And Now for Something Spiritual…

March 23, 2010

Dear Magnificent Coaches;

Do any of you remember Eleanor Powell? I’m ending with her, in celebration of Women’s History Month – because she said something so profound…more about that later.

Eleanor  Powell, born in 1912, was an American film actress and dancer of the 1930s and 1940s, known for her exuberant solo tap dancing. She was well-received in her first starring role in 1935’s Broadway Melody of 1936, with Fred Astaire, and delighted 1930s audiences with her endless energy and enthusiasm, not to mention her stunning dancing.

Anyone that creative, energetic and enthusiastic (I believe) must be very spiritually-connected. Don’t you agree?

My belief about Eleanor is supported by her statement that…

What we are is God’s gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God.

I love that! In honor of Eleanor, and her spiritual connection, I give you “Interview with God.” This is really special, and I hope you find it as powerful as I did. Click on the image below to be taken to the video.

Be sure to leave any comments – I always love to hear from you.

And as always, I send you…

Love and Great Joy,


Women, Wonderful Women

March 3, 2010

It’s March. That means it must be Women’s History Month – and that’s our theme for this month’s Be Inspired Now messages.

So many women have spent time here on earth; and every single one of them contributed greatly to enriching the human condition. In ways large and small, women bring love, light, compassion, companionship, problem-solving, and brilliant thinking.

I’ve selected a video for this first blog post. I enjoyed it, and I hope you do too. View it by clicking on the image below:

Before I leave you, I’d like to share a witticism from Erma Bombeck. It’s witty, and quite wise.

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.”

For those of you unfamiliar with her, Erma was born just before the Great Depression, and worked as a journalist. She then interrupted her career for college and then, after marriage, leaving the work force when her first child was born. Eleven years later, Erma Bombeck began a weekly humor column, focusing on the life of a suburban family. It soon became twice weekly, later three times; by 1968 it was syndicated in 200 newspapers and by the late 1970s in over 800. What a prolific, funny and insightful writer!
Love and Great Joy,


P.S. If, after watching the video, you find yourself curious about who these women are – check the posts from the video’s creator – she gives fascinating details on the women she selected in this presentation.

Where Do You Look for Love?

February 16, 2010
Hello, Magnificent Coaches!
I hope you all had a wonderful, loving Valentine’s Day. For this, our second Be Inspired Now message for February, I’m giving you a visual treat, from the YouTube archives of Louise Hay.

I think you’ll enjoy it; just three and a half minutes of love. From me, to you. Click on the image to begin the video presentation.

As always, we are here to support you. Just let us know how we can be of service.

Love and Great Joy,

…are u listening 4 love?

February 2, 2010

Hello, Dear Coaches,

And Happy February! (Can you tell me where January went?!)

This is Kim, Karen’s assistant – and I’ve been given the “go-ahead” to share someone unique with you. Evelyn Glennie, is a Scottish percussionist, who happens to be deaf. I saw her perform at the Santa Cruz Civic Center a couple of years ago, and was both amazed and profoundly inspired. I was also really sad when the performance ended; her energy, her wit…and her inner beauty was such a gift to us all!

I discovered a video of her performing, teaching an audience “how to listen.” You can watch it here (click on the image):

Now, you and I know that effective listening is a really big part of coaching, and listening with your whole being (not just your ears) makes for a successful coaching session.

But, it also makes for a successful, happy life, doesn’t it?  We have to listen for love in those around us. If we listen intently we will discover that we are a lot more loved than we realize. But, there’s more; in listening deeply to those around us, we discover hundreds of opportunities (each and every day!) to give love.

Sometimes we need to really focus, and release all the distractions’ to really listen for love and discover those priceless opportunities to give of ourselves.

This Valentine’s month, giving and receiving love is our theme for the Be Inspired Now messages. If you have a special “loving” story to share, please feel free to add it in the comments section of the blog.

Again, I’m delighted to share Evelyn Glennie, on “how to listen.” It’s my loving gift to you, this second day of February.  It’s rather long (32 minutes), so settle in with a cup of tea, and enjoy!

As always, Karen and I are here to support you; just let us know how we can be of service. Thank you for all the opportunities to show you how much we love you!

Love,  joy and deep appreciation,

VA to Karen Cappello

62 Ways to Brighten the New Year

January 7, 2010

Hello, Magnificent Coaches!

Here’s Robin’s list for your review. What are my favorites? Well, let’s see…#3, #5, #7, #8….#14 and #15…and certainly, #16 gave me the opportunity to sit down, and reflect. Always a good thing at this time of year!

Be sure to read Robin’s Bio at the close of this post, and drop by his Web site for more inspiration.

And, as always, I hope you take the time to leave a comment – with YOUR favorites in the list.

Love and Great Joy,


62 Ways To Make 2010 Your Best New Year Yet
By Robin Sharma, January 3rd, 2010

1. Remember that leadership isn’t about your position. It’s about your influence.

2. Get fit like a pro athlete

3. Lift people up versus tearing people down

4. Protect your good name. An impeccable reputation takes a lifetime to build. And 60 seconds to lose

5. Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence

6. Remember that even a 1% daily innovation rate amounts to at least a 100% rate of innovation in 100 days

7. Believe in your dreams (even when others laugh at them)

8. Measure your success, not by your net worth but by your self worth (and how happy you feel)

9. Take an intelligent risk every 24 hours. No Try-No Win.

10. Read “Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist”

11. Watch “Man on Wire”

12. Regardless of your title at work, be a team builder.

13. Remember that business is all about relationships and human connections

14. Say “please” more

15. Say “thank you” more

16. Know your Big 5: the five things that need to happen by the end of this year for you to feel it’s been your best year yet

17. Read your Big 5 every morning while the rest of the world is asleep

18. Read “As You Think”. At least twice this year.

19. Be willing to fail. It’s the price of greatness

20. Focus less on making money and more on creating value

21. Spend less, save more

22. Leave everything you touch better than you found it

23. Be the most positive person in every room you’re in

24. Run your own race

24. Stay true to your deepest values and best ideals

25. Write a handwritten thank you note to a customer/friend/loved one every day

26. When you travel, send love letters to your kids on hotel stationary. In time, they’ll have a rich collection to remember your travels by

27. Read “Atlas Shrugged”

28. Be a problem solver versus a trouble maker

29. Rather than doing many things at mediocrity do just a few things-but at mastery

30. Honor your parents

31. Commit to doing great work-whether anyone notices it or not. It’s one of life’s best sources of happiness.

32. Give more than you receive (another of the truths of happiness)

33. Have your 1/3/5/10/25 years goals recorded on paper and review them weekly

34. Be patient. Slow and steady wins the race. The only reason businesses that went from zero to a billion in a year or two get featured in magazines is because 99% of businesses require a lot more time to win

34. Underpromise and then overdeliver

35. See part of your job as “a developer of people” (whether you work in the boardroom or the mailroom)

36. Wear your heart on your sleeve. When people see you’re real, they’ll fall in love with you

37. Be authentic versus plastic

38. Read “The Alchemist”

39. Remember that life wants you to win. So get out of your own way

40. Consider that behind every fear lives your next level of growth (and power)

41. Eat less food

42. Drink more water

43. Rest when you need to

44. Read “SUCCESS” magazine

45. Write your eulogy and them live your life backwards

46. Demand the best from yourself

47. Remember that the more you go to your limits, the more your limits will expand

48. See everything that happens to you as an opportunity to grow (and therefore, as a precious gift)

49. Be obsessed with learning and self-development

50. Become comfortable alone (you are the only person you get to be with your whole life)

51. Smile. It’s a stunningly effective way to win in business and life

52. Reflect on the shortness of life

53. Be bold when it comes to your dreams but gentle with those you love

54. Remember that success is dangerous because it can kill drive/innovation/passion and going the extra mile. Be successful yet stay hungry

55. Read “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin”

56. Be of deep value to this world

57. Own beautiful things but don’t let them own you

58. Use excellent words.

59. Laugh more.

60. Don’t complain, gossip or be negative.

61. Plan as if you’ll live forever but live as if you’ll die tomorrow.

62. Feel free to pass these lessons on to those you want to help.

Robin Sharma is a world-renown leader and coach in the personal development world and is the CEO of Sharma Leadership International, which helps organizations develop world-class leaders. He’s also the author of 10 books, including 5 #1 bestsellers, such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. And on top of coaching and writing, Robin is a highly sought-after speaker and consultant to organizations all over the world like Microsoft, Nike, FedEx, NASA, KPMG, IBM and The  Young Presidents Organization. Visit his Web site at:

It’s All in Our Perception

December 18, 2009

This was shared with me recently…and at this time of the year, when we’re (maybe) moving too fast…slowing down, and really SEEING what beauty surrounds us…let’ make a commitment to one another to do that more.  I received a thotspot email today that focused on the same thing:

Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look
around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Matthew Broderick

So, here’s the story….


Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:

The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:  If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…. How many other things are we missing?


As always, I welcome your comments!

Love and Great Joy,