Want to take the Summer off? Who Do You Want To Be In September Anyway?

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One of my goals this year was to share more of my “self” and tell more of my story. I long to, as cherished and recently departed Maya Angelou put it, “… write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

Stories help us connect with others – and they help us learn. We learn from other people’s successes and mistakes. And when someone stands up and shows who they are, we recognize ourselves and also recognize what we are NOT, so stories help people understand who they are too.

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When Was The Last Time You Danced? Sang? Shamanic Wisdom To Give You A Boost | By Guest Author Steve Mitten

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This week’s article by Master Coach Steve Mitten CPCC, MCC looks at 4 uncommon questions you might get asked if you went to see a shaman when you’re feeling lost, uninspired or perhaps just not at your best. We’d love to know what you think about asking your clients these questions – and what other questions YOU might ask. Let us know by commenting on this article below.

“Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn.” Terri Guillemets

What Would The Shaman Tell You?

If sometime over the last 50,000 years, you were to live in one Read More…

Are you Listening to Your Own Inner Wisdom? Here are 7 Questions to help you!

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How are you going to know what’s most important to you unless you make time to listen to yourself?

As coaches, we spend a lot of time listening to others. We focus all our attention – some call it “Level 3 Listening” – observing body language if we’re in person, listening for tone, ‘energy’, what is NOT being said as well as listening to the actual words and what may lay underneath. Not only that but we listen to the silences too – is this a thoughtful, fearful or embarrassed silence? And while doing all this we listen to Read More…

Summer: the Perfect Coaching Tool! Here are 5 Seasonal Coaching Ideas for You & Your Clients

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The seasons (cycles of the earth, moon and sun) are deeply rooted in our lives. In summer nature is growing, flowing and blossoming – the fruits are sweet, fat and deliciously juicy. Vegetable gardens are ripe for picking and vacations come, not a day too soon!

In the Northern hemisphere, summer is a time when we spend more time outdoors, in nature and/or near water. Flowers bloom, birds, butterflies and all forms of nature abound everywhere. Summer gives us many opportunities to be outdoors in nature, to relax and enjoy leisure time, to stop and notice the beauty around us. Read More…

Solitude: 9 Powerful Reasons You Need to Spend Time With You (and your clients do too!)

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In this super-connected world, it has never been more important to create solitude for ourselves. Being ALONE with ourselves is essential for us to find happiness and joy, because it’s only when we’re alone that many of us can be – and see – our true selves.

Other people will always need something from us – especially those we love – whether it’s a smile, acknowledgement, to listen or to help with homework or dinner. It’s only when we’re alone that we can put down our social masks and be fully ourselves. And it’s only when we’re alone that Read More…

The Most Powerful Word You and Your Clients Need to Relearn if You Want to Succeed!

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We’ve been taught that it’s good to say “Yes”, to juggle a million things, to do and achieve as much as we can in as short a timeframe as possible! And as a result, stress and overwhelm are endemic in modern culture.

But the difference between people who succeed and those who don’t, between people who enjoy life and people who feel stressed and overwhelmed is not people who say “Yes”, but those who are willing to say “No”!

“No” is the most powerful word in the dictionary. And it’s nothing new for you. When you were very small, you Read More…

RIP The Amazing and Inspiring Maya Angelou | Plus 25 of my All-Time Favourite Maya Quotes!

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I was very sad to learn that on Wednesday this week, at the age of 86, activist and poet Maya Angelou passed away. An inspiration for many of us – she was raised by her grandmother (not her mother – although her mother was in her life) and overcame many personal trials including growing up in segregated South during the depression of the 1920s, being raped and having a child at a young age. But she never let any of these events define her – even as she acknowledged them Read More…

Free Webinar for You From our Sister Company, The Coaching Toys Store!

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A Creative Path To Powerful Coaching!

Artful Ways to Increase Awareness, Shift Perspectives and Play With Possibilities. with Marcy Nelson-Garrison M.A. L.P, C.P.C.C.

The best way to learn about right brain processes is to experience them. “The Coaching Tools Company.com” is teaming up with sister company “The Coaching Toys Store” to help you become a more powerful coach. Marcy Nelson-Garrison will take us for a creative romp that will tap into intuition and non-verbal knowing. Use visual stimulus, metaphor, movement and a sense of play to increase self-awareness, shift perceptions and expand the field of inquiry.

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De-Stress Series: 10 Easy Ways to Help Your Clients (and You!) Find The Calm You Need

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Daily stress and overwhelm is a problem for many people. Stress impacts both our physical and mental health, reduces our ability to think clearly, impacts our relationships and much more. Having many different approaches to reduce and minimise stress gives us options no matter what the situation.

So, here are 10 Easy Ways to Help Your Clients (and You!) Find The Calm You Need:

Share these in a workshop, coaching session or as homework ideas.

Plan to get to all your appointments and commitments 15 minutes early: If you get caught in traffic or held-up you’ll still be on-time. And Read More…

10 Awesome Ways to Use the Fool Archetype to Increase Your Success!

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I don’t know about you but I LOVE archetypes and mythology. I reached a point in my spiritual seeking and growth where I lacked context. Where do I fit in? Where am I on life’s path? What’s the point to all this? And then I discovered mythology – and archetypes, symbols and stories.

So, do you embrace YOUR inner Fool? Do your clients? Because modern society can be more than a little stiff – full of rules, expectations and limitations. Not only that, but modern life can be stressful and wearing. Well, the Fool Archetype can help you break through Read More…