HEAR BEATE’s KEYNOTE IN LOS ANGELES May 17, NFTE 6 pm

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Home life can be wonderful – a time of relaxation, of escape, even, from the pressures of the outside world. But often it’s yet another endless to-do list. What about career? Does a career take over your life to the point where your private life is virtually nonexistent?

Perhaps you’re working at in a cutthroat business and your hours keep piling up. Your self-image is not great, and the late-night take-out you hastily eat in front of your TV when you come home at 9:30 p.m. isn’t exactly helping.

At least your best friend – the cat –is always happy to see you. As for exercise, well… The prospect of getting up at six in the morning to go for a run is not in the least bit enticing – you are too darn tired! And romance? Well, we know how that’s playing out. Mr. Right can’t be found, given you only have two hours on Saturday night to meet him when you go out with your friends (before you get too drunk; after all, you have to blow off a little steam here and there). But at least there’s Internet dating. You get to have a romantic life for a few minutes during the day when you check your “prospects.” One can always dream…

Okay. I just painted a dreary (often all-too-true) scenario of what goes on with many working women. But what I’m going to be explaining to you over the next few columns, and in my seminars and coaching sessions, is this: The ideas that you are about to examine are not about living a life of not-wanting.

I say that you should dare to dream and date to want everything.

I want to show you how to make your dreams become a reality. I believe that you can, and should, live a life that is abundant with everything you want. I want you to define what you want.

Only you know if you prefer to work or be a stay-at-home mom; have a career or only work to support a basic lifestyle. I want to show you how to acknowledge and accept your own decisions. In addition, I want to teach you that the choices you make are the right ones for you. I want to show you how to let go of any guilt you might be lugging around.

I will show you how to make conscious and active choices and reinforce that it is your right to make these determinations for yourself. If you can identify elements of your life that you want to improve, I will share with you the techniques you need to know to do so. I care about the quality of your life, and I want to give you the ideas, concepts, and tools I believe will help you improve it.

Before I get down to daring to dream – and readjusting your outlook – tell me something: Is there anything in that scenario I just painted that seems like it could have come from your life? Let me know – and let’s see how we can tackle this together.

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