More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking

By My Gorgeous friend Gita Curniffe from Quantum Change Consulting

As I like to say “The same level of thinking that created the problem, is not the same level of thinking at which you can find a solution”

How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No solutions.

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you’re hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!

With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.

First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.

Number one; maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem. If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.

Number two; try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

Number three; try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them. The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.

Number four; although it helps to have critical thinking aboard as you solve a problem, you must also keep a creative, analytical voice at the back of your head. When someone comes up with a prospective solution, tried to think how you could make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that solution.

Number five; it pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at one time. Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

Number six; remember that old adage,” two heads are better than one.” That one is truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from listening to all the ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person you’re talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.

You don’t have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thought on the subject, it would be much better.

Number seven; be patient. As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.

Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest be a more creative problems solver.

Here is one example.

Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind at the center. Now look at that word then write the first two words that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a tree of related words. This helps you build analogical skills, and fortify your creative processes.

So, next time you see a problem you think you can not solve, think again. The solution might just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little creative thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.

Gita Curniffe  Quantum Change Consulting LLC
contact no: 720 508 0330

Director of Professional & Personal Development.
At the helm of the practice is experienced consultant, Ms. Gita Curniffe. Gita will be leveraging her professional expertise as a qualified Intervention and Change Management coach for the benefit of individual and corporate clients. Gita possesses specific expertise in Management Consulting, Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Advanced Emotional Freedom Therapy techniques.

Furthermore, Gita is a certified practitioner in Fire Walking, Prosci Change Management, Timeline Therapy and Accredited Matrix Reimprinting. Gita’s talent combined with unique experiences and commitment provides a solid foundation for Quantum Change and will be leveraged to assist clients to achieve individual and business goals.

Gita’s experience in the corporate arena spans over a decade with specific expertise in change management intervention, project management, business and project co-ordinating whilst working for renowned and esteemed organizations including KPMG for over 6 years.

Gita is a consummate professional with great intra-personal and inter-personal skills to effect change in others. Her expertise and training programme has equipped her with an abundance of easy to apply and extremely effective ways to lead and manage even the most complex change management projects.


How to use Mobile Marketing for Coaches and Speakers With Bri Clark

Often times trainers and coaches create packages for their clients. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to add texts to those packages. And be able to schedule those texts?
Speakers wouldn’t you like to be at an event and utilize every single attendee just by having them text you?

As a woman who people find it hard to say no to Bri Clark is a wealth of innovative marketing energy. With a spitfire attitude heavily coated in her southern twang and manners she usually has you agreeing to something before you even understand what it is. However, the beauty is her strategies are always top notch, effective, and innovative. Because of her ability to get to know her clients in an authentic and intimate level she is the ultimate “Social Ghoster.” It would make sense she coined the phrase and created the strategy. It’s not often you mention something and Bri “knows” someone in that industry. Because of her outgoing personality, overflowing desire to serve others without thought for herself she’s literally made friends across the globe. So when she does ask for a favor from colleagues (usually for a client) people are happy to deliver.


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5 Beliefs That Will Ensure You Never Achieve Success With Melanie Benson Strick

Each and every successful entrepreneur I’ve ever worked with has one thing that sets them apart from everyone else. They have a set of beliefs that cause them to be willing to do the right things at the right time to achieve that next level of success.

Contrast that with a growing pool of people who are stuck, frustrated and constantly overwhelmed in their pursuit of success. Many well-meaning, passionate people have all the right ideas and no shortage of talent – but when it comes to profiting from their great work they feel perpetually trapped causing them to barely get by.

Its like there is a hidden barrier between where they are now and where they want to be. This barrier is their belief system. The struggling entrepreneurs belief system causes them to work way harder than they need to, make poor choices, procrastinate endlessly on important tasks, and stress out about money.

Here are five of the most common belief systems that cause smart, capable, heart-based entrepreneurs to fall short of their potential and feel hopelessly stuck (and miss the opportunity to prosper in their business.)

1. The amount of money available on this planet is limited.

If you believe on some level that there is a limited amount of money that can be accessed then on some level you will hold yourself back from accumulating wealth. Dan Kennedy in his book, “No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs” refers to this limiting belief as Wealth Inhibition.

Money is energy. Wealth is achieved by directing the flow of energy repeatedly towards the life, impact and dreams you have. An energetic alignment with unlimited wealth potential generates more wealth. But, on the other hand, if you have a belief that acquiring more money will ultimately lead to someone else’s demise, then you will unconsciously hold yourself back. Most of us don’t really want to negatively affect another person so you will inhibit your success by only doing enough to keep yourself from financial ruin.

2. I have to work hard to get ahead.

Ingrained deep inside our culture is the belief that we have to work hard to become successful. From our mid-west roots to the corporate upbringing that many of us started with, sacrificing our life to get more work done is a persistent belief holding many entrepreneurs hostage. The truth is that wealth is created from leverage – not more work.

You may achieve your first level of financial success with investing 100’s of hours a week on the grindstone. But you will not be able to continue to work that hard to achieve your next level of success. When you discover easy ways to leverage your time, money and resources you will see that you can attract 10 times the level of success you have now with a few simple tweaks.

3. Big success changes people for the worst.

We’ve all seen people we know turn into ugly monsters when they start making the big bucks. All of a sudden they are “too good for us” or become so money-hungry they hurt others in their obsession to make more money. But I’ve also seen just as many people do good things with their wealth.

Wealth is only a tool. How you use that tool is not dictated by how much money you have but by your values system. If you have unconsciously made a decision to avoid becoming wealthy so you aren’t “like them” then you are sabotaging your success potential. It’s time to unhook wealth and evil as partners and make a decision to do good things with the wealth that you attract.

4. I can’t be trusted with money.

If you have filed bankruptcy, accumulated significant debt, or took a big financial risk and failed, chances are you decided that you can’t be trusted with money. If you’ve formed this belief then all of your choices will unconsciously be to keep your bank account small. The truth is that you can learn how to be good with money. But if you unconsciously believe you can’t be trusted with it, you will always find ways to make it then lose it – fast!

In my MoneyDNA™ program, I help people dissolve their blocks to creating success while developing strong wealth attraction and management skills. Until you dissolve your sabotaging beliefs you probably won’t want to learn how to be better with money.

5. No one will pay this much for my offerings.

There is a fascinating phenomenon buried deep in our psyche. If we won’t spend money on it, on some level we believe that no one else will either. If you aren’t charging enough for your services you probably haven’t ever been willing to invest the equivalent in yourself. Deep down inside you don’t get how someone would pay what you’ve been unwilling to invest in the past. Then, unwittingly, we decide for others what they are willing to spend. You immediately discount or offer a lower price without ever giving the prospect a chance to say yes to your full fee.

You have basically decided for your prospect what they are willing to pay – based on your limited consciousness.

Here’s the good news. All of these beliefs are simply a limiting decision you made that can be reversed. In order for you to prosper and achieve great things beyond what you ever thought was possible you’ll need to make three new decisions:

1. You deserve to have huge success doing what you love most. You just have to be willing to do what works and stop doing what doesn’t.

2. Your ideal prospects can and will pay big money to have their needs met (especially if it can happen fast.) You just have to know who they really are and how to align your offerings with their search.

3. Money is just a tool to make things happen. The more money you learn to attract the faster you can make a bigger impact on this planet.

I hope you’ll join me and the thousands of entrepreneurs who are ready to grow beyond their wildest dreams and shift out of those old beliefs into ones that will support you in achieving unlimited impact, wealth and success.

Melanie Benson Strick, known as America’s Leading Authority on Optimum Performance, has a gift for guiding fast-paced, overwhelmed, driven entrepreneurs to thrive in their small business. With over 11 years mentoring thought leaders and big thinking entrepreneurs, Melanie is liberator – uncovering costly breakdowns and de-railers while re-energizing profits– ultimately freeing the entrepreneur to do more of what they do best.

Melanie has been on faculty with StomperNet as their delegation expert, spoke on stages across the globe, is co-author of’s Start Up Guide to Starting an Information Marketing Business and has her success tips featured in magazines such as AmExpOPEN, Woman’s Day and the LA Times. Melanie is a proud lifestyle enthusiast and spends her free time in search of the best spas and beaches in the world.

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If You Can Manage Your Life, Why is “Time” Such a Headache? With Andrea Feinberg

Poor time; always taking the rap for your frustrations and disappointments at the end of the day. So you try to poke and pull at it with time management tricks that basically say ‘Work faster! Re-arrange your day! Get more done!’

Is this what ‘time management’ has felt like to you? This has never made much sense to me; why give control of your time to a clock that races you to the end of every over-stuffed day? The clock always wins, doesn’t it?

Time management is a myth and a diversion; I know you know what really needs management for this relationship to work out in your favor. Self-management will get the job done if you focus on priorities and these 3 options: either dump, delay, or delegate all else. Once you’ve allocated properly to those categories, the 4th choice is ‘do’. In its purest form, it would consist of those activities that advance your big goals in an efficient, bang-for-the-buck way (and sometimes, a meandering way, but you get the point: forward!)

Yet, your business is filled with minefields: other people’s emergencies, one-time-only ‘opportunities’, shiny objects, unexpected ideas – all these show up every day and can easily shred your schedule, turning your focus away from the main event: what you’d decided was THE priority for the day; MUST get done. This is a form of ‘business balance’, like ‘life balance’. The real success with that concept is not to give equal amounts of attention to each facet of life (health, finances, love, family, friends, spiritual pursuits, personal development, fun, etc.) Balance comes from giving each its due amount; that level of attention that avoids a sense of regret or stress that “I’m not handling X well.”

When you sacrifice any one element of your typical week – business/job, health, finance, love, friends, good health, family, spirit, etc. – your life is compromised and you feel it in the form of stress. That shows up all kinds of ways: headaches, stomach ache, sleepless nights, anxiety. You feel the imbalance keenly and will typically work towards finding a solution: attend to the ignored part of your life, reduce your focus elsewhere (I’m not addressing those infrequent needs or circumstances in which that simply can’t be helped; this past week in the Northeast US is one such horrific example).

Correct the imbalance and, not only does the source of anxiety lessen, you discover an increased satisfaction from the other life wheel wedges that were ignored. The same can be true in your business: while you’re focused on so many and diverse activities in your business that are NOT among those you sought to advance, you’re actually reducing your ability to be effective with any of them. Your thought process – do you need to be creative now? Analytical? Nurturing? Visionary? – is spinning from one to another so that no one gets your full attention. The result? Trying to handle more means each activity is done with less focus and care.

Ironic, no? You’ve shifted away from what was most important to you AND you’re less productive with the alternate choices. There really is a better way; really. I’ve set aside some time to help you figure this out so that you can advance your goals AND be more effective each day in your attempt. Sound good?

Andrea Feinberg is President of Coaching Insight, LLC. She is among the pioneers of the coaching profession as a 2002 graduate of Coach U, personally trained by Thomas Leonard, widely considered the founder of this field. Andrea’s on a mission to pull small biz owners away from the daily grind and into their big opportunities; that’s where you’ll find more money, a better-run business, a happier life and the time to enjoy it all. She especially enjoys working with business women who now seek their ideal life through business ownership.

A business owner since 1988, Andrea has an M.B.A. in marketing, is a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst, Certified EQ Mentor and Certified Strategic Business Leadership Coach.

From 2002 – 2006 she co-owned and built the largest Long Island, NY training and networking group for professional coaches, United Coaching Associates.

In 2011, Long Island Business News named her among ’50 Most Influential Women in Business’. In 2012, she was added to ‘Who’s Who: 100 Women in E-Commerce’, included in “Top 5 Coaching Blogs”, and named to ‘Top 5 Productivity Gurus’. She’s published 2 books, “The Essential Coaching Book” and “Time Junkie – 101 Ways for Business Owners to Break the Habit and Get More Free Time NOW!”

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The Balance Myth With Maria Marinakis

So often, we hear people talk about wanting to achieve balance in their lives.  How do you balance work, career, finances, personal fulfillment, parenting, family, physical well-being, and spirituality?  I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it.  What if the idea of having a utopian balanced life were all a myth?  Think about it.  Life is full of change and crises that help us challenge ourselves and grow.  If you’re like me, some days start out so nicely planned and end up with putting out one fire after the next.  So what about balance?  Where’s the balance?  Most days, we can feel like a hamster, spinning our wheels and getting nowhere.

I think it’s great to want to grow in all the areas of your life and it’s important to have a master blueprint of where you want to go, but it’s equally important to stay flexible enough to deal with what life throws in the way in the meantime.  I’ve written before about my master ‘to-do’ list, where I chunk activities into goal areas, say finance, career, projects, etc.  I give each area a title that excites me.  It’s hard to get excited about a life area that you title, “Dig Out of Debt.”  Think of something that will motivate and excite you to WANT to do the things that will get you there.  Here are some of my life area titles:  Home Sweet Home, Body Temple, Financially Fierce, Superstah Speaker, Marketing Maven, etc.

I set aside some time each week, usually Sunday night, to go through each category and think of as many things as I can do under each to get me closer to the final outcome I want to achieve.  I don’t sit and consider whether it’s feasible or not.  I just brainstorm everything I can think of, no matter how big or small.  Then, for the bigger items, I go back and break them down into smaller tasks.  Now, I have my road map.  Each evening, I review my list and prioritize the top 3 things I need to do the next day that will get me closer to my goals.  They may be simple things, like making a phone call, sending an email, etc.  The funny thing is, once I get rolling the next day, I actually end up accomplishing more than those 3 things.  Then, I move on to the next top 3 priorities.  Each evening, I review what I’ve accomplished and acknowledge myself for moving closer to the ultimate goals, no matter how small the baby steps.  By the end of the week, I’m amazed at how much progress I’ve made.

My friend, Dan Thurmon, who is an amazing speaker and juggler, uses juggling and balance in his talks as a metaphor for life and business.  He demonstrates and teaches his audiences to juggle, literally.  He talks about how most people think the art of juggling is difficult because they can’t imagine focusing on so many things at once.  He explains that, when juggling, as in life, he focuses on only one specific thing at a time–he just does it really, really fast!!

Dan’s motto is, ”Off Balance, On Purpose.”  He demonstrates some amazing balancing techniques (like juggling while riding a unicycle!) and explains how balance is a process of making constant small adjustments to keep from falling.  Visit his site for inspiration and watch some of his amazing videos at:

So, quit beating yourself up for not being able to do it all at once.  Just keep in mind that you only have to do one small thing at a time and learn to do that faster and faster while making small adjustments to stay on track.  Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to achieving all of your goals in every area of your life, while giving the outside world the illusion that everything is in balance!!  And you know, that’s exactly what balance is.

Maria M. Marinakis, Ed.M., LADC

Maria’s life and 20-year career in early childhood mental health, working with thousands of families, is devoted to developing great adult-child relationships.  She provides parent training in a fun, entertaining, energetic, and practical format that is easy for parents to understand and apply immediately.

The bottom line to successfully implementing any behavior management or parenting technique is building the foundation of a positive, healthy adult-child relationship. Maria would love to show you — proof positivethat you’re only 10 minutes away from a great relationship with your children!

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Dreams Are Messages From Your Soul

Do you remember your dreams? Sometimes they are so good we just don’t want to wake up. How about your secret dreams and ambitions. You have to wake up to turn them into reality. When I work with my clients, one of the first things we do is tap into those long forgotten dreams. Do some excavation into their passions, what lights them up. Bringing that passion into your life , listening to that inner voice that is your soul whispering your purpose which leads to more happiness and fulfillment.
Some Tips On Waking Up and Turning Those Dreams Into Reality……

If you haven’t discovered your purpose yet or are unsure how to make it align with your life, try this simple exercise – grab a piece of paper

On your paper create two columns, in the first column list your skills– things you are good at and enjoy (  maybe you are good at organizing events , put it down – if its something you don’t enjoy leave it off the list.)

In the second column list issues or causes that you truly care about,  that you are passionate about.

List as many as you can in both column, once your finished pick your top 3 from both lists and your gifts will be revealed. Your Gifts lead to your purpose, as you breathe into them, you get clarity and your dreams gain strength and the steps you need to take appear.

Surround yourself with those who lift you up , trust your inner voice and spend time with like minded people.

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