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Wait for it…

By Charlene Rayburn

black labrador retrieverWhile practicing asking Am I Hungry?® today, I was reminded of my previous neighbor’s dog, Lady. The beautiful black Labrador was extremely well trained.

One of the discipline routines my neighbor used to do with her was place a treat on the top of her nose. She would sit with the treat resting on her nose until she was given the signal that she could eat it. Then, she’d quickly lift her nose, making the treat pop up in the air, catch it in her mouth, and happily chomp away.

This morning, as usual, I wanted breakfast shortly after arising. Notice that I said “I wanted breakfast,” not “I was hungry for breakfast.” I asked myself, “Am I Hungry?” The answer was “No.” I needed to sit with the treat untouched in the kitchen a bit longer.

A bit later my attention went to my stomach. “Am I Hungry? ” “Maybe, but really only about a 4 on the hunger scale.” Wait for it…wait for it. I felt like Lady, waiting with anticipation and disciple. Then, the growl, the hollow feeling, the eager urge to eat. I was given the signal.

Up I jumped, fixed my breakfast and enjoyed it immensely. I finished at about a 6 on the hunger scale. (It will take more lessons before I’m disciplined enough to stop at a 5.) This is a re-training process…and maybe you can teach this ol’ lady a few new tricks.


About the author

Charlene Rayburn, CVCC, lives her passion for mindfulness and intentional leadership by serving as a personal and professional leadership coach, by managing a department of dedicated employees for a Fortune 500 sized health insurance organization, and by facilitating Am I Hungry?® workshops and coaching sessions. She has coached extensively with individuals and groups outside the corporate world, as well as with executives, leaders, and teams in non-profit, private, public, governmental, and educational organizations spanning the globe. Charlene received her coaching certificate through the Center for Coaching Mastery at Coachville, LLC, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Davenport University. She is a member of the National Management Association. One of her most emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences was serving as a volunteer at the Center for Battered Women. Charlene currently lives in Michigan and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years, reading, learning, cooking, practicing yoga, and watching her grandson grow, who lives with his dad, her stepson in Fort Worth, Texas.

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