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How to Survive the Family Holidays | Tis the Season

Family Holidays | Coaching Tips | Molly RomanIt’s that time of year that brings the best out of family members – Holiday Season. Many of us find this time of year particularly stressful. We are forced to be around those that we choose not to be year round. And perhaps that’s the real problem. We avoid talking with one another all year which means we forgo the opportunity for meaningful experiences with one another and thus the chance at reconciliation. The family holidays become miserable.

Instead, we wait. We wait for that turkey to show his face once more and maybe we even hope for the best. But everything is just as it was last year. There may have been time between the prior holiday, but there wasn’t quantity of interactions, new experiences and conversation to change the outcome.

When searching for a fitting photo, I found it interesting that ‘turkeys fighting’ also appear as turkeys embracing one another. Isn’t that often how it feels? “I love you, but I am SO MAD at you right now!!” We DO love our families, but when we maintain a cool relationship throughout the year, the same feelings we had last Thanksgiving creep up again this year.

So without much further ado, here are a few tips to mentally prepare you for the holidays.

1. Prior to seeing family, focus on which aspects about them you are grateful for! Yes! The point of the holiday – gratitude! What good memories do you have with them? What makes this person great (even if it isn’t currently shown to you)?

2. Remember that it isn’t about you. Don’t take it personally. The way someone treats us is always about them. We are all responsible for our choices and how we respond and react to others. How someone responds to us is about them. Further reading: The Four Agreements. This book will change your life.

3. If the environment is particularly toxic, determine upfront how long you will attend the gathering. 2 hours? 3? Stay for dinner and bounce? Come up with a plan up front so you are in control of you, so you aren’t subject to another’s timeline.

4. If celebrating with beer, wine or liquor, this isn’t the time to have that conversation where you tell someone how they’ve hurt you, why they annoy you, what they could do differently. Wait until after the holidays.

5. When someone says or does something that stings you, keep smiling, politely leave the conversation and talk to someone that values you. Which leads me to #6.

6. Focus on those that treat you with respect rather than trying to prove your value to those who don’t see it. Create great experiences with those that love you!

Finally, if you are in an environment where everyone treats you poorly, sit this one out. Have a Friendsgiving. There is nothing more powerful than treating yourself the way you deserve to show others what respecting you means. Actions speak louder than words. Do it politely, of course. And if you need some inspiration, Elisa, from the Verge of Greatness Project, shared her story (and results) with us here.

 

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How to Love Your Body | Your Own Self-Guided Exercise

How to Love Your Body | Life Coaching Exercise | Molly Roman

Did you know that how you feel can impact whether or not you achieve your goals? Feelings create our actions. And how we feel in our own skin is one way we either move towards or away from what we want. If we feel confident, then our actions are rooted in those feelings. If we feel insecure, then our actions mirror that self-doubt. So it’s important to learn how to love your body. Continue reading

Purpose and Power: What Are You Creating?

Your Purpose | Life Coaching Tips | Molly RomanThroughout each day, we receive several opportunities to live our purpose. Every decision we make is a choice to live that purpose or not. We can choose to live a life of creating outcomes or one of escaping circumstances. Each generates a result, but only one paves the way for our purpose and the meaningful results our purpose creates in our lives and in the lives of those we touch. This choice, to create or escape, is our power. It’s the sword we wield to command outstanding and rewarding results.

Whether we realize it or not, Continue reading

Peace, Faith and Waiting: What to Do When We Hate the Wait

peace, faith and waiting | life coaching tips | Molly Roman

Living in faith is a four-step process:

1.  Ask God what to do.
2.  Listen for the answer.
3.  Act in faith on His guidance.
4.  Repeat until the goal is achieved.

Today, we are focusing on Step 3: Act in faith on His guidance and specifically, how to find peace when God asks us to wait…. and then… …. wait a little more and then ……….. wait until what feels like an eternity has passed us by (woof).

It is a fact: Continue reading

2 Steps to Resist Restlessness and Reclaim Your Joy

Joy | Life Coaching Advice | Molly RomanOften times on our path, we hit a moment (or several) of wanting to be further ahead. We want to be over the mountain and through the woods because we feel we are ready to be there, flying high in our accomplishments. The reality, and much to our dismay, is that we aren’t there and maybe not even near our joy. God hasn’t placed us at the finish line just yet. Our time has not come and so we sit waiting and squirming like a toddler in church until the last hymn is sung.

What happens when we want to skip ahead of God’s plan? We begin to Continue reading

Finding Peace in the Unknown

Peace | Finding It | Coaching Tips | Molly RomanWe are raised to know that if we do x, then y and z will occur. If we study hard, we will get good grades. If we work diligently, we will improve our skills. And if we do our chores, we will receive a reward. But when we transition into adulthood, it’s not so simple anymore. If we go on a dates, we may not find our true love. If we work our butts off, we may not get the promotion we want. And if we take a leap of faith, we may not know what will happen.

It can be exhilarating and daunting all at the same time. The future is so ambiguous. Most of us aren’t equipped to respond to that uncertainty and will instead spend it in anxiety and stress. So we don’t have peace. And what happens when we live in the stress and anxiety? We are more likely to move away from our goals and perhaps, choose the worst-case scenario — quit building towards our dreams altogether.

I’m here to tell you that if you feel anxiety, stress, discouragement and frustration or have abandoned your dreams, you don’t have to feel that way and you can hold those dreams close to you and create peace in your journey. You can take power over your path once again and live peacefully as you travel towards the light at the end of the tunnel. You can do this by understanding one simple truth:

If it’s in your heart, it is meant for you. It will ultimately happen.

God places our purposes in our hearts; sometimes, he gives us one grand view and at other times, he dangles the carrot so we move an inch closer to the dream he has given to us. It’s our compass and it’s how we know where to go. The result? Feeling total meaning and joy. Not a bad deal, right? God gives us a purpose. We know that the contents of our heart is our beacon. And if we can stay the course, we will be so fulfilled (Pretty rad stuff if you ask me).

What’s in your heart? What is it that you want for your life? What is it that you want for today? That is your path. Inch by inch, mile by mile. Follow it. Live it. And create peace in your path.

 

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Insights to Happiness | Coaching Challenge

Happiness | Life Coaching Challenge | Molly RomanDid you read Elisa’s story from our last post? What a major life lesson she shared with us! She did and had everything you can think of that could make a human being happy, yet she wasn’t. She had a great job, she and her team performed like all-stars, she purchased a new home, had a fantastic local support system and she traveled the globe and volunteered in something she is so passionate about. Looking at Elisa’s life from a high-level view – we can all say “Wow. She’s made it. She must feel overwhelming joy and happiness.”

But what Elisa shares with us is that even though she had her biggest year ever and accomplished several of her goals, she didn’t feel happy. More importantly, she shares with us that the lack of Continue reading

Make Your New Years Resolution About Time | Creating The Best Year Ever

Time | Life Coaching Tips | Molly RomanThe other day I was listening to talk radio and the host brought up the point that we humans in our modern world should have an incredible amount of free time compared to our grandparent’s day and age. With the technology of the dishwasher, we can hit a button and have our dishes cleaned while we do something else. We can drive up to a restaurant, never leave our cars and have dinner in about 3 minutes. And in fact, we can have toilet paper and other necessities placed on our doorstep so we never have to leave the house (Hallllllo! We have Amazon!)! But with all that extra free time – he posed the question – What are we doing with it?

If I’m going to be honest with myself, I would say I spend a lot of it perusing facebook, texting with someone, watching the latest show on tv, getting fired up about world issues or our political climate and then spending resulting time feeling irritated or depressed about our current events. I’m not creating a focused or productive environment for myself because I’m filling my time up with entertainment, which does not align with my goals for myself.

So this is what I want you to spend 5 minutes doing today. A short exercise. Continue reading

My Biggest Year and I Wasn’t Happy | Elisa Shares Her Eye Opening Experience

Happy | Life Coaching Articles | Molly RomanI choose happiness. That’s what I do. I choose it. I’ve always known it’s a choice and so that is what I live by. But this last year – no. Didn’t happen. It was one of the biggest years of my life and I wasn’t happy and in fact, I couldn’t choose to be happy no matter what I told myself.

I moved to a new city for a promotion when I became Manager. I served a team of 5 and we absolutely killed it. Each year our company awards 3 people in the entire organization ‘all-star’ of the year; all 3 winners were from my team. And everyone on the team surpassed their sales quotas and made a ton of money.

It’s easy to say ‘Oh it was a money driven year; that’s why she couldn’t be happy’. But not true. I also Continue reading