Have the courage to follow
your heart and your own intuition.

Today’s Words of Wisdom comes from Paul Martinelli’s daily quote. I resonate with it because it challenges some of the thinking we were brought up with. Did any of you hear the words, “Use your head!” when you were growing up?

I’ve used my head, I’ve used my heart, and I’ve used both. Truthfully, when I use my heart, I’m happiest – even if I’m not feeling courageous at the moment .

Your gut reaction is a non-verbal signal to take the time to listen.

If you’re quiet enough, there’s a message. Perhaps even a symphony — of ideas, possibility and solutions presented without an editor’s mark.

No red pencil allowed.

I am excited to announce that Partner Promotions will be representing Ovation TV at the Shakespeare on the Boston Common Friday, July 29 – Sunday, August 14th.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s annual free Shakespeare on the Common production will be All’s Well That Ends Well, at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common, in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Menino.

This is the 16th year of Shakespeare on the Common, and All’s Well That Ends Well is a Shakespearean comedy and globe-trotting adventure of how far one woman will go to win the heart of her beloved.

Helena loves Bertram, but marriage is the last thing on Bertram’s mind. With boundless wit and tenacity, Helena pursues Bertram from Paris to Florence and through a maze of obstacles thrown at her by chance, circumstance, and her fiancé’s recalcitrance, finally emerging victorious.

The program, which has become a beloved civic institution, will draw an estimated 75,000 people over 16 performances.

I hope you can join us!

“Welcome Back”, I said to myself. I took a break, visited with my kids, wrote some articles and a bit for my upcoming book. I emptied my head. Kayaked. Cooked new recipes. Danced in the moonlight.

I’m just sayin’ — It’s summer, and I gave myself a well-deserved break from my normal routine (though I might like to keep dancing in the moonlight as an activity).

My million dollar tip today is this: For your head, for your heart, for your health –Take a break.

When it’s time (you’ll know), just get back to what’s important to you.

For me, it’s helping entrepreneurs with their lives, and promoting their businesses, and making more money, so it can FUEL the life they want to live. And, how they’ll give.

It’s pretty easy to figure, once you get to what’s important.

Sometimes you’re unaware of the gifts you’ve been given, or the potential of who you are to become (but don’t know that yet) and the possibilities of an eye, other than your own, to notice greatness busting at the seam.

I’m up in Maine for my last few days of skiing this season, and had the pleasure of meeting a new friend, Eric, who is one of the most compassionate and humble men I have ever met.

Eric has devoted most of his adult life to working with children in private school and also has a passion for sports. Currently, he is a professional umpire for baseball, soccer and basketball – and particularly loves “umping” the middle age school group. “They’re open, eager, and willing to listen”, he told me, and I believe they bring him great joy.

Last night, Eric told me stories that would warm anyone’s heart about his love of sports, but also stories about kids “on the field” and his involvement in their lives during his umpiring career.

While we relaxed, we talked about his life, and possible next steps for his life in transition. I asked if he liked to write. “I don’t”, he said. “That’s not the question”, I commented. “Do you like to write?” “I like it very much,” was his final answer, “but, it’s been years.”

What followed next between a humble umpire and a new friend/professional coach was an energetic connection of possibility and reaffirmation of potential using the gifts, experience, talent and blessings of a wonderful man, with a heart and message that would make an impact to children and parents across the globe. Teaching moments told from the point of a friend, umpire, observer and life expert.

I suggested that Eric may want to write a book for the children he loved. He was already a Dad with two grown boys. But, it was clear – totally clear to me –  that this man had something to say about his passion of sports which was his “passion,” but also about integrity, follow through, intention and The Golden Rule. Perhaps he could write about how the “game on the field” interacts, and is ruled by the “inner game.”

Eric gave me a big hug when he finished our talk. His life right now is isn’t the way he imagined it to be, but we often limit our imagination by “staying in the in-field”, because it’s where we need to be at the time, or we’re there because life has somehow chipped away at our dreams.

My advice to Eric? What about your Field of Dreams? Hit it out of the park, my friend.

You’ve got a best seller in the dugout, but – only you can dig it out.

I’d like to stand as a witness and mentor for his growth, and yours.

I was recently working in Durham, New Hampshire — hired by Comcast – to help them shine in the marketplace and promote their products. One of the initiatives of my team was to demo the iPad and its functionality with apps as well as showcase the ease and mobility of bringing television entertainment to a new level.

When we demo at a large event, we have a great time meeting people from all walks of life. It’s even more fun when someone owns an iPad. One group interested in our iPad demonstration was a group of firefighters from the University of New Hampshire area. As we explained the “how to’s” and listened to how they used our products, we heard a story of what I consider “going the extra mile.”

Kind of embarrassed, as the Captain listened in, two firefighters told us of a recent story where they were in the middle of a blazing fire. On their way out of the home, they noticed what looked like a tank of water. Wiping the “tank” covered in soot, they noticed a single fish swimming. As they looked at each other, without even thinking, they made a decision to carry the fish to safety.

It may sound crazy, “why save a fish?”, but these particular guys went for it. A fifty pound tank, not a gold fish bowl.

These fire fighters went the extra mile to save someone’s pet fish.

In our everyday world, we have the choice of going the “extra mile.” What does that mean to you, in your world?

In mine — to think beyond yourself. To check in and wish a client good luck before a big meeting or presentation when you yourself are running late. To send an unexpected card or gift in the mail to a special someone — who isn’t in the best of spirits. To text a funny message to a co-worker in distress, when you may be in distress yourself. To write a letter of recommendation so outstanding, that your heart sings while you’re writing it – and you know that the recipient will get the job/contract/position. To think of your team, and what they need — versus just getting the job “done”. To bring an elderly person flowers or cookies, or help them with their groceries. To take time to help someone in need, when they just can’t do it for themselves.

A little extra effort can make a difference or change someone’s thinking to get through a tough day.

That extra effort, could save a life. Even if it’s the life of a small pet fish.

Maybe it’s reflex, or just a knowingness when it “kicks in.”

Join me in saluting the people who go the extra mile, every day. Today, it’s the firefighters in Durham, NH.

“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for
life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good”
Lucia Capocchione

It’s summer. Hot, sunny, beach weather. And you’ve heard from me a few times about taking yourself to a new level in your business, or personally. Maybe you have the impression that it’s time to throw yourself, heart and soul, into realizing those dreams of yours. Well, it is time for that . . . but that doesn’t mean drudgery. Hard work and focus are part of building a life you love, but they’re not everything.

It’s important to move away from black-and-white thinking. Working hard does not mean that you never take a break. In fact, it means the opposite, because if you’re working hard at realizing your dreams, a break is necessary. It gives your mind, body and soul a chance to rejuvenate, and often, it takes care of the latest roadblock. It doesn’t have to be two weeks in the tropics either (hmmm…though that would be nice). An afternoon away from your routine — a mini-break — may be just the thing.

When it came to naming her business, Kendra was completely stuck. She made lists, asked friends, wrote ideas on pretty colored post-it notes, but everything eventually sounded, well, wrong. Dumb. Uninspired. The whole thing left her feeling the same way — wrong. . .dumb. . .uninspired. I told her, “I want you to forget this for a day and do something you love to do, but haven’t done in a long time. I promise that if you do, things will flow more smoothly when you get back to work.”

Kendra took my advice, and took a break. She gathered with friends at an outdoor concert. They had a great time together, full of laughter, dancing and fun. A few days later, she had a name for her business that she loves — she says it’s perfect — and inspired!

Your dreams are important, and the world needs them! You have to balance your day-to-day responsibilities, your life’s mission and yes — play. Play is important — crucial, in fact. Without fun, laughter and relaxation, really, what’s the point?

After a round of dedicated hard work, get out there and get your happy on. Have fun with friends, visit a new place, eat delicious food and listen to excellent music. Surround yourself with places, scents, colors and people that bring you joy. Let your soul (and body!) dance, and open up to laughter and fun. Whether you dip your toes in the water, sink your teeth into deliciousness or breathe in some high mountain air, you’ll come back refreshed, relaxed and ready to take on the world.

Wishing you a joyful summer.

“The more you seek security, the less of it you have.
But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that
you will achieve the security that you desire.”
Brian Tracy

Sometimes you’re just guided — to stop at a coffee shop and ask directions –to help a stranger in distress — to make plans with an elderly person who needs company — to get involved in a community organization and make a difference — to make a decision that will change your life. Life offers each of us endless possibilities. If you aren’t open to them, possibilities pass you right on by.

If you give yourself permission to be open to possibility — if you’re willing to stay open and stray from your ‘plans’ — you’re off to a great start. Add in being aligned — from head to heart — and I know for a fact , that amazing things can happen.

Opportunities abound. People show up just when we need their knowledge and wisdom. Life becomes different, without the usual struggle. With the right mindset and the knowledge that you truly do create your life, you can flip your internal switch at any time and propel yourself forward. I like to call it Manifesting on Demand®.  It’s not always instant, but it’s a process that works, and can be accelerated with practice.

Manifesting on Demand® means putting your desired outcomes ‘out there’. Think about what you really want and how it will make you feel. Put your dream down on paper… talk about it… hope for what you want and begin to expect it! When you’re in a good place mentally, emotionally, physically — feeling happy about realizing your dream — you are on your way. It may take time to get what you want, so place your ‘order’ today! Then, move forward with good intentions and a sense of gratitude that your dream is already being realized. It’s all about the feeling you have in the NOW and expectation that your dream is on its way — which it is! Positive thoughts and openness to possibility produce positive results. Find that positive, open place within yourself, then you are able to manifest the life of your dreams and it will be delivered.

This week, I’d like you to notice how open you are to possibility. Do you wake up dreading another day, or are you open to what the world has in store for you? Are you going to bed at night praying for rest from the madness, or are you creating the life you’ve always wanted? I’ve lived both ways and from my experience, the way to go is to be open to possibility, because there’s so much delight in the unexpected!

Live the life you deserve. Isn’t it about time?