I Had You at Hello! 5 Ways to Build Instant (& Lasting) Connection

How to have them at ‘Hello!’ : 5 Ways to Build Instant (& Lasting) Connection

Happy Friday!

So I am loving being here in Prague – it’s like walking in a story book. Every corner boasts a new beautiful building and houses so much history.   And although we were told that Czech people can be very reserved and cold, I haven’t found that to be the case at all. I’ve already made a few local friends, including Jacob and Anna, who have the ‘Cava house’ at the local farmers market, where I just enjoyed an iced coffee

However, one thing I find a bit frustrating? I don’ speak the language! And I hate – hate is a strong word – I strongly dislike when I can’t simply engage in conversation with those I meet as I normally do.

For me, communication is one of the ways I like to connect with people. And yet, it is not the only way! And I’ve had to rely on some others since being here.

Do you want to connect more easily, and more quickly, with those you meet and work with?

Listen to this week’s video and learn 5 ways to do exactly that.

Again, the five ideas are:

Acknowledge.

Learn their name. 

Be the first.

Speak their language.

Self-disclose. 

Test it out this week! I challenge you to connect just a little bit BIGGER this week! And then let me know it goes! Leave your comments below, or over on my YouTube Channel.

Happy Friday, and have a FAB week!

From Tears to Cheers: 3 Lessons Learned from the Dichotomy of my Day

My Week in Pics: Celebrating Canada Day and the 4th of July with my fellow remotes; visiting Terezin Concentration Camp, listening to Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus perform songs from Brundibar, and meeting survivor John Freund ~ who lived in that same camp and watched that same opera 75 years earlier… and then on the other extreme indulging in a Prague Foodie Tour.

From Tears to Cheers: 3 Lessons Learned from the Dichotomy of my Day

Happy Friday!

And greetings from beautiful Prague, Czech Republic.

Yup. I’m in a new city, new country, new continent since last week ~ and I have to say so far I am loving it here. Walking down the cobblestone streets with the the rich history, beautiful buildings, gothic domes and cathedrals… it almost feels as though you are taking part in a storybook.

Five days in, and I’m feeling quite at home. Even began to learn Czech today! And, I’ve had some pretty neat experiences. The two highlights – and they were biggies – taking place in one day.

Yesterday was full of tears and cheers. And it was tough to go from one extreme to the other.

I visited Terezin ~ a walled city that acted as a Ghetto during WWI from 1941 – 1945, an hour outside of Prague. It housed a concentration camp, army barracks, and more than 150,000 people were held for months or years before being deported to other camps, many of which for extermination.

However even more moving was the story behind my visit. One of my dear friends from Toronto informed me her daughter was currently on tour with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, performing Brundibar, a children’s opera performed by the children in this concentration camp 75 years ago. And there was a pretty special 87-year old in the audience, for whom it wasn’t his first visit…

Watch this week’s video to hear the moving story, as well as how I then went to another extreme, experiencing a Prague Foodie Tour, and the lessons gleaned moving from one to the other.

(Yes, a tad longer than usual, yet worth the 7 minutes, I promise!)

Perhaps a little heavy today. And yet it was a real slice of a day in the life of…

1. Same Same but Different
2. Appreciate it All.
3. Give Back; Give Big.

What lesson most resonated with you? And what one small action will you commit to taking today as a result? I want to hear from you over at the blog or on my YouTube Channel

Happy Friday, and have a FAB week.

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more of John Freund’s story, you can do so here: http://memoirs.azrielifoundation.org/survivor/john-freund

There is indeed power in vulnerability…

My week in pics: Last week in Buenos Aires! Attending the ballet (Swan Lake), having fun at the farewell party, Women Living Big’s ‘Vino & Vulnerability’ event, attending the Canada 150 special reception at the Canadian Embassy and meeting Ambassador Robert Fry. 

There is indeed power in vulnerability.

Happy Friday!

And HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY CANADA! (and to my friends both of the border, happy almost 4th of July…!)

Although I wish I were in Canada for the festivities, I will be sporting some fun Canadian paraphernalia on the plane from Buenos Aires to Prague! And, I was fortunate to have been invited to the Canadian Embassy last night for a special #Canada150 celebration. Yes, I did manage to not only meet (and get a selfie with!) Ambassador Robert Fry, I also had a lovely and inspiring conversation with him. He seems a wonderful man, and we spoke about some of the initiatives he’s passionate about, happy to hear women’s issues (especially ‘Ni Una Menos’ fighting violence against women) being one of them.

Last night while watching a special indigenous performance, I had a moment, and felt very grateful and proud to be Canadian.

It was an exciting last week in Buenos Aires, especially as Women Living BIG had another successful event on Tuesday evening entitled ‘Vino & Vulnerability.’ A wine tasting (we’re into region of wine after all!) and an opportunity for women to connect and bond while opening up out important matters. It was a powerful night, and yet even more powerful was what happened the day after the event…

Watch this week’s video below to see what I’m talking about.

And so now I challenge YOU to be just a little bit more vulnerable this week. Imagine how freeing it would be,  and the positive impact it would have.. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this important subject below, or over on over on my YouTube Channel

Have a FAB week, and enjoy the festivities!

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P.S. If you’re interested in watching Brené Brown’s TedX talk, you can do so HERE. (It’s a goodie!)

 

 

A powerful distinction… and it may just be a game changer!

A powerful distinction… and it may just be a game changer!

Happy Friday!

What a whirlwind the last week has been! I’m just back from New Orleans, after having an amazing time presenting at the SHRM conference (with over 19,000 people!). Initially I was a tad worried not many would show up to my 7am session, however it was a full house of around 500 people, and we had a great time learning how to “Communicate your way to the Top!” (WELCOME to new Happy Friday members from this amazing audience!) And, by the time you read this, I’ll be back in Buenos Aires, Argentina, continuing my Remote Year experience. Good thing I love traveling (and collecting air miles!) 

Today, I want to talk about an important distinction I learned at one of my first personal development and leadership seminars I attended. It was a game changer for me, and it may just be a game changer for you.

Watch the video to see what I mean.

 

 

And now I want to hear from YOU.  What are YOU going to choose this week? Who are you going to choose to be, and how are you going to choose to show up? I want to hear from you in the comments below, or over on my Youtube channel.

 

Have a FAB week!

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The Top 3 Obstacles to living BIG (And how to CRUSH them!)

My week in pics: Visiting the beautiful Santiago, Chile, meeting Jeanne Beker, who was also speaking at Canadian Payroll Association’s annual conference, having fun practising selfies and making new friends at the CPA conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. 

The Top 3 Obstacles to living BIG (And how to CRUSH them!)

I’m back home again, having stopped for a few days en route last weekend in beautiful Santiago, Chile! I had the pleasure of speaking at the CPA conference yesterday, and I’m getting ready to head off to New Orleans to speak at SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) this weekend. Yes, lots of the go, but it’s exciting!

Earlier this week I gave a live training on the Top 3 Obstacles to Living Our BIGGEST Lives, and it really resonated with the folks watching. And so I thought I would share some of the ideas with you here today. Because once we identify what may be holding us back, we’ll know how to bust through!!!

So if you’re ready to get out of excuse-ville, powerfully shift your mindset, and find your positive peeps posse, then I invite you to join The Tribe… because you’ll find all that and more in this powerful community!

Can can find our more and SIGN UP HERETODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO JOIN! Don’t miss out!

Have a FAB week!

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P.S. I want to hear your thoughts! Which obstacle are YOU committing to crushing? Leave a comment below, over on my YouTube Channel! – and be sure to subscribe!

 

Transcript:

Happy Friday!

 

I’m Carol Schulte, and welcome to another video edition of my Happy Friday blog.

And greetings from Niagara Falls, Ontario! No doubt you can see the falls behind me, as well as the beautiful mist, and a beautiful rainbow to boot!

Yes, I’m back in Ontario, back in Canada, excited and honoured to be presenting at the Canadian Payroll Association’s annual conference, with this year’s theme being “Generating Momentum.” And that is exactly what we’re going to be doing during my sessions tomorrow.

However, today we’re not going to be talking about generating momentum (well, we kind of are!) we’re going to be exploring deeper into this idea of living BIG – you know that’s what I’m all about! – but today I want to talk about the obstacles that get in the way. And more specifically, we’re going to look at three ideas, the three biggest obstacles that may prevent us from living our biggest lives, as well as three ways to conquer or crush them!

 

  1. We live in Excuse-ville!

There’s a difference between reasons and excuses. And yet sometimes we get them mixed up! And we’ve become so good at rationalizing and justifying why we can’t take action on what we truly want, or go after that big goal, that big dream, or that big idea that we’ve had for a while.

I know, we’re got a lot on our plates. But we are never going to have enough time, enough money, our ducks are never going to be perfectly in a row, and our inbox is never going to be at zero. Ultimately, there’s never going to be the perfect time to take that first step. You have to choose it. And say enough is enough.

Now sometimes there are real reasons, I get that. But when are reasonable reasons acting in disguise for inexcusable excuses. So let’s be clear on what our reasons are, and what our excuses are, so we are no longer living in excuse-ville.

 

  1. We live with a ‘lack of’ mindset’

All too often we don’t believe enough in ourselves. We come from a place of ‘not enough.’ So many people experience this, so you’re not alone! You wake up in the morning and you feel like you haven’t had enough sleep.’ And that’s before we’re even out of bed! We can too easily get into the habit of having or feeling ‘not enough…’ We’re not ready, not good enough, not deserving enough, not worthy enough… whatever it is, we live in this place of not believing it’s possible.

Now our mindset is like a muscle. We have to work at it. We have to practice it on a regular basis. So what are you doing to work on your mindset?

Are you saying regular affirmations? Doing visualizations? Do you write, or read positive literature? Ensure you are working on that muscle that is your mindset. You can learn all of the business strategies, all of the amazing techniques, technologies, tools that are out there, but if you don’t believe that it’s possible, then it’s not going to happen.

 

  1. We are not surrounding ourselves by a ‘Positive Peeps Posse!’

We need to choose wisely the people we’re going to spend our time with. Do you have people around you that believe in you, that lift you up, that cheer you on? Or do you have people like those crabs in a bucket, who want to pull you down anytime you’re stepping up, stepping out, who don’t necessarily want to set you free or tell you that you can do it. We all need people who are going to be there for the good, the bad, and the ugly. People who are going to be there when we really need that heart to heart, when we need to be picked up, but who are also there to cheer us on, and to celebrate when we’ve accomplished something great.

Who is in your positive peeps posse, and what can you do to ensure you are surrounding yourself with more positive people, who are also up to big things. Who want to dream big, and play bigger in their lives.

So these are the three obstacles that get in our way, as well as some ideas as to how to push past them.

 

Get out of excuse-ville, create a positive mindset, and surround yourself by a positive peeps posse!

 

And when you continue to do that, you’ll continue to live a little bit bigger, whatever that looks like to you.

I’m Carol Schulte, Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend!

And please share this video with someone in your life who you think could benefit from living bigger, and again if this resonates with you, then I invite you to look into The Tribe!

Today is the LAST day to sign up! So if you’re ready to step up your game, step out of your comfort zone, and step into your biggest life, then please come and join us in The Tribe.

 

Until next time, don’t forget to dream big, play big, and live big.

 

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Raise Your Glass! It’s Time To Celebrate!

My week in pics: Learning how to make the perfect Mate (a BIG part of the Argentinian culture), exploring the city and hanging out with my new friend I met on the airplane, walking tour of Buenos Aires (and going to the famous grave of Eva Perón, aka Evita!), getting dressed up to go to a famous Speak Easy to celebrate some birthdays, which are all the rage here!

Raise Your Glass! It’s Time To Celebrate!

 

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE finding an excuse to celebrate! Birthdays, anniversaries, because it’s Friday, or JUST BECAUSE! And no, you are never too old for balloons!

Well today, we’re going to talk about celebrating, and the importance of it! And moreover I’m going to share 3 reasons as to why we don’t always take the time to celebrate, and 3 ideas how we can change that!

Enjoy!

(transcript below)

Have a FAB week!

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P.S. Are you ready to ‘Unleash Your Powerful Woman Within?!?‘ There are still a few tickets left for our event in Toronto on Monday! JOIN US! 

 

 

TRANSCRIPT:

Happy Friday!

I’m Carol Schulte, and welcome to my Happy Friday video blog.

Today is all about celebration!

Why? Well, it’s Friday, I happen to love celebrating, and it just so happens to be the celebrating BIG day in the 5-Day Living Big challenge!

You see, I love a good excuse to celebrate. Birthdays, anniversaries, and I also love balloons! (And I believe you can celebrate with balloons at any age!)

But I also don’t think we necessarily have to wait for special occasions to celebrate. In fact, I would argue you can find a reason to celebrate each and every day, if you choose to see it that way.

So why is it that so many of us have a hard time taking the time to celebrate?

Today, I’m going to share with you three reasons why, and three ideas how we can conquer them.

 

  1. As my friend and colleague Nina Spencer writes in her book describing her experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, ‘Sometimes you can’t see the mountain when you’re already on the mountain.’ Which means, sometimes when you’re so busy doing what you’re doing, you’re not able to take that bird’s eye view and look at how far you’ve already come. It’s good to be focused on where you want to go, however also we need to celebrate where we’ve come from and all we’ve already accomplished.

 

  1. We’re really good at saying ‘I will celebrate when.’ When I get there, once I’ve done that, once I’ve reached that goal, or met the man, or had children… then, then, THEN I can celebrate. We’re always waiting for that next big milestone before we can celebrate, instead of recognizing we already have so much to celebrate, right where we are right here. So make sure you take the time to recognize that, celebrate that!

 

  1. Sometimes we get so caught up in looking around at what everyone else is doing, that all of a sudden our achievement or accomplishment doesn’t seem so great anymore. So be careful of that. Don’t compare where you are to someone else’s middle or even end game. If you’ve conquered an action, if you’ve done something you’ve set out to do, celebrate that! Don’t look at what everybody else is doing, it doesn’t matter! After all, they’re not on your journey.

 

So today I challenge you to find something to celebrate. And however you choose to do it, whether you get some balloons, or you get out a glass of your fave bevvy (don’t worry, it’s just water, I’m still working!) or you want to write out a celebrations list, do something to celebrate who you are and where you are right now.

This is actually something we do every Friday in The Tribe, and I’m excited to do that later on with them. I want you to stay tuned because on Monday I’m going to be sending out a very special invitation for you to join The Tribe.

It’s an amazing and powerful group where you get the accountability, the support, and the inspiration you need to continue to go after your dreams and make them happen. And furthermore, to live your biggest life!

So, it is celebration time!

Happy Friday, have a wonderful weekend, and if you have someone in your life who you think would benefit from this video, please share it with them!

And until next time, don’t forget to dream big, play big, and live big.

Carol

 

A living BIG little epiphany, insight, and invitation…

My week in pics: Good times with some amazing friends, lots o’ girls’ nights, and Ladies Who Brunch, speaking to a great group at the iaap Canadian Education Conference, making friends on my journey to Buenos Aires (including Cyndi!) and getting right back into life with the Remotes and enjoying some delish Argentinian meals…

A living BIG little epiphany, insight, and invitation…

Happy Friday!

And greetings from Buenos Aires!

That’s right, after a lovely (albeit busy!) two weeks at home, four airports, three flights, and 24 hours of travel time, my Remote Year journey continues!

After meeting some great people on the various flights, and making friends with Cyndi from United Customer Service, I had a powerful epiphany. And then an insight. And now I have an invitation.

Watch this week’s video to see what I’m taking about!

(transcript below)

So, are you ready to join the challenge?!? Let’s have some FUN together! Plus, after the five days, you’ll have a new-found spring in your step, a brighter smile on your face, and you’ll feel more alive than you have for a while.

REGISTER HERE.

(And, seeing as how it’s always more fun to do challenges with others, invite your friends and colleagues to take it on with you!)

Have a FAB week, *|FNAME|*!

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P.S. I want to hear how it’s going! Share your journey over at the blog or leave a comment over on my YouTube Channel! – and be sure to subscribe!

 

 

TRANSCRIPT:

Happy Friday!

I’m Carol Schulte, and welcome to another video edition of my Happy Friday blog.

And greetings from Buenos Aires, where I’m coming to you from my new apartment building.

I had a wonderful two weeks at home, and after four airports, three flights, and 24 hours of travel time, I’m back in South America and the Remote Year journey continues!

Today, I’d like to share with you an epiphany, an insight, and an invitation.

The last leg of my journey was out of Houston, and it was also going to be the longest leg of my journey, almost 10 hours. Now when I first checked in online, I wasn’t able to choose a seat for this flight. When I asked in Toronto, I was also out of luck, and was advised to ask at the gate. Apparently it had the code that meant the flight was overbooked.

Now I wasn’t so much worried I wouldn’t get on at all, although that could have been the case, I was more worried I would have a middle seat! And so I inquired at every part of my journey.

Finally, in Houston, as I was walking to my gate, I passed the Customer Service desk, and so I thought I may as well ask there.

For the first time ever, there was no one in line! It was my lucky day! However I also thought perhaps the ladies behind the desk were enjoying their peace and quiet. Well, I walked up to the first one who invited me up, and said ‘I’m sorry to disturb the peace, this must be an anomaly for you!’ To which she replied, ‘It’s the calm before the storm, just wait until the late night flights arrive…’

I acknowledged they must be used to complaints and screaming and upset customers, and let them know I hoped I’d be an easy one! I then proceeded to explain my situation and ask if there was any was I may be able to confirm my seat. I handed over my boarding pass, and she said, ‘Well someone’s already been looking out for you, as you do in fact have an assigned seat.’ Cheekily, I asked if it was a window. It was an aisle. Better than middle, absolutely, however I do love a good window seat… So I then said ‘Now I don’t want to push my luck, however any chance you may have a window available?’ She kindly looked into it, and said she did, however further back in the plane. So I had to choose from 41L, or 33K.

‘Which do you think has more of a chance of me sitting next to my Prince Charming?’ Wanting to get a laugh. And then she actually looked into which of the passengers that would be next to me were flying solo or with a group!

We enjoyed some fun banter back and forth, and then Cyndi, who I had learned her name to be, said ‘You know what? You’re such a nice woman I’m going to do better than that. I’m going to put you up to economy plus… a window and extra leg room.’ WOO HOO!

Now she didn’t have to do that. However it was very much appreciated. So I thanked her profusely, and proceeded to bring her a gift card from Starbucks. She was very surprised and thankful and said ‘You didn’t have to do that!’ to which I replied, ‘And neither did you!’

And in that moment, we shared a connection and an appreciation. It was a living BIG moment.

That was my epiphany. And the insight that followed, is that although I’m fortunate to be jet-setting and traveling and working remotely, and I’m sure some of you are thinking, wow, you’re so lucky, you’re really living big, I’ve come to discover that it actually doesn’t require a big adventure on the other side of the world to live big.

Sometimes it’s the small moments, the real moments, like the moment of connection and shared appreciation I shared with Cyndi, that can make a BIG difference.

And so here is the invitation.

Starting this coming Monday, June 5th, I’m doing a 5-day living big challenge.

5 days, 5 small ways to live just a little bit bigger. Every day, you’ll receive an email and a short video from me with an idea or action to take on that day.

Now these are not going to be just another item to add to your to-do list. They are going to be easy to implement, and FUN!

And after the five days, you’ll have a new-found spring in your step, a brighter smile of your face, and you’ll feel more alive than you have for a while.

So I hope you’ll join us!

AND, if you have someone in your life you think could benefit, please share this video with them, and invite them to take the challenge with you!

Until next time, I’m Carol Schulte, and don’t forget to dream big, play big, and live big!

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We all need a tribe. Got yours? 3 Ways to find, or build, your tribe.

We all need a tribe. Got yours? 3 ways to find, or build, your tribe.

Happy Friday!

Hard to believe I’ve been home for a week now… it’s almost as though I never left! To be honest, it’s kind of comforting. Nothing really changes.

And although it’s been a busy week, preparing for two exciting presentations for the Association of Public Sector Professionals and the International Association of Administrative Professionals, a Women Living Big Habitat for Humanity Build, and lots of fun fam jam and friend catch up time, I’ve loved every minute of it.

Why? Because I love being surrounded by my special peeps. I love being surrounded by amazing folks that I love and that love me. I love being surrounded by my ‘tribe.’

Human beings need human connection. We’re social creatures. And we all desire to be around people who accept us, who ‘get’ us, and who love us unconditionally no matter what.

And that’s what this week’s video it all about!

Watch it here:

 

Which of these three ideas are you going to take on this week? And why does it matter to YOU to be a part of a Tribe? Share your comments below or over at my YouTube channel! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE

AND, please feel free to share with other people in your life! 

Have a FAB week!

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TRANSCRIPT:

HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m Carol Schulte, and welcome to another video edition of my Happy Friday blog.

And greetings as I come to you live on location from our Women Living Big Habitat for Humanity Build.

Last week Iguazu, Argentina, this week Ontario, Canada! Yes, this jet-setter is pretty fortunate. However I have to say even more fortunate than being able to travel? Having a network, a community, a tribe I can come home to.

Although it’s been a busy week ~ preparing for my talk yesterday in Ottawa for the Association of Public Sector Information Professionals ~ and more prep for the workshop I’m delivering for the International Association of Administrative Professionals on Saturday, today’s build (not to mention some much needed fam jam and friend catch up time!) I have to say I’ve been loving every minute of it. Why? Because I’ve been surrounded be some pretty amazing peeps.

Human beings are social creatures.

And our number one desire is to belong… to something. A group, a community, a tribe.

We all want to know there are people that ‘get’ us. We want to know there are people who have our backs. We want to know there are people who will love us regardless of what we look like, what we’ve done, or what we’ve said.

Now I know I’ve written before about the importance of having a ‘Positive Peeps Posse,’ and so today I want to expand on this idea, and offer three simple strategies for you to start finding, or building, your own tribe.

  1. Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People.

As Oprah says, ‘Surround yourself only with those who life you higher.’ This may mean doing a personal audit and getting honest with yourself, and it may mean having to let some people go that are no longer serving you. Sometimes it’s more important to subtract, then to add to your current network.

  1. Put Yourself Out There.

It can be intimidating to join new groups, attend events where you may not know very many people, introduce yourself to folks you don’t yet know. And yet sometimes that’s exactly what you gotta do to find your peeps. And I truly believe in the idea: There are no such thing as strangers, only friends you haven’t met.

  1. Become a cheerleader, a raving fan, and treasure your peeps. 

Before I went on Remote Year, I had a pretty jam-packed schedule attending events and meetings left, right, and center. People used to tell me I was crazy! Perhaps I am. However I LOVE people, and I love supporting people who are going after their dreams and are up to big things. You have to first offer support, if you are also looking for support in return. And we all need it.

And, treasure those people who are already important people in your life. Reach out to them regularly, Remember not only birthdays, but also important events, milestones, anniversaries. Take the time to let those important people in your life know how much they really matter to you.

So there you have it. Surround yourself with like-minded people, put yourself out there, and become a cheerleader, a raving fan, and treasure your people.

If you have someone in your life you think would benefit from this video, please share it with them! And let’s keep the conversation going. Which idea are you going to take on this week?

Share your ideas in the comments below.

And until next time, I’m Carol Schulte coming to you live from the Women Living Big Habitat for Humanity Build, surrounded and humbled by 22 powerhouse women. And don’t forget to keep dreaming big, playing big, and living big.

Who is in YOUR tribe? And if you don’t have one yet, who is one person you’d like in yours? Perhaps you may even want to reach out to them today!

Have a FAB week!

Carol

What is YOUR Living Big Hedgehog? (Watch this video to see what I mean!)

My week in pics: Having a fabulous time wine tasting in Mendoza, taking in the magic and beauty and splendour that are Iguazú Falls, getting SOAKING wet on the boat ride (that literally went under a part of the falls!) and visiting Las Tres Fronteras, the intersection of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. 

 

What is YOUR Living Big Hedgehog? (Watch this video to see what I mean!)

 

Happy Friday!

And greetings from… My Dad’s house back in Canada!

Yes that’s right – after four flights, five airports, and over 24 hours later – I’m back on Canadian soil! And it’s pretty exciting, I have to say.

I’m home for almost two weeks, as I have two exciting conferences I will be speaking at, and a Women Living Big Habitat For Humanity build, plus lots of friends and family I’m pumped to be seeing!

However that’s not what this week’s video is about.

This past week I spent a few days in beautiful Iguazú, where I was able to take in the magic, the splendour, and the beauty that is Iguazú Falls. And then I visited Las Tres Fronteras, the point where three countries – Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay – meet at the interaction of the Iguazú River and the Paraná River.

It’s a pretty powerful place. And it got me thinking about the power of three, and moreover where they intersect.

Some deep thoughts in this video as I share about Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept, and moreover what my Living BIG Hedgehog concept would be! Watch this video to find out what I mean…

(transcript below!)

 

And now I want to hear from YOU! What would YOUR Living Big Hedgehog be? Please share your ideas in the comments below, or over on my YouTube Channel.

Let’s keep the conversation going! So please share your thoughts and ideas below.

Have a FAB week!

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P.S. Ready to live just a little bit BIGGER? Join me on our upcoming 5-day Living Big Challenge

 

TRANSCRIPT:

Happy Friday!

I’m Carol Schulte, and welcome to another video edition of my Happy Friday blog. Greetings from Puerto Iguazú, where I’ve been the last few days taking in the majesty, the wonder, the splendour, and the beauty that are Iguazú Falls.

One of the seven natural wonders of the world. And it’s no wonder, as they make up almost 3km of natural waterfalls. Just gorgeous.

And I’ve been looking at them from both the Argentinian side, where I am now, as well as the Brazilian side, which is actually just across the river. But where I’m coming to you from today is at Las Tres Fronteras, or the Triple Frontier. Which is a pretty important point, because it separates not only Argentina and Brazil, but also Paraguay, and at the intersection of the Iguazú River and the Paraná River is the pinnacle, or the border, frontier, triple frontier… where these countries connect and come together. It’s a pretty powerful place.

It got me thinking, where are there other ways, other places where we can look at the intersection of three things. No doubt you’ve heard of the Venn Diagram, and there are lots of famous concepts and theories that talk about the power of three, and moreover where they intersect. One of the more famous examples being Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept. He talks about this concept in his book, Good to Great.

Now, funny fact. How did it get its name, Hedgehog Concept? It’s based on an ancient Greek parable that looks at the fox and the hedgehog. The fox is always trying to get at the hedgehog. But no matter what he tries, what strategy he applies – pouncing, sneaking, playing dead – the hedgehog always wins. Why? Because the hedgehog is really good at one thing: defending himself. So the poor fox always ends up with a lot of needles in his nose!

Jim Collins expanded on this idea and works with individuals and organizations to figure out what is going to bring them the most success. And it’s based on three circles, three questions that he asks.

The first being ‘What are you the best in the world at? The second, ‘What are you most passionate about? What do you love to do?’ And the third, ‘What is going to fuel your economic engine?’

And where those three circles connect, where they intersect, is where your powerhouse is, where your power lies. It’s where you are going to enjoy the most success, and happiness.

So it got me thinking. Now I talk about this idea of living big, and so I thought about what my circles would be, what would my questions be, and where would they intersect. Because no doubt that is where I could live my biggest life. And this is what I’ve come up with:

 

1. What am I the most scared of? Or where will I be living at the edge of my comfort zone?
2. Where am I living the most authentically? According to my own values, passions, goals?
3. Where am I living with the most purpose, meaning? What do I want my legacy to be?

 

And where those three answers intersect, that is where I am going to be living my biggest life.

Now I know living big means different things to different people, so I’m curious: What would your circles be, and what questions would you want to ask, so that you would be living YOUR biggest life?

I want to hear from you. Let’s keep the conversation going! So please share your thoughts and ideas below.

And furthering this idea of living big, I have a 5-day Living Big Challenge coming up. Five days, five ways, five small actions that you can take to live even bigger. And I hope you’ll join us!

And please, if you know someone in your life who you think could benefit from this video, please share it with them!

Until next time, I’m Carol Schulte, and don’t forget to dream big, play big, and live big.

How to taste wine, how to taste life.

My week in pics: Visiting cute lake town Villa Carlos Paz (and indulging in wine and ice cream…) hosting ‘Cocktails & Conversations’ event, good times my last few days in Córdoba, first wine tasting here in Mendoza! 

How to taste wine, how to taste life.

 

Happy Friday!

It’s funny, I’m actually just noticing the theme of wine has been pretty prevalent in my past week’s events…

Over the weekend I took a day tip to ‘Villa Carlos Paz,’ a beautiful lake town in the Sierras, did a hike up to to this famous cross on the top of the hill, and enjoyed some delicious wine while sitting next to the lake afterwards.

On Sunday, I hosted a ‘Cocktails and Conversations’ event (or vino and vulnerability ~ as it was with wine!) where we got opened up on the concept of home and shared what we may be missing.

And now I’m writing to you from Mendoza, the famous wine region of Argentina, where I’m indulging in one of my fave things to do…  wine tasting.

Last night, while contemplating the complexities of the certain malbec I was sniffing, it occurred to me that how we taste wine could be (or dare I say should we) taste life.

Watch this week’s video to see what I mean!

(And again, you can also read the content if you prefer below.)

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This week, I challenge you to engage in all of your senses, honour your unique experiences, and enjoy the moments.

Let’s continue the conversation! Share your thoughts and comments below or on my YouTube channel.

Have a FAB week!
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TRANSCRIPT:

Happy Friday!

I’m Carol Schulte, and greetings from Mendoza, Argentina… otherwise known as wine country! And welcome to another video edition of my Happy Friday blog.

I arrived here yesterday, and wasted no time getting out of the city, and was at my first winery within a few hours.

It was a gorgeous winery, Kaiken, which means Wild Goose, and after a private wine tour of their gorgeous facility – one of the oldest in the region established in 1920 – I sat down to taste a flight of some of their most famous wines.

It’s one of my favourite things to do. Wine tasting.

And as I sat there, I realized how we taste wine could be (dare I say should we) taste life. Because I actually don’t think we often take the time to truly taste it. Hear me out, as I have three ideas I’d like to share with you.

 

1. Engage all of your senses.

Wine tasting is an in-depth, complicated, albeit enjoyable process. And it involves a lot of steps. First you have to look at the wine, observe the colour, the legs, take it all in. And then you have to smell the wine. A big part of the tasting is noticing the aromas before even getting it to your palette. And then of course, the tasting. Are you utilizing all of your senses to experience and enjoy life? Or are you so busy do, do, doing that you’re not taking the time to utilize all of your senses to fully experience it.

 

2. Honour your unique experience.

Your tasting is going to be different than the next person’s. We bring different palettes, different preferences, different experiences to the table. And so it is in life. And that’s good! Are you honouring your unique experiences, gifts, talents? Are you allowing your authenticity to shine through? As Anais Nin says, “We do not see the world as it is, we see it as we are.” Our unique experiences and way in which we see the world needs to be both honoured and celebrated.

 

3. Be present in, and enjoy the moment.

So you’ve heard me say this before, however I realized when I was in the moment enjoying each sip of each wine I tried, I was totally there. I wasn’t thinking about my to-do list, or what I was going to have for dinner, or my overflowing inbox. Now maybe it’s because I happen to love wine tasting, however I truly was in right the moment.

Imagine what our life would look like if we were fully in each moment, each experience as it happened, and really enjoying it?

 

So there you have it. Wine tasting can teach you about life tasting. Be sure to engage all of your senses, honour your unique experience, and be present enough to truly enjoy the moment.

I’d love to continue to conversation, so please share your thoughts and comments below.

And, if you know someone in your life who could benefit from this video, please share it with them!

Until next time, I’m Carol Schulte, and don’t forget to dream big, play big, and live big.

 

P.S. As you know, I’m a self-professed lover of selfies… AND, I thought it high time I share  some of my selfie taking secrets with you! Sign up to receive 7 Steps to taking the Perfect, Shameless, Splendid Selfie!’ today!