A lot of factors come into play when we’re trying to move forward on something in life. One valuable tool for making progress is accountability. In its simplest form, accountability is just making a promise to do something, then having some way to track whether you actually do it. Instead of tracking it yourself, it […]
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I am not a fan of resolutions. They’re well-intended, but they don’t seem to last. We need something to anchor and guide us, to help us be our best. Having a theme for the year is what works for me. It’s more inspirational. The thing about resolutions is they set external targets. They are prescriptive, […]
Thanksgiving is coming up. How are you giving thanks every day?! Did you know that gratitude is more than a thought or idea? Gratitude is a way of being. When we’re in touch with gratitude, it’s a full-bodied experience. That means feeling your appreciation when you are thinking about all of the things you’re thankful […]
Work-life balance. People talk about it, strive for it, but is it really something we can achieve? I don’t think so. Have you ever done balance poses on the yoga mat? Then you know that balance is a dynamic experience, built of movement and tension. It’s not something you achieve and put behind you—it’s an […]
Play is healthy and healing. We know that intuitively because we feel it. If it doesn’t feel good, it’s not play. Unfortunately, as we grow up and get serious about our education, our livelihood, our relationships, we get disconnected from play. We tend shift into a mindset that play is the domain of children or […]
In my recent teleclass, Kelly expressed her goal succinctly: “I want to spin less and get more done.” Can you relate? Journalist Charles Duhigg is an expert on productivity. In his latest book, Smarter Better Faster, he concludes that the most productive people have trained themselves to be productive, and most importantly, experimenting is part […]
ACCOUNTABILITY: It isn’t sexy – but it works It’s a pretty simple concept that will make or break your success, but it’s got a bad rap. Just saying the word out loud – ACCOUNTABILITY — I can feel my defensive hackles rising. And I know better! According to the dictionary, it’s about accounting for one’s […]
Recently, I rediscovered a book that has been on my shelf for years, called One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer. I love it so much that I want to share it with you. Dr. Maurer’s big, audacious, surprising notion is that we don’t need to take (and in fact aren’t served […]
Now that we’re a few weeks in to 2018, how’s your mojo? The new year brings the excitement and magic of new beginnings. I love the fresh start, blank page, anything is possible feeling. It energizes me wondering What will this year bring? You know what doesn’t inspire my mojo? Resolutions. Invigorate Your New Year […]
SILENCE… BE STILL… HIBERNATE… This is the guidance my intuition is offering me in these cold, dark December days. I got my first formal education about intuition while training to be a coach. The more I learned about intuition, the more I realized that I’d been relying on it for a long time–and that we’re […]
Testimonials from My Clients
There is no colleague I respect more than Mary Olk. She has an unwavering commitment to personal and professional growth for her clients and herself. She is a truly gifted inner guide—extraordinarily insightful, self aware, highly skilled, and wise. I am especially proud she has chosen to integrate the Gremlin-Taming® method into her own naturally potent style of facilitating others to tap into and channel their potential. Her clients are beyond fortunate to have her in their lives.
Rick Carson Dallas, Author, Taming Your Gremlin® and A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming®
“Working with someone like me, not as goal oriented, is tough! But with Mary I learned you can be goal-oriented and it doesn’t have to be like you’re in the military.
She listens beautifully. She reflects it back with a question that makes me think about it in a way that I hadn’t. And she’s funny.”
Mary Moga Higher Education Administrator
“I am somebody who needs homework. I need someone to say ‘Do X Y and Z and get back in touch,’ instead of ‘Think about this and we will talk.’ Mary structured things for me in that manner. Otherwise it is easy for me to put things on back burner.
There were two big main issues that Mary and I worked with: I had too much on my plate, and my marriage was blowing up. So we worked on both.
I gained a good sense of not only who I was but trusting that I had the answers, which is really where you want to get to: That you can trust yourself with the way you are feeling and that the decisions you are making are right for you.”
Dayle Quigley Hayward, Wisconsin, emergency room physician
“I’ve pretty much doubled business over the course of working with her. I know it is tough to attribute it to one single thing, but I know with certainty that she is a part of what has allowed me to do that. And, working with Mary has helped me have much more authentic conversations with people in my life, whether those are people I’m dating, or my relatives, friends or colleagues. She’s helped me get a clear sense of my voice in all those types of relationship.
She has helped me get out of my own way on the goals that really, really matter to me.”
Annemarie Estess San Francisco, small business owner and coach trainee
“For sales people in general a great coach is an asset because we are forced to deal with negative emotions every day – there is a lot of rejection and fear. The resilience needed to withstand that is greater when you have an asset like Mary.
She helps me think through what is going on. If there is conflict with my values, she helps me articulate what is going on. From that we trade action steps to progress through a challenge, or take on an opportunity. She takes what is within me and helps me make sense of it and create actionable steps.
Mary does not bring a one-size-fits-all approach – this is a customized approach we have worked on over the past four years.”
Gabriel Harren Minneapolis, Sales Rep and Entrepreneur
THREE WORDS: Professional, Humor, Authentic
Mary's sense of humor, coupled with her raw authenticity, gave me a huge play ground to be myself and to experiment with letting go of concepts about myself that no longer served me. Our work was, and continues to be, life-changing.
I send my closest friends and family to Mary when someone needs a coach. Enough said. I know you'll get nothing but excellence when you work with her.
Jane Massengill Master Certified Coach