Sylvia Hall


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What if Work Was One Of Your Favorite Things?

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When I was a child my favorite thing to play was "work." I loved to play work. It was, really, my favorite thing to do. And, I "worked" a lot of different places, too.

I had my own library.

I became a lawyer who wrote down pages and pages of notes about my cases.

I owned storefronts with dolls and animals for sale.

And, of course, I hosted a good-many lemonade stands.

Looking back, I can see there was one thing I loved about work: the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment.

Playing work allowed me to expand upon my interests.

Playing work allowed me to make an impact.

Playing work put me in my "flow state."

Flow is described by Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi as "the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity."

Work as play makes sense when you are using your talents and making an impact.

Work as play makes sense when you are a part of a community of people who are working with you towards a common goal.

What would you have to believe in order for work to be one of YOUR favorite things?

What puts you in your flow state?

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!



Are You Really Living?

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I'm trying something new today. No pictures. Just words. No excess time spent crafting a perfectly pinnable image. Just solid inspiration from me to you. I stumbled upon the most amazing quote the other day. It said, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, The Dali Lama answered:

"Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

If that doesn't make you shiver in your boots, then you're either already totally awake or you're totally dumb. (#truthbomb)

The questions we must ask ourselves and the best takeaways I can suggest:

  1. Figure out what REALLY matters to you (What are you chasing? What do you crave?)
  2. Figure out what REALLY LIVING looks like for you (What LIGHTS you up?)

Spend some time contemplating these two questions and you're sure to experience a profound shift in your life.


Discover How To Be A Leader That Gets MASSIVE Respect in Two Simple Steps

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Discover How to Be A Leader That Gets Massive Respect Respect: we all crave it, and yet the path to generating it can seem pretty daunting. In fact, in certain circles, it might even seem impossible! And yet, regardless of age, experience, or status, respect can be gained (or lost) more quickly than we realize. Here's my super simple and entirely sustainable process for gaining respect (no matter the relationship!). These two easy steps have worked for my clients as well as myself. Don't just read them though. Really lean into them and see what kind of results they can generate for you.

  1. Respect Yourself

Keep the focus on what you can control: you.

You are the only person who you can ever actually control. If respect is what you crave, focus on gifting that to yourself.

Being respectable is about personal integrity as well as self-awareness... perhaps the two BIGGEST indicators of leadership ability.

How can you expect someone else to respect you if you're not clearly setting the example? Simply stated: be respectable! Be worthy of respect by really doing what you say and really saying what you mean.


  1. Foster Connection

Put your focus on respect to the side. Focus instead on fostering connection. Once again, this is something you can control. Connection breeds respect.

Forget about demanding respect. Chasing respect is like chasing a wild dog. You won't catch him and the wild dog is not likely to be happy once caught.

With a true commitment to fostering more connection in your relationships, you can gain respect by showing up with integrity and truly caring about the best interest of those around you.


I want to hear from you!

How have you dealt with a lack of respect in your relationships?

Please leave a comment below.