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Overcoming Fear

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramFEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

Simple, right? Yet, when we’re in the grip of fear, the logic (or illogic) of it is completely beside the point. It cripples us. It fills us with the quaking, heart-pounding, hands and voice shaking, inability to move.

And sometimes it undermines us in very subtle ways.

Courage (according to Encarta) = “quality of being brave: the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.”

Fear is an emotion. Courage is a skill. Debra will show you ways to develop the skill of courage in response to the emotion of fear … so you can move forward and achieve your desired level of success.

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Transform Your Inner Critic into Your Staunchest Ally

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramAre you plagued by internal doubts and self-criticism? Think you’re not good enough, or don’t deserve the success you long for? Do you find that even when you know what to do, you find all sorts of reasons not to do it?

We all carry an internal critic in our heads, and it never shuts up! And the more we fight against it, or try to argue it away… the more we know intellectually that it isn’t real… the louder and more insistent it gets.

Fortunately, there’s a better way. You can actually learn to befriend that voice, and turn it from your worst enemy to your most steadfast and supportive ally.

In this class you’ll discover:

  • Where that voice comes from and why we all have it
  • A range of tools and techniques to retrain the critics voice to be your ally (this can work with external critics too!)

Learning to work with your critics voice can transform your relationships, your business, your creativity, your life.

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How to Use Feedback and Criticism Constructively

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramThe most successful artists (and people) have made an art of receiving and implementing feedback. But for the rest of us, feedback can be really hard to hear.  It can be painful.  It can trigger all of our negative beliefs both about our own worth and about the probability of our success.

And feedback can come in a lot of different forms.  If you subscribe to the idea:

There is no failure – only feedback*

*(The Leadership Principle that I talk about in “Mindset of a Leader – Part 2”)

Then everything can be taken as feedback, right?  So, using the feedback becomes an even bigger opportunity and challenge.

In this class you’ll discover:

  • The most effective way to solicit and receive overt feedback
  • How to glean feedback from your most challenging experiences
  • How to maintain your equilibrium and faith in yourself when receiving negative feedback
  • The best ways to interpret feedback, particularly conflicting information
  • And how to implement feedback constructively in your life and your art.

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The Mindset of a Leader – Part 2

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramIn this second of three classes on the Mindset of a Leader, we continue the discussion about what a leader thinks and believes.

When we think about leaders, usually our focus is on their behavior and how their behavior influences the world around them.  And perhaps we try to emulate that behavior with varying levels of success.

The reason we have varying levels of success is because behaviors come from underlying beliefs about our world and our place within the world.  In order to become authentic leaders in our own lives, we must build a foundation of beliefs that empower leadership behavior.

In this, the second of 3 classes, using Christopher Howard’s 18 Assumptions of Empowered Leadership, we explore:

  • The second set of 6 Assumptions of Empowered Leadership
  • The benefits and challenges of each assumption
  • And how we can apply them in our day-to-day lives

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The Mindset of a Leader – Part 1

Artists MBA, Professional ProgramWhen we think about leaders, usually our focus is on their behavior and how their behavior influences the world around them.  And perhaps we try to emulate that behavior with varying levels of success.

The reason we have varying levels of success is because behaviors come from underlying beliefs about our world and our place within our world.  In order to become authentic leaders in our own lives, we must build a foundation of beliefs that empower leadership behavior.

In this, the first of 3 classes, using Christopher Howard’s 18 Assumptions of Empowered Leadership, we explore:

  • The first 6 Assumptions of Empowered Leadership
  • The benefits and challenges of each assumption
  • And how we can apply them in our day-to-day lives

This is a class to engage in as you build your own foundation of leadership in your life.

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100% Ownership – The First Key to Leadership

Artists MBA, Foundation ProgramYou may think, I’m an Artist, I don’t need to be a Leader.  But this isn’t about being a political or religious leader.  This class is about being a Leader in your life and your career.

The first foundation of Leadership – taking responsibility for your outcomes – all of them.

Blaming others, or even ourselves, for unwanted and undesirable outcomes is a way of life in our society.  What you may not realize is the tremendous loss this way of thinking creates – loss of self-esteem, loss of empowerment, loss of courage, loss of your dreams and your vision.  If any of these issues are a concern for you – this class is essential to your success.

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”
Henry Ward Beecher

We explore:

  • The difference between responsibility and blame
  • The pros and cons of taking ownership of your outcomes
  • Simple tools to create a new habit of ownership

I know that this topic can be sensitive, even frightening.  If you are feeling resistant, apathetic or fearful, this class is definitely for you.

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Debra Recommends Turning Passions Into Profits

Debra Russell recommends, Christopher Howard, NLP, Hypnosis, success

Turning Passions Into Profits

– 3 Steps to Wealth & Power
by Christopher Howard

This is a book by my NLP and Hypnosis teacher.  What surprised me about this book was what it wasn’t.  It wasn’t another “follow your bliss” woo-woo book.  And it wasn’t a “Business” book.  It is a concrete instruction manual to use other people’s success as your model to create your own success.

Here’s what Amazon has to say:

Product Description

Turning Passions Into Profits provides specific techniques for rapidly closing the gap between where you are today and where you’d like to be tomorrow. In this book, Christopher Howard teaches powerful, innovative tools for modeling and replicating the ultimate success of some of the world’s greatest leaders and billionaires. With the ability to select and incorporate some of the traits, strategies, thought patterns, and behaviors of those already achieving results, individuals can plot a course and arrive at a chosen destination quicker than they ever thought possible. It provides concrete tools and strategies to fully understand the governing principles outstanding achievers use to realize their vision.
In addition, Turning Passions Into Profits supplies exercises to apply these communication and leadership tools to master these skills-ultimately gaining career, financial, and personal success.

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What invisible boundaries come between people and their dreams?

Isn’t the playing field the same for everyone?

How can ordinary people break away from the pack?

Why do some people enjoy phenomenal success in everything they do?

In Turning Passions into Profits, Chris Howard, a leading authority on personal influence and effectiveness, helps readers break through boundaries to achieve wealth and power. He gives eye-opening insight into the playing field and the rules of the game of life, and provides innovative techniques and concrete tools for expanding the playing field, rewriting the rules, and winning the game.

Each individual’s personal rule book is based on learned behavior and personal experiences that shape his or her perspectives. Turning Passions into Profits helps readers recognize and overcome their stifling, self-imposed rules and limitations and move toward a more fulfilling and rewarding future.

“Change your focus and take charge of your life” is Howard’s mantra. He provides actionable techniques to get readers on the fast track from today’s frustrating status quo to tomorrow’s infinite possibilities. This inspiring, empowering book includes thought-provoking exercises to complete and strategies to incorporate into every facet of life, including Creation Technologies, modeling, Strategic Visioning, building teams and rapport, and communicating with power. Readers learn about six hallmarks of powerful communications that influence people and special techniques to inspire confidence.

For years, Howard has studied the lives and characteristics of a diverse group of people, some from quite ordinary backgrounds, who became extraordinarily successful, including Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela. He zeroes in on common characteristics and shares his insight to help readers learn from and emulate the strategies of the masters.

Turning Passions into Profits is part practical, part philosophical, and all-powerful. It’s not a one-time read; it’s a lifetime reference for those who want to quickly close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.

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Debra Recommends A Cure for the Common Life

The Cardinal Rules of Self-Esteem

by Catherine Cardinal, PhD

This book, originally titled the Ten Commandments of Self-Esteem was written by my dear friend, Catherine.   Going beyond what we already know about self-esteem, she offers simple, clear steps that will lead you into the life you deserve.

From Amazon.com:

A CURE FOR THE COMMON LIFE: THE CARDINAL RULES OF SELF-ESTEEM is a small but deceptively powerful book that pinpoints 10 specific ways to recognize the root cause of common emotional problems and, at the same time, determine a realistic course for improvement. What makes this book different from so many other “self-esteem” books is author Dr. Catherine Cardinal and her instinctive, straightforward ability to connect with the heart of the problem. Her compassionate and honest comments then provide a realistic view of the many options we have before the next step.

Written in a clear, thoughtful, all-embracing, and entertaining style, Dr. Catherine Cardinal gives you the confidence and support to finally take that giant leap – and change for your own good.

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Debra Recommends Taming Your Gremlin

Debra Russell recommends, Rick Carson, Taming Your Gremlin, inner critic, emotional intelligenceA Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way

by Rick Carson

From Amazon.com:
This is a completely updated edition of the 1983 classic that introduced a powerful method for gaining freedom from self-defeating behaviors and beliefs. Rick Carson, creator of the renowned Gremlin-Taming Method, has revised the book to include fresh interactive activities, real-life vignettes we can all identify with, and new loathsome gremlins ripe for taming. Carson blends his laid-back style, Taoist wisdom, the Zen Theory of Change, and sound psychology in an easy-to-understand, unique, and practical system for banishing the nemesis within. Among the things you will learn are:

  • Techniques for getting a sliver of light between the natural you and the monster of your mind.
  • The extraordinary power of simply noticing and playing with options.
  • Six keys to maintaining emotional balance amid upheaval.

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Debra Recommends The Power of Focusing

Debra Russell recommends, emotional intelligence, success skills

A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing

by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D.

I’ve been personally using these techniques for my own inner work for about 8 years.  And I use these techniques on a regular basis with my private coaching clients.  I find that “focusing” increases emotional intelligence, access to your intuition and a deeper understanding of what you’re really trying to tell yourself when you’re feeling tense or uneasy.

From Amazon:

“Focusing”–defined as a body-oriented process of self-awareness and emotional healing–is employed today by thousands of psychotherapists with their patients. This book, the first to make the methods of this treatment accessible to laypersons, outlines in friendly, nontechnical language how to effectively use focusing to address a variety of issues.

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