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Are you Living Life in the Default Zone?

April 17th, 2014 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

Last week, Belinda Brown interviewed me on her Empowered Women series. The intent of the interview was to talk about my research and book on voluntary childlessness but we ended up taking most of the hour talking about the link between mindful, conscious, decision making and success.

Over the course of our lives we develop habitual patterns of behavior which become the default. It’s feels like we are on auto pilot and our brains are not fully engaged moment to moment. You have experienced this I am sure–the times when you pull into your driveway and have no recollection of how you got there, or the time when you catch only the last sentence of what your child or spouse just said. Don’t worry, you are not losing your mind! You are just not being mindful, or engaging your brain in a conscious way.

The severe expression of this default zone is a zombie-like existence: when you sleep walk through life utilizing only habitual patterns of behavior. The Zombie doesn’t get to make a choice, but you do. In every moment and in every day.

Take a moment to watch the video of this interview. The juicy bits are after the intro, at about 8 minutes in when I talk about mindfulness and the default. Enjoy!

Laura’s Playlist

March 21st, 2014 • by Laura Scott • Please comment


Pharrel Williams’ song HAPPY is my theme song this year. I can not help but jump up and dance when I hear this tune. Apparently people around the world feel the same way! Check out this video and you will be dancing along…

Making the Most of the Moment

March 5th, 2014 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

dscn0194_0016I have been a mindfulness practitioner for some time so I don’t recall the moment when I began to more consciously live in the moment but when I started making the most of the moment I began to live a better and happier life.

I also became more productive, more focused, more loving, and more grateful. I also became a more effective coach.

How did I do this? I stopped worrying about the future. I stopped thinking about the past and second-guessing. I just asked myself “Okay what are we going to do NOW?” or “Who do I want to be NOW?

When you live in the moment you become more creative about what you can do in the moment. The moment is where we have choices. The moment is where we create the future.

One of my favorite quotes about mindfulness is from Ellen Langer, a mindfulness researcher, who says: “Life consists only of moments, nothing more than that. So if you make the moment matter, it all matters.”

So take a few moments today to focus on the now and express who you want to be in those moments. The world is your oyster…

Photo credit: Sharon Marino

A Holiday for Gratitude

November 26th, 2013 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

This Peanuts Youtube clip reminded me that the original intent for establishing a national holiday called Thanksgiving was to–yes–give thanks! Sometimes that intention is lost in the rush and crush of dinner preparation, travel, and black Friday shopping.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Even if you only spend a minute this week thinking of three or four things you are grateful for then you will have honored the tradition of Thanksgiving. Better yet, invite your friends and family to share what they are grateful for as you pass the turkey and fixings around the table.

Enjoy! And thank you for being my friend and blog buddy!

with blessings and gratitude,
Laura Scott

Got Success?

October 14th, 2013 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

So thrilled to be a presenting my 20 min “TED-like” talk on Mindful Leadership at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, at the inaugural 4 For Success event in Tampa. Come join us for 4 stimulating presentations by 4 business and success coaches and networking at the PourHouse afterwards with discounted beverages for all with a 4 for Success program in hand. Like us on facebook for more information
Discounted tickets can be had by clicking here. Or you can pay $10 at the door at Stageworks Theatre, Channelside, Tampa

Think You are Too Old to Do It?!

September 3rd, 2013 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

I was Googling “Fashion Week” and I came across this amazing article on 81-year-old fashion model Carmen Dell’Orefice.

She started modeling in her teens and was recently featured in an HBO documentary on supermodels. At first it was a pragmatic career move made to help her single mother pay some bills, but then the camera loved her and she graced the covers of the top fashion magazines and succeeded beyond her wildest dreams.

When Dell’Orefice lost much of her wealth to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, she did what she needed to do and went back out on the runway. It was a move that that was motivated not just by money but by her awareness of her legacy, her passion, and who she is as a woman:

“I think America may be growing up and accepting the fact that the bulk of life exists beyond 50. Because demographically … the vast population is over 50,” she said. “This is not to negate the young people coming up. But what kind of an example are we giving young people?”

“I don’t know if it’s good or silly,” she told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager of her current modeling career. “It’s what I enjoy doing, and I’m able to do it.”

Silly? No. Good? Yes, oh yes!

The Seven Deadly Sins of Management

August 6th, 2013 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

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Forbes Magazine published this terrific list and as an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner I agree with this list whole-heartedly.
Read this and I am sure you be reminded of a former boss or colleague who poisoned the work environment, demotivated their teams, failed to reach realistic goals as a result of these seven deadly sins.

These are behaviors that can be changed and most managers and leaders are motivated to change them when they realize the real “cost” of continuing these behaviors. The only blocks to change is to recognize the unconscious default behaviors and craft alternate responses. This is mindful leadership. As this article states, real positive change can be as simple as: hire great people; take responsibility; be kind; be generous; listen; and rule by hope and clarity.

What are you Bringing?

July 7th, 2013 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

I love this video. It shows the beauty of people working in concert, where everyone, no matter what they bring, adds to the whole.

To me this serves as a metaphor for the potential of engaged individuals working in teams to make a huge impact.

I watched this video and thought: These are all exceptionally talented individuals but they alone fall short of the potential of what could be if we all learned to work so beautifully together.

Opening Up to You

June 24th, 2013 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

Nature has a way of teaching us things we really do know but have forgotten. On my morning walk I came across this magnolia blossom and it reminded be how beautiful we all are, without trying to be or even thinking about it.
A magnolia blossom doesn’t have a mirror, makeup, a hot date, or an appointment to be any where. The blossom just shows up… in all of her magnificent beauty.
Not to impress but because that is just who she is.

Happiness Here, Happiness Now

June 11th, 2013 • by Laura Scott • Please comment

I was speaking to a woman recently about my coaching practice and as I responded to her questions about the types of coaching I do, she interrupted and asked, “So, you are saying that people can choose to be happy?” I responded with a resounding “Yes!”

Fast forward a couple months to B.E.A.C.H.* Retreat (Balancing Every Action to Cultivate Happiness) an weekend retreat for women myself and my colleague Sarah Haynes are facilitating at a beach resort in Clearwater Beach Florida July 12-14, 2013. I have posted the flyer above.

I have been looking forward to this weekend for the past month, inspired by the questions Deepak invites us to ask before we jump in to anything:
Is it fun?
Are the people you are doing it with fun?
Are you going in with an intention of service?
I answer these questions with a resounding “Yes!”
Care to join us? Only three spots left. Call the number on the flyer above for more information or email info@180coaching.com.