What comes to my mind?  Think steel girder within a building that provides strength and framework. In the building of my life, there are three such steel beams that rest on the foundation of my faith.


The power of choice is incredible.  I have the ability to choose approximately 9,000 times a day.  I have the freedom and the liberty to decide what I believe, what I value, and what I will act upon.  For what do I want to be known?  How will I make decisions?  Where will I spend my time, talent and treasure?

InnerWill = CHOICE


The choices I make, the values most critically important to me, and the beliefs I hold dear each contribute to driving my behavior. That drive is determined by my motivations, passions and intentions. This is the fuel, the power that allows me to envision, to go for it, to achieve!

InnerWill = DRIVE


This is steely commitment (regardless of the challenges or circumstances), grit, stick-to-itiveness, stamina, and perseverance. Resolve keeps me on the path to which choice and drive directed me.

InnerWill = RESOLVE

To me, InnerWill allows stability in the face of upheaval, continuity in the midst of change, and direction in a climate of ambiguity.

What does InnerWill mean to you?



Carla Ruiz

Carla Ruiz

Carla’s mission is to fuel growth and development by affirming strengths, challenging beliefs, and igniting potential through Values Based Leadership. She presents, facilitates, and coaches in a variety of leadership programs and with companies intentional about strengthening their culture. In her role as a Leadership Development Coach, she is passionate about increasing emotional intelligence, which she believes is the cornerstone of effective leadership.

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