What’s Your Bullshit Story?

Do you have any bullshit stories playing out right now? The problem with the stories we often tell ourselves and others is that they can hold us back from creating what we really want in our personal and business lives. Many of you have probably set some goals and intentions for 2020. For many people, this is the time of year when those goals fall off, often for some perceived obstacle tied to the story they are telling themselves. We often create these stories to explain why we are “stuck” in a particular area of our lives. If we tie these stories to a lack of resources, especially time or money, we make them even more believable. To ourselves and …

VIDEO: How to Build a Relational Foundation to Keep You Out of the Climbing Divorce Rate

Welcome back to our series on healthy relationships. In this video, Jolie and I talk about building (or repairing) the foundations of a fulfilling relationship. One that can be sustained even through the inevitable moments of tension and conflict that happen in every relationship. There have been moments in our almost 30 years together when our individual, personal development or professional trajectories were not aligned. We’ll share why we value being in relationship, some of the big leaps and scary moments of our life together, and how we navigated them. We’ll also give you the three key ingredients that you MUST possess within yourself in order to build a relationship free of dysfunction and why it is that many people …

VIDEO: Chris and Jolie Yonker on Healthy and Vibrant Relationships

The topic of marriage and healthy relationships is one that comes up often with my coaching clients. For many people, love relationships are an integral part of building a life by design. That said, I’m very excited to kick off this series of videos on healthy, authentic, and vibrant relationships with my wife, Jolie. We’re coming up on our 25th anniversary and almost 30 years of being a couple, and although we’re no “experts” on relationships we’ve learned a lot along the way. The freedom and even the requirement to be authentic is at the core of our relationship along with alignment in our values and vision for our life. We’d love to know what topics you’d be interested in …

2020: A “Star Wars” Way of Looking Ahead

Often times I see folks get deep into the weeds of planning out their next year, only to have many if not all of their plans and goals never come to pass. As a long time Star Wars buff, I’d like to offer you an alternative sparked by the new  movie. If you were to create a subtitle for your 2020, what would it be? What are the changes in mindset and strategy that need to occur for that to happen? Give yourself the time for this 2-minute video to hear some questions and brief exercise to guide you towards the life you want to design as we head into this new decade.  Happy New Year! -Chris

Lessons from Avengers – Endgame

There have been very few times when I feel pulled to go see a movie by myself. This week was one of those times. It went beyond just the hype, the reviews, or the record-breaking ticket sales. I really felt there was a message for me in the movie, Avengers – Endgame. FYI: I will not spoil the movie for those who have yet to see it, so carry on. The writers of the movie, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, deserve a lot of credit, as do the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo. It can’t be an easy task to sew in life lessons in an effort to humanize these super heroes. They also did a fantastic job bringing many …