Posts Tagged ‘vision board’

Still Doing It All? At What Cost?

In Goals, Hope, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2017/06/15 at 10:15 am
That's Some  Balancing Act!

That’s Some
Balancing Act!

This is an updated repost of a fan favorite from a few years ago. Enjoy!

Let’s see… there’s a lot on your plate. You work 50 hours each week, you’re almost at the end of your Tax extension,  you need to clear your desk of debris so that what’s lurking on your desk can peek through, not to mention the fact that it’s time for little leagues, graduations, and summer weddings. If you’re like me, you can do it all – but at what cost? Are you working your life away?

I can only assume that Building a Powerful Vision for your future includes a point at which you can stop the madness and enjoy some leisure time. If you’re waiting for someday to say no to the many demands on your time, that day may never come, unless you set the date yourself. To get you started, here’s an exercise that will take just 5 minutes to complete.

  • On a blank sheet of paper, place the numbers 1 through 6.
  • Listen to “Enjoy Yourself” – a classic recorded by Guy Lombardo.
  • List 6 things you’ll do “someday”  – whatever floats your boat: travel to Greece,volunteer at a homeless shelter, get a hot tub, coach your daughter’s soccer team, do community theater, start saving for retirement.
  • To the right of each of those items, set a date by which you will begin or complete the activity.
  • Put today’s date at the top of the list.
  • Post the list on your refrigerator, and let it be a conversation starter for the people in your life who pass through or join you in the kitchen. Your innocent list may just get others thinking about what they’d like to accomplish and by what date they will take action, jut like you.
  • Three, Six, Nine and Twelve months from now, review your list and not what progress you’ve made on those items occurring soonest.

If you’re looking for ways to put your dreams into action, consider getting a copy of either of my books on the topic of Building A Powerful Vision. You can build a vision board yourself, throw a party with friends or begin a one year journey of creating a life you love. So many choices!D

Summer School For Your Hopes and Dreams!

In Uncategorized on 2014/06/07 at 10:33 pm

Summer School For Your Hopes and Dreams!

I am delighted to share my summer program: Building A Powerful Vision’s Summer School For Your Hopes and Dreams! Summer is the perfect time to treat yourself to a summer of creative and strategic thinking about living a life you love.The course is a blend of coaching, mastermind group, and individual work. Join me, from June 25 – August 6th. Click here to learn more and to register Bring a friend, and make the great price for this course even better…

Another Lesson in Vision: Don’t Put the Cart Before The Horse

In Abundance, Career, Career Coaching, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2013/12/13 at 5:31 pm
Me First!!!

Me First!!!

A huge round of applause for Michael Hyatt’s article, titled “Why Vision Is More Important Than Strategy”.  I find that Michael’s recommendations are always spot-on.

As you move through the holidays, making plans to chill the bubbly, listen to Michael Buble and create resolutions for 2014, you might find my new book, Building A Powerful Vision Planner: A One-Year Guide To Creating A Life You Love the perfect tool to expand your vision, maintain momentum, and transform your life.

Stay healthy and warm, if you are living in a wintry climate. One cold/flu per year is enough for me, and I’m resurfacing after mine. I’m especially focused on my health and wellness goals from today forward!

As always, I welcome your comments and make it a great week 🙂

~ Tess

Change and Transformation – Elements of Success

In Abundance, Career, Coaching, Destiny, Goals, Mentoring, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2012/10/27 at 1:29 pm

I came across two very powerful phrases while at a business retreat last week: Change is doing things differently. Transformation is being differently.

The “change” statement  refers to activity or behavior and is something that can generally be outwardly measured.  The “transformation” statement refers to an internal shift and may not be visible to the naked eye, yet it is palpable – not only to the individual is being different, but to those around them.

Have you ever seen someone after weeks or months of being separated, and notice they are somehow different when next you meet?  In trying to pinpoint he change, we tend to work from the outside in. We begin by taking note of possible changes in surface elements, such as appearance. We slowly work our way inside – to the essence  or the aura, or the way the individual carries herself. While changes to our shell, our appearance are most evident, change in our attitude and demeanor are equally noticeable.

There are three key types of change:

  • Developmental Change
  • Transitional Change
  • Transformational Change

Developmental changes are those you make to improve procedures or activities that will complement your current lifestyle. Think of your exercise program. If you want to improve your upper body muscle tone, you add weight conditioning to your workout. Simple examples: If you think about diet, if you want change the percentage of your diet that is made up of an additional 25% raw foods, add a salad at two meals daily. Development changes generally cause little stress and distress.  In professional settings: Learning new skills that will improve your performance or prepare you for promotion are good examples of developmental change.

Transitional changes are those you make to replace existing approaches or activities with new ones. A replacement example: use olive oil rather than butter in cooking. Eat celery and carrots rather than potato chips. You’ll retain the enjoyment of something crunchy, but it will be a healthy change.   Instead of sitting down and eating ice cream each evening right after dinner, take a twenty-minute walk and reward yourself with a cup of tea.  You’ll be changing you diet and your lifestyle.  In professional settings: If your company has become part of another organization, learning a new software system or learning how a new supervisor wants reports and information communicated are examples of transitional change.

Transformational changes are those you make to completely reshape your life. It is this level of change in which we create sustainable momentum toward getting the life we want. When you’ve achieved transformational change, you have grown, you have stretched, and you will not be reverting to your former way of looking at or approaching life. It is at this level that people often develop the ability to take the long view on life and business, on action and consequence.

Many people arrive at the threshold of transformational change after attempts to transform their lives through changes in surroundings, friends and activities, with little significant result. They discover that a quick fix will not fundamentally change your life. They discover that  transformational change is a journey, not an activity.

Awakening to your transformational journey is refreshing. It’s like opening the windows and doors to let the fresh air circulate through your house after a long winter.

I am in the midst of some self-reflection and examination. I’ve spent the past year and a half “reinventing” my professional focus. I can tell you what I’m doing differently, but that is all information about what has changed on two levels: My business activities and my lifestyle activities (travel, workout, diet). It’s time for me to pinpoint fundamental changes in my way of being to determine whether I’ve just been on a whirlwind trip or if I am on a journey – a path toward transformational change.

If you are asking yourself similar questions, I have three books I’d like to recommend. The first two were published a number of years ago. The books are: The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz), Women Who Run with the Wolves (Clarissa Pinkola Estes) [2 of my sisters just returned from a 5-day retreat with Clarissa and simply raved about her insight and authenticity), and my own book Building A Powerful Vision Board: A Path To Achieving Your Goals and What You Want In Life [This book leads you through a process of clarification, creation and action to advance on your path to fulfilling your personal/professional goals].

I’m enjoying my journey and making plans to focus on the transformation and not just the action elements of my life in 2013.

As always, I welcome your comments, and make it a great week.

~ Tess

Copyright 2012, Destiny Rising, LLC.

This Week: What Inspires and Moves You?

In Uncategorized on 2012/09/08 at 2:20 pm

This is the Optimist Creed

A Blogger’s call to action… “Energy Response System” – Pinterest

On an amazingly perfect late summer Saturday, I am indulging in some time on Pinterest. On my boards, I am asking questions: “What Makes You Happy?”, “What’s Your Picture of Success?”, “What does HOPE look like to you?”, and other such questions. I notice that I my blog posts receive a comment here and there. I want more! Specifically,  I’d like to get a dialogue started with a broader audience. So, I am performing a test of my own”Energy Broadcast System” – Pinterest. If you are signed up for Pinterest, this call to action is is especially for you. Head to my Pinterest site, browse my boards and comment on boards, quotes, thoughts and questions. This is a new experiment. I want to see if Pinterest is a good forum for dialogue. If you like what you see, please share this post or my site with your friends.

Here you go! Tess’ Pinterest site:  https://pinterest.com/DRTessDenton/

Make it a great week!

~ Tess

Copyright 2012

Destiny Rising, LLC



Building A Powerful Future through Images and Icons

In Abundance, Career, Coaching, Destiny, Goals, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2012/08/20 at 10:37 am

Welcome to  a new addition to my blogging identity.  This blog is titled,  “Building A Powerful Vision”. You’ll find that its posts and themes are associated with my book, “Building A Powerful Vision Board”. I hope you’ll enjoy it and subscribe.

One of the foundations of building and staying connected with your Vision is to connect with your emotions through sights and sounds. More and more people are using Pinterest to share what they love and want in life. To help you begin to clarify your own visit, visit my Pinterest site. The theme is “B.A.P.” – Building A Powerful… Anything.

My Pinterest pages are a gallery of ideas, pictures, videos and quotes you may find inspiring. Join the conversation!!!
My question for you this week is: What kind of a powerful future do you intend to build? What is YOUR destiny? Share it here in comments, or add your thoughts/comments to my Pinterest pages.
Make it a great week.

~ Tess

Copyright 2012

Destiny Rising, LLC

Author, “Building A Powerful Vision Board: A Path To Achieving Your Goals and What You Want in Life”

Author, http://yourdestinyrising.wordpress.com

Secret Agent Plan!

In Uncategorized on 2010/06/08 at 11:31 pm

Who doesn’t like a good spy film or novel? If you’re like me, you’d love to be a secret agent. It appears to have lots of mystery, intrigue and excitement built into the lifestyle.

Here’s your opportunity: While you are busy being all things to all people, you can create a business plan that can sit innocently on your desk or be posted on your wall that can work as your secret agent  in the background. Who would know that the collage of pictures can only be deciphered by you, and that it’s your powerful weapon for success?

Similar to a monthly calendar, you can have a refreshed monthly vision board/plan in front of you for the 40,50 or 70 hours a week that you’re working. If you are a road warrior, keep your agent in your planner or portfolio.  Investing a few hours each month in the creation of a visual plan for where you want to go within your company or where you’d like to see your company positioned, you may be amazed by how much ground you can cover in very little time.

Creating your secret agent plan is quite easy:

•    Make a list of what you’d like to have more or less of in your life one year from today.
•    Page through magazines or head to the internet to find some public domain photos that capture the essence of what you’d like to see in your life.
•    Put a timeframe on the changes you’d like to see. 30, 90, 180, 260. Group the pictures accordingly.
•    Choose a poster board that will give you room enough to post your pictures, and then group by timeframe and secure them on your board. You might also find numbers to correspond with your timeframes..
•    Take digital photos of your board, and strategically place them in three places:
➢    In an 8.5 X 11 frame for your desk
➢    As a screen saver or background for your computer
➢    As the background on your cell phone
•    Set a monthly appointment in your calendar to repeat the exercise. Stick to the appointment.

You’ll be amazed in just a few months at the progress you’re making. You’ll also have a great record of what you were thinking month by month when you look back.

And the best part… You are your own secret agent of change.

– Tess

Copyright 2010 Destiny Rising, LLC

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