Monday, February 23, 2015

Hope you can join me in March for this event.  This workshop is designed for a small group so each participant enjoys a richer experience, deeper value, and personalized attention.  Click this link for more information and to register!


The Renaissance Soul Way
Learn the secrets of your Renaissance Soul and how to apply it to your success

Presented at Creative Co-Working

922 Davis St., Evanston IL

March 14, 2015 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

March 21, 2015 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

March 28, 2015 – 10:00am – 12:00pm 

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Register for this series for only $149.99
Availability is limited

This is workshop is designed for a small group so that each participant enjoys a richer experience, deeper value, and personalized attention.   

Join us as we explore the power of a Renaissance Soul and what it can do for YOU!  Learn how to focus on your passions The Renaissance Way.  You will discover how easy it is to identify and articulate your heart’s desires. 

After this workshop, you will feel fully empowered and at ease to live as the swan you are meant to be and not as a duck.   Here is more of what you can expect:  
  1. Gain clarity in which direction to focus on to achieve the success you desire.
  2. Discover the values and beliefs that are limiting and in your way.
  3. Visualization exercises to get you on your right track using meditation & vision board.
  4. Develop a manageable step-by-step plan of action honoring your talents, interests, and passions.  
  5. Interactive activities to explore how to have a JOB compliment your passion pursuits. 
  6. How to eliminate the competition between a JOB and your passion.  
  7. How to focus when faced with multiple choices.     
  8. Design a personal creative Renaissance visual journal as your map to following your heart’s desires.
  9. Gain insight on the myths keeping you from living and embracing your uniqueness.  
  10. Be inspired and motivated that “yes, you can.”   

Facilitators:  Theresa Maria Napa, CPCC, LOACC, Certified Career Coach & Shari Pontillo, Owner of Twisted Fiber Studio

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ghosts Delay Progress

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.  If I keep
saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible
that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.  On
the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely
acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the
beginning.—Mahatma Gandhi 

As I read the above quote by Mahatma Gandhi, it brought up my saboteur beliefs regarding my writing ability.  Whether it be a recommendation, newsletter, announcement, answering emails, etc., it takes me a great deal of time and thought mixed with self-doubt and resistance to write.

I love writing, yet the inner critics put their hooks in and it takes me forever to get started most of the time.   For example, I find other things to do before writing that I pretend are a priority.  When preparing to do my monthly newsletter, I spend more time deciding the theme.  It can even take days!  Now that sounds pretty ridiculous to take so long to write anywhere from a few words to 1,000.

However switching beliefs requires understanding how gremlins work and how to lower their influence takes practice.  They are ghosts of the past.  They have been around a long time. 

Gremlins started their mayhem at a very early age; from what I have read, somewhere between ages 2-7.  That makes sense when you think about how we learn to navigate in our environment begins when we are toddlers.  We learn from those around us what we should and shouldn’t do.  We learn our values of what’s right and wrong.  We learn what we are expected to learn to avoid the loud growls of the “Big Bad Wolf.” The reasonable conclusion of a youngster when scolded is to believe there is something wrong with him/her.  

Next time I will share 5 tips to gain freedom from the clutches of ghosts past!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Taking the Yellow Brick Road

Taking the Yellow Brick Road

In the struggle to have things differently, our tendency is to ask:

  • What do I need to do to get from A to the goal of B? 
  • Who can help me? 
  • Where do I go next?

Before even taking a deep breath we rush to find the answers
in the world outside ourselves.  Without soul searching to gain
clarity and personal insights to the opportunities waiting to
be born
from within, we end up going in circles.  We give up
our dreams and relinquish our destiny; becoming followers
rather than leaders

It is logical why our preference is to go looking externally for
results.  Our training and development programs teach us what
to think, what to do, what to achieve and leave out how to think
and how to be from the perspective of personal potential and

Inner critics hold us tight in the clutches of fear of why we can't
go down the path toward self-awareness and mastery of personal
growth.  The path of least resistance is irresistible. 
We take
the yellow brick road looking for answers from the wizard

who we have been told has the answers. 

Upcoming blog - Find out what the wizard knows!     

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Create Your Circle of Influence to Riches

"The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work." --Robert Kiyosaki



Tips for Creating Your Circle of Influence
1.  Understand the concepts of an introvert, extrovert and centrovert
to enable you to become aware of your preferable style and shed
a brighter light on networking. 

2.  I recommend reading Devora Zack's book: Networking for People
Who Hate Networking
  It has helped me gain insight to my own
networking habits.   For example, I learned the introvert part of me
needs time out while engaged in networking to re-energize otherwise I
can feel depleted.  The extrovert part of me enjoys meeting new people,
helping others to connect and lead workshops.

3.  Build your network.  Notice how many opportunities you have to
network.  Networking isn't only for structured events, but also at
weddings, groceries lines, meet-ups, golf courses, social media,
writing, or even in elevators (which brings up the subject of your
"elevator pitch" for another newsletter). 

4.  Plan for how many hours and how much money you will spend for
Be careful not to overdo networking, otherwise it may
steal you away from taking care of other important aspects pertaining
to the reason you are networking in the first place. 

5.  Find networking events specific to your niche and/or industry you
are interested in.  Like minded people attract like minded people. 
Participating in a community with mutual interests is more rewarding
than showing up at events where your heart is not really in it.  It is
disheartening.  Follow your passion.   

Theresa Maria Napa aka TM   

Upcoming - Leadership from the inside out

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Fearless Networking for the Timid and Not So Timid

“It isn’t just what you know, and it isn’t just who you know. It’s actually who you know, who knows you, and what you do for a living.” -Bob Burg, Best-selling Author of Endless Referrals and The Go Giver

Success has many elements springing from what it is you are passionate about to developing mastery of your talents.  The main spring begins with your vision to growing as you go.  But for sure, you can't do it alone.  

Networking is about connecting and building relationships.  It is
like building a community and you are the leader deciding who
to invite into your circle.  
The community comes in all sizes. 
The larger the community is not necessarily the most effective

or productive.   

One of the best ways to grow your network is having a deeper understanding of your networking style.  Are you an introvert or extrovert?   Do you like to circulate around a networking event and make as many contacts as possible?  Or do you prefer to have more in-depth  conversations?  

Whereas the extrovert likes to grow their network rapidly and continuously, he/she can miss out on opportunities by neglecting follow-up,  which the introvert generally is better at doing.    Likewise the introvert can learn from the extrovert the gift of engaging conversations easily. 

From the extroverts, introverts learn to increase their social skills
to become more comfortable with networking.   Introverts are more
interested in having more in-depth conversations, which can mean
they can stay too long in a conversation where they feel comfortable
and avoid stretching their networking skills. 

And then there are "centroverts."   These are individuals who are inbetween extrovert and introvert.  Actually most of us are centroverts with a propensity toward being an introvert.    

Networking from your circle of influence (introvert, extrovert, centrovert) gives you power rather than trying to force networking strategies out of your comfort zone.  Then watch your networking circle expand and connect with people you enjoy.  

Upcoming:   More networking tips and other Law of Success  ideas.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Effective Networking for Introverts & Extroverts

 F earless Networking for Introverts and Extroverts 

"Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and
career success."
-Paul J. Meyer

Networking - what is the purpose of networking?  Is it something
that you view as an enjoyable part of marketing or as a drudgery? 
Is it something that you schedule regularly or avoid whenever possible? 

Do you understand how connecting to others can be an asset to your
business and/or career?  There are techniques to enjoy networking
effectively whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or a centrovert.

There is no way one can succeed without the aid and support of
others who believe and trust in what you do. 

Networking is one of the most powerful tools
to help you get
what you are looking to achieve.   Whether you are looking to find
a new job, a venture capitalist, building a business, growing your
career or running for office, networking gives you the jump-start
you need to win.

To touch a little on the subject of introverts versus extroverts,
both can be experts at networking despite wide beliefs that introverts are withdrawn and shy.  It has been shown that whereas extroverts like to talk to think, introverts think to talk and are reflective; extroverts like to increase and expand their network, introverts like to focus and go deep; extroverts energize with others socially, introverts energize
by taking time out. 

Neither being an introvert or extrovert is good or bad.  Most of us
are a combination - aka centroverts - with a propensity toward one or the other.  

Having self-awareness to your preference will help you understand
why you approach networking the way you do.  It will support you in
networking to a higher level as you move forward, resulting  in more
effective relationships with colleagues, building referrals, and getting
introduced to new connections.   

Upcoming:   Networking tips for introverts and extroverts