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10 Years of Celebration

Posted by Carol Seymour on Feb 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Every conversation I have had in the month of January, I started it with, “Happy new year, happy new decade! Think back to 2010 – the last turn of the decade. Where were you? What were you doing? It’s likely you can remember the city you lived in, the company you were with, and the role you had. You might remember something particular about a relationship, the age of your children, or perhaps a major milestone. But I want you to think about your mental state: where you were inside your head. Were you thinking of the coming decade and what you wanted to learn or how you wanted to grow? Did you celebrate any of that good stuff you had along the way: your achievements, milestones, etc.

In a recent conversation with 4 Signature Program alumni, as I walked through this questioning, one commented, “You made me stop and reflect. The last decade was so intense and full, that it flew by. I’m not sure I stopped to think about those achievements, let alone celebrate them. Do you have any counsel for how we do that better for the next decade?”

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Topics: Intentional Mindset, Setting Priorities, Self-Care

Be Your Own Valentine

Posted by Carol Seymour on Feb 14, 2018 9:00:16 AM

I was working out yesterday in my usual spot at the community center, when I overheard someone say, “What are you doing for Valentine’s Day tomorrow?” I had forgotten. Without a special someone in my life, it was easy to overlook this day. I had made no special plans for today. 

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Topics: Self-Care

How you treat yourself is how you invite the world to treat you.

Posted by Carol Seymour on May 31, 2017 3:33:50 PM

I’m settled into my airplane seat, deciding what action item I will tackle first while I have 3 hours of flight time, when the usual safety announcement comes on. When it gets to the… “In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will automatically drop above your seat. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, be sure to secure your mask first, and then assist the other person.

I listen to that announcement and cannot imagine that I would NOT put my child’s mask on, or help a fragile elderly person next to me. I go last! And yet, the message is very clear. 

You are no good to anyone, if you don’t take care of yourself first!



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Topics: Leadership, Self-Care

Fear of Failure

Posted by Carol Seymour on Feb 15, 2017 10:33:49 AM

Do top level executives fear failure, and if so, how do they handle it?

A few months ago, I was interviewed by a writer for Strategy + Business magazine on an interesting topic: Do top level executives fear failure, and if so, how do they handle it? Her first question to me asked, “From your perspective, how common is the fear of failure at this high level where executives have, obviously, had successful track records to reach the positions they are in today?” My simple answer was:

“This is more common than you may guess.”

Most executives fear failure when a lot is at stake or when the collateral damage can be high. No one wants to be the cause of losing the biggest client, launching a product into the market that must be recalled, or shutting down a plant and displacing families because of incorrect market data.

But there is another fear of failure that lurks below the surface, causing us to test our courage muscle in smaller doses. This is the fear of not being all that you think you can be, or what you think others expect you to be.

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Topics: Relationships, Self-Care

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