Break the Frame to Make a Change

by Alli Polin on December 29, 2015

break the frame to make a change top 10 posts

This year I shared real-life lessons in service of your real-life leadership and personal development. As I looked back to see what the most popular posts were from the past year, I also took a beat to think about planning for the new year. My promise for 2016 is that I will continue to share actionable insights to enable you, my readers and coaching clients, to break the frame and make a change.

Here are three big things I learned about you, the Break the Frame readers:

1) You are committed to self-improvement, personal development and enhancing your personal leadership.

2) Like me, you’re oftentimes overwhelmed and stretched to never before known limits.

3) To quote Bob Dylan, “I Feel a Change a Comin’ On.”

Top 10: Break the Frame to Make a Change in Your Life and Leadership

These are the ten posts on the Break the Frame blog that had the most traffic over the last 12 months. If you’re new to Break the Frame, or want simply want a resource for the most popular and power packed posts, this is for you.

5 Myths About Personal Development Everyone Should Know 2015

Big personal development myths are blown to bits – are you still holding on to these stories? There is also a graphic for you use to increase the learning integration from your dollars, time, and effort spent on your personal development.

What’s Your Leadership Stop Start Continue 2013

What is the top thing you need to start, stop or continue doing that’s holding you back from making your leap? I have an idea or two…

7 Proven Strategies to Stop Being a Know It All 2015

If you’re a know-it-all, does that make everyone else around you a know-nothing? Even if it’s not your intention, it may be how you make others feel. Break the know-it-all cycle in your life and leadership.

A New Way to Think About How to Achieve Your Goals 2015

This is a resource to discover if you’re a Wisher, Persister or a Succeeder. It also includes specific homework to increase your impact and effectiveness depending where you fall on the goal achievement spectrum.

Pulled in Too Many Directions? 2013

If your life feels out of whack, it’s essential to ditch the scales and illusions of work life balance. Notice the fork in the road and make a mindful choice.

I Want Off This Hamster Wheel 2013

Enough with the conventional wisdom of “don’t do this or that” to finally find happiness and fulfillment. Change is about doing and here are five do’s to lose the hamster wheel and create a full life and professional success.

Leadership Challenge: Responsibility Without Authority 2012

The key to success when you have responsibility without authority is to reframe the situation and take a new perspective. You can still  pave the way for meaningful action.

4 Ways to Overcome Indecision and Find Your Next Step 2015

There are four states of stuck and once you know your flavor, the path forward becomes clear. Stop convincing yourself that it’s better to be stuck with the known than step into the mystery of following a new path.

What to Do When Your Perfect Life Comes Crashing Down 2015

Crashes are always unanticipated. You can never know the extent or severity of your next challenge. What you can do is consistently and unwaveringly look for the good even in the midst of the worst kind of crap.

3 Wishes Every Great Leader Should Have on Their List 2013

Wishing and wanting things to change will never make it happen. It’s within your power to turn your wishes into reality. If you’re a leader, these are three wishes that need to be granted ASAP.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments. How can I continue to add value to you on your personal development journey?

Want to make a change? Here’s to a year ahead where we will all be:

A little less obsessed about perfection

A little more committed to having fun along the way

A little less wiling to tolerate those things that drive us bonkers

A little more willing to make a change even when it’s feels risky

A little less driven to fit in everything

A whole lot more devoted to saying yes to the things and people who matter and letting the rest go

Get clear on your vision, values and most of all your next step in the five week eCourse, Get Unstuck and Choose to Move. It only happens once a year ~ 30% off through January 31, 2016. 


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Chery Gegelman December 29, 2015 at 6:44 am

Happy New Year Alli! Do you have a personal favorite?


Alli Polin December 29, 2015 at 9:26 am

Happy New Year to you too, Chery! A few of them are my faves but at the moment, one near the top is A New Way to Think About Your Goals. Also the Personal Development Myths and… um, hard to choose!




Terri Klass December 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

I am so happy to see you sharing all of your insightful stories and strategies with us again! Your “Get Unstuck” course is amazing and hopefully many leaders who are ready to take the plunge in 2016 will give it a try!

Here’s to an inspiring 2016!!

Thanks so much for your extraordinary writing and coaching, All!



Alli Polin December 29, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Looking forward to how 2016 unfolds. Have ideas, intentions and things brewing but the unfolding is the fun part.

Appreciate you tons, Terri!!

~ Alli


John Bennett December 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

A very Happy (& Great / Meaningful) New Year to you, your family, and all, Alli! Doesn’t seem possible it’s been so long since I took your e-course… Everyone should seriously consider it. It’s all about your desires AND responsibilities as well as your choices in addressing them with empathy for all – knowing full well that mistakes and mis-steps will happen and are simply learning experiences!!!


Alli Polin December 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm


I’m thrilled that you got value out of the eCourse. Engaging with you during the process was an absolute pleasure! Totally with you here too – while missteps can feel catastrophic, they’re opportunities to learn and once in a while taking us in new, interesting and unexpected directions.

Here’s to a 2016 that’s all you want it to be. Happy New Year!

All the Best ~



Carl December 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Happy New Year Alli –
I’m looking forward to life’s journey in 2016

Warm regards,


Alli Polin December 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

A very Happy New Year to you, Carl!

Here’s to life’s journey!




Ingrid December 29, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Happy New Year Alli!

I loved the last sentence of your post to be: A whole lot more devoted to saying yes to the things and people who matter and letting the rest go.

Such great advice. Best wishes for a fulfilling 2016.

Cheers from the far south, Ingrid


Alli Polin December 29, 2015 at 8:02 pm

I’m prepared for more YES to the right things and instead of stressing, enjoying a life filled with intention. Thank you, Ingrid for all of your insights and connection this year. Best wishes to you as well!


Kaarina December 30, 2015 at 10:08 am

I’m looking forward to re-engaging online with so many I lost touch with in 2015 as I made changes to my business, website and life in general. I’ve opened a reiki practice in my home, I’m continuing to write my fiction novel and share my fiction and photography on my new website, and as always, treasure the friends I’ve made online, even though I’ve been fairly MIA over the past 10 months. Here’s to a magnificent 2016!


Alli Polin January 3, 2016 at 11:08 pm

Kaarina –

How exciting! I’m truly inspired by all of the paths you’ve traveled over the course of your professional life. It’s been amazing to read your fiction writing and see a whole new side of you. When I started to devote time to writing fiction in recent years I found it made positive creative ripples in all parts of my life.

Welcome back and right back at ya – here’s to a FAB year ahead!!

~ Alli


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