Change, with the challenges and struggle that often accompany it, continues to be a big theme these days from microcosm to macrocosm. On the global level, we see protests in Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and Hawaii, and of course all that's involved with and affected by the Mueller report/hearing to name a few. What's been going on in your life that you have to revise, untangle or let go of? Where do you need courage to face truth and justice and adjust, or protest, accordingly? This week's PGG was written in July 2013 so the current events mentioned reflect that time, but the theme is as relevant today as ever. For the image, I chose one of my heroes, Muhammad Ali, who is a great embodiment of what the essay is trying to convey. If you are ever looking for some inspiration, motivation and wisdom with his charismatic, entertaining flair, there are tons of YouTube videos of his interviews from the 70s and 80s, here's just one example . If you need a little more "ClearlyKristina" you can check out my PGG Video of the week where I ask if you are going to be a peacemaker or a troublemaker, and the link for the Instagram post to remind you it's never to late to make a change. As always, please feel free to let me know y our feedback about any and all that I'm doing :) Big hug <3 Kristina
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Get Up, Stand Up
Originally published July 9, 2013

One of the things I try to do when speaking to groups in career transition is  put back the power in their hands and their hearts. I let you know that you should not accept your fate as victims of a system or think you are subject to the whims of the economy, conventional wisdom, how things appear on the surface, or any external voices - and that where there is a will there is a way.

I want you to find the connection, strength and truth of who you are, how you got to this moment and then motivate you to make the changes necessary to grow and move forward in a positive direction in your career and life. I ask you to take back control of your job search, trust in the process, and often end in a half-jokingly way with my fist up and the rally cry: Power to the People!

It’s not that I ignore the cold, hard reality of the way the world works these days and how that might impact job prospects or a fulfilling existence, but I do want to wake folks up to the fact that they are not passive participants in life and that you have much more power over and responsibility for your situation than you might realize or want to admit. Which means you can’t blame anyone, and you probably just have to work a little harder or smarter to get the results you want.

We’ve collectively come to a crossroads where this could not be more true; we’ve allowed a variety of entities to take over, bombard and bamboozle our hearts and minds and bodies - whether governments, corporations, the military, Hollywood, or some combination of them all – and take advantage of our numbing tendencies, heads in the sand, electronic distractions or sheer need to survive the daily grind…how much longer can we take it?

With all the recent talk about spying, why not do some internal surveillance to observe and feel what’s going on in your life right now  – what kind of tyranny is dictating your thoughts, words and deeds, consciously or subconsciously? Where can you take action, even if only symbolic, to show that you, not your oppressor, is in charge? What is your version of Tahrir , Taksim  or Brasilia ? What would Edith Windsor , Wendy Davis or Tim DeChristopher   do in your situation? What Supreme Court    judgments do you need to overturn or restore in your heart? How can you bend the rules in your favor without breaking them or engage in civil disobedience when they are no longer (or never were) valid or have become corrupted? Where do you need more courage in your life? What can you liberate yourself from?

As I always say, personal transformation is the key to social transformation , so if we want a better world we need to start with our own . Use that intelligence gathering to find something, someone, or some idea in your life that is holding you back – keeping in mind that this is often your own ego or limiting beliefs! Perhaps it is simply letting go of the image of who you think you are supposed to be or were told you are, or maybe it's approaching a health issue, relationship or unemployment with forgiveness and a new point of view that puts you in the driver’s seat. Or maybe the most radical thing you can do is love yourself unconditionally.

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