The Thing About Goals

The Thing About Goals

Setting goals is the highest level of activity that we can do for ourselves.

When we create goals we are essentially giving ourselves the freedom to choose how we want to live. And, because we have so many choices available to us today, having goals help us to stay focused.

While ideally, most of us would like nothing more than to solely focus on accomplishing our goals, the reality is there are lots of moving parts in our lives like work, family, relationships…..etc.

If I asked you to close your eyes for a moment and picture a giraffe in your minds-eye, that would be pretty simple to do and if I asked you to picture your favorite car, it probably wouldn’t take much effort. Now, if I asked you to picture a vision for yourself of where you would like to be in 6 months, or a year from now, that might be a bit more challenging.

Maybe you’re thinking, how can I picture where I’m going to be in 6 months or even a year from now, when so many things are changing.

The truth is, having goals help us to stay focused. If you have a goal in your mind, then you have a vision, and with a clear vision comes the momentum you need to get after it.

Everything worth having in life, whether it’s mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually starts with having a goal.

The question you have to ask yourself before jumping in is: Are you positioned to reach your goal?

And since the road to success is through commitment, I’ve created a blueprint to help you successfully accomplish your goal.

Take a look at these 10 components towards mapping out your goals, and think about where you’re at right now, in this moment, and what it will take (and what you can do!) to get you across the finish line.

Remember if the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.

Enrollment for my online MasterClass – The Ultimate Course in How to Confidently Design Your Goals, Stay on Track and Reach the Finish Line will be opening soon! Stay tuned for more details!

Best Kept Secret You Can’t Afford to not know about

Best Kept Secret You Can’t Afford to not know about

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
-Anais Nin

It’s possible that you’ve thought about coaching before.

Perhaps you haven’t found the right coach; or you just aren’t sure what to expect. What steps do you take?  What will it feel like? Will coaching really make a difference in your life? How do you find the right coach? If those thoughts resonate with you then keep reading. I wrote this with you in mind.

I would love to work with you to help you find the personal or professional success that may be eluding you right now.

Sometimes we can all use a little help in making important decisions and taking the next steps.

There are several ways that we can work together. Take a look at what I offer and schedule a 20-minute complimentary call so we can connect and you can learn more about how coaching can have an impact in your life.

Insight Strategy Planning Sessions:

This service is designed for professionals who need a full day or (half day) of accelerated coaching. It’s a laser focused strategic planning session to help you create your vision, establish goals and produce a sustainable plan that will help you be successful. An Insight Strategy Planning session is the perfect choice for the professional dealing with an immediate challenge or wanting to get in front of a major project quickly. Learn more

Executive Coaching One-on-One:

Working with you one-on-one provides the ability to meet your specific goals and address your particular circumstances. We build trust and honesty together. As a professional, you face complex situations both in the workplace and in your private life. Delving into these challenges and working together, you will find dynamic solutions to help you unravel the complexities and find the clarity and momentum you need to move forward.

My clients include professionals who are experiencing various challenges such as:

  • Working at companies that are going through considerable change.
  • Dealing with conflict and dysfunction at work.
  • Going through a personal or family crisis.
  • Considering or navigating through a career change.
  • Planning a specific goal.
  • Making a bold move & figuring out next steps

It does not matter if your goal is personal or professional, working together we will create manageable steps in the right order to accomplish your intentions and get you where you want to be.

Consider working with me if you:

  • Feel ready to make a decision & accomplish something that will change your life.
  • Need to prepare and create a career strategy that will help you land your next opportunity fast.
  • You are sure there is more to life than your present experience and you are ready to move forward and explore the possibilities.

Schedule a complimentary 20 minute call with me here

Give the gift of coaching. Know someone who’s stuck and could use support? I can help

How to Outsmart Fear

How to Outsmart Fear

Breaking News:

Feeling afraid to step outside your comfort zone is normal. The trick is to be afraid and do it anyway.

Whenever we start something new, and push ourselves outside our comfort zone, something called imposter syndrome takes over. We start feeling like a fraud which leads to questioning ourselves, and we open the door for fear and self-doubt to creep in.

So, what do you do when self-doubt takes over and throws you into the grip?

You get moving and you stay in consistent action! Even if you’re afraid, you keep taking small steps towards your goals every day.

The inner voice in your head that’s telling you that you’re not good enough or that you don’t know what you’re doing loses its megaphone voice when you start taking action and doing the things you’re meant to do.

Here’s the tea: Whenever you start a new job, a side-hustle, a new business or anything unfamiliar, it’s normal to get butterflies in your stomach, and feel like your nerves are getting the best of you. But truth be told, these are actually good feelings and often show up when you’re in growth mode.

Learn to drill into your fear and understand where it’s coming from.

Our bodies are designed to protect us and keep us comfortable. So just know when you’re doing something that is outside of the normal routine and completely different, your body is going to push the alarm and expect you to get back in formation.

By taking consistent action, trusting yourself and having faith in what you cannot see, you are building your muscle of resiliency and your confidence will expand.

Connect with the part of you that is open to growing and daring to do things differently.

Dancing with fear and self-doubt is an art and takes practice. Keep doing it and before long you won’t even know they are there.

Inspiration Is Everywhere

Inspiration Is Everywhere

From time to time, we all need inspiration. And truthfully, we never know where we might find it, because it could be anywhere. The magic is in being present enough to see it, no matter where you might be.

I found my inspiration somewhere in the middle of “The Everything Store” aka HomeGoods.

Full disclosure, it is the most wonderful place to aimlessly wander about while taking in random furniture displays and deciding between the pink Himalayan salt, the honey vanilla chai tea and yet another Rae Dunn coffee mug.

And as I continued walking down an isle lined with picture frames on one side, and random journals, planners and greeting cards on the other, I saw this magnificent book nestled within the clutter. Have you ever experienced a moment of pure glee, like finding a $20 bill in an old coat pocket? That’s what this particular moment felt like for me.

The title immediately caught my eye “In The Company of Women” Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney.

Funny how the universe sends you exactly what you need at the exact moment you need it. And so, for an undetermined amount of time I stood there flipping through the pages, reading incredible stories of diverse women who shared their uncompromising and unapologetic struggles and adventures of becoming entrepreneurs and business owners. Amazingly, talented women who took their ideas and their passion and created something phenomenal for themselves and for those who they serve. These success stories celebrated women and while their experiences are unique, their inspiring messages are universal. Here are a just a few of those messages that hopefully will inspire you today, as much as they have inspired me:

Success is contextual and fleeting, so when things are harmonious even for a moment, I try to savor it” – Ping Zhu, Illustrator, Artist. Brooklyn New York

Joy eclipses pain” – Alice Randall & Caroline Randall Williams. Writers, Food Activists. Morgantown, WV

Grow organically, don’t get ahead of yourself” – Eileen Fisher, Entrepreneur. Irvington, NY.

Nobody knows better what you’re capable of than you. Trust yourself. Trust your ideas.” – Tina Roth Eisenberg, Graphic Designer. Brooklyn NY

I admire women who are open and vulnerable about self-doubt that happens in the creative process and yet go forward and do it anyway” – Arti Sequiera. Chef, Television Host. Los Angeles, CA

I’ve learned that the word ‘no’ has many meanings and is not necessarily a negative thing” – Miko Branch. Beauty Entrepreneur. New York, NY

As long as my work continues to foster joy, celebration, community, generosity and simplicity, I’m on the road to success.” – Dana Tanamachi. Artist, Graphic Designer. Seattle, WA

If I want something, I don’t let busy stand in the way. I make the time to do it”  -Debbie Millman. Writer, Artist, Educator, Radio Host. New York, NY

In a world where so many are trying to be like the majority, it’s refreshing to see women courageously, own who they are.” – Carla Hall. Chef, Television Host. Washington DC

Wondering What’s Next?

Wondering What’s Next?

“The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention”

-Anthony J. D’Angelo


When you’re at a tipping point…

When the rug has been pulled from underneath you…

When you can’t seem to get rid of your inner critic…

When you’re overcome with self-doubt…

When you are in a self-sabotage cycle…


 Call Me

“I can take you to a deeper place than you can take yourself”

“I can provide the support you need to make your experiences, goals and thoughts actionable in a way that will help you move forward, feel better and become the person you want to be”

“I am well known for supporting clients in regaining resiliency, increasing self-awareness and reimagining the vision they have for themselves.”

Don’t stay stuck, unfulfilled and unsuccessful.

Schedule a 3o minute complimentary call with me. Let’s talk!


“The world rewards those who take responsibility for their own success” -Curt Gerrish


Denise Harris is a certified Executive and Leadership coach, who specializes in helping her clients get to the next level in their careers and personal lives.  Denise’s strategic knowledge, professional insight, approachability and candor allow her to equip + empower her clients with the tools to not only “successfully walk through the fire” but emerge on the other side as the best and highest version of themselves.

When We Are At Our Best Selves, Anything Is Possible

When We Are At Our Best Selves, Anything Is Possible

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance” -Oscar Wilde

“One of the surprises that comes when you catch glimpses of your authentic self is the discovery that she’s such a positive, upbeat woman. She’s always smiling. She’s always calm. She’s always reassuring. She exudes confidence. Who is this woman, you might ask, and does she bear any resemblance to you?

Yes and no. This is who you are on the inside. The real you. If you don’t act this way all the time, it’s simply because you haven’t evolved to a higher plane of existence yet”

This is the opening paragraph from “Discovering Your Authentic Self” in the book Simple Abundance- A Daybook of Comfort & Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach.

What is life like for us on this higher plane?

I believe it shows up in moments, when we’re feeling free, when we’ve had good sleep, when we excel at an important project, when we get an offer from a job we really want, when we nail the presentation, when we look in the mirror and love who we see, when we meet someone for the first time and sparks fly, when our hearts are open, and we are not afraid to be vulnerable.

When these moments occur, we feel powerful and strong. As if, we can accomplish anything we want. Our tank is full, and we are unstoppable.

It is in these moments that we are completely centered, and the path ahead is clear.

How do we find more of these delicious moments that put us into the flow of life and loving?

Embracing change and being open to possibility helps. So do long walks, quiet moments, prayer, meditation, journaling, reading and learning to love yourself unconditionally.

I believe we are our best selves, when we trust our decisions without allowing self-doubt to creep in and when we are afraid, but move forward anyway.

When are you at your best self?