That’s Just The Way I Am! (& Problem Solving)

If the doors of our perception were to be cleansed, everything would appear to us as it is, infinite - William Blake Sit still for a moment and listen. What can you hear? Scan the environment for sounds. It could be the fan of your computer or the dull hum of traffic noise. Now that you’ve switched [...]

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Connecting with Purpose!

While not a huge baseball fan, I am familiar with the unmistakeable sound the bat makes when it connects in the “right” spot with the baseball, sending the ball out of the ball park.  When I was a kid we called that “connecting”.   It is a joyous sound, a triumphant sound.  As a batter [...]

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Obesity, Irony, and Addiction

Oh, the irony. Today’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Front page—huge article entitled, “Obesity costs emerge as a major concern” and tucked within the usual assortment of ads, one page jumps out at me: The McDonald’s ad featuring pictures of huge burgers, shakes, some sort of coffee drink and some frosted other thing that I cannot really [...]

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Marriage and Control 1

You do not always have to agree or share the same opinion after you get married. Your ideas do not have to match. Richness and variety in relationships grow from the newness each brings. The key is to avoid the coming controlling and learn to handle conflict.

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Avoid Chasing Rabbits

Everyday I get on Twitter and Facebook and all the social media venues and everyday there is a new way for me to make money.  It all sounds so enticing and easy and I am a fool not to do it.  Don’t get me wrong I actually enjoy the social media outlets and but I [...]

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LIFE COACHING – REACHING YOUR GOALS

Do you keep the things that you do in life simple? Overcomplicating things is the norm for most.  Somehow, when you reach a goal, it’s all the sweeter because you worked so hard for it!  You added 20 unnecessary things to your to do list, didn’t ask for help with 10 things so you spent more time [...]

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Personal Development Quotations

Here are a few of my favourite quotations: Ah! One’s reach should exceed one’s grasp or what’s a heaven for? - Robert Browning How is it that we journey to wonder at the might of the mountains, the surge of the seas, the roaming of the rivers, the awesomeness of the oceans, and the circling of the stars. [...]

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Teenagers and Parenting Out of Control 1

Can violent or verbally abusive parental behavior occurring during attempted discipline be considered as morally sound or effective? This type of parental response generally triggers withdrawal or counter hostility from the teen. He/she may feel violated, even when he/she agrees that the behavior is wrong.

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Spirituality: Reclaiming Happiness and Optimism

Many researchers confirm that without a solid grounding in spirituality there can be no happiness.  Of course, spirituality does not necessarily imply belief. It is a feeling of being able to commune with, or even to rely on, something greater than yourself.  Sometimes spirituality takes the form of surrender and letting go, and at others [...]

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I Only Want to Coach Part-Time

Using a combination of excellent coaching skills and clever marketing tactics, Business and Life Coach Darren Cockburn (MBA), a Coaching Academy graduate and NLP Practitioner, has developed a very successful coaching business but has no desire to make it a full-time career. He explains why.  By Marie-Louise Cook. In five years, Darren Cockburn [...]

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Life, Love and Chocolate!

Life, love, and chocolate taste better when shared with others.  — Cindy Hess Kasper How true is that statement!  I have been reflecting a lot lately upon the people in my life that add value to my daily existence.  I am meeting one such person today for a long overdue lunch. Equally so, there are those that detract from [...]

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What is the main aim of executive coaching?

A web poll conducted by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) in 2007 came up with the following answers: Develop potential of individual employee (65%) Fast track for high-performing employees (14%) Retention strategy (10%) Performance management for existing employees (10%) Job transition for exiting employees (1%) These figures bear out the Institute’s view that executive coaching is no longer used to [...]

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Are You Working For Nothing?

Most of us feel as though we are working very hard these days but with very little return.  For some it is because you work for someone else and feel you are not being paid nearly what you are worth.  Chances are you are likely correct but the people I am talking to today are [...]

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Simplify Your Life

This week I was overwhelmed by my own inability to juggle and balance priorities of life–including the challenges of marketing a life coaching practice! I also realized that some of the stress was caused by own own “clutter”–not just the rare occasion of physical clutter (I’m a neat-freak, ask my wife!), but that of things [...]

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Mindful Eating,(My thoughts,but mostly Jonny Bowden’s!)

I was planning on writing about the fact that many of our problems with food, weight control, digestion, etc were caused by not being mindful about our eating. Then lo’ and behold, I opened my email and Jonny Bowden had beat Diana Fletcher to it! He said it all in a wonderful way, so I will [...]

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