Yes, You Can Relax and Challenge Yourself En Route to Success

Ever find yourself in the middle of a project, a workout, or maybe even a master’s degree, concentrating on getting through the experience so you can finally get to the finish line, thinking you can relax and enjoy after you’re done? You put your head down, minimize distractions (sometimes to the detriment of other areas of your life), and force Read More >

5 Questions That Will Truly Impact Your Life in 2017

The greatest teachers in life are rarely the ones with great advice. They are remarkable role models who consistently show the way, while asking the kind of questions that stop us in our tracks. Their questions infect us with the kind of curiosity that leads us in the direction of our own answers. You know the kind of person I’m Read More >

Intendaware: How to Systematically Increase Your Self-Confidence

Confidence comes from the Latin word confide, which means to entrust. Self-confidence, then, is about learning to trust yourself with yourself. Just as it takes experiences over time to trust others, trusting in your own experience of life requires that same kind of intention and attention. Remember the first time you sat behind the steering wheel of a car to Read More >

God (or the Universe, if you prefer) has a great sense of humor…

I pray every day, sometimes several times a day.  I pray for clarity and opportunity—to speak, coach, and elicit meaningful conversations—to share the gifts that God has given me. I’m not a religious person, but I am spiritual, and the word God works for me. My one request of God: “Open the door.” My promise: “I’ll walk through it.” Recently, Read More >

3 Practical Strategies to Avoid Stagnation

Pam, a mentor cautioned me from the day I started doing this work nearly eleven years ago, “Misti, you’re going to need to expand on what you’re doing. You’ll get bored with speaking about generational differences at some point.” At the time, I thought she was crazy, and so I ignored her advice. Instead, I kept my head down in Read More >

3 Critical Steps To Reaching Important Goals

The hardest part about going after anything that’s meaningful is the conversation that goes on inside your head. What do you tell yourself when you set an important goal, and then start to work toward it? Listen in – what do you hear? You will know how important your goals are based on how difficult it is to hear what Read More >

5 Concrete Steps to Reaching Your Potential

Walking through the double doors to the outdoor pool at Meadowbrook in Baltimore, I remember thinking, “Wow, that’s incredible,” as I watched a woman effortlessly swim laps in a 50-meter lane. At the time, I barely knew how to put on a swim cap, and desperately wanted to be able to swim 25 meters without having to stop constantly to Read More >

The #1 Key To Motivate People To Step Up Their Game

My hands shook as I opened the envelop from the University. Was a miracle about to happen, I wondered? Having gone from being in court as juvenile offender, to being on the court as an Olympic hopeful in shot put, discus, and powerlifting, I wondered if the later might score me an opportunity at an education. Sure, I could start Read More >

Pancakes and Praise: The Key to Problem Solving

“If you know about a challenge and don’t share it, no one can help you discover solutions.”— Misti Burmeister After braving the Black Friday crowds, my three shopping partners and I stopped for breakfast at IHOP. Just before the hostess seated us, I noticed they were only seating people on the left side of the restaurant. Weird, I thought. It’s Black Friday. Read More >