Deanna's Thoughts

One phone call flipped my story!

Here in the US, it’s Thanksgiving Day. A day often spent with family or friends, eating a whole bunch of food, then loosening our pants and going back for more. We share who and what we’re grateful for and take a few pictures to capture the moment. There are also people out there spending this […]

When I heard this, everything shifted

Several years ago, the leadership team at a metropolitan hospital brought me in to announce an organization-wide suite of changes. Staff members were bussed from their jobs at the hospital and ushered into a nearby hotel conference room. That’s where I introduced myself and then shared a PowerPoint deck going over all the changes coming […]

The High Five Experiment

Last week I finished reading Mel Robbins’ book, “The High Five Habit.” Truthfully, I listened to it on Audible because I’m finding it hard right now to sit down and read. Anyone else? The central idea of the book is to physically high-five yourself every morning in your bathroom mirror. I’m gonna be real with […]

Want more confidence? Here’s the recipe…

Taking a quick look at my client intake forms, about 80% of the folks who set up a discovery coaching call with me share that the main thing they want to work on is their confidence.  And I hate to burst their bubble, but… You can’t talk your way into confidence. Confidence is the outcome […]

How to Have a Better Inner Dialogue

We’ve all heard it — that inner voice that speaks up whenever we’re planning on doing something new, or we’ve screwed something up, or maybe it’s just Tuesday morning, and this kind of conversation is happening all the time.   Sometimes, your critical inner voice tells you what you should have done but didn’t. Other times, […]

How do you keep driving the bus when the passengers are out of control?

The other day my friend Kat sent a group text of an audio recording of an intense screaming match she was witnessing on a bus in Chicago.  It was night time, and raining, the bus was late, everyone was on edge, she was exhausted, and her last nerve was being tested. All she wanted was […]