3 Ways Business Owners Harness the Power of the Placebo Effect

3 Ways Business Owners Harness the Power of the Placebo Effect

Can business owners use a medical idea like the Placebo Effect to change our results? Is there really a Placebo-Mind Connection at work in our daily life? Not only do I believe the answer to be a resounding, “YES!” I’m going to give you 3 simple ways to harness the power of the Placebo Effect so you too can see massive results in your life and in your work.

Business Owners can harness the power of the Placebo Effect
There are no Magic Pills for success

All of my workshops open with a simple activity. Each participant is given a small plastic container filled with pieces of candy. When everyone has theirs, I tell them to open the container and eat one of the Magic Pills inside. These Magic Pills are guaranteed to solve all of their problems. This always get a laugh! Why?

Most people know there is no such thing as Magic Pills to solve our problems. Yet scientists have known for years about the this thing called the Placebo Effect. What is the Placebo Effect and how can we harness its power? Read More

One Thing Is Key to Everything

One Thing Is Key to Everything

I’m not sure where I first heard the saying but I’ve been using it in my own life and teaching it to my coaching clients ever since. It’s so profound. Can it really be true? The answer is an unequivocal YES!

“How you do one thing is how you do everything.”

But what exactly does it mean? What secrets does this key unlock? Let’s explore. Read More

Ancient Wisdom for Goal Achieving

3 Tried and True Secrets to Achieve Goals

Ancient Wisdom for Goal Achieving

Did you ever read something that hit you with the truth of it so hard it stopped you in your tracks? That’s exactly what happened to me today! This time of year, many people are planning their 2018 goals. Some are even reflecting on their 2017 goals, analyzing what worked, what needs changing and what needs to be abandoned altogether. But how many of us actually take a honest look at our efforts at goal achieving?


When it comes to goal achieving, You don't pay the price for success. You enjoy the price of success.

As I look at my own growth journey, I find that every year there are goals that I was not able to achieve. I used to just shrug my shoulders and let those die away along with the dream they carried with them. I would tell myself that those goals were too big or I would convince myself that I didn’t really want them anyway. That was before I knew how goal achieving works!

Today I came across some ancient text that really got me thinking. This is what it said: Read More

3 Secrets of People Who Achieve Their Goals

Goals – this is one of those topics that I could write about all day every day.

Goal setting, goal achieving, goals goals goals!

We all have goals. Each and every one of us. Some of us think we gave up a long time ago and don’t have any but we do. Every day we wake up with the goal to live another day. Ok, maybe that is a stretch but don’t we all have goals to some extent? And why is it so important to have goals?

The most successful people on this planet didn’t wake up one day with an idea and a few minutes later after they got dressed became successful… No way. They had an idea and they developed a plan. Within that plan there were goals – some big, some little – some attainable, some way out there.

The first secret is to develop a plan. In my world we call that VISION.

Your purpose, vision and goals are the road maps that your creative power will follow.

And each day, they worked at it – chipping away, having triumphs and failures along the way but tweaking and re-evaluating and working toward goals. Goals!

We have had goals from the day we were born. Sit up. Crawl. Walk. Talk. Feed ourselves. Dress ourselves. Express ourselves. Make friends. Learn. Communicate. Develop relationships. Learn a skill. Get a job. Get married. Have a family. Buy a car. Buy a house. Take a vacation…. Many of these things are milestones that we can only achieve with a plan of action and goal setting.

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Be a Detective

Many of us go through life like the walking dead with little or no thought to all of life’s possibilities! Instead of living life and exploring our own dreams we are trapped in someone else’s dream. You see, the comfort zone isn’t really comfortable at all. It’s actually the single most biggest dream killer of modern day life!

What is the comfort zone?

Wikipedia says it is, “a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress.”

The key word here is CONTROL. Read More

Work Life Balance

Donna, you look AMAZING! What’s your secret?


Every time I see friends lately this same question comes up. You see, I retired from the Army in 2011 and got really sick. For me, sick looked like an extra 50 pounds and a depressed and miserable demeanor. Without going into great detail, let me just say that my illness was very debilitating and left me able to only accomplish one thing per day. My relationships were suffering and the littlest thing exhausted me. My feet felt like I was walking on fire so I ended up spending most of my day sitting on my couch.


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This past February I joined the John Maxwell team and started learning about belief systems and how they control us and dominate our lives. I also went through a program called Empowerment Mentoring. I got a “mindset makeover” and let go of 30 pounds off my body plus let go of hundreds of pounds of extra baggage in the form of limiting beliefs. I saw such a huge change in my life that I became certified to teach the curriculum to others. Now I get to teach others how they can have the change they want in their lives too. I’m having my best year yet!!!

How would you like to have your best year yet? 

You’re in the right place!

There are 3 dangerous trends facing ALL Americans that keeps them feeling overworked, overwhelmed and heading for burnout.

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the-key-to-changeWhat does your closet look like?  Is it all tidy and color coordinated and arranged by season?


If so, move on… And for the rest of us who have closets full of clothes from ten years ago that we will fit into one of these days – or that style will surely come back – or this is a classic – it will go with everything… You know who you are… or maybe you can’t even close your closet because the shoes are spilling out onto the floor…


Life is like a closet.  We hold onto past thoughts and emotions and we think if we hold on to it long enough and tight enough something will change – it will fit now – it will be all right – or we hold on because we can’t let go of the pain.  As one of my mentors says – let the dead bury the dead. Read More


lifes-challengesStress gets a bad rap.  But there is positive stress, called Eustress.  This is that adrenaline rush you get that helps you finish that project on time.  It is that feeling of excitement when you are in a demanding position and you meet or exceed expectations – that thrill of coming through.


Positive stress is what gives life that zing!  That oomph! It gives you the energy to jump in the game and go for it – take the bull by the horns and run with it.  Positive stress is that motivating factor that keeps you going. Read More



So many people wish life was easier, with less challenges and obstacles but without challenges, life becomes stagnant and we stop growing.  Challenges help us uncover who we are and it allows us to become better people.


Let’s examine a very simple 4-step method to overcoming challenges.

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Decisions are a mental activity every one of us engages in on a daily basis.  From deciding when to wake up, to what to eat, to how to spend our day, to where to spend our money, to whom to spend our time with… decisions are part of our daily life.


That doesn’t mean we are good at making decisions.  Many of us make very bad decisions every day and only a few of us make good decisions consistently.  Why is there such disparity in this?  What keeps us from making sound decisions?


Did you know that you could virtually eliminate conflict and confusion by becoming proficient at making decisions?  Once you make a decision, you will find all the people, resources and ideas you need every time.

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