The Best Holiday Gift: A Life Well-Lived

Start the New Year right, by making a few changes today.

While I love lists, I don’t promote very many because each one usually has a few points I can’t get behind. This list, however, gets my vote from top to bottom. Why? Because:

  1. it’s a comprehensive list of insights that will rock your world, whether you’re 17 or 97
  2. even if you only embrace one or two tips, your life will change for the better: more freedom, more peace, more love, more success
  3. you can use this list to launch the New Year by sharing it with your clients and asking them which ones they most want to master
  4. I couldn’t have written this list any better myself

Enjoy! And as always, thank you for your continued support – we wish you a very happy holiday season!

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Wash Away Stress with Gratitude

What better topic to bring into focus during this busy month than gratitude? In an article from Pathways to Wellness, author James O’Dea writes:

Your body loves gratitude! Not a superficial “oh gee, thanks” but a deep, heart-connected appreciation that carries love and acceptance from a place of higher consciousness and well-being.

Your body loves it because it washes away the biochemistry of stress and insufficiency and replaces it with the alchemy of flow and emotional warmth. … In the field of appreciation, we create a healing and reviving antidote to psycho-toxins such as “I don’t have time,” “I don’t have enough,” or “I am drained.” (Full article here)

Where can you boost the role of gratitude, both in yourself and your clients?

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Marketing Tool: The Value of a Credentialed Coach

So you say you want more clients?  And you want higher fees and greater revenue?  Do your part and share this with all your prospects, clients and stakeholders!

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“It’s Always The Leader”

The secret to a well-functioning organization (otherwise known as “Why Our DMV Works Like a Dream Now”) is revealed in this entertaining 3 min. animated short.

Don’t forget to weave it into your next leadership development workshop. Ken Blanchard’s definition of a manager is clear, concise and powerful. They’ll get it!

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5 Foolproof Conversation Starters that are Networking Gold

Know you should be networking more but find it awkward? Check out this short list of conversation-starters you can use “as is” or that can be tailored for your next networking event.

What’s your biggest challenge?” is a classic coaching question. But, “What stands between you and your wildest dream of business success?” is sure to inspire a passionate dialogue in short order.

Change up those questions – juicy exchanges lead to ongoing connections!

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A Fresh Perspective on Success

In Intelligent, Successful People Are Different From Everyone Else, Carol Dweck makes a fresh case that real change is all about perspective. Successful people, she points out, “tend to focus on growth, solving problems and self-improvement, while unsuccessful people think of their abilities as fixed assets and avoid challenges.”

This is a great piece to share with your current and potential clients. After all, what better way to shift to a “growth mindset,” than to engage a coach, right?!?

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Clarifying Foundational vs. Inspirational Values

In this 2-minute tip, master coach Lori Shook takes a fresh look at a classic coaching exercise. Published as a part of her Coaches Going Corporate training program, this short piece discusses two different types of values your clients might express – and how learning to work with each, separately, can take your values work from informational to transformational.

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Relationship Crossroads: Stay or Go or … ?

Heads up Relationship Coaches! Here’s a great resource for your couples clients.

For a couple whose relationship has reached a crossroads, the path forward rarely seems black and white. Should they pursue couples therapy? Separate? Divorce?

In the 1990’s, therapist Lee Raffel became frustrated with the limited options she had to offer. She developed “Controlled Separation” as a way to help couples make the best decision for both partners. In addition to using it with her own clients, she also published Should I Stay or Should I Go: How Controlled Separation (CS) Can Save Your Marriage in 1999. For numerous couples whose relationship has reached a tipping point, the structure and safety of CS has provided a viable path forward, compared with traditional options.

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