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Laurie Gerber Laurie Gerber life coach. radio show host. truthteller.

Life coach Laurie Gerber, President of Handel Group Life Coaching, is passionate about personal development. She leads large groups, blogs regularly, and hosts a radio show. [www.handelgroup.com]

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in making a measurable, positive difference in the world in my lifetime.

I want to know what makes people happy and peaceful … starting with me, of course. I’m very obsessed. And passionate. And single-mindedly curious. In my quest, with my thirst, hunger, and passion for figuring it out for myself, I’ve naturally always also wanted to give away what I learn.

I worked on myself first, to the point where I have a body I love, a relationship I love, a house I love, kids I love, relationships with my parents that I love, a career I love, and a money situation I love. I spent a good ten years studying with everyone I could and really working out all that stuff in all those areas of life.

I hold myself responsible as a leader, happy to be walking my own path and maintaining my own integrity. If my energy or vibe – whatever you want to call it – is off, it brings the whole ship down. That means it’s not acceptable for me to be a jerk. To myself, or anyone else.

I have a rule that if I’m unhappy for more than 15 minutes, I have to communicate with one of my higher-ups. I have to confess. I immediately write an email to one of my bosses (three very powerful women). I tell them, “Heads-up!” and write out my promise that I’ll deal with it. Then I get up and put on my manifesting tapes or I mediate or I start communicating.

If there’s something unresolved that’s caused me to be unhappy or upset, I know I need to communicate about it and resolve it. That might mean admitting that something is out of integrity and I need to put honor back in place.

It could also be that I’m not in a good mood because I’m afraid. The answer then is to admit it, face it, and probably get a pep talk from someone. Or just recognize that I’m going to be afraid until I get through it. Then I’ll be happy and proud. And move on to the next fear.

My mission is to teach the world how to tell the truth. That’s what I think makes people happy and peaceful.

– Laurie Gerber

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