Word-Of-the-Week #773: Trepidation

May 30, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Trepidation a state of fear or anxiety. 

How often have you felt trepidation? Is there something you need to confront that you just don’t want to do? How would it feel to just deal with it so it’s all over and done with?

Once again, Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, sent a very thought provoking piece!

Great Question: Fear To Hear?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)

“What do I fear to hear?” (Or see?) (Or experience?)

Coaching Point: This S3MC surfaced when I recently realized I was avoiding having a necessary, but probably unpleasant, conversation. As I projected the thought of it onto the future the imagined emotional energy felt really uncomfortable. Simply put, I didn’t want to experience it. So there I was, uncomfortable in what-was-so right now, yet unwilling to experience the (imagined) greater discomfort of having the conversation.

And that’s the key to moving forward – notice the cost of what you fear to hear (see/experience) and know it will continue to accrue until you act. The longer you delay taking action the greater the cumulative cost.

Of course, one time, long ago and far away, you put off taking action on an issue and it resolved itself. “Maybe it’ll magically happen again,” you tell yourself. Really? ‘Maybe’ is a winning strategy?

Not for people leading highly successful lives. They have learned the cumulative cost of putting off what they fear to hear is far greater than the cost of action.

Where in your past have you experienced the truth of this?

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This week’s focus is dealing with trepidation. How often have you put off doing or saying something that needs to be done? Is the cumulative cost affecting your emotional well being? How would it make you feel to take action and resolve it?

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Word-Of-the-Week #748: Opinion

December 6, 2018 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #748: Opinion 

Opinion a judgment or belief not founded on certainty or proof.

Do you trust your own judgment? Are you bothered when others what to share their opinion? Have you ever questioned why that is?

Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, once again has great insight to share.

Quote: The Opinions of Others 

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)

“Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you.

Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy.

Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky.

Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy.

Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.”

                                                                                    – Robert Allen 

Coaching Point: What is so compelling about the opinions of others? Why do we let them affect us so much? Can’t we trust ourselves? 

This week is all about understanding what an opinion is. It’s just someone else’s belief. It doesn’t make it right or wrong. How would it feel to listen without being emotional? And vice versa, how would it feel to express your opinion without getting emotional? How it easy would it be for you to say, “It’s just their opinion”?

And if you want more, check out Opinions Are Like Belly Buttons.

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Word-Of-the-Week #684: Uncertainty

September 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #684: Uncertainty 

Uncertainty – the state of being unsure of something.

Does uncertainty make you feel uncomfortable? Do you feel a need to be in control all the time? How much time do you spend worrying about the future?

Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, once again has great insight to share.

Great Fear: Uncertainty

(Great fears are barriers to experiencing your real life.)

[There are countless fears, yet few are of the level of the Great Fears. A Great Fear is noted by its commonness and its effect; it shows up in a large part of society and can have a numbing effect on one’s happiness.]

Life is uncertain. The next moment is uncertain. Always has been. Always will be. That may not be comfortable, but it is so.

Some people try to counter this Great Fear of Uncertainty by pretending to be in control. How’s that worked out for them?

When it doesn’t they do the blame game, blaming others, or even more damaging, blaming themselves for not being smarter/more aware/more cautious/less trusting/and such. Blaming, themselves or others, blinds and binds.

A healthier approach is to give up imagining you have your hand on the tiller of the Universe. You don’t, so letting go of the illusion is easy.

Uncertainty, unchecked, can feel uncomfortable. If you think you don’t have control of how you feel, it’s because of some conditioning or programming in your mind. You may not be aware of the many simple tools and techniques available today to let you ‘change your mind and keep the change’!

Coaching Point: When you were 6 years old, playing in the sandbox, life was just as uncertain as it is now – and you loved playing in that uncertainty! Discovering, wandering, and wondering. What would happen if you chose to take that approach now?

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This week is all about uncertainty. How does it feel to be on the playground of life? Do you find excitement in discovering new things? How would it feel to embrace the uncertainty of life with enthusiasm?

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Word-Of-the-Week #664: Genius

April 27, 2017 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #664: Genius 

Genius – a person with exceptional ability, esp of a highly original kind.

Are you aware of the talents you possess? Have you kept track of the times you had an inspiration that was incredibly original? Did you know it was genius or did you assume you “just got lucky?”

Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, once again has great insight to share.

Quote: Genius

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit.

Genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Coaching Point: Many people never know their talents and never practice them into strengths. Most highly successful people have developed their talents and use them, thus hit targets others can’t.

But talents have their outer limits. That’s because they’re about what you are in the world of form – your learning, memory, thoughts, processing speed and capabilities, the ‘stuff’ inherent to your physical and mental presence, your intellect.

Genius comes from other than that. Genius is commonly thought to be about ‘smarts,’ but it’s not. Genius is in the ah-ha, the flash of insight, the inspiration. Genius is non-linear. It’s about a highly developed awareness, an openness to receiving, and an absence of programmed mental barriers.

Everyone has had flashes of inspiration, thus everyone has experienced genius. But nearly everyone then assumes it was a passing phenomenon and they just got lucky. They wouldn’t realize that what happened is for a brief moment they ‘got out of their mind’ and opened up to genius.

What if you assumed you had complete and total access to all the information and wisdom of the universe? Would you then realize that you, too, are a genius, hitting targets no one else can see?

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This week’s focus is genius. How highly developed is your awareness? Have you ever seen things that no else could see? Did you see the movie The Founder? If not, I suggest you watch it, as I think Ray Kroc was a true genius when he saw the potential of McDonalds!

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Word Of the Week #584: Action

October 14, 2015 by · Comments Off on Word Of the Week #584: Action 

Actionsomething that people do or cause to happen.

Is it easy for you to take action? Do you ever second guess yourself? Is there something you know you should take action on that you are putting off? What is stopping you?

I felt a really strong desire to re-run this WOW. Steve Straus, the author of ST E V E ‘ S…3 – M I N U T E…C O A C H I N G, who I have featured before, sent this titled “Row Your Boat.”

Wayne Dyer was the first person I heard tell this story, but I believe he gave credit to someone else. It has been around a long time and tells of several great truths.

Row, Row, Row
(Be in action. The universe rewards action.)a boat

your boat,
(Your’s. Not someone else’s.)

gently
(Enjoy the process.)

down the stream,
(Go with the flow. Stop fighting.)

merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
(You could be a grump about it, but don’t be.)

life is but a dream.
(Chose to have very good dreams.) ”

— Copyright 2009 Steve Straus. All rights reserved. —

I just love this one! How about you? This week focus on what courses of action you are going to take. Do any relate to your job situation? How about your personal life? How would it feel to live your dream and row your boat gently down the stream? Enjoy the ride!

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