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Message from White Eagle, Hopi indigenous:

“This moment humanity is going through can now be seen as a portal and as a hole.

The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you.

If you repent of the problem and consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, you will fall into the hole. But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal.

Take care of your homes, take care of your body. Connect with your spiritual House.

When you are taking care of yourselves, you are taking care of everything else. Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis, have the eagle aspect, that from above, and see the whole; see more broadly.

There is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand. The two go hand in hand. Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and lack of meaning.

You were prepared to go through this crisis. Take your toolbox and use all the tools available to you.

Learn about resistance of the indigenous and African peoples: we have always been and continue to be exterminated. But we still haven’t stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire and having fun. Don’t feel guilty about being happy during this difficult time.

You do not help at all being sad and without energy. You help if good things emanate from the Universe now. It is through joy that one resists. Also, when the storm passes, each of you will be very important in the reconstruction of this new world.

You need to be well and strong. And, for that, there is no other way than to maintain a beautiful, happy and bright vibration. This has nothing to do with alienation.

This is a resistance strategy. In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called the quest for vision. You spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection. When you cross this portal, you get a new vision of the world, because you have faced your fears, your difficulties …

This is what is asked of you:

Allow yourself to take advantage of this time to perform your vision seeking rituals. What world do you want to build for you? For now, this is what you can do: serenity in the storm. Calm down, pray every day. Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day.

Good things emanate; what you emanate now is the most important thing. And sing, dance, resist through art, joy, faith and love. ”
Resist – Be reborn

Conversations we Need to Lead

I couldn’t resist sharing a recent article I read as it supports my concerns about the approaches we’re currrently taking to protect our people, and what that might mean down the road.

It’s a fairly long article, and I think it will be well worth your time. It speaks to some of the conversations we need to be having, and this could provide a way for you to begin or continue a discussion with the people in your life.

Now more than ever, each of us has a responsibility to make a positive difference; consider choosing something that fits with who you are and your contribution to the world.

heart centered leadership in these times to get us through

What is the ‘one thing’ you’re willing to contribute based on this article, in the way of heart-centered leadership? Please comment on the blog.


I’m in Awe of your Leadership

Calming picture of a woman's hand holding a flower during sunset. Leader"s relaxation tip to calm down during these challenging times

As we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and the updated April 30th shelter in place in the US, I wanted to reach out and let you know I’ve been thinking of you and sending immense kindness and compassion for your physical and emotional health.

I have spoken with many of you and am so proud of how you’re stepping up as heart-centered leaders in your world, especially during these difficult times:

  • Changing your emotions from that of anger to gratitude.
  • Honoring the reality of this situation that has required you to close your well loved, non-essential business.
  • Communicating the difficult plans and conversations of furloughing some of your valued staff.
  • Pivoting your operations to a 70-80% remote business without missing a beat in servicing your customers.
  • Receiving the positive support of your board members and teams.

I am offering you a gift in all of this: a ‘guided journey’ (5:51) of a relaxation technique that is very effective for resolving any emotional reaction(s) that may be arising from influences or circumstances currently out of your control.


Please listen to this as often as you wish, and feel free to share it.

I am thinking of you and sending you blessings and compassion.

Be well.

The Importance of Executive Coaching for Start-ups

We already know that executive and business coaching holds numerous benefits for those who seek it. Whether this is done to streamline your career, negotiate a career shift or raise your levels of productivity, there is no doubt to how beneficial seeking executive and business coaching can be!

So Many Start-Ups

There are numerous start-up companies and businesses that have recently sprung into the market. Many of these offer similar services and products so what separates the best from the simply good tends to boil down to the finer things.

Executive Coaching for Start-Ups

One of the things that can seriously benefit a start up business, company or organization is executive coaching.

Over the course of this blog, we’re going to elaborate on how this is so.

A Removed Perspective

Many of those involved in starting and running their own start ups are passionate individuals. Further, the startups they are invested in hold much significance in their lives emotionally and otherwise. Though this kind of commitment is great, there are times when one needs to take a step back and view situations more objectively for the greater good of the business.

At times like those, where a director or owner cannot distance themselves from the emotional investment, an executive coach can offer valuable perspective.

Goal Setting and Management

Setting goals is an important part of any business; as is managing and seeing them through. A start-up receiving executive coaching will be supported greatly in the area of goal setting and management.

An executive coach will not only help the start up figure out its priorities and vision for growth. They will also provide support and motivation helping those working for the startup see these goals through.

Early Risk Assessment

Executive coaching can help you identify potential risks, losses and pitfalls a lot earlier in the game than you would without it. This is because the executive coach you work with has likely worked with numerous businesses, start ups and individuals.

They also have a realistic idea of what different markets are like and are informed by way of trends. In other words, they not only help you make the right decisions but also help you to avoid numerous risks by identifying them early.

Team Evolution

Managing a new team can at times be tricky. At the same time, if your team is not getting along it will probably be quite difficult for your upstart to thrive. Similarly, an unhappy team means shoddy work. An executive coach can help streamline team interactions and help with motivation as well as morale. They work with the team evolving them into the happy yet productive force you need to function well and make it big!

Sculpting Leaders

Last but not least. an executive coach will help you sculpt yourself into the right kind of employer, partner or leader.

They will inform you about qualities that will help with your work and interactions and provide guidance. They offer perspective and can help you become more aware of your strengths so you can play on them. They will also alert you to growing edges and professional weaknesses that you could work on to be better. Needless to say, a team with good leadership will get places!


If you’re involved with a start up and feel you could use the extra support getting up on your feet that’s perfectly normal! Better yet, we’ve got you covered! Those looking for executive coaching in Minneapolis can give us a shout or visit our webpage for more on the effective executive, business and career coaching we offer!

LIFT™ Your Relationship!

Transform your life where it matters most.

Just what you need to bring the *spark* into your relationship!

After years of working with leaders, just like you, it seems more important than ever to have relationship tools in your toolkit.  Relationship tools that are available for you to cultivate essential relationship skills of:

Love Inspiration Forgiveness and Trust (LIFT!)

LIFT is a time for you and your partner to grow and also to have fun! You will create once in a lifetime memories and experience personal growth like never before. Our program makes it easy and enjoyable for you to discover new tools that will enhance your most important relationship.

LIFT Your Relationship! is great for couples who may be interested in:

  • Stepping it up another notch.
  • Acquiring new tools to deepen your relationship.
  • Rediscovering why you fell in love.
  • Navigating any new season or change in your lives.
  • Learning how to effectively give and receive love.

LIFT offers an opportunity of how to ‘be’ in relationship –  even when a marriage license or a partner agreement doesn’t necessarily provide any training — even though it’s your primary, most important relationship!  Similar to the lack of parenting training, right?

We have combined essential resources specifically designed toward revitalizing and reinforcing a foundation of communication, love, and trust. All that’s necessary on your part is an interest and a willingness to improve. We’ll help you do the rest.


If you want your relationship to be an area of excitement, juice, passion and aliveness, then you want to be aware of the tools that can give you the ultimate advantage.

We will arm your relationship with the communication tools that will last long after LIFT has ended!

Joy, your facilitator, is well aware that a loving, passionate, and intimate relationship can be challenging to sustain, as she’s certainly been through the ‘school of hard knocks’ in the past.  Not any more, though!  Joy has successfully utilized the tools and is enjoying an ultimate relationship.  This proven program will give you the ultimate advantage.

These events are focused on LIFTing Your Relationship! LIFT is designed for you to create once in a lifetime memories and experience personal growth like never before.

What if you could ignite more love, joy and excitement in your relationship starting right now?

What creates extraordinary passionate and loving relationships? What are the forces that inspire the utmost excitement, joy, love and passion between two people? LIFT provides the tools and strategies to create sustainable excitement and lasting fulfillment in your relationships.

What will you learn?

Joy is offering an unprecedented opportunity – combining customized Relationship Coaching and Facilitation with you and your partner by utilizing the Robbins Madanes Ultimate Relationship program.

This is the most state-of-the-art coach and intervention system in existence. When you register for LIFT, you’ll have the opportunity to choose the areas that are the most important to you.

  • Discovering how to Close the Gap from where you are to where you want to be in your relationships.
  • Defining What You Really Want at this stage of your life in your intimate and other key relationships.
  • Understanding the Power of Polarity to ignite or reignite passion at levels you may have previously thought impossible to regain or achieve.
  • Employing a Commonsense Strategy for strengthening your bond and rekindling intimacy.
  • Breaking Through Your Barriers as well as those of your partner using the 6 Human Needs.
  • Uncovering and conditioning a set of Daily Practices to bring out the best in you and your partner.
  • Practicing the Art of Giving; balancing your partner’s needs with your needs and outside pressures.
  • Clarifying your priorities, resolving conflicts of loyalty.
  • Rediscovering Your Love as a couple.
  • Aligning with your partner and creating a common bond and vision for your future.
  • Realizing The Three Levels of Mastery that you must attain to create substantial results in any area of your life. (Most of us never go beyond the first level of mastery because we don’t even know the other two exist!)
  • Finding, nurturing and creating a fulfilling relationship through The 7 Master Skills of Relationship. These fundamental skills are critical to your success. Just one of these skills will spark passion in your lover even if it has been dormant for years. Another skill helps you fortify your relationship by strengthening yourself in a way that magnetizes your partner to you rather than pushing him or her away.
  • Shifting the current dynamic of your relationship with The 10 Disciplines of Lasting Love & Passion. These are the daily practices you can start using and can continue to use to steer your relationship toward calm waters.
  • Meeting Your Partner’s Deepest Needs & Desires. If our needs are not met within our intimate relationship, we look elsewhere. Food, family, kids, career, other people, material possessions, drugs or alcohol become our outlets and nourishment.

The Ultimate Relationship Program was created by Tony Robbins and Chloe Madanes. At LIFT you will receive 3 days of Anthony Robbins and Chloe Madanes content (along with many other experts such as John Gray, Gary Chapman, Helen Fisher, Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks, Joy’s wisdom and more!) for a fraction of the cost.

LIFT Will Rejuvenate Your Relationship in a Fun and Exciting Way and Will Create Your Relationship at a Level You Never Imagined!


Imagine how the behaviors you can’t seem to kick could naturally subside when you begin meeting your needs wHuman hands and young plantithin your relationship.

By now you’re probably aware that there’s no fairy tale formula for true love.

It begins and blossoms with partners committing and recommitting to each other, both in words and in action.

Isn’t your relationship worth the investment in your future, the future of your partner, and the additional investment bonus of the direct positive impact it will have on every relationship in your life – your family – your friends – your colleagues and more!

LIFT is not a place for:

  • Airing your ‘dirty laundry’.
  • Digging in your heels.
  • Counseling to ‘fix’ something because something’s ‘wrong’.

LIFT is an opportunity for:

  • Looking at your relationship through a new lens.
  • Learning valuable resources to enhance your relationship.
  • Contributing to yourself, your partner and others.

Joy is offering an unprecedented opportunity – combining customized Relationship Coaching with you (and your partner), by utilizing the Robbins Madanes Ultimate Relationship program, in a small setting.

No matter how much we have achieved in any area of our lives, true fulfillment can only be found in one thing:

The Emotional Quality of our Personal Relationships.

The principles shared in the LIFT Your Relationship! seminar will help you create a level of joy, passion, ecstasy, and love that is unsurpassed—by taking your current relationship to a new level, by helping you make a decision about what you’re no longer willing to settle for, and/or by helping you clarify what you are committed to seeking out with your relationship and/or partner.

Take action now and start to personally learn, witness and experience what’s possible when you transform your beliefs and master the fundamental skills necessary to create the ultimate relationship you desire and deserve.


Your Ultimate Relationship will create your relationship at a level you never imagined!

No matter how much we have achieved in any area of our lives, true fulfillment can only be found in one thing: the emotional quality of our personal relationships.

Unfortunately, most of us have settled for something that falls below our deepest desires. We all want love and passion, yet most of us fill ourselves up with work, friends, sports, food, or causes outside the realm of passion, ecstasy, and intimate love.

The good news is that regardless of your past experience or current relationship, the promise of something deeper, richer and lasting is now within your grasp.

LIFT Your Relationship by Creating, Transforming and Celebrating the Greatest Gift of Life

Take action now and join Joy at LIFT to personally learn, witness and experience what’s possible when you transform your beliefs and master the fundamentals required to create the ultimate relationship you desire and deserve.

Never Again Settle for Something that Falls Below Your Deepest Desires.


LIFT will give you new insights and research-based skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you manage conflict in a healthy, positive way. Along with the memory of re-connecting and the knowledge that ‘we can do this’.  You will take home a workbook and journal to support your relationship in your everyday lives.

As a result of this workshop, you will be:1233

  • Fostering respect, affection, and closeness.
  • Building and sharing a deeper connection with each other.
  • Strengthening and appreciating the love in your relationship.
  • Discovering new possibilities!

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Meet Joy, Your LIFT Facilitator and Coach:

joy-pic-2Joy Pecchia is trained and Certified as a Strategic Interventionist, Master NLP Practitioner and Hypnotherapist.  She has also been trained and certified in the Ultimate Relationship Program by Cloe Madanes and Tony Robbins, who have joined forces to form the Robbins-Madanes Center of Strategic Intervention. Joy enjoys the privilege of coaching with this series of training materials that are completely unique in the world of coaching and communications.

Since 2002, Joy Pecchia has been a leadership expert in providing insightful strategies and tools to the best and brightest leaders in today’s world.  She has over three decades of personal and business coaching, speaking, and most importantly, real life, in the trenches life experience; having worked with hundreds of clients across the globe, Joy is referred to by many in her business and personal life as an agent of change.   Her passions about business, life and adventure have encouraged many leaders to expand their personal and professional boundaries.

Joy is sometimes referred to as the “People Whisperer” for her coaching and facilitation skills that bring out the best in people. Her fusion of real life stories and her conversational techniques connect her with audiences at personal, passionate and memorable levels.

Joy is a Board Certified Coach and an accomplished Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator who delivers keynote addresses, meeting presentations, retreats and workshops.


I am so glad to have spent time with Joy and to have approached this Retreat with an open mind. My biggest takeaway was the understanding that my perceived challenges can be approached with small, actionable steps that are tackled in the most simple yet effective ways.  The tools that Joy presents are not just “fluff” – they are measured and attainable. Thank you, Joy for igniting this new excitement and journey to find my full potential.  Ju A., CA

Joy provides a safe and nurturing environment – and is truly there to guide you and call you out as needed (which I loved!). There is the right amount of push/pull and opportunities to open yourself to new ways of thinking and feeling. And I learned SO much – new tools, a new language and best of all, how much BIGGER we all are.  Thank you Joy (and the other participants)! Debbie L., NY

The Puerto Rico retreat was a mind-bending experience. Always the consummate life coach, Joy helped me to remember parts of myself long forgotten in the daily grind. Using excellent and efficacious exercises, she helped the group to explore and find answers to questions long buried, yet just waiting to be discovered.  It was an awesome time!  Deb P., MI

Joy is an outstanding coach and trainer who is well worth the price of admission. On top of that, she is sincere and authentic in every way. If you have the opportunity to work with Joy, I am certain you will find the time spent to be of great benefit. —VP, SamsNet

 Thank you for being so giving of yourself and your wisdom.  You are changing the world!  ―Participant, Annual Yoga Retreat

 Hi Joy, I was so happy to be able to attend your session.  You have a wonderful, graceful way of presenting.  ―Director – Integrative Health/Wellness, Normandale Community College

Thank you so much for presenting at our firm.  You were excellent and I have received extremely positive feedback. —Attorney, Messerli & Kramer

“The workbook content was very helpful and all of the exercises and interactions were extremely beneficial.  Joy’s knowledge, tips and energy was great. I would highly recommend Joy!”  ―NAWBO Business Mastery Conference Participants

It was absolutely wonderful, very motivating and uplifting, and a great information piece, especially on how things were done in the past and how things need to change. I’m an entrepreneur and am excited to apply what she’s offered. —Participant, Business Mastery Event

Joy, in looking at what has been accomplished since our last summit, and adding the energy of the new organizations that participated this year, I am really inspired.  I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Thanks again!  You Rock!  —Director, Animal Ark

love your tools, and it was very interesting for me to see the group WAKING UP and seeing the world in a different way—Participant, LIFT for Leaders 

My goodness, I learned a lot today, and I felt significantly connected. I left feeling very much upLIFTed (pun intended). —Participant, LIFT for Leaders

I enjoyed meeting people who have similar concerns, and it was nice to be in a ‘no risk – high reward’ environment. —Participant, LIFT for Leaders


Who attends LIFT Your Relationship!?

  • Couples attend who already have a strong, healthy relationship, and couples attend to get back on track. Joy welcomes all couples who want to work on making their relationship stronger.

I’d love to come to your workshop but my partner is a private person and is not comfortable sharing. 

  • No Joy provides lots of extra square footage for privacy while couples engage in the workshop exercises. Joy is available to work one-on-one with couples who desire support and assistance during exercises. Joy’s philosophy during her Retreats is that the participants have wonderful insights to share with the other participants, and yet there is no mandatory sharing.

Are we appropriate for LIFT if we don’t have any huge problems.

  • Couples who attend LIFT are typically interested in enhancement. Our brains are more open to new learning when we are not stressed out, and LIFT is designed with plenty of humor and resources, so enhancement couples have a terrific time while learning.

Are there any prerequisites to attending?

  • Yes, you will receive profiles and assessments to complete – anything from your favorite foods and beverages, to your communication and other style assessments. The workshop is self-contained and is appropriate even if you’ve never worked with Joy before.

Do you have any lodging recommendations?

  • Yes, we will provide hotel suggestions. If you are local, you can certainly go home. However, we recommend you try to preserve your focus on your relationship throughout the entire LIFT event, if possible. Try not to go home to kids, jobs, neighbors, pets, all the daily distractions and stressors that you might be facing. Keep those 3 days reserved just for the two of you if at all possible.

What do we wear to LIFT?

  • Wear something comfortable; come casual. If you are cold natured, then bring a light sweater or layers as the room tends to be cool.

Does LIFT provide meals?

  • LIFT provides a meal and snacks.

How often do we have breaks?

  • Generally we break every two hours for 10 -15 minutes.

What makes LIFT different from counseling?

  • We share resources and perspectives, and don’t give you any advice. You’ll find your own answers as you participate in the event.

We don’t or can’t communicate with each other, can LIFT teach us how?

  • Communication or the lack of is a major issue in many relationships. Many couples have poor communications because they stop communicating their thoughts and feelings with each other. They stop because they are tired of repeating themselves or because they are tired of being hurt by their partner. LIFT helps couples start opening new lines of communication. You and your partner will start expressing your feelings and concerns with each other in a healthy, positive manner.

Does LIFT provide child care?

  • LIFT does not provide childcare. Please make arrangements prior to attending.

Is LIFT a private setting?

  • LIFT takes place in a small, private and confidential setting. There are Rules of Engagement that are reviewed and agreed to at the beginning of LIFT in order to play full out while respecting others’ experiences.

Our children are gone, we’ve grown apart we have nothing in common anymore, can LIFT help us?

  • Many couples invest so much time into their children’s lives that they forget to invest time in themselves or their partner, much less their relationship. Once the children are gone they are finding that they have no common ground anymore. LIFT helps couples to be able to reconnect and to find that ‘loving feeling’ again.

We have serious issues in our relationship.  Can LIFT help us?

  • LIFT is designed to help couples who currently have a strong foundation in their relationship, and who want support in enhancing their communication, love and intimacy in their relationships.

How does it work?

  • Joy presents numerous resources and opportunities that are designed to help couples open up and communicate in ways they may not have communicated in the past. The tools that you experience while at LIFT can be continued when LIFT ends so that you and your partner will have a new life and new relationship of open communication and a stronger bond.

Do we have to be married to attend LIFT?

  • LIFT welcomes all couples whether dating, engaged, married or partnered.

Need more information? Call us now to get on the path to a more confident, improved relationship.  (612) 227-8922