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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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…

Reflective Journaling Exercise For Stress Release & Authentic Well-Being | By Guest Author Lynda Monk

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This reflective journaling exercise will put you in touch with what you want and need and give you a sense of replenishment, stress release and authentic well-being.

Simply follow the simple steps below for your Reflective Journaling Exercise experience: Book a ½ hour into your schedule. Call it “Time for Self-Reflection” (book this activity in and it is more likely to happen). Prepare for this self-care/self-reflection date by deciding where you will take it (at home, during a break at work, at a café, on a bench in a park…) and get your supplies ready. You will need your Read More…

Coaching Tools 101: Life Vision Exercise Ideas for Visioning and Life Planning!

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Coaching Tools and 7 Other Life Vision Exercise Ideas!

I get a lot of questions from coaches who want to help their clients with life planning or life visioning. Often people – and their coaches – are looking for a catch-all tool, workbook, visualisation or some other technique to help their clients.

The thing is, there are endless life vision exercises and ways to come up with a life plan. Maybe that’s why we sometimes feel overwhelmed and need help.

First, let’s get clear about why people might want a life vision:

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Use Affirmative Writing To Get Clients Unstuck And Connected To Their Goals | by Guest Author Lynda Monk

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Whether you’re a coach, counselor, therapist or social worker, affirmative writing is a great exercise to offer your clients who are making changes and attempting to bridge the gap from where they are to where they want to be. And it’s also a great journaling exercise for your own self-care and visioning.

Affirmative writing is where we write to bridge the gap between our current reality and our desired outcome, whether it’s events, goals, feelings, situations or something else. We write as if these things are already so – including our feeling state. Tip: Feelings are the magnet when it Read More…