February 2009

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Message from Pat - Reflection

Watch Your Thoughts

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Message from Pat - Reflection

"If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two week's vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days."

~Dorothy Canfield Fisher

"Stop the World! I want to get off!" I screamed in the empty space in my car on the way home from a client. I pounded the steering wheel with my fisted hand. The highway was stop and go, mostly stop, and it was pouring rain. I forgot my umbrella and raincoat that day. The day did begin sunny. After all, I am an optimist. I ended up being wet from head to toe with the addition of having my feet thoroughly soaked from that one singular puddle I didn't see. It seemed all the radio newscasters talked about were the dismal world affairs.

Invisionaria and Reflection

Just as suddenly as I screamed those words, the sky opened up, as did the freeway. The most amazing rainbow was beginning to form ahead. I took a deep breath, realizing if I wasn't at this exact place at this exact time, I would never have seen it. Following this rainbow, I made my way home from there easily and effortlessly.

Later that night, reflecting on the day, I remembered the rainbow and smiled. I was grateful I saw it. That is what was important to me in the day.

It reminded me how important reflection is in our lives. Especially reflection that opens us up to the gifts we have experienced and the things we have to be grateful for.

Conscious reflection helps stop those Gremlins and our Monkey Minds and negative thoughts we come up with.

I appreciate the message in Dorothy Canfield Fisher's quote above. I have in the past spent so much more time to the questions of what to be in action about versus how to just be. I was not able to see that perhaps this wasn't the best way to spend my life. Perhaps I just needed to stop and reflect instead of continue to check off things on my list of to dos and accomplishments.

I now have a regular reflection time just before bed, or sometimes even in bed. I am not saying I'm comfortable with these quiet times yet, but it is a start.

I try to write during this time, but if that doesn't work, at least I spend some time just thinking and looking back on my day.

I begin with the question, "What am I grateful for?" I find at least five things that I am grateful for during the day.

I then ask myself, "What was really great about my day?" I find at least one thing even if it's only that I made it to the end of the day. Some days are like that.

The next question is, "What will I do differently tomorrow?" This is a way to take a look at what might not have worked during my day (the icky stuff) and create a solution that works for me and begins to focus on my vision for tomorrow.

I end with, "How will I be different tomorrow?" This takes a look at how I want to be with my family, friends, colleagues and those on the planet. How do I want to show up in the World. It is a conscious and intentional choice we make.


"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action." "

~ Peter F. Drucker

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life...don't wait...model leadership...the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!


Watch Your Thoughts

Watch Your Thoughts.
They Become Words.

Watch your Words.
They Become Actions.

Watch Your Actions.
They Become Habits.

Watch Your Habits.
They Become Character.

Watch Your Character.
For It Becomes Your Destiny.

Author Unknown

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You make your VISION Statement Movie to get clear on who you are and what you want - to transform your fantasy into a clear and bold Vision. It creates a powerful vision for your subconscious mind to engage with - the first brave commitment to your achieving that dream.

Come and learn how to create your own VISION Statement Movie. In this workshop you will spend time creating your vision statement poem and then get into action to create your VISION Statement Movie.

"I just wanted to thank you so much for teaching us how to create our own vision video. Every day since we did that activity, I now play my “theme” song and can actually visualize the words from the movie. This has had a huge impact on my energy and attitude at work."
~ Lokalia Hill, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.

All you need is your vision and a PC or MAC with WiFi. Friday, April 3 and Sunday, April 5.

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Vision it!

"Quote For Your Day!"

"There is no happiness if the things we believe in are different than the things we do."

~ Albert Camus, Philosopher, Writer

I send out a "Quote for Your Day!" on a daily basis. If you'd like to start your day with a bit of inspiration and sometimes a laugh, sign up for the daily quote by sending a blank e-mail to Quotes@inVisionaria.com with "Quote" in the subject line.

Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer

Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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Brief Biography:

Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.

The approach to achieve this and create this alliance is individually based and is designed between Pat and each of her clients.

Testimonial (for Visioning work completed with a Board of Directors)

"Bravo to Pat Obuchowski and the Rocketship team. Pat came to a meeting of our Board of Directors and went away with enough information to do the first draft of our vision statement. She helped us get clear on our Vision and helped us to remember our organization's purpose and mission and focus on that. The process was fun and not at all time consuming. The amazing results were well worth the resources we invested in the process. We now have the vision statement on our website (http://nsanc.org/our-vision/) When we opened our chapter meeting with the Vision Statement, our members laughed, cheered, and applauded with enthusiasm. Our Vision statement keeps our members on the same page with our mission and helping each other to make a difference in the life of others. It has taken on a life of its own 'rocket fuel'."

~ Ellen Taliaferro, MD; Program Chair, National Speakers Association of Northern California (NSA/NC)


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