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I hope you are enjoying the rebirth of our natural environment this spring even if it makes us sneeze and cough and blurry-eyed.  As long as we continue to nurture it, it is an example of pure perfection. (I started watching One Strange Rock with Will Smith and the videography is amazing!)

We just celebrated our second anniversary in our new home in Erlanger, Kentucky. I have tried to plant a few things in our new yard, however, the only success I have had is to provide a healthy variety of expensive options for the deer population.  The last straw was when they ate the emerging blooms from my lilies and the pansies in a pedestal pot……again.  I know that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results! 

I did some research and found a list of everything that deer hate;  plants that have a strong odor and an unusual texture.  This includes all the things I love, so I started planting from seed (low $ investment); dill, sage, basil, lavender, thyme, chocolate mint (smells like a thin mint Girl Scout cookie), flowering perennials, tomatoes and marigolds. I am obsessed with the progress from seed to thriving plant.  Every day, several times a day, I go out and measure their progress!

The topic on my mind this month is the idea of that progress IS perfection.   I am not particularly motivated by goals; I actually become overwhelmed and discouraged once I set a goal.  What I have recognized is that I thrive on continuous improvement. At the end of the day, incremental lifestyle changes are a better predictor of long-term, sustainable improvements in health and wellness than an intense goal driven effort to lose 20+ pounds in 6 weeks!  Take a look at this ad for Silk Almond Milk!  #progressisperfection I love it!

So how do we keep focused on the path towards our goals through the lens of progress and continuous improvement?

STEP 1: I believe that our first step is not to set parameters of a goal.  The most important step is to create the vision.  Begin with “I am” and write it out (by hand) and develop an empowering narrative around how you will feel, look, think and act as you improve or change your situation.  Paint a vivid multi-media image of you experiencing your new self as you achieve a desired state or accomplishment. Practice it daily!

In Dr. Joe Dispenza’s most recent blog post, “When you stop looking and start becoming” he states that through this work we are able to actually use the visioning process to achieve a state of “biologically wearing our dream” before it takes form in reality.  We can plant a seed from within our mind’s eye and watch it sprout and grow into form; rooted in reality.

STEP 2: Recall prior success and the thoughts, feelings and actions associated with that memory of achievement.  Inspire yourself, empower your attitude to create the energy necessary to succeed again. Repeat STEP 1

STEP 3: Commit to a daily journal that allows you to track incremental improvements, measures of success, i.e. progress!  Identify and validate your fear around this process and shift your thinking from fear to love around the challenge you are facing. Go back to STEP 1

STEP 4: Celebrate the small stuff!  It adds up!  Find an accountability partner to help you stay focused and positive. Repeat STEP 1!

It's not rocket science, however, if any of the steps are missing………your slow but steady march towards a new you, a new job, a  new relationship, will be sidetracked.

Please reply to this email or reach out to me via email and let me know what you like and want more of in these articles!

Happy gardening!


Jennifer Seaver Stokes is a Creator of Maximal Opportunities for Mutual Growth through her coaching practice @  Tuned In Coaching.  She helps individuals, couples and groups connect with their inner genius through strengths discovery and energy mastery. This  partnership, created through the coaching process, empowers clients to leverage internal assets for external success.

If you know of a group or organization in need of a speaker, presentation or group facilitator, I would love to share my passion and expertise in the area of  Strategic Strengths and Energy Mastery with groups and organizations. 

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