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…

How to Create Your Own Daily Success Habits - and 7 Questions to Help You!

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If I was to ask you, “When employing someone, which is most important: their Knowledge, Attitude, Skills or Habits?”, what would you answer? Because I remember being asked this on a management development training course (a long time ago now!), and feeling really smug as I thought to myself, well everyone here is ‘old school’ and probably thinks it will be knowledge or skills, but I think it’s attitude. As a relative youngster, I felt that hiring decisions were made largely based on knowledge and skills – which can easily be acquired, whereas the right attitude can make anyone a Read More…

Here are 10 Spring Themed Coaching Questions to Help Review and Freshen up our Lives!

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While on a walk in the woods this morning, I saw winter’s accumulated garbage and litter everywhere. It looks strangely depressing next to the beautiful purple and orange crocuses and yellow narcissi. Everywhere I look, things are budding and coming into leaf – and the garbage glares accusingly at me.

Garbage and clutter: They’re almost the same thing. In fact, did you know that the word “clutter” is derived from a 15th Century English word – clotter – a variant of clot? The word clot has described collections of dead bodies, cats (presumably stray ones), narrow, crooked, dark and dirty Read More…

The 15 Coaching Questions You Need to Create Your Best Year Ever!

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These 15 Goal-Setting Questions will help you create your best year ever. Set aside 30 minutes, settle in somewhere snug and warm with a cuppa (or glass of wine) and relax. Answer the questions below – and then all you need to do is take action!

First, REFLECT and Take Your Learnings Forwards: What worked WELL for you in 2013? – What do you WANT to keep doing, or do more of, in 2014? – So, what WILL you keep doing, or do more of, in 2014? What did NOT work for you in 2013? – What do you WANT Read More…

Use These Questions to Help Your Clients Spot Where They are Blocking Themselves!

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Have you ever had a client who keeps (supposedly) committing to action, but never seems to get it done? I know I have. Well, often our clients are blissfully UNaware of how they are sabotaging themselves and getting in their own way. And with your client’s permission (ie. assuming they are as curious as you are as to why they’re not getting on with something) this powerful questioning process will help uncover where you client is limiting or holding themselves back.

I have used this questioning process or coaching exercise with quite a few of my clients, and although at Read More…

7 Easy Ways to Energise and Refocus for Back to Work - in 30 Minutes or Less!

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Sometimes we need to refocus and re-energise ourselves – and our businesses. And you’d be surprised how small these changes can be – and still make a big difference. In fact small changes can be really good for us, because they’re different enough to give us a little excitement – and yet completely safe!

So, what will you do to create a shift, re-energise and refocus? Here are 7 easy ways to help you: Refocus and Set Goals for the Last Quarter: Take 30 minutes to think about what would you LOVE to get done by the end of this Read More…

How Serious IS Your Client About Their Goals? 5 Quick Tests!

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Especially when our clients have BIG goals in mind, it’s important to help set them up for success by exploring if they really want their goal – and how committed they are. Also, sometimes with big goals, it’s easy to lose our enthusiasm somewhere along the way.

So, whether you have a client just starting out or whether they’ve just lost their way a little, here are 5 quick tests to explore how serious your client REALLY is about their goals! THE SIMPLE COMMITMENT TEST: A great place to start is to be totally obvious and ask, “So, how Read More…

Coaching Tools 101: Wrap-up Questions - What to Ask in that Final Session!

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What do YOU do when it comes time to wrap-up with a client? Do you have a process? What wrap-up questions do you ask? Do you dedicate a session to reviewing what’s been learned and achieved during the coaching relationship? How do you set them up for life post-coaching?

Personally, I like to dedicate an entire session to reviewing and solidifying what each client got from their coaching experience. And I like them to get them thinking about their priorities and goals in life going forwards. And although the wrap-up session is different with each client, I use this (FREE!) Read More…

15 Ways to Turn I Don't Know into an Aha Moment!

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Often when our clients say “I don’t know”, they really do know – they’re just unwilling to acknowledge or face the answer. If it was was easy to say aloud they would have done so. There can be many reasons for the “I don’t know”, but if we trust our instincts and explore gently – we may just be rewarded with an Aha moment!

There are any number of reasons for that, “I don’t know” – but most of them are probably a fear of the consequences of stating that answer aloud. Maybe it means they will need to acknowledge Read More…

Ask These 7 Coaching Questions to Celebrate Your Clients Achievements!

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We’re such a goal-oriented culture. People get a thrill from achieving their goals – but are all too quickly straight onto the NEXT thing. As coaches we help people set goals – but part of our job is also to help people take stock and celebrate their achievements. And the crossover into a new year is a great place to help your client pause and celebrate their success – what they’ve achieved.

Why is it so important to celebrate success and applaud the hard work we’ve put in to achieve our goals and dreams? Well, it’s inspiring of course! Read More…