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1 Year x 12 Experts = 12 New Ideas


The newness of the year brings excitement, possibilities, and the opportunity for a fresh start. In thinking ahead, it’s also valuable to reflect back on what we learned and what inspired us. During this past year, I gained new perspectives about change, letting go, balance and more from the “Ask the Expert” interviews and the wonderful conversations that ensued. I’m so grateful. In this first post of the year, I’ve selected my favorite takeaways from those exchanges.


Fresh Start  Sue West

“Our lives are a series of chapters. As you move to the next chapter, bring some of the past forward; don’t ignore it because you feel the need to ‘start over.’ Build on what you know such as your strengths, your interests, values and your tried and true ways to bolster yourself.”

Sue West


Change – Judith Kolberg

“We do what we need to do when we’re ready, and sometimes to make a change it’s the wrong time, but you do it with your knees knocking.”

Judith Kolberg


Next Steps – Laura Berman Fortgang

“It is often not obvious what is ‘next’. The key is to follow the crumbs. Even if it seems scattered and unfocused at the start, follow every lead and every whim until traction begins to occur or until your excitement in one area or another starts to build. Observe where things start falling into place and pursue that path. It’s taking you to your ‘next’ (or some variation thereof.)”

Laura Berman Fortgang


Letting Go – Sheila Delson

“It’s about being more mindful of the choices we make and of the things that surround our environment and their meaning to our lives today. Just because it was meaningful once doesn’t always mean it has that same benefit today.”

Sheila Delson


Clutter – Peter Walsh

“The first and most important step in decluttering is to ask yourself, ‘What is my vision for the life I’d like to live?’ ‘What does that life look like?’, ‘What does my home look like in that life?’ When you can clearly answer these questions you are in a position to start decluttering by looking at your stuff and asking, ‘Does this item move me closer to the life I want to be living?’ If it does, keep it. If not, what’s it doing in your home? It’s as simple and as complex as that. Start with the life you want, not the stuff you have!”

Peter Walsh


Time Management – David Allen

“In order to feel comfortable with whatever you’re doing, you need to feel OK with what you’re not doing. So, not getting things done, for the most part, is a hallmark of optimal productivity! Of course, if your purpose on the planet is actually to complete, accomplish, and express, you’ll need to be getting those things done, in order to be at peace with yourself.”

David Allen


Motivation – Leslie Josel

“Believing we have to ‘feel’ like doing something in order to actually do it can lead to not getting anything done. Sometimes if we simply just begin, we can become motivated as the task is in action.”

Leslie Josel


Enlisting Help – April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

“People reach out for help when their behavior has either become unmanageable to themselves, or poses such a big issue for someone else that the other person insists on it.”

April Lane Benson, Ph.D.


Success – Dorothy Breininger

“Failure is the KEY to success. Failure gives you the opportunity to review your mistakes, self correct, and develop a new strategy to make the project, relationship, or goal work. With failure, you get a complete ‘do over’ if you are just willing to look at it as a learning strategy for your own personalized success.”

Dorothy Breininger


Possibility Thinking – Jane Pollak

“It’s obvious to everyone looking on what lights you up. But we rarely give ourselves permission to listen deeply to what we really want. Sharing your dreams and visions with one or more other like-minded souls is like putting Miracle-Gro on your garden. It will flourish. Having others reflect their belief in you back to you in a group is powerful.”

Jane Pollak


Wonderfully Human – Howard Gardner

“Not to worry about what we can’t do, nor to worry about whether we are like others. Instead, pursue what you love, what you can get better at, share it with others, and they will reciprocate.”

Howard Gardner


Life Balance – Dan Thurmon

“Life is fluid and ever changing, so we cannot attain ‘perfect balance.’ Balance should not be a goal but rather a skill. We ‘balance’ competing demands for time, energy, and action. We make decisions and adjustments to help improve our connection to what matters most in life.”

– Dan Thurmon

With a new year comes a fresh start. What lessons or words of inspiration will carry you forward? Which ideas resonate with you?

My heartfelt thanks to all the “Ask the Expert” guests and blog community that took time this year to engage and share your thoughts with us. Let’s keep it going and continue our conversation.

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Reader Comments (7)

Hearing these words of wisdom throughout the year has been a lot of fun, and quite thought provoking. My plan for the year is to embrace the journey -- not to muscle through to a conclusion, but to be open to new possibilities that perhaps I never would even have imagined. AND, to continue to grow in relationship with this wonderful blogging community:) Happy New Year!

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Change is ever present. Will we fear it or embrace it? With these 12 new perspectives we can have new awareness of ways we can embrace change. Thanks for bringing these all together!

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

LInda, once again thank you for bringing this series to all of us. I can't begin to tell you how much I look forward to it every month. The topics are spot on and the perspectives are so unique. And of course, i am humbled and honored that you chose me alongside these heavy hitters. It taught me so much. I truly had to look inside of myself for these answers. amazing!

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

Leslie Josel's “Sometimes if we simply just begin, we can become motivated as the task is in action.” Is one of my favorites; recently I told somebody it is more important start doing things rather than over thinking them. Sometimes we waste to much time thinking and most of the time that thoughts never become real actions.

Jane Pollak's "we rarely give ourselves permission to listen deeply to what we really want" Resonates a lot in my mind for the last weeks. So important we take into the equation of life our desires, our dreams, our goals otherwise we live the life others think is good for us, not the life we want to live.

Thanks Linda for having great experts and great interviews. And thanks to all experts as well.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

So great to "hear" all your beautiful voices!

@Seana- How lucky for us that your being part of this blog community is an ongoing pursuit. I always enjoy hearing your perspective, and know others do too. Love your plan to "embrace the journey," and remain open to possibilities. Good things are ahead, my friend.

@Ellen- Wonderful how you've identified the "change" thread that weaves throughout these quotes. The clean slate the new year brings beckons change. Hopefully the inspired words of wisdom will help in the process.

@Leslie- You're welcome. I appreciate your support and enthusiasm, especially as I plan the 2014 roster. Thank YOU for sharing your unique perspectives on motivation. There was such a lively conversation with your interview. So many "ah-has."

@Nacho- You picked some powerful words. As you know, this IS the sampling of my favorites...can't pick a favorite from the favorites, but very fun to know which ones resonated most with you. I appreciate the tremendous sharing you do...and having the opportunity to get to know you better this year.

January 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a wonderful synopsis of this year's expert series! I really appreciate the effort you take to connect us with such great minds and look forward to seeing what's ahead in 2014.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Thanks so much, Janet. "Cooking" up the mix now. I love how these interviews provide a rich starting point for some amazing discussions.

I was thrilled to feature you in 2012 for the "Ask the Expert" series. Here's the link to your interview:

January 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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