If we see the word UP as an acronym for “Unlimited Potential” or “Untapped Potential” it gives even more meaning to the phrase, “UP Only!”.
Each week I explore motivating ways to consider the word UP to increase our own “UP Potential”.

Within 15 months two amazing things happened to me. One happened on Monday June 27, 2011 when not of my own choosing, I became the former women’s volleyball head coach at Brigham Young University. I didn’t know it at the time, but it is one of the greatest catalysts for growth in my life thus far. It taught me many lessons and continues to teach me lessons about who I am, what I know, and about who I want to be.


It taught me about leadership, influence, decision-making and teamwork in ways I wouldn’t have learned if I spent three decades at the school.

I am forever grateful not only for the three years I was there, but for the lessons I learned and the new paths I blazed beginning on June 27, 2011.

One thing I know is that what happened to me on September 22, 2012, only 15 short months later, was one of the best days of the rest of my life. I can’t help but wonder, would it have happened? On September 22, 2012, I married my husband, my friend, and my eternal companion John.


Like fierce and angry winds blowing a ship to shore, adversity and negativity teach us far more and much faster than a life without it.  While no one wants it, I hope that no one escapes it. If we choose to RISE UP and learn through the tough experiences that come our way, we can take the lessons and look forward with anticipation to the gifts on the other side.


As time moves forward all that is left is the lesson. Grab the lessons, RISE UP and move on. Leadership takes time and success is not instantaneous.  Just as there will be much success ahead, the only guarantee is there will be additional disappointments and more lessons.

Choose to RISE UP each time you fall and after every bump and bruise. As you do, you will have the opportunity to take you and the people you influence to places only growth can lead you.


Happy St Patricks Day! Remember, rainbows follow storms… what’s at the end of your rainbow?

cropped-dsc07512-version-2.jpgIf it was a skill you wanted to develop, you would certainly seek out a coach. Life is the biggest game with the largest stakes you will ever play. Why wouldn’t you want a coach at your side to help you make the most of it and increase your odds for success? Shay is a life and leadership coach ready to assist you and your team to create momentum and results. Click here for more info and your FREE GIFT.
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8 Responses to RISE UP

  1. kathee says:

    That is the most beautiful post I have ever read. And every thing you say about rise up is true.
    Love you. Kathee

  2. Stacy says:

    Well said Shay! Keep UP the great work you are doing for everyone you touch and influence with your words of wisdom and strength. We are all better persons for having you as a friend and guide.

  3. Lonnetta Albright says:

    Shay, What a great story&a beautiful couple. I recently read a piece from “When Falling, Dive”. The author talks about the powerful work in telling our whole truth & when we do our lives can change radically. You certainly bring his words alive. So happy for you and happy to know you. Your story is pouring into my life. God bless you 🙂

  4. Rachel Oh says:

    Loved reading this! And love your resilience and strength!! Always smiling when I think of you and John … 😉 xoxo …

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