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Carey Conley's Blog

Empowering vs. Enabling

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-05-28
There is a fine line between empowering people and enabling them. This falls under boundaries. So often, the very things we do to help our friends, our children, and family members aren’t actually helping them. Instead, we’re setting them up to be weak instead of assisting them to find their own strength. Think of how many times you step in to do something for someone thinking you are helping when in reality they could be empowered by letting them tap into their own creativity, resilience, and power. Every time we swoop in to try to fix something for them and we don’t let them see what they are capable of themselves, we unknowingly steal their power and their confidence.

Setting Healthy Boundaries

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-05-21
Having boundaries is not a selfish thing, it’s a selfless thing.I can’t recall one speech, workshop, or coaching session in which there has not been overwhelming agreement among the participants that setting and sticking with boundaries is a problem. Most times when I bring up the topic, people roll their eyes, raise their hands, and nod up and down knowingly because they know boundary setting is a challenge for them.And this struggle isn’t limited to a specific age and income group either. I am talking about all ages of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, levels of success and education. From the young adults we are working with to the highest paid professionals I coach, they all ask for help and guidance in this area.

A year to remember

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-05-14
I am sure you feel the same way I do that this year seems to have flown by faster than most.This time last year, I was helping my daughter with a newborn and as she adjusted to being a mom. It is surreal to see your baby have a baby and think it was not too long ago when I was holding her for the first time.And even though I am certainly old enough to be a grandma, it has taken me the better part of this whole year, doing my best to be a part of their lives as much as possible, to really feel like Pryce is my grandson.I know many women who are grandmas. They kept telling me that there is nothing like it in the world. And boy were they right about that!

A Month of Reflection

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-05-07
This is a very important month for me.Not only do I get to celebrate my grandson’s first birthday, but mine is just 5 days later. What a gift to share our birthday months! I know that was divinely orchestrated by our loved ones in Heaven and I am so grateful for that.I can’t believe how fast this past year has gone by and how fast Pryce is growing. He has a LOT of personality and is a complete joy to be around. He cracks me up and I can’t wait until he can talk to hear what comes out of his mouth! I am loving being able to spend so much time with him. May has always been a month of reflection for me. And now that it’s also Pryce’s birthday month, I find myself reflecting even more than I normally do at this time.

Your Front and Center

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-04-30
Imagine you’re standing on a stage looking out at the rows and rows of people in front of you. In your life, the people who are closest to you are in what I call your front row.I’ve taught hundreds of people what I call the front row exercise.It’s about making sure that the only people who are in the “front row” of your life – meaning those you spend the most amount of time with – are people whose advice you welcome, you know they believe in you and encourage you, and they're maybe even a little bit further along in their personal and professional journey than where you're are at this time.These are the people who you can rank as your 9s and 10s out of 10. They are the people you just love being around because they lift you up as they rise.

Becoming a better leader

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-04-23
Becoming a better leader in your personal and professional life from nationally recognized speaker and author Carey Conley.I recently found and dusted off a book that I’ve had forever by Wayne Dyer, one of my all-time favorites. It’s called Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment.While this book covers a bunch of different topics, the one that called to me is on Leadership.

The Power of Family Vision

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-04-16
Do you have a vision for your family?I wish that as my kids were going up that I would have talked about this more.Sure, they knew my vision. I asked them their goals and my husband Ross and I encouraged them to follow their dreams.But I don't think that we spent nearly enough time talking about how we see our family, what our core values are, what we stand for, or how we stand for each other, especially as we get older.There is a lot to be said for having a vision for your family, that both the kids and adults understand.

Spring Cleaning For Your Life

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-04-02
It’s time for some spring cleaning (and I don’t mean your closets)! Let’s work on clearing the obstacles in your path.If you already have the ‘spring cleaning’ bug and you’ve begun purging rooms, garages, and basements of all the things that are cluttering their space, that’s great. I, too, have a pile of clothes ready to donate and I can’t wait to drop them off.Clearing out spaces feels so good, doesn’t it? We feel freer and inspired to renew and refresh our surroundings.

Manage Your Emotions for Great Leadership

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-03-29
At a conference years ago, one of my mentors said something that hit me right in the heart (in a good way).Not only have I never forgotten it, I’ve also taught it to all the people who have heard me speak:One of the foundational characteristics of a great leader is learning how to manage emotions.I’d had to learn it for myself – after making some terrible mistakes with my choices in reactions – but mostly I recognized the importance of this statement because it had been exemplified very subtly by the people I revere.

The Law of the Lid

By:
Carey
Conley
2021-03-19
Have you heard of the Law of the Lid?The brainchild of John Maxwell, an author and leadership expert, goes like this:https://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/the-law-of-the-lid/Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. The higher the individual’s ability to lead, the higher the lid on his potential.Many years ago, when I heard him speak at a conference, I immediately started reading, and using his books for personal growth and trainings. In his book, ‘The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’ he discusses the Law of the Lid and this truth, when I first read it, made so much sense to me that I applied it to my own life and have repeated it many times to my clients.