day away, you still have time.  You can even get in on the Early Bird Pricing until September 8th.  (We know you are busy and may have forgotten to register by September 1, so we are extending a grace period for registering at the special price through this Friday, September 8th. Call 1-888-336-3907 to register for #187799 or register online at www.eicc.edu/continuing-education/register/). If you want to know more about the retreat, click on the Tapping Into Your Wellpower Retreat tab at the top of the page.

Don’t Let Chaos Eclipse Calm

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The topic of this week’s Sunday Summer Stretch Series is chaos. Specifically, how to keep calm in the midst of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear.

I’m fairly certain if you’re alive on Planet Earth, you’re feeling the effects of the intense energy vying for your attention. Everywhere you look, you can find evidence of escalating emotions as it appears we have collectively taken the fun out of “dysfunctional” and now just frighten the life out each other.

But if you look closer and get quieter, I believe you’ll find evidence that we are equally committed to collaboration, communication, and contemplation.

Admittedly it takes practice to cultivate consciousness in the midst of collective chaos.  It’s difficult to decipher the facts and figure out what’s really going on. It takes courage to stand up for what’s true and what’s right for you. And it’s almost impossible to interrupt the pattern you’ve been programmed to run when you get scared or feel threatened.

But it’s imperative that you are able to question, object, or offer another perspective than the one that leads down the rabbit hole of doom, doubt, and drama.

With all that’s already on your plate, I’m going to assume you are not looking for yet another cause to commit your evenings and weekends to.  So I’m going to suggest a simple practice that you can do anywhere, anytime you feel stressed.

It’s a simple tapping exercise that I originally learned from Gabrielle Bernstein that goes like this.

  • Touch your thumb and your pointer finger and say the word “Peace”
  • Next touch our thumb and your middle finger and say the word “begins”
  • Then touch your thumb and your ring finger and say the word “with”
  • And finally touch your thumb and your pinky finger and say the word “me”.

You can substitute the word for whatever quality you wish to experience in place of “peace”.  It’s easy to do.  It’s so subtle no one even has to know what you are doing.  And it’s a tactile reminder for you to call in the quality that you most need in the moment.

Because sometimes all you need is a moment to restore your equilibrium.  I like to say you are only one thought away from a new perspective.  It’s just getting to that thought can take a little wrangling.

For more conversation around this topic, jump in on our FB Live Sunday Summer Stretch Series episode this evening at 7pm Central time.

We’d love to hear how you keep calm and carry on.  Leave your feedback or suggestions in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

Vision Quest

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The topic of today’s Sunday Summer Stretch Series is perspective.

Hopefully the Get Stuff Done & Have Fun 21 Day Challenge has prompted you to view what’s fun for you to do as something that’s also essential for you to do.

The 5-10 minutes it took to do something creative, thoughtful, or fun as part of your daily challenge most likely colored your whole day with a dollap of delight that just a few days ago you may have determined you didn’t have time for.

Think of all the joy you would have missed just last week alone!

By now you could be seven days into the challenge.  Even if you are only a day or two into it, how has challenging yourself changed your perspective?  What is possible for you now that you didn’t think was possible last week?

Here’s what I learned is possible for me.

I am smart enough to deal with IT issues by calling the help desk and patient enough to stay on the phone as long as it takes to resolve the issue. While this is anything but fun for me, it does give my inner geek a thrill to reconfigure my whole internet setup so that it runs faster and with less downtime. And there is a badge of honor that comes with surviving the on-hold hell of being transferred and re-routed and explaining your situation succinctly to each new agent.

Ironically, every time I uplevel my business or upgrade my skills, it’s as difficult as the first time. Sometimes, even more so because I assume I know what I’m getting into and the learning curve will be easier. But not having been at this level or having dealt with the difficulties that come with playing in a bigger arena, I can’t know what I don’t know until I’m faced with not knowing.

That’s where beginner’s mind is most helpful.

And tech support.

Since I got my first MacBook Pro in May, the Apple Care people have become my new BFFS. Yesterday is was the WordPress Happiness Engineers.  Today it was my foreign friends at Netgear who spent the morning teaching me about modems and routers and secret reset button that you press with a paper clip after entering a special code. (Not disclosed in the instructions.)  Tomorrow I suspect the people at Mail Chimp will be welcomed into the fold.

And what a curious fold it is!

“It takes a village” is all I can say.  To build a dream, create a life, find a tribe, or manifest a vision. It takes a pit crew. The kindness of strangers.  A treasure map. Some perspective. And a few good dogs snoring and farting freely at your feet.

Let me know in the comments below what you are dreaming up and how I might support you.

 

 

I Wonder If ….

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A curious puppy dog is looking up with wonder.

I love the description on this picture.  “A curious puppy dog is looking up with wonder.

That succintly sums up this week’s Sunday Summer Stretch Series topic and how I encourage you to look at life this week.

What if instead of being afraid of things, you were just curious about them?  What if instead of thinking you know how things are going to go, you just stay curious about how they may unfold?

Today’s video is all about allowing curiosity to serve you and open you to things that may  have stopped you in your tracks before.

I’d love to hear how staying curious influences you this week or how it has influenced you in the past.  Your comments are most welcome below.

Enjoy!

 

A Bit of a Stretch

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This week I’ve been at the amazing Asilomar retreat center learning to run retreats with other like-minded healers, coaches, and creative types. It’s been an incredible experience led by none other than Sheri Rosenthal, Meghan Gilroy, Melanie Scott, Rosemary Quade Nichols, and Chelsea of Wanderlust Entrepreneur.

Yesterday some of my new friends joined me in filming the Sunday Summer Stretch Series.  However, today I am unable to upload the video before taking a very long and winding road home.

So our Sunday Summer Stretch series video will be released into the wild on Tuesday since I do not trust my editing abilities after traveling for 12 hours on 4 different flights.

But I promise you it will be worth the wait! My guests this week are as funny as they are fabulous so you won’t want to miss watching this one.

In the meantime, we’re off to the Feast of the Lanterns in Pacific Grove.

Hope your Sunday is sensational!

 

Sunday Summer Stretch Series

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Joining me in this series are some of the best coaches I know who will gently nudge you out of your comfort zone and into what I call your evolutionary zone.

To make sure you don’t miss an episode, sign up here.

Since technology is not my superpower and being in front of a camera is my kryptonite , this is a total stretch for me.  However, I am committed to boldly go where I have not gone before and invite you to go with me!

As the video uploads on Facebook and YouTube , feel free to download this week’s worksheet to help you get clear on what kind of support would serve you best right now.

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And please know, your support means the world to me.

 

 

Tapping Into Your Well of Power

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In just a few hours I will be presenting my Resolve to Evolve talk at Beyond Rubies.

The swag bags are ready and though they don’t compare to the swag the Oscar presenters received, my hope is the value the participants receive will not be in the things themselves but in the experience.

I’ve known about this gig for months. I have presented this topic before but each time I’m different, the audience is different, and as the title of the talk suggests, the presentation evolves.

I tried to have all the materials ready for the presentation before I went to New Mexico so I could relax and enjoy my time there. But a funny thing happened on the way out west.

I started listening to some new material on being a charismatic presenter and tapping into the power of the lower chakras. The information blew my mind and totally revamped by talk.

So with just a few weeks before show time, I scrapped the original outline and started over.

Risky business, but I’m banking on it paying off.

The thing I’ve learned about taking risks – or leaps, as I like to call them – is that “the calling will always be absurd” to paraphrase Joseph Campbell.

When we’re called to do something daring and new and original, it will always seem risky. To others it may seem downright absurd.

But we know there is a truth to it that burns through the BS and compels us to take action.

Every time I get on stage in front of people, whether it’s 5 people or 50, there is a part of me that questions why anyone in their right mind would choose to do this for a living or even a hobby.

But when I am able to get over myself and into my audience, the magic happens. It’s not me naked on the stage or me attempting to calm myself by imagining them naked. (That whole notion freaks me out way more than it could ever calm me. Who ever suggested that strategy as a way to get over the nerves of speaking in public was seriously disturbed. Just saying.)

When I tell myself that the audience wants me to succeed and wants to hear what I’m about to present, it goes better for all concerned.

Today I’ll be sharing the small steps to consistently move life forward. And for the first time, I’ll be sharing a technique called tapping or EFT that I’ve found to be really effective.

I’ve known about it for years but never practiced it. But when the student is ready, the teacher appears. I tapped my way all across New Mexico and Arizona and will soon be tapping my way through three days in Boston at Margaret Lynch’s Ignite Your Power seminar.

Even though I don’t know how it works, I know it works for me. So I’m adding it to my toolkit.

Maybe because I’ve been getting acupuncture for the last couple of years, the notion of tapping into acupuncture points to activate change makes sense to me.  And possibly after years of attempting to use affirmations to affect change, being able to voice my fears and negativity first allows me to diffuse their potency and clear their power over me.

If you’d like to find out about tapping, you’re in luck.  This week you can join The Tapping Summit and listen to some great teachers for free and see if it works for you.

Okay, time to go own my throne and share some ideas.

What really calms me down is knowing you’re out there doing the same in your own way today.

Let’s go save the world, shall we?

 

 

Here to the New Year in Good Cheer – Have At It!

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Today’s tip in the Here to the New Year in Good Cheer challenge is to start thinking about 2016 the way you would a dear friend who is celebrating a big birthday.
What can you recall about the year that made it so spectacular or noteworthy or different? Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What products or experiences changed how you do things?
Here’s a template you can use to think about the highlights of your year. I’ll share some examples from my year to get you started. Since it’s a long list, I’ll start with half the list today and finish up tomorrow.  Then on Friday I’ll provide you with a new (and different) template for Naming and Claiming what you want to create in 2017.
At the top, I’d love for you to give the year a name.  Maybe it is the same one you started the year with or maybe it morphed into something else as the year progressed.
For me it was The Stretch Year.  I ventured outside my comfort zone and made a couple of tv appearances, gave a few big presentations, invested in video equipment, and participated in coaching programs and challenges that stretched my vision of what’s possible.
Next, come up with six words to summarize the year. It will lend a laser like focus to the year. My six word summary for 2016 is “Leap and the net will appear.” If you don’t like six words, then change it to a theme song or a book or movie title. Just something that succinctly sums it up.

Where did you go in 2016?  Recall the places you went, the people you met, and the way these experiences changed you.
I traveled a lot early in the year. I wanted to go to Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah, for years. I finally got there in February. Of course, I wanted to move there immediately and work at the resort. This could be why I didn’t dare go there right after I bought my house.
In April I traveled to Austin, Texas, to a magical meeting of Martha Beck coaches and wanted to move there as well and live among the creatives.
In June I went to another art town, Savannah, Georgia, where my niece graduated from SCAD. Yes, I wanted to move there, too – but only in the winter.
And in August we took a very quick trip to Colorado for a family wedding. You already know I wanted to move there because “the mountains are calling and I must go” whenever I get the chance.
Who is your Person of the Year? If you happen to know him or her, great.  If not, that’s okay too. If you were inspired by several people, you can change this to People of the Year.
The Jake Arrieta bobble -head in my office and the stuffed Jake Arrieta plush toy I got for Christmas are sure give-aways as to my person of the year.
I embraced this Pilates-practicing pitcher for the Chicago Cubs as the poster guy for my How to Get Your Groove Back class because just a few years ago he almost gave up baseball for fear he had lost his groove. I figured if he could have such a phenomenal comeback, maybe I could too.
It really helped boost my credibility with the group that the Cubs went on to win the World Series (so actually the whole team qualifies for People of the Year), proving that it is possible to get your groove back in a remarkable way.
I also have to give a shout out to Nicole at Zappos. She completely restored my faith in customer service. Bob ordered a pair of boots for me as a Christmas gift that I needed to exchange. Or course the pair I wanted to exchange them for were a wee bit more expensive. (Okay, $50 more.)
“Not to worry,” Nicole said, “You know what? I’m going to do an even exchange. This is my favorite part of my job. I get to make these decisions and  I’ll send the new boots out tomorrow.  Just send the other ones back within 14 days.”  Happy Shoe Year, indeed!
What disrupted your life or changed life as you know it?  For better or for worse, what forced you to do things differently?  Hands down, Ruby O’Riley, the red lab puppy changed my life and disrupted my sleep patterns forever.
What were some of the biggest surprises of the year? These can be on a global level and a personal level. Did I mention the Cubs winning the World Series? Or the election?
On a personal level, running into 4 different people from my college years on 4 separate occasions in 4 different locations across the country and Canada was surprising. They reminded me of things I’d long forgotten and made me realize that even when I didn’t think I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, the clues were there all along.
What were the biggest innovations or experiences that moved your life forward? What catapulted your career, your relationships, your health, or your finances to new heights?
My treadmill desk and standing desk continue to revolutionize the way I work. Creating a  How to Get Your Groove Back Facebook group along facilitating the Get Stuff Done 1×31 and Here to the New Year in Good Cheer challenges forced me to learn technology on the fly. Nothing incites innovation more than publicly committing to do something.
Fiverr gave me affordable access to graphic designers. Mad Mimi and Publitas helped me automate some parts of my business that were beyond me until a few months ago.
The Gathering of Wayfinders conference in Austin and the Experience Product Masterclass I just completed changed my business model. Listening to TED talks and attending TEDx Naperville as well as participating in Brené Brown’s Daring Leadership and Leaders Rising courses kept me current on all kinds of topics.
They were also some of my biggest investments of time, money, and resources. Fortunately, they payed off in unexpected ways and unlikely connections.
What about you? What were your biggest investments? How did they pay off?
Epic failures are only epic if we don’t learn from them. What were some of yours?
I bought a lot of stuff I didn’t need in hopes that I would become a smarter, richer, younger, thinner, more confident, total badass version of my current self. I also had a challenging start to the school year that proved I have not begun to master the badass boss thing.
Okay, that should get you started. I’ll finish up with the rest of the prompts on Thursday. You can download the above worksheet here. This link will take you to Publitas where you will be able to download the worksheet by clicking on the download button to the left of the page. Or email me at penny@wellpower.com with the subject Year in Review in and I’ll email it to you.
I’d love to see what you’re coming up with. Share your highlights in the comments below.
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Here to the New Year in Good Cheer – Plan "X-Y-Z"

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It’s not that each of these letters aren’t worthy of their own plan in the Here to the New Year in Good Cheer challenge. It’s just that I’d like to finish the whole alphabet plan this week so we can get down to business next week preparing to ring in the New Year.
Like a well-planned exit strategy from a job or a relationship or a location, a well-thought out exit strategy for the year will yield excellent results.
While you may yearn for a yacht, a yellow submarine, or a career in yodeling, you can’t get from zero to hero without a little strategic planning.
You may zig. You may zag. You may even zip around in order to convince yourself you are getting there fast.  But as Aretha once asked, Who’s zoomin’ who?” Let’s get real about what it’s going to take.
So after we have ourselves a merry little Christmas and make the yuletide gay, we’ll recap 2016. We’ll leverage what we’ve learned so we can leap into 2017 with every intention of 10Xing the results we can expect once we get clear on why we want them.
I appreciate you reading and working through the Alphabet Plan. All I want for Christmas is to hear how these tips helped you or someone you love through the holidays.
Please leave your comments below.  Or just pipe in and share how you are spending the holidays. What are your favorite traditions, foods, presents, places, or parties? I love learning from you and knowing what matters to you.
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P.S. If you’d like to trade in your fruitcake or other interesting gifts for a perfectly-sized Resolve to Evolve journal, just fill out the info below and I’ll send you one.  No need to send me the fruitcake in exchange though. 🙂
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