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 Mountain Views News Saturday, July 6, 2013 



by Lori Koop, Right Brain Business Coach 

On my office wall are the words “BE YOUrself.” My BIG message to the world. 
The mission of my life. Two little words to guide a lifetime of choices, for you 
and for me.

I knew it could be a challenging path to follow, but a colleague recently commented 
that it was scary. I had never considered that! He had grown up in a 
situation where there was intense pressure to conform: there was punishment 
for standing out, and praise for blending in. Every family teaches this to some 
degree. School certainly reinforces it. And at work, it is the team players that 
often get the biggest paychecks. 

Yes, there are plenty of places 
we are asked to follow the pack. Required, even. 
While it is often safest to follow, it is sometimes 
necessary -- and often empowering -- to lead. To be 
courageous and stand right out there, as Ourselves. To 
use our uniqueness and passion for the reason it was 
given. To forge a road that is as individual as we are. 
This is true in business and in our lives. It’s one-of-a-
kind-ness that make us like no other. Ever. It is what 
will help us make that difference!

As you have those essential self conversations, you 
discover your preferences, your passions and your 
pathway. It does take courage to stand up to peer 
pressure, to think for yourself, to do “what you want” 
instead of “what others want you to do.” It requires self 
confidence and determination. A connection to self 
that makes being YOUrself the most satisfying option. 
And, after awhile, it becomes the only option. Because 
it is the only place of peace. 

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really 
are. ~ E. E. Cummings

Lori Koop, The Right Brain Business Coach

Get clear about The Real You and what’s TRU, for you and your business. Schedule a complimentary coaching 
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I have been thinking so much about freedom lately 
- what with our wonderful holiday and all. We are 
such a fortunate people to be free. But I continue to 
come back to what freedom really is. Are you free?
We all think that freedom is being able to do what 
we want, say what we want, eat what we want, 
drink, think, feel, behave. And then what do 
we have really? Excess. Excess weight, extreme 
behaviors, drinking problems, emotional 
turmoil and the ability to be a slug and not take 
care of ourselves. Hmm, then comes illness 
or the inability to run or even touch our toes. 
True freedom is the ability to adapt. Adapt 
to our surroundings and the needs of our 
bodies; the ability to adapt to a situation 
and thrive. To make the right choices and 
breathe into adversity - THAT is freedom.
Freedom is not the constraint of our beliefs, or slavery 
to our ever-chattering minds, or the pressures 
of the lives we have created. That is suffocation.
How do we then explore our freedoms? Get 
on the mat, of course. Learning about how we 
can transform ourselves, learning about the 
possibilities, getting to know our egos, our 
fears, our edges, getting stronger and feeling 
the empowerment, learning to fly (ardha 
chandrasana), these are freedoms. It’s not about 
a diet it’s about making the food choices that 
will allow our bodies to do paschimotanasana 
(forward fold) or hike up the Mount Wilson Trail. 
It’s about staying in balance so that we have a better 
chance of surviving by not getting sick. The best 
freedom of all is for our minds to be calm, for us 
to learn to love ourselves and for us to be happy. 
So once again, I advocate getting on your mat 
every day. Create a discipline for yourself that 
will allow you to be free!

Namasté, René

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