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Flying towards Purpose! 

What is something you loved to do as a child that you have forgotten about?

I flew to Boulder, Colorado last week and I was reminded how much I love going on adventures, especially if it involves flying! I also got the chance to spend quality time with my eldest daughter, Isabella, as we toured the university campus of UC Boulder. Wow, I can't believe how quickly this young lady has grown up. Wasn't it just yesterday she was sitting in my lap on the tarmac while we waited to take off for her first flight? 

Today she is taking her own bold actions and following her own adventurous spirit to pursue her passion to become a pilot. One day, maybe I will get to hold her child in my lap when she is Captain of the plane! If you don't dream it, it won't happen, eh?

Below is a deeper-dive story of how Isabella is Playing a Bigger Game in her life right now. So sit back, buckle your seat belt, and enjoy the ride. Life is short, go ahead and get in the pilot seat! 

Yours truly, 

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9 Ways to Play Your Bigger Game 

Your joy and passion are often found in experiences from your childhood. I was joyously reminded of this by my 17-year daughter, Isabella, upon her return from spending a week at Aviation Camp. She was LIT UP from the inside out. Her positive attitude and 1000 watt smile were contagious. 

Beyond witnessing, with heart-melting motherhood joy, the uninhibited excitement of my daughter, I noticed a transformation had occurred in her. She came back a more confident, mature, and energized young adult who is following her passion for flying. She is ready to take off and fly towards her purpose!

As a mother, it brings tears to my eyes to see her growing up so quickly. As a coach, I am honored to witness her journey as a young lady who broke out of several comfort zones to align her joy, passion, and purpose together. To support her from behind as she takes flight to go after her dreams is a privilege. To watch her Play Her Bigger Game is a joy. 

What I love about Playing a Bigger Game

It's Simple. It's Fluid. It's Accessible to anyone. 

Without even knowing much about Playing A Bigger Game, Isabella,  hopped from one square to another this past year because she felt the hunger to learn how to fly and is following her compelling purpose to become a pilot. She's investing her time and money in learning something new. She's tapped into allies who can help her achieve her goals (family, advisors, pilots, ROTC graduates, etc), and she's gulped several times as she stepped out of her comfort zones and into leadership roles. Then there was the bold action of learning how to fly an F-18 via a simulator and experience 3G force. 

She could have let herself get hijacked by fear, doubt, insecurities all along the way. And yes, there were moments of doubt for her, yet she assessed and reached out to allies along the way. She wasn't alone on her journey. She quieted down the inner critic voices that wormed their way into the co-pilot seat previously. 

Are you wondering how to play a bigger game in your life or career?

What are some thoughts that hold you back from taking the bold action?

Check out in this podcast how one of my clients' bold actions won them a grant that will expand their program impacts to 1000s of more kids!  Step into the cockpit and be the pilot of playing a bigger game! Let's Go! 

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Play Your Bigger Game
What is Playing A Bigger Game? 

Life, business, or relationships growth is at your fingertips if you’re ready to Gulp, Invest, and take Bold Actions. My mentor and coach, Rick Tamlyn, authored and trained me on the principles in this life-changing book. The simplicity of the concept allows for easy application in your life. My daughter and clients demonstrate this to me on a continual basis as they follow their compelling purposes.

Where would you like to play your bigger game? Check out Rick Tamlyn's book to learn more.

Better yet, I'd love to facilitate a Lunch & Learn workshop at your next team development opportunity. Don't have a team? Do you know someone who could benefit from this work? I would love an introduction. 

Click here to schedule time with me so we can discuss where you or your team could step into Playing A Bigger Game.   

Events & Updates

Check out the opportunities below to access online events or listen to podcast episodes where I am a guest speaker.  


In its 2nd season, The Plateau Partner Pulse is rocking some interviews with amazing guests from my BNI chapter. Yours truly hosted an episode that dropped last week. In this episode, I invited my delightful client, Julia Cannell, the Executive Director of the Non-Profit, Airway Science for Kids.  Julia is leading a thriving non-profit through committed actions of investing in the development of her staff.  Through the work of Positive Intelligence® and private coaching, her staff has learned to intercept limiting beliefs that are getting in their way of reaching their full potential as leaders. It's created a ripple effect of positive impact on the children they serve in the greater Portland area.  Listen to this episode to learn more about how upgrading your mindset not only improves your happiness, it increases your bottom line and impacts your ability to grow your impact! 


Group Program: PQ Mental Fitness Bootcamp:

Have you wanted to play a bigger game, but there are these little thoughts that pop into your head that distract you from taking action? Or maybe you are afraid to take a big GULP to get out of a comfort zone. 

You're not alone.  Most business owners face a barrage of negative or limiting thoughts that keep them in a comfort zone that limits their potential. Want to learn what's holding you back and intercept it for good?

Join me in the next cohort of the Positive Intelligence Mental Fitness Bootcamp! You'll discover how your inner thoughts hijack your ability to fly towards personal and professional fulfillment. 

Click here to learn more

Pop Up Training: Take AIM To Create Impact
Thursday, Sept 9th @ 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET

Are you feeling like you can't hit your mark on your goals?
Are you overwhelmed with all your ideas and don't know where to start?
Is the target blurry and feels unfocused?
What is holding you back from releasing your arrows to hit your dreams?

Join me this week to assess what’s left on your “Get Done” list so you can Take AIM To Create Impact (Accelerated Intentional Momentum) for the remaining part of 2021!  Click the button below to Register for this 60 min complimentary workshop that will help you focus your aim on what are your top 3  priorities for the remainder of 2021!  

Register Here to Take AIM


Lunch & Learn: Busting Your Brain Bullies in Your Business
Tuesday, Sept 14th @ 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET

Hosted by my amazing LinkedIn strategy consultant, Angela Dunz, I have the honor of presenting to her monthly masterclass audience. I'll be sharing the benefits of Busting Your Brain Bullies to Grow Your Business. How often have you feared being judged by others if you post something on social media for your business? Learn how it's holding you back from showing up authentically and causing undue anxiety and stress. In this Masterclass, you'll learn who those brain bullies are and how to intercept them so you can play a bigger game in growing your business. 

Special Note: As a member of my audience, please use Promo Code GUEST for free access to the event!

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 About MeTaryn Laakso is a leadership & mental fitness coach, guiding clients through a journey to intercepts limiting beliefs, ignite confidence, and integrate new ways of leading authentically to Creates a Living with joy & happiness instead of being in the drudgery of Making a Living.

She is differentiated by her focus on mindset and weaves together a variety of coaching tools to transform the lives of her clients. Taryn views herself as a “sherpa” whose role is to guide her clients through their journey from a life of practicality and fear to a life of passion and purpose along with profit.

Taryn loves traveling, cooking, sailing, backpacking, reading, and spending quality time with her blended family outside of coaching.

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Taryn Laakso
UnLaaking Your Potential, LLC