Are you feeling fearful?

According to my trusty online dictionary, fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

Does this describe the current state of affairs or what? 

Are you feeling fearful? If you are, and it’s likely you may be, is this the state you want to remain in? Are you ready to shift to new thinking that will help you?

I am not afraid.

The reason is because being afraid of something I have no control over gives my control away and makes me feel powerless, helpless and vulnerable.

My goal is to stay healthy.

Note I did not say that my goal is to not catch the virus, nor is my goal to stay away from others.

This is a very important distinction and one that may help you today, and through this very interesting time in history.

If it’s true, and I believe it is, that we get what we focus on, then making certain you are focused to your advantage is key.

Focusing on the virus — on how many have it, how many it’s killed, what has been cancelled and who it’s hurting brings all those things closer to you. They become top of mind; they are fear inducing.

If on the other washed hand, you focus your mind, heart and body on staying healthy, the way you act and interact shifts to protect you.

Here are a couple of things to keep you focused on what you want to feel instead of fear:

  1. Turn off the media. You already know everything you need to know about the virus, and you have no control over any of it. Stop reading and watching the bombardment about it and you’ll find you feel healthier mentally.

  2. Focus on what you can control. 

  3. Shift your thinking to something like “I’m healthy and doing all I can to stay that way.”

  4. Be mindful of your words. 

  5. Be conscious of your actions. Keep washing those hands!

Know this too shall pass – and it will.

Think, speak and spread only light. We are human, we are creative and industrious and very hardy. We will overcome anything and everything given time. This has been proven over and over through centuries of living and evolving.

When someone I am speaking to wants to focus on all the bad news so prevalent right now, I find when I gently ask them, “Are you healthy?” and “Are you keeping yourself diligent?” they usually reply “yes” and then we can shift to other things that are far more interesting.

My goal is to stay healthy, especially in my mind. What’s your goal?

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Shawna Schuh, CSP
Helping leaders evolve.  
Executive Coach, Speaker, Columnist & Author
President, Women in the Pet Industry
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Ready to disrupt your thinking?

The definition of disruption is disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity or process.

One of the things that can be of help to leaders is to disrupt the thinking patterns or the processes in your business that could use some freshening up.

Disrupt is synonymous with interrupt so basically they mean the same thing – except interrupt usually puts us off when disrupt can allow us to come up with new things and new ways of thinking.

Here are a couple of ways you can disrupt things/processes this week:

  1. Move something in your environment – especially in your business. When you move a physical thing, the energy changes and you must shift to accommodate it. An example would be to move a desk, display or even where you charge your phone.
  2. Do something in reverse order. When you shift the order of something, especially a process, it can expose a hole or unneeded task.
  3. Bring in outside eyes. From new hires to a family member or coach, when you have someone unfamiliar with your thinking or process they tend to ask the kinds of questions that bring about needed improvements.

Someone once suggested to me that when I return from traveling to shift or move something in my home to reflect that there had been some shift in me and my perceptions. This has been a wonderful idea and I’ve used it many times, and now I give to you to consider.

When you return, you are altered so shifting something (even a tiny thing like adding a small token to a plant or shifting papers to a new place) will alter how you look or think about where you live.

I would love to hear which of these you do now, will consider doing, or something else that works for you.

Wishing you many altered environments that bring you even more joy.

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Shawna Schuh, CSP
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Are your days long? Are your years short?

Not to alarm you, just to remind you that March is the last month in the first quarter.

Why does that matter?

It depends on how you plan or break down something large like a year or a life.

As Gretchen Rubin says, “ The days are long but the years are short.” 

This month is my birth month so maybe I’m in a reflective mood; however, isn’t it smart to ask yourself at any age, What do I want my life to be about or stand for?”  

I am the product of parents that lived through war, hunger, and had nothing but an orange given to my dad at Christmas. Granted my parents were older than my peer’s parents (I was adopted late in their lives), however they made sure my brother and I had a roof, warm clothing and plenty to eat.

We didn’t struggle to survive. There was never a time in my life when I knew hunger. My parents also made sure I knew how to work, contribute to the family and pull my weight.  An interesting aside, I don’t have a fireplace in my log home because I intend to never, chop, stack, move or clean up after firewood ever again, thank you, mom and dad!

My point about this third month in the year. What if you took a bit of time and determined what would matter doing in this glorious life you have. 

The answer is in you, and not stagnant. For me, I’m finding it moves and deepens. I think it’s about serving leaders who want to evolve. I know pets are involved as teachers and partners in my life, and I’ve also come to realize that I am less interested in days or years.

It’s the moments that matter. 

Moments that contain smiles, breath, laughter, imagines, touches and joy. 

It only takes moments for some of the most vital, powerful and enthralling things to happen.

How about you decide to have more magnificent moments starting this month.

If you like, share them with me. It only takes a moment to reply.

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We’re at the Pet Expo in Florida this Week

As you read this, we are at the beginning of the Global Pet Expo. This is one of the premier events to feature pet products in America.

Women in the Pet Industry Network is doing a Meet Up at the Retailer’s Breakfast this Thursday, February 27th @ 7:30 am. Are you going?   Click here to let us know. 

One of the things I ask my clients when they are contemplating going to Global, or any industry event is this, what are your criteria?

Criteria: A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.

Should you attend the Global Pet Expo? Or any pet-related event?  That depends on these questions:

What do I want to learn?

Who do I want t know?

How can I extend my reach? 

For us, we want to meet other like-minded pet professionals who want to grow, give and cross-promote. We are looking for members and partners.

Also, I seek to become better so my mind is open to new experiences and new ideas. Do you have some to share?  

Our mission is to Unite Women Pet Leaders, join us!

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Shawna Schuh, CSP
Helping leaders evolve.  

Executive Coach, Speaker, Columnist & Author
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Dog Lessons to Use…

We are six weeks in to the new year. How’s it going for you?

One thing that keeps me going is my pup, Kingston. He’s a German Shepard, my first. I’m finding him to be smart, kind, comical and wonderful.

So today I thought I would share a couple of quotes about dogs that may delight you as much as they did me.

From Doris Day of all people. A movie star from days gone by that knew this truth.

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”

So true for me and maybe you. I don’t spend a lot of time deeply troubled. However I have down days, stressful days, and days that I don’t call stellar. On those days, it’s wonderful to have warm bodies covered in fur, wet kisses and wiggly bodies so excited to see me.

I’m rarely lonely because there are living spirits that want me to come home, that want me to be well, that want to be fed! Isn’t that the truth about dogs, and cats and horses and all our pets?

Here’s another quote by that popular author, “Unknown.”

“One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.”  

What I adore about this quote is sometimes, in these cold late winter days, you just feel down. There really isn’t any reason, and it doesn’t matter why, and a dog loves you anyway.

This is the most important message of this week: A dog loves you anyway.

How amazing and wonderful is this? When you are feeling down, deeply troubled, even slightly blue, remember please that a dog, cat, horse, bird or fish, love you anyway.

Now, don’t you feel better?

Let me know how your pets help you deal.

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Shawna Schuh, CSP
Helping leaders evolve.  

Executive Coach, Speaker, Columnist & Author
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