About Debra

About Debra

My purpose is to see people at any age come to live in joy and fulfillment in life and work – for we only have now.

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Work With Me

Work With Me

Aligning who you are with what you do brings peace, success and abundance.

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This is your moment to choose your reality. Strategically know and follow your purpose. It starts with your mindset.

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Cultivate your greatness,
live in your strengths,
choose joy even in pain.

Executives, Leaders, Entrepreneurs

Do You Have All You Want?

Are you on top of your world? Are you meeting the goals you’ve set, leading your company (and yourself) to growth and success, earning what you’d like, and balancing time with family? Or are you exhausted and running on fear, discouragement or pressure? You know that you desire to have more balance in your business and personal life, impacting what matters most to you.

Maybe you are sabotaging yourself without your awareness. Perhaps you’re repeating the same things over and over again and don’t realize you’re stuck. How would it feel to have a new strategy that hones and clarifies your visions for a successful business, so that you can work fewer hours, have more time for yourself and family–and still generate increased revenue?

If you’re struggling and stressed, consider what it would be like to approach life and work differently each day, to accomplish your best even through all of life’s ups and downs and find the level of success that you know you were created to achieve.

I believe that the potential to your success already exists within you and is just waiting to come forward.

A New Approach To Success

Most importantly, success is generated from your mindset.

You are never stuck with just one decision. You always have options. I’ll help you shift your mindset which will then change your life and business from the core. Truly your thoughts become your beliefs and affect your reality in life and business. So if you’re not finding your success in all things, the work of shifting your thinking brings about a new belief system and creates a new reality. This is the foundation of my coaching process which has been proven to bring growth and personal success to each client I’ve worked with.

I started my first business venture from ground zero–no clients, no connections. Within eight months I grew to a million dollars in revenue from buying and selling precious metals, antiques, and diamonds.  My business success was featured on Fox national and local news, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and was featured on 190 N Television. Most importantly, my quick success was due to my constant awareness of my thinking, and my belief that I could accomplish this and also serve others by putting their needs first.

A near-death experience taught me what really matters: for me to focus on my talents, passion and success by consulting, coaching and teaching others how to reach and balance their business and life goals to achieve all they desire.

My innate expertise is drawing out your unique greatness to develop and reach your own idea of success.

Customized Solutions

What I teach is specific to each person and company. There is no one formula that works across the board. I’ll help you discover what’s holding you and/or your company back, show you and/or your team the strengths of who you are and how you can make that work for you. Ultimately this creates joy and collaborative engagement which will make your business prosper through sustainable relationships and lead to increased revenue.

With over 20 years of experience in coaching and consulting, I have learned that asking the right questions helps you create your own specific strategy. For if it is your plan, not mine, it will be a lasting cultural and achievement paradigm shift. Together we develop a plan which I help you execute, holding you accountable to achieve what you desire.

There are a variety of options. The key is determining which method will work best for your particular situation. My approaches include:

“Because of the time she spends upfront to understand the essence of each situation, the solutions naturally flow from a place of authenticity.  Thus, when the new structure was implemented, everyone enthusiastically supported and implemented the changes.  In particular, Debra kept reminding me of my desire for work-life balance when I resisted changes which were difficult to implement.  Debra would text or email me regularly to keep encouraging me to move forward.  With that support, I finally was able to make the changes which have greatly benefited my practice.  She was able to provide that insightful support because she took the time to understand my deepest values.”
Lorene Wu M.D., The Whole Life Center

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Joy-‘Tis The Season!

Joy-‘Tis The Season!

Posted by Debra on Dec 23, 2016

Do You Have It? Joy. Revel and delight are synonyms to rejoicing. We don’t often hear of people taking delight each day. What would it look like for you to really have a deep happiness inside each day? If your answer depends on anything outside of yourself, you will hold a fleeting, inner spark that is snuffed by the world. Can someone or something really give you sustainable joy? Where does it come from? For I have come to realize that joy is a choice. Life, it is the playground for learning, always.That alone causes my heart to jump! The opportunities to create and recreate my life have been endless. What can I learn, and how can I grow to be my most awesome self? What really gladdens my heart is living a life of purpose. And, joy is really a matter of perspective. What color are your lenses? Coolness: There is always the option to exchange for a different pair. You alone decide. Own your view. And when the cold winds bluster about, it is then that I choose to notice the beauty in pain, loss, and the unexpected. My vantage point, each moment is my sole responsibility. Shouting for joy, I am blessed to create life with those in my life: my children, friends, and clients. I am thankful for all the glorious beauty. My story and belief is that we are made for joy. What is your story? If your current one is not working for you, make 2017 your new chapter. LOVE AND JOY TO YOU EACH...

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Leaders Multiply Significant Success

Leaders Multiply Significant Success

Posted by Debra on Dec 7, 2016

Again- I was blown away yesterday, as I stepped inside a company that packages books for children. I was there to meet the founder and CEO.  And, even before we met—I sensed that something was really different about this place! I could feel joy, love, and an overall happiness from the receptionist to the box packer. The atmosphere was thick with intention. As the CEO and I spoke, he explained that his intention is for all children in the Chicagoland to have 12 new books each year—especially in underfunded areas, where 300 children share one book. His hope is that children from pre-first grade through sixth learn to love reading-since this sets a lifelong foundation to dream, create and build without limitations. This is an opportunity of a life time for so many. Yet, my gut knew there was still much more than giving books to millions of children. This CEO believes that his success is nothing without significance. BINGO! This is what was resonating with me in a big way (no words needed)—flowing from him and all of the dedicated people on his team. Yes—I adore the transformational meaning of his work—and even more how he has created a culture of working from the inside out. His WHY comes first. His purpose rules what he does. Key: I became curious about what he was building, because his WHY is the center of his life —he is building a contagious workplace —people volunteer from all walks of life and the company is spreading nationwide! I could not help but to be so on board about what he is doing,...

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Your Values–Your Destiny

Your Values–Your Destiny

Posted by Debra on Jan 20, 2016

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words, 
Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, 
Your habits become your values, 
Your values become your destiny.” ~Ghandi We are about 3 weeks into our new year! Are you achieving the goals and desires you have set for yourself? Are you heading for growth personally and professionally? Your intentions are truly revealed by your results. If you are not acheiving what you want, look at how willing you are to invest in your success. You are your destiny. What you believe yields your results. Join me at my Vistage breakfast on March 1, 2016, if you want to make the most of your new year. Connect with my today, as I only select one of the best leaders to fill a seat in each industry. If this is your year to make no excuses and bring all of who you are –I look forward to hearing from...

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Just Be Your Great Self!

Just Be Your Great Self!

Posted by Debra on Jan 15, 2016

Focusing on the core of your greatness brings peace, joy and success in all areas of life. Really notice who you are and seek to follow what you already know to be true inside of you. Looking outward confuses us and leads to distractions. No one can be fully you and do what you can as you do–seek this and rise above mediocrity. Live your WHY–wherever you are. DOUBLE DOWN ON YOUR TALENTS AT EVERY TURN “If you spend most of your life trying to be good at everything, you eliminate your chances of being great at anything. Unless your goal is to be mediocre at a lot of things, starting with what you are naturally good at is a matter of efficiency. Focusing on strengths is in many ways a basic time-allocation issue. Every hour you invest in an area where you have natural talent has a multiplying effect, whereas each hour you spend trying to remedy a weakness is like working against a gravitational force. Yet many people spend years or even decades working on weaknesses in hopes that doing so will make them well-rounded. Do everything you can to avoid falling into this trap. While well-roundedness may be helpful for acquiring the basic tools in any trade—such as reading, writing, and arithmetic—it loses value as you get closer to finding a career. At that point, what’s more important and relevant is what sets you apart. If you want to be great at something in your lifetime, double down on your talents at every turn.” —Tom Rath from Are You Fully...

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Leaders Being 120% Responsible Shift

Leaders Being 120% Responsible Shift

Posted by Debra on Oct 23, 2015

“If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” ~William Edwards Deming “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” ~ Naguib Mahfouz Stress for many leaders comes from thinking that they need to know it all. They must have the solutions, before an issue or concern arises. The what ifs, if then, or maybes…That is what a leader does–right? Being one step ahead, managing it all and trying to keep all things under control. Wow…no wonder most of us leaders are running about in twenty directions at once, with little sleep, headaches, stomach upset, broken relationships and angst. And what about pursuing joy, peace, clarity, and a one step at a time–in the flow thinking?  Yeah right! How does that happen? As an overachiever, “This is not an option!”–so we say to ourselves. If balls drop, all goes to you know where. But really, what are you responsible for? Looking closely at the choices we make all day long is critical. Being 120% responsible is damaging to you and all your relationships. We think–“Oh, if I do more, that is going to help. That is what a strong leader does–and I must step in and fix this.” And what about the 20% you took away from the other–the team player who is not given the opportunity to shine, because you took their place away to do so? You are trying to be a hero to all. But how this really shows up– you are the know it all, and...

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RID FEAR?

RID FEAR?

Posted by Debra on Oct 20, 2015

SOAKING YOUR MIND BEANS “When a thought comes, you say hello, and then you say good-bye right away. When other thoughts come, just say hello and say good-bye again. Don’t fight. Don’t say, ‘Oh, I’m so bad, I think of so many things!’ You don’t need to think like that. You just say hi and bye, relax and let go. You bring your mind to the present moment and rest in awareness of your body. It’s like soaking mung beans in water. You don’t need to force the water to enter the mung bean. You let the mung bean be in the water, and slowly, slowly, it goes in. Gradually the mung bean gets saturated, swollen and tender. The same is true for you. Letting go, the tension will be released slowly, slowly, slowly. And you will become more relaxed and more peaceful. The training is to just keep bringing your mind back to the present moment with your body.” —Thich Nhat Hanh from Fear Get rid of the fear. Feel it and let it go. It is what keeps us from fulfilling our most important commitments in life and work. It keeps our want from becoming a result. It is how many companies motivate their teams–and then revenues are low, clients are lost, and human capital is not engaged or sustainable. It is really the crux of it. Fear not. Breathe. Look at what is good. Go after joy. Laugh. Let’s bring life to our daily...

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