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Meg Daly is a Life and Career Coach who works with individuals on achieving results and becoming the best version of themselves. You can learn more about her services at www.coachmegdaly.com.

Why Do We Resist Taking The High Road?

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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Do you ever wake up in the morning, grab your coffee, look out the window at the beautiful day ahead and then BAM! you are on the rumination wheel for some reason? It's almost as though there's an intruder within your mind hijacking your joy.

Why is that?

And more importantly... how do we move beyond it?

It happened to me recently. Suddenly an old "story" of an acquaintance came into my head. The things they did, the things they said... and the script in my head began to play "When I see them I am going to let them know I know exactly what they did, etc etc....."
Before I knew it, my energy level dropped, my heart was beating faster, and I frankly was in a foul mood.

So what did I do to snap out of it?

I consulted two of my "go to" people for advice. These are individuals who instead of fueling the flame of conflict, instead have a way of grounding me in what I know is right and healthy for me personally. Ironically, they both came back with essentially the same answer which helped me release the negative feelings and the desire to be RIGHT.

I asked one of them to put into written word his advice for today's gem....

"A colleague of mine whom I considered a great mentor taught me a valuable lesson early in my career which I have applied often in my life. I suffered the inevitable consequences of proving as a matter of principle that I was in the right in a situation that was not critical. He explained that being a person of principle was not the same as the need to be “right.” He stated that when I decided to do something on principle to be prepared for the negative consequences. He also was careful to clarify the difference between being a person of principle and steering clear of conflict that wasn’t necessary or beneficial. He explained that many times proving you are right did not bring about a positive experience. In general people do not like to be corrected. Even if it is clear that you are “right” they will likely feel the need to respond negatively. The result becomes a circle of negativity. The key that he taught me was that in most cases it was not necessary to create a negative situation because it is likely the individual knows they are wrong and for whatever reason decide to act regardless. As long as the transgression is not a serious matter i.e. legal or moral the negative energy created by the confrontation may not be worth the need to prove you are right.

The bottom line that I found in life is that we have choices. We are only in control of ourselves. I believe it is best to choose the high road every time it is possible. This does not necessarily mean that you are not being authentic it merely means that you choose to forgo the need to be “right” and negate the negative energy over something that is not critical... and instead focus your energy on the positive of which you have control."

His words rang true for me. When we know ourselves and our own truth, no one can take that away. Everything else is simply noise. When we turn away from the desire to shout our truth from the rooftops with pointing fingers that is where peace resides. That is where feelings of coming home to ourselves lives.

So the next time we feel the need to "set someone straight"... remember along with that comes the price of our energy, the story expanding, and inevitably disappointment.

Hold on to the beauty of today, in the moment.... and never let anyone mess with your joy.

XO-

Meg

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Be the calm in the storm

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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Today’s Gem:In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” ~Deepak Chopra

How ironic I should come across this quote today. Just yesterday I had a session with a client where we spent the entire session celebrating her newfound ability to stay focused, in her lane, and away from the drama within her work environment.

Drama has a lot of energy. In fact, if we let it, it has the power to take over a huge part of our happiness, choices, and future. The good news is, however, we all have the ability to change our reality in an instant. Just as we flip off a light switch, so are we able flip off the chaos that inevitably swirls around us each day.

We can’t stop this swirling of energy from other people or events in our lives… but we can gain control and power over our own energy and how we choose to harness it and project it into our minds, our loved ones, and our world.

Happiness & success,

Meg,

Meg Daly is a Personal Development Coach who works with individuals at pivotal points in their professional and personal lives. She helps her clients get organized, take action, and create lives they love! You can learn more about her at www.coachmegdaly.com.

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Fine-Tune Your Focus!

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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Do you ever notice that when you are happy, happiness finds you? When you are in love, more love comes your way? When one job offer comes in, two more roll in within days?

We have more power than we realize in manifesting what comes towards us each day.

Today, pay attention to your focus. Where is it? What is it directed towards? It is positive? Negative?

Consciously choose (even if you have to imagine/pretend/fake it until you make it!) and be in control of your focus and see where it leads you!

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life." ~Eckhart Tolle

Happiness & success,

Meg

Meg Daly is a Personal Development Coach who works with individuals at pivotal points in their professional and personal lives. She helps her clients get organized, take action, and create lives they love! You can learn more about her at www.coachmegdaly.com.

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Are You Stressed Out?

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 8:00:00 am 
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The past few weeks on my blog it's been all about the power of simplifying different areas of our lives. Last week was about our physical environment and today I'd like to take a leap over to simplifying our "inner environment."

So let's start with a question....

What is your #1 roadblock to inner peace?

For me, it's stress.
Stress accumulates within my body, mind, and soul from:
* guilt & regret over things I've said or done
* criticism & judgment of myself & others
* unresolved conflict within myself & with others

As we all know, stress is a huge roadblock to well-being. It causes anxiety, sleepless nights, and if prolonged, physical health issues.

So where do we start? For me, it goes something like this:

Sit Still vs. Run Away
Think about the last time you had an unpleasant feeling. Maybe it was guilt, sadness, loneliness, or anger. Did you acknowledge it or run into the arms of chips & dip, a glass of wine, Fox News, or Instagram? What about trying instead to say "hello... I see you... I hear you" to the parts of ourselves that are in dire need of attention? Sitting in stillness with compassion to whatever thoughts or feelings arise has a way of melting them away and much of the stress as well. When we go within ourselves in moments of stillness, it's simply a route to clarity by clearing out the "noise" within our heads.

Watch The Intake
What are you ingesting each day in the form of food, beverages, social media, tv shows, and other people's energy? Becoming super aware of what builds your energy versus burns it is helpful in making upgraded choices in what we ingest and allow into our lives. A great tool to use when faced with what to eat, who to socialize with, what activities to participate in is to ask yourself the question "Is this an act of loving myself or running from myself?"

Ground Yourself In The Now
I was introduced to Eckhart Tolle's work years ago and love his book, The Power of Now. It really shifted for me and millions of other readers away from the past or future and into the present moment. I've found that staying in the "what if's" and "could of, would of, should of" causes feelings of depression while racing ahead to tomorrow causes anxiety... so why not trying settling into right here, right now? Consciously release the desire to figure out what to do about XYZ situation and instead take baby steps of tapping into what feels right at this moment... and most
importantly trust yourself.

I recently heard Oprah say she was asked to define her religion. Her answer was so simple I just had to share:
"Kindness & Stillness"

So just for today, be okay with the stillness and choose to be kind to yourself and others. That's when things begin to flow and stress has a way of moving away and what is left is the space for who you truly are. It's really the path to coming home to you.

XO,

Meg

 

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The Power of Your Physical Space

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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I've been taking a course by Marie Diamond on Feng Shui and I've found it so interesting and effective. Friends and family have gotten on board as well. They describe the energy shifting to a feeling of calm once they've decluttered and paid attention to a few of the key practices of Feng Shui regarding placement of furniture, plants, colors, etc. Did you know your desk should never be facing out a window? That your bed should face the door? Or that your office garbage can should be covered and placed outside of your personal directions? I didn't either until now! I do feel more grounded in my office and find it easier to dive into work and stay focused for longer periods of time which has been a struggle for me at times.

If you are ready to investigate how the set up of your home and office can help shift your energy, increase your luck, and create more serenity in your life, look into Marie's online course at Mindvalley.com. If you are new to the idea of Feng Shui and are interested in the basics of the practice, I've found this article that explains it beautifully. I like the practical and simple tips to incorporate in your office and home today. Enjoy!
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The Power of Simplicity

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 pm 
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Have you ever cleaned out a closet and felt lighter? I once had a client tell me organizing a cupboard beneath the bathroom sink changed her life. Another shared that he and his wife had spent the entire weekend decluttering and purging their basement. He ended his story with wide eyes as he whispered to me.... "it seriously was a spiritual experience."

I think the same goes for mental clutter. How often do you allow your mind to venture into "bad neighborhoods" with the names of guilt, regret, shame, and fear? What would your life feel like without those thoughts? Would it be transformative, would you feel lighter? Would each day feel more like a spiritual experience?

And let's not forget all the stuff we think we are supposed to do that actually become stressors in our lives. Think about it for a second... are your morning or evening routines causing you feelings of freak out versus serenity? I was shocked to hear Eckart Tolle, author The Power of Now, share on a recent pod cast he doesn't mediate. WHHHAAAATTTTT??!!!
Before you throw out your Deepak Chopra & Oprah CD's I was relieved to hear he instead lives each day as an on going mediation. Now that sounds nice. No more timers and guilt over not doing it.

There is something enticing about returning to simplicity. Back to basics. Clean slates. Isn't that why back to school time is so fun? Everything is organized, fresh, and full of new possibilities.

So why not experiment with it? In fact, let's do it together. Over the coming weeks I will be sharing via this blog my own adventures with simplifying everything from my home to my work and well-being. I hope you join me!

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Are The Opinions Of Others Directing Your Life?

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 pm 
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As I write this I am sitting at my recently organized, moved, and decluttered desk. I'm in the midst of an 8-week course on "Feng Shui" for your home and office... and it's been very enlightening! Since my personal "success" direction is South, I was instructed to place items that reflect what I love to do as well as reminders of moving beyond limited expectations from others and myself. A very beautiful Lalique perfume atomizer I received from a friend is sitting smack dab in the direction of the South to remind me that regardless of other people's opinions, we and only we have the power to direct our own realities.

Fun little story behind the pretty little gift that I almost gave away this week for fear of "bad energy"...

In my mid 20's I was at my first sales job and began looking at other opportunities. Along with increased responsibility and travel came, as you would expect an increase in pay. My friend who gave me the Lalique atomizer was also in my field and earning a salary substantially more than mine. For whatever reason, this person enjoyed bringing me back down to earth and reminding me I would never make the amount of money nor reach the level they had achieved. In their words, I should "just be happy with my nice little job because I just didn't have it in me for the next level." YIKES!

How many times have you listened to other people’s opinions and allowed their words to deflate you, hold you back, and doubt yourself?

  • Maybe it was the family member who never thought you'd get into the college of your choice so why bother applying?
  • Or maybe it's the friend who secretly hopes you don't lose the weight, get the job, get the guy/girl because that would force them to confront their own "stuff."
  • Perhaps it's little things we still defer to our parents like how to decorate your home, what car to buy, or what clothes to wear.

In case you forgot, this is YOUR life! Think about this for a second...

How much of your life have you played the chameleon shape shifting to what others think/want/need?

If you are nodding "YES that is SOOOO me!" here are few practical tips to step away from the crowd and into your own lane:

Identify The Lesson/Gift
When triggered by other people's feedback, instead of completing relenting to their opinion OR getting overly defensive, stop and check in with the feelings you are feeling. Then, go a layer deeper beyond the feelings and ask yourself "What is this situation teaching me about me?"

Many times the people who offer up unsolicited advice are our greatest teachers because they are giving us moments to ground ourselves and say to ourselves "actually I am good. I know who I am, what I want, and how I want to live... but thanks anyway,"

These moments are opportunities for validation that we truly know ourselves... so WOO HOO! Give the nosey poesy busy bodies a hug and go on your merry way.

Remind Yourself:

Our brains really do listen to what we want. So reminding ourselves of our goals and intentions is a way of realigning on our path. This might be writing them down, putting visual anchors around the house/office like my atomizer to remind us of our own power. Remember, you want these dreams... you chose them... they are yours!

Embody It:

Remember my friend who doubted my abilities? Instead of listening, I chose to visualize and embody what my new role would look like, who I would work with, the home I would live in, the car I would drive, the people in the company, the clients I would meet. When we "make believe" that it's already here, pretty soon our goals that are waiting to be claimed become quite familiar. It's as if "of course this happening, I feel it already!" This way when it arrives, you know in your gut this is the right choice.

Back to my atomizer...instead of giving this beautiful and delicate gift away, I kept it. I now look at it as a reminder that our own power and our own lives are beautiful AND delicate. So hold your dreams gently, protecting and cherishing them because they are uniquely yours... and when all else fails, just remember other people's opinions are none of your business. So mind your own biz!

XO-

Meg

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Why This One Thing Is A BIG Energy Drain

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:45:00 am 
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  • "My boss won't let me take the time off... I just know it because we have a big project in the works."
  • "My friend is so selfish. I texted her three days ago I needed to talk and she hasn't called me back."
  • "My neighbors have everything. The car, the money, the big house, the jobs, the kids, the social life, the trips...why don't I have their life? What have I done wrong??"

What is the common theme in all of these statements? You guessed it... ASSUMPTIONS!

I hear them every day from clients and boy did I step into the "assumption abyss" this week... and I was reminded of how draining it can be.

Precious energy, time, and resources are squandered as we ruminate on situations where we think we have all the information to make an informed opinion ... but do we?

 

So what do we do to lessen the burning of energy when it comes to assumptions?

JUST ASK: (how do you really know what your boss will say or do unless you ask a direct question and gather more information?)

REMEMBER EVERYONE HAS THEIR "STUFF" (if your friend hasn't called you back, 99% of the time it's has to do with something THEY are going through.)

QUIT THE COMPARISON GAME (Don't assume because Ken and Barbie's life looks fabulous on the outside that they aren't dealing with their own crosses to bear... because we all do.)

Can you imagine the heartache, stress, resentment, lost opportunities, ruined relationships, and sleepless nights that all began with one little assumption?

Choose the courage to be direct, transparent, and wise enough to know when to have faith that everyone is doing the best they can.

XO
Meg

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Strategic Self Care

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 12:00:00 pm 
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When we feel discontent in different areas of our lives, it’s easy to point the finger at other people or situations as the root cause of the issue. While this is human nature, many times it’s also the easy way out. It feels good in the moment to play the blame game “if my job wasn’t so________” or “if so and so wasn’t such a ________”…but after the venting, what continues to linger within is this unquenchable thirst for peace within ourselves. Not to mention lost energy and emotional resources.

What if we stopped looking outward through the lens of control, and instead stepped within ourselves with curiosity rather than judgment?

For example, many times people reach out to me regarding discontent in their career or relationships. Maybe they don’t feel valued, respected, or inspired by their role or other people. They have valid reasons for how they feel, but how often are we able to change other people or situations? Inevitably, the same conversations and drama continue to play out.

Hmmmmm…..

So the common denominator in any part of our lives…is me, myself, and I…and that is exactly where the solution exists.

My experience personally and with those I work with has shown the number one way out of “stuck/frustrated/overwhelmed” in any area of our lives is to find ways to love ourselves more.

So what’s an indicator of how good we are at loving ourselves?

I think a lot of it has to do with how we care for ourselves. Self-care encompasses every area of our life from how we set up our day, our internal dialogue, the activities we choose to participate in, our ability to say no, the environment we create at home and the office, how we spend money, and the people we surround ourselves with.

Here are a few of my favorite self-care strategies:

  1. Mirror Work:I first read about this tool in Louise Haye’s book Life Loves You which was given to me by my friend Jane during a low point in my own life. It was such a gift! Basically, for a few weeks, you commit to staring at yourself eyeball to eyeball for several minutes (seriously!) in the mirror and repeating the words “I love you.” I can tell you from personal experience as well as feedback from clients at first you feel a bit ridiculous… and then something happens. You start to see, and I mean really see yourself. This creates a multitude of emotions on all levels. It’s pretty amazing and who cares if you think it sounds crazy…you’ve got nothing to lose!
  2. Methodical Mother: This is a fun one too. You embody your idyllic version of the perfect mother (which of course doesn’t exist but it’s your imagination so go for it
    You basically treat yourself with tender loving care with everything from what you eat, bedtime, your morning routine, how you speak to yourself, and your balance of work and fun time. This can be helpful when you are feeling worn out and run down.
  3. One Simple Question:When faced with a choice of whether to say yes or no… or how to react when triggered… or whether to beat yourself up…or whether to confront someone else…or what choice to make on a big decision, simply ask yourself one question:
    If I loved myself, what would I do?

When we live our lives from a place of acceptance rather than fear/ judgment/blame, things seem to work themselves out on their own. Our jobs become more enjoyable…or we attract new opportunities thanks to our elevated energy. Our relationships realign…or we thank one another for the experience and move on with peaceful hearts.

Self-care is truly the simple secret to success, serenity, and happiness and it’s right at your fingertips.

Take good care,

Meg

 

 

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Listen to your Alarm

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 pm 
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I recently was listening to Robert Holden discuss one of the biggest instigators of causing us to feel stuck.... and it's "fear."

He goes on to explain that fear is simply the alarm for us to wake up to our own wisdom. In essence, that our "knowing" of who we are and what we want is the solution to move through and beyond the fear.

What is lurking within your life right now and holding you back? 

Fear of being known? Alone? A failure? A success???

When you begin to feel that all to familiar sense of fear creeping into your thoughts, words, or actions, try this:

* Meet & Greet: Actually say "hello" to the fear and find out it's name. Maybe it's impatience, jealousy, or illogical worry. Being able to name something brings it from this "out there" pervasive "worry cloud" to something tangible that can be negotiated.

* Dig Deeper: What is this fear trying to teach you? How would your highest self respond to this fear? What if your loved one had this fear... what would YOU tell them? Truly knowing the makeup of our fears diminishes its power over us.

* Use a tool: I like affirmations and one of my favorites seems to do the trick... "All is good. All is well. You are safe. You are loved." Yes, a bit Stuart Smalley from SNL... but gosh darnit, it works! :)

"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live." 

- Dorothy Thompson

Joy & Abundance,
Meg

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Recharge

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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What do you do when life comes at you too fast? When demands are knocking on your door 24/7? When it feels like you’ve got nothing more to give?

One option is to keep pushing until something gives. Usually what “gives” is your temper, health or close relationships.

Another option is to be aware that the gas gauge is empty and to feel okay about retreating from the chaos to recharge, regroup and refocus.

Here are some ideas for the next time this comes up for you:

  1. Take a break from people who drain your energy and spirit.
  2. Try a cleanse or detox program.
  3. Take a day, an hour or a minute of silence.
  4. Give yourself the gift of time to do whatever inspires you that day.
  5. Go for a drive.
  6. Go to bed early.
  7. Simply do something nice for yourself.

Wishes to you for a happy day!

Meg

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Declutter Your Time

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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Think about this for a second... today and everything about it has never happened nor will it ever happen again. It is unique in its own right.

Look around and use all your senses. The birds you hear, the people you see, the foods you taste today, the things you touch... all of them are once in a lifetime mini experiences.

Looking through the lens of life this way encourages conscious living. Consciously making choices on how we spend our time and whom we spend it with.

Take for example, summer time. So many options to choose from. Things like Festivals, road trips, cookouts or concerts.

Think about responsibilities at work. Your to do list, what your team needs from you, what your boss needs from you...

How do we make the most of this day and make choices that will catapult us into momentum for positive tomorrows?

If you are feeling overwhelmed about all the choices AND responsibilities, simply use the same tactics home organizers use to declutter, for example, a closet!

Is it necessary?
Do you love it?
Is it useful?
Can you give it away? (delegate)
Is it possible to throw it away? (delete!)
Does it align with who you are?

Just as we clean, declutter, organize, and maintain our physical environment, so must we do the same with our time.

For example...

You're invited out for happy hour after work with your co-workers:

Do you love the idea?
Does it feel like a "YES"?... or a heavy " I SHOULD go because...."

You are faced with a new job opportunity:

Does it intuitively feel like a good move?
Does it align with who you are and the goals you have for your career?
Does it feel like a fresh start?

A fun tool to use over the next few days to get comfortable with checking in with your "internal wi fi" regarding decisions about how you spend your time (and thus your life!)...

Set your alarm to ring 3 times throughout the day. One in the morning, one at noon, and one in the evening before bed.
When it rings, pause and ask yourself "Do the choices I have made thus far today been in alignment with how I want to feel and what I want to accomplish today?""

When we live more consciously with intention, we begin to make choices that come from a place of authenticity. When we practice authenticity it's as if we are honoring ourselves in a sacred way... and when we begin to honor our time, other people start to as well.

Happy Decluttering!

Meg

 

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4 Simple Strategies to “Recombobulate”

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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When was the last time you felt discombobulated, stressed out, or “at your wits end?” For some of us, it was five minutes ago!
Feeling at the mercy of negative outside influences can be paralyzing. The next time you find yourself stuck in this “way station,” try these simple strategies to move forward:

1.Just BREATHE. The breath is a powerful tool in relaxing your mind and body. When you are read to explode, simply take a deep breath in for 4 seconds… hold it for 7…exhale for 8. This allows your body to settle down…as well as your giving your mind a break.

2.Will this MATTER? It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the moment and make our current situations mountains when in reality, they are anthills! Asking ourselves if this “situation” is really going to matter tomorrow, next week, or six months from now is a powerful way to settle ourselves down quickly.

3.Focus on the ABUNDANCE. Quickly think of six things to appreciate in your life (if you can pick six from the current day… even better!)

4.Discover the LESSON. Maybe the lesson is you need to tighten up your boundaries with the “takers” in your life. Perhaps, you need to speak up and be your own advocate in a difficult situation. Many times, the source of our frustration isn’t due to others behavior… but instead our REACTION to their behavior.

Happiness & success,
Meg

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Are Your Team's Communication Lines Clogged?

Account to Approve workflow on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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Think of the last time you gathered around the conference table or the kitchen table for a work or home team meeting...did you show up wanting to express how hard you had worked, how much you knew, or how "right" you were about the issue/challenge/success?

Does that feel expansive... or restrictive? High energy... or low energy? Does it feel like your words, thoughts, and feedback came from a place of fear... or love?

Now imagine something different. It's a table where each person sits down bringing nothing but an openness to listen, curiosity, calmness, and best of all... their unique gifts. In fact, can you imagine a team that got their inspiration by shining a light on one another's strengths rather than weaknesses? A group of individuals who divided up the work strategically based upon each person's "best parts" and put their egos on eviction notice?

In a world that is often existing out of a mode of survival this sometimes may seem like a "pie in the sky" kind of thinking... but it isn't!

When we identify what makes us unique and the gifts we have to offer and learn the same from others, we stretch ourselves in the authenticity and vulnerability departments. As a result, trust builds, and pretty soon those little things that breed resentment and clog up the lines of communication and energy within a team... evaporate.

If your team at home or work is on "pause" and what you want is to hit the "play" button and move forward, perhaps it's time to start looking at what is RIGHT rather than what is wrong.

p.s. Need help in the process? I've got a wonderful program that works with individuals and teams to uncover and identify those unique gifts within. Contact me today to learn more.

Meg




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What Is The ONE Thing You Know You MUST Do?

Account to Approve workflow on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 9:00:00 am 
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I think the main reason we get stuck is we get too comfortable in one of life's "holding patterns." It's safe and secure in what you might call the "circle of familiarity." Sometimes we might creep out with a little courage to the edge of that circle, intrigued with stepping it up a notch, trying something new... when BAM! Fear pops up right at the edge in front of our faces... just like a boogey man.

But just as those scary monsters under our bed were figments of our wild imagination, so is the fear we feel now as adults.
If you are feeling dissatisfaction is your life, the truth is you already know the answer deep down. You might be asking everyone and their brother "what should I do?" when the reality is, you are simply seeking validation from them for what you already know to be true.

So how do you find the answers to your own questions and identify a starting point to getting unstuck?
Get quiet. Martha Beck refers to it as "wordlessness."
Giving our minds a rest and meditating for even a few minutes every day allows our inner guidance to come through loud and clear. If sitting down and meditating isn't your thing, then go for a run, take a bath, or hop in the car for a drive and turn on some tunes. Do something to get out of your head and into your heart where the answers lie.

A client shared with me overtime she meditated, the voice in her head would say "give up the alcohol!" She wasn't an alcoholic, but admitted she was using it as a crutch to avoid dealing with anxiety in her work. When she finally listened and had the courage to follow through with feeling her feelings each evening, which is when things quickly began to shift.

What is your inner guide trying to tell you? Maybe it's "quit beating yourself up" or "let this friendship go" or "get up 30 minutes earlier each morning to workout."
Whatever it is, you already know it deep down. All it takes is some courage to listen... and take action.

So when your heart is crying out "Let's Go!" but your head says "WHHHOOOOOAAAAA!!"... go for it anyway. It might be a bit painful in the short term, but the
long-term fulfillment is oh so worth it.

Have a great weekend!

Meg

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3 Tips To Feel More ALIVE!

Account to Approve workflow on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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Often I work with individuals who struggle with a few core roadblocks. The three most common seem to be...

▪ Boundaries (AKA playing the people pleaser to an extreme)

▪ "Playing Small" (AKA not feeling comfortable verbalizing how amazing they are and shining a light on their gifts)

▪ "Imagination Stagnation" (AKA struggling to define what it is they even want)
I think we all at some point get a bit stuck in these areas. What I've seen work for my clients (and myself) is to take baby steps. It's nearly impossible to jump from the inability to say "NO" to becoming "healthy selfish"... going from hiding our greatness to unconditionally loving ourselves... or moving from total "blankness" to clearly identifying what would make our heart sing.
So I'd like to share a few tips that might help get the ball rolling for you or someone you know who might be struggling...

1. Boundaries - Give yourself the assignment to say no to everything for 24 hours unless you have a pure desire to say "YES!" It's uncomfortable at first, but with consistent practice, you'll be able to tap into that inner guidance easier and more quickly to know if the answer is a "Heck Yeah!" or a "HELL NO!"

2. "Playing Small" - Use the "doorknob trick." As you open the door to walk into an interview or click "Join" to an important conference call, tell yourself how amazing you are an. In other words, pause before any situation where you might feel insecure or out of your league and say to yourself, "I am AWESOME... and they are lucky I am here! Life is working in my favor. We all prosper when I activate my gifts/talents/strengths." This one is really a game changer. It can elevate your energy and people may not consciously see it, but at some level they feel it. Remember, when you play small and keep your AMAZINGNESS on lock down, you are robbing others in this world of benefiting from what you... and only you... have to give.

3. Imagination Stagnation. I recently asked a client "what would really light you up regarding your work?" She was blank... and frustrated. Rather than diving into a major action step of writing out in a narrative what her new reality would look like, she instead came up with the power statement of "I am moving towards identifying what I desire." Easy peasy! She wrote it on her bathroom mirror with a dry eraser marker (great trick!) and this simply planted seeds of imagination in her subconscious morning and evening. Pretty soon, she started coming up with loads of ideas!

We all want to feel more alive, on our purpose, and inspired. It takes some work, but a little goes a long way... so start today!

Have a great weekend,
Meg

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Bust OUT Of Your Comfort Zone!

Meg Daly on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 8:00:00 am 
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“Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you'd just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.” ~ Edward Whitacre, Jr.

 

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Why Your BEST Self Could Be Draining You

Account to Approve workflow on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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I had an interesting conversation with someone this week around the idea coming out of the closet… as it relates to showing the world our real self vs. our “BEST!!” self. How are they different?

Our “best” self is all the good stuff we, and others, love about ourselves. …. And they are wonderful!
I have another version called our “BEST!!!” self. This one tends to be an image we portray because we think that is what is required of us to do in order to be loved and accepted… or in other words part of the “the cool crowd.”

Our “real” self is a bit different. It feels like an exhale of “ahhhhhhhhh” as it deflates the pent up, toxic energy. “This is me... take it or leave it!”

It’s a beautiful and crazy combobulation of our shiny parts as well as our shadow sides…and when we gather the courage to show it, life might feel scary momentarily but boy does it end up feeling good!

A great test to see which one you are grounded in from time to time is to check in with how you feel:

Real Self=Expansive
"BEST” Self=Constrictive

When we choose to show our REAL selves to the world, we’ve reached an entirely new level of being. Being full on authentic regardless of the fears or risks of rejection is really a choice to be completely okay in the world regardless of others opinions.

Wow. How freeing is that?

Think back to when you were a child or teenager. What were you passionate about? Were you expressing it in your life, putting energy towards it, sharing it with others? Or were you like me and hid it?

Funny story. I was literally in a physical closet in terms of my hidden dream. I would lock myself in the bathroom as a child to privately practice Prell Shampoo and Crest toothpaste commercials…. for hours.

My dream was to be an actress… on Love Boat or Fantasy Island or if I was super lucky Days of Our Lives.

But I was embarrassed to share this dream.

Why???

Fear that people would think I was “full of myself,” arrogant or that I really loved who I was (as if that was something to be ashamed of.)

Why do some of us have the courage to say “The heck with it? This is who I am and your opinion is none of my business. I have my life to get on with!” …while others keep their gifts locked in the closet…or bathroom in my case?

When we choose to show our REAL selves to the world, we’ve reached an entirely new level of being. Being full on authentic regardless of the fears or risks of rejection is really a choice to be completely okay in the world regardless of others opinions.
Wow. How freeing is that?

Think back to when you were a child or teenager. What were you passionate about? Were you expressing it in your life, putting energy towards it, sharing it with others? Or were you like me and hid it?

Funny story. I was literally in a physical closet in terms of my hidden dream. I would lock myself in the bathroom as a child to privately practice Prell Shampoo and Crest toothpaste commercials…. for hours.
My dream was to be an actress… on Love Boat or Fantasy Island or if I was super lucky Days of Our Lives.
But I was embarrassed to share this dream.
Why???
Fear that people would think I was “full of myself,” arrogant or that I really loved who I was (as if that was something to be ashamed of.)

Why do some of us have the courage to say “The heck with it. This is who I am and your opinion is none of my business. I have my life to get on with!” …while others keep their gifts locked in the closet…or bathroom in my case?

It's most likely the presence or absence of self-acceptance.

When we don’t 100% “own” who we are, we run the risk of being triggered by outside influencers we view as not accepting us for who we are. Their word or actions are like shocks that echo against our inner emptiness.

The cure lies in filling up the emptiness with unconditional self-love and acceptance.

I am curious, what dreams have you put on hold? Where are you playing small in life? Is there drama/chaos/conflict in your life that’s creating echo storms within your soul? If so, maybe it’s time to start coming out of the closet in terms of what lights you up, brings you joy, and is your purpose in this lifetime. Not long ago, I realized during a moment of reflection that in order to do what I want to do in this lifetime I had to let go of any lingering regret, guilt, fear, or resentment towards myself and others. Unless I was able to do this, the people in my life as well as myself would be robbed of the gifts I have to share.

We all have a purpose and that purpose is wrapped up in our unique gifts. If you are ready to come out of the “BEST!!!! Self Closet” and get real...

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P.s. I'll be giving away a free gift after the FB live Monday so don't miss it!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend-

Meg

 

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Honoring Memorial Day

Account to Approve workflow on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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As we go into this weekend honoring those who have protected and served our country, I would like to share an interesting set of quotes I read recently from an article in Inc.com. I hope you enjoy....
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Frustrated At Work? Choose to Whine... Or SHINE!

Account to Approve workflow on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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As human beings it's in our nature to grow, to want more, to set goals, and dream. Often times, new desires present themselves in the snow globe of our professional lives.

Do we stay?

Do we go?

Do we start our own business?

Do we move to the Caribbean and teach surfing?

Sometimes, however, we are so immersed in what is WRONG with our current situation, we don't see what is perfectly right.

For example, if you are at the point of extreme frustration due to issues with your boss, this is actually a gift. It's a gift because it's forcing us to confront our own "issues" with confrontation, communication, etc. and an "opportunity for growth." Cliché, yes... but so true!

I've been fortunate to have wonderful bosses in my life. There was one, however, that really triggered my insecurities and me. Often times I wish I could jump back through time using the tools I now have and instead look at this situation as an opportunity to expand beyond the drama, the insecurity, and the need to be right.

20/20 hindsight is easy...but we do have a choice for today. The choices we choose with intention today are what create new realities for our own lives, our teams, and our organizations. All it takes is getting just a bit uncomfortable. Here are a few tips:

  1. Welcome the discontent. The disruption you feel is simply an alarm clock waking you up to the desire for something different. Instead of cursing the situation, try saying "Thank you for the information!" to whoever is triggering you and begin to be more intentional about your choices, patterns, habits, and how you show up. Rather than immersing yourself in the drama of the situation, step out of it. You are bigger than this! You have work to do!
  2. Choose Authenticity. Show up as your most real self, which is actually your best self. Don't hesitate to get real with yourself and others on your strengths... and your weaknesses.
  3. Write Your "Life Purpose Statement." This includes your talents, your gifts, strengths, and values. Tapping into all of these with a statement is an anchor to what you desire. Read it every morning and night. Example: "Using my gifts of communication and team building, I stay grounded in my values of authenticity and humor to easily connect with my team in a mindful and present way."
  4. Let Go. Step back and release the desire for things to be different. Accept "what is" around you with other people's choices and behaviors and instead focus inward. Who cares if "so and so" got the promotion. Release the need to show everyone how hard you worked. Stay in your lane and repeat, "It's none of my business what others think of me" and watch how things magically happen with more ease. Ahhhhhh...

Focusing on what is right in the situation and what you can control creates elevated energy within. At this point you realize either "hey I love my job" or another opportunity comes knocking with ease because like attracts like and when you raise your energy you attract the same. Changing our inner experience has the potential to create radical change in our everyday outside realities.

Interested in more about #3? Email me at meg@mojomeg.com regarding a single 90-minute session to dive deeper into Who You Are, What You Want, and How You Want To Feel! It's a game-changer.

XO-

Meg

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Daly Gem: Your 3 Best Super Powers for Success

Account to Approve workflow on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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Recently Chris Dyer, author of The Power of Company Culture, asked me to run a webinar for his audience titled "Developing Your Authentic Leadership Super Powers." The goal was to help leaders and teams tap into their internal resources in order to define what is meaningful, highlight inspiring possibilities for their work, and create connection/momentum with their colleagues.

I thought I would share the recording with you this week. I hope you enjoy and as always so happy you are here!

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XO-

Meg

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Tell Me What You Want

Account to Approve workflow on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 9:00:00 am 
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▪ I want more time.
▪ I want more joy.
▪ I want more confidence.

When I work with individuals and teams, I ask what I call the "sacred questions"...Who are you? What do you want? How do you want to feel?

Disruption in the forms of overwhelm and discontent occurs when there's an enormous gap between what we desire and what we are actually experiencing.

And this disruption is actually a good thing!

When we find ourselves asking those "sacred questions," even if we don't have the answers right away, it's a signal that we are awake. It means we are ready to look at solutions and begin to feel more grounded in our relationships, work, and our own spirit.

Once we land on our answers, it's simply a matter of making those desires a priority through our every day choices.
For example:

Desire: "I want more time." 
Solution: Do a "time review" of your life, similar to let's say a financial review. Get all your cards out on the table so you can clearly see how you spend your most valuable asset. Perhaps take 3 days next week and journal on an hour by hour account of what you actually did. There might be things that pop out that you can "A.D.D.".... Automate, Delegate or Delete. When you are able to clearly see the landscape of your life, it becomes easier to make shifts and tweaks and before you know it, you actually have the time to read the book, take the walk, or have coffee with a friend.

Desire: "I want more joy." 
Solution: We really do have the power to create our own realities. When was the last time you did something you love to do? Make a list of 10 things that make you happy... and commit to doing 1 per day for the next ten days. Check your energy level on a scale of 1-10 on Day 1 and Day 10 and you might be surprised.

Desire: "I want more confidence." 
Solution: Choose to love yourself, plain and simple. 
Sounds easier said than done? If you struggle with self-criticism and low self-esteem, make the conscious choice to expel the bully.... in your head. When we constantly beat ourselves up over what we did in the past or freak out about the future, we rob ourselves of the absolute perfection of the moment. When we instead embrace "what is" we begin to relax. When we start to relax, we are able to enjoy life more bit by bit. When we enjoy life, we begin to feel inspired. With inspiration comes a love for life, others, and ourselves. With this type of fuel in our minds, bodies, and spirits we begin to exude a calm and secure confidence that is unshakeable.

As always, so happy you are here with me. 
Have a great weekend,

XO-
Meg

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Is Your Job Draining Your Energy?

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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As human beings we are always growing. It's in our nature to evolve, achieve our goals, and ultimately experience happiness within us and with others.

Often times, our desire to grow can either be fueled by our job...or diminished. As a result, a big question that may linger in the corner of our minds is.... SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? (Am I the only one hearing the song in my head?!)

If this question resonates with you or someone you know, I'd love to share a simple and natural process that might alleviate the frustration and confusion.

Here you go:

1. Welcome The Discontent: I know it may sound crazy to view the pain as a gift, but it IS because it means you are awake! Your discontent is simply an alarm clock waking you up to the idea that something could be different in your life. Acknowledgement and gratitude are the starting points of any positive change.

2. Broaden Your Lens: Are you only looking at what is wrong and blocking out what is right? Our minds are powerful tools that can literally create our experiences. If we laser in on the negative, we feel negative. If we choose to embrace what IS working well, our experience tends to improve as our mind and energy elevate.

3. Stay in Your Lane: Put the focus back on you. Set some healthy boundaries...and stick to them. If you aren't happy with the way things are, "be the change you want to see"... or in other words, control what you can control.

4. Amp Up Your Super Powers: Your gifts, talents, and values are literally your magic ingredients. Decide to show up as your most REAL and best self-everyday. What does that mean? It means being vulnerable, transparent, and expressing your favorite parts of YOU!

It's been my experience, when we step away from the drama in our jobs (and our minds sometimes!) everything begins to shift. Your energy builds and you suddenly begin to enjoy your job OR new opportunities begin flowing your way.

Hope you enjoyed today's Gem. Have a great weekend!

XO

Meg

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Are You Showing Your True Self To The World?

Account to Approve workflow on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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A few questions to ponder...
1. Is there something you regret not trying in this lifetime?
2. What held you back in the past?
3. What is holding you back now?

So often I have conversations with loved ones, clients and myself about these exact questions. Some of the answers are...
▪ I loved to paint... but I wasn't any good... and now I am too old.
▪ I wanted to be an actress...but I thought it was egotistical...and now it would be foolish to try.
▪ My dream was to be a singer...but I didn't make high school swing choir...and there is no way I am up for rejection again!


What a shame to let fear of failure, rejection, or having others judge us as reasons not to express our gifts to the world.
A good friend of mine loves to sing and play the guitar. Rather than sitting at home thinking about how great it would be to perform in public, he went down to a local wine bar and asked the owner if he could play. 


Guess what? People showed up, they had fun, and so did he. Through this one act of courage, other opportunities are now opening up for him to create joy for even more people...and himself.

What if Adele had never gathered up the courage to write songs, perform, and audition for record companies? What if she bought into her fears, doubt, and self-criticism and gave up? A lot of people would have been denied the experience she creates with her music to express their own emotions. Who hasn't cried to her hit "Hello?" while driving in the car!!?? Okay, maybe not everyone :)

The point is, it doesn't matter if it's Adele, Mick Jagger, or The Yankee Cowboy (my friend I referenced above) who is on stage. The point is, each of them touches other people's hearts and souls when they find the courage to tap into the parts of themselves that lights their own spirit up.

What inspires you? What have you been putting off? What can you do today to change that?s

We think that finding our passion or purpose in life as being this big finale of "MY PURPOSE! MY PASSION! I finally found it!" (imagine fireworks going off and trumpets playing.)

What if our purpose was found instead by creating a ripple effect of good energy inward and outward to others each day by tapping into our own creativity and strengths? Now that is powerful.

You have unique gifts the world needs. Start spending them lavishly on the world today and watch what happens. 

P.S. If you want to check out the Yankee Cowboy (he used to play for the NY Yankees...and likes to sing country songs thus the name), feel free to join his group on Facebook by clicking here. 

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Meg

 

 

 

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The Blame Game & 1 Tip On How To Quit

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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The Blame Game & 1 Tip On How To Quit


Doesn't it just trip your trigger when people mess with your joy? You are having a great meeting or working through a project or enjoying your weekend and someone steps in to take you off your effervescent experience.

▪ How dare they!
▪ Who do they think they are?
▪ Now they've screwed everything up.
▪ It's all their fault.

Sound familiar? It's amazing how easy it is to allow other people's opinions, comments, and reactions to completely invade our own aura of awesome energy. Wouldn't it be a game changer to NOT avoid this and instead use these moments as opportunities to strengthen our joy, happiness, and connection to others?

You absolutely can and it's quite simple. 
The answer is to CHOOSE to stay grounded in your favorite parts of YOU.

Think of these favorite parts of yourself as your "personal brand."

What's your personal brand? It's the parts of you, whether hidden or alive, that get you inspired, light you up and feel completely authentic. It's like coming home to who you are at the core and it feels so good!

What words would you use to describe the best and most real parts of who you are? If you were to ask 20 people who know you well, what words would they choose to describe you?

Courageous, Confident, Honest, Creative, Elegant, Kind?

When you take the time to identify the parts of you that fuel positive experiences for the world, you are able to use these gifts to create more and more meaningful days, weeks, months, and years.

Now back to the blame game.

When someone triggers you because they are the OPPOSITE of your personal brand, don't choose the knee jerk (and easy!) reaction of running away. Instead, play with the experience and see what happens when you offer these gifts to the situation. This approach can literally shift the energy for everyone involved. When you try this and it works... you have just tapped into what I call one of your "Super Powers."

Wow! You in essence can become an every day Super Hero wielding your powers of integrity, connection, communication, humor etc. to save the world (or at least a relationship at home or at work!)

Interested in learning more about uncovering your own "Super Power System" and how it can help you get better at this "game of life?"

XO-
Meg

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Turn On Your Inner Technology

Account to Approve workflow on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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How we begin our day can dictate the flow of our experiences for the next 24 hours. When we start the day with intention, we give ourselves a leg up on creating the kind of life we desire.


When you wake up, do you have your phone at your bedside? Is it the first thing you look at? Do your favorite social media sites, text messages, and emails grab your attention first and before you know it, the day is running you rather than you running your own day?


So often we check in with our "outer technology" (the news, our calendars, phones) and neglect to check our most powerful technology... our own inner spirit.


Try this short morning ritual out for the next week and see what happens:

Upon opening your eyes say...
▪ Thank You.
▪ My intention for today is to_______________.
▪ I want to feel _________________ today.

Ask your self the following question:
▪What do I need to know to make this happen?

Finally, quiet your mind for a few minutes and simply breathe.

Checking in with our "inner technology" isn't just for the morning. This practical tool is powerful in creating a calm and cool "vibe" throughout the day. When triggered or stressed at work or at home, take 10 seconds to recall your intention and how you want to feel... and breathe, remembering it is our reaction to situations and other people that determines our experiences.

Meg

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Quit Apologizing

Account to Approve workflow on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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I’m sorry. I apologize. My Bad. Forgive me. Sorry, sorry, sorry.

The word “sorry” for many of us becomes a habit. Think about how many times a day you might apologize for something there is no rational reason to apologize for.

You drop an apple in the grocery store next to someone… “Sorry!”
You didn’t hear someone correctly… Sorry?”
You simply state your preference and the recipient isn’t happy… “Sorry!”

Of course there are times when a heartfelt apology is in order when you have hurt someone or when your intent was not the most positive but those most likely are few and far between.

Think about it this way… saying I am sorry 5 times a day is basically telling yourself and everyone around you, “I am a sorry person.”

Be yourself and don’t apologize for who you are. It’s what makes you special!

All my best,
Meg

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Triggered Again? Try This Tool To Keep Your Cool

Account to Approve workflow on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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Life is good when things are rolling along great, our energy level is high, and we are feeling pretty darn awesome. Inevitably, though, an experience shows up that has the potential of pulling us down.

Someone sends us an email, makes a comment, or shares information with us that isn't what we expected and BAM!... all those positive vibes literally dissolve into thin air.

Why is that? Why can't we continue to ride the wave of high energy in the face of others actions and words? Actually, we can with a simple yet effective tool...

I call it the "PCC Method"

▪ Pause
▪ Challenge
▪ Choice

Pause: Look back on your life and the conflict or stress you have experienced due to interactions with colleagues, family members, and friends. How many of them could have easily been snuffed out in second if you would have paused before speaking? Think of the energy you and the other person could have saved if one of you had taken a moment to breathe before responding. Words hold power and they can penetrate deep within our bodies. Their effects can linger in our minds and hearts for years. 

Challenge: This is where we step out of our racing minds and flaring emotions and challenge ourselves with a question: "How would my highest self show up to this moment?" or "What is the best choice of action right now?" or "How would (insert your role model's name here) react right now?" So it's essential we STOP and BREATHE when triggered. Pretty easy, right?

If you don't want your ego running your life, quiet it down in the moments.

Challenge yourself with powerful questions to bring you back to center.

Choice: We all have free will. We can choose option A or B, go left or right, stay put or move forward. Two people can be in the same meeting or conversation but make different choices on how they react... thus having a different experience for the rest of the day as well! The great thing about who we are as human beings is we have a choice in every moment of every day.

So pause and breathe, challenge yourself with a powerful question, then make the choice. When you put this tool to use, it has the power to keep you aligned with feeling good... and isn't that what we really desire?

"How We Live Our Days Is How We Live Our Lives" ~ Annie Dillard

Have a great weekend,

Meg

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Are You "Baking The Bread?"

Account to Approve workflow on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 12:00:00 am 
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One of my clients has a brilliant way with metaphors and analogies. One of my favorites is this idea of "baking the bread" as it relates to work.

Think of all the responsibilities within your job as ingredients to a secret recipe. When all are given adequate attention and added in each day, the results are probably things like efficiency, engagement, and communication.

If we forget a few key ingredients (like listening, asking powerful questions, and resisting the urge to make assumptions) the "bread" won't bake... or in other words, the results simply aren't there.

Many times it's the little things we neglect that begin to add up. Maybe we aren't checking the temperature of our teams... or we aren't giving our full attention to the tasks at hand (hello social media distractions/phone ringing/people interrupting our flow, etc) and before we know it, we are spinning around playing catch up.

On the other hand, when we take pride in our work, nurture our expertise with ongoing learning, and support others so they can "bake their bread" too not only do we thrive, but the rest of organization rises as well!

What metaphors do you love to share? I'd love to hear them... or better yet, be a guest blogger for one of the Daly Gems!

Have a great weekend,

Meg

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Just Laugh

Meg Daly on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 4:10:00 pm 
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“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” ~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

My niece recently sent me the funniest video of herself using a free app called Crazy Helium Booth.

It came at a perfect time during an overwhelming week where things just got too serious! Have you been in that space recently? Not fun. It’s too easy to get caught up in our heads making situations and events seem much “bigger” than they really are.

Well, this ridiculously silly app quickly changed my energy and several friends and family around me who were the lucky (or unlucky!) recipients of my videos. It reminded me of the power of pure laughter! Studies have shown getting your giggle on can relax your body, boost your immune system, release endorphins and improve blood flow!

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? If you are still thinking, it’s time to take action! Find someone or something (even the crazy app I referenced above) to get your laugh back.

Happiness & success!
Meg

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