Word-Of-the-Week #835: Progress

August 6, 2020 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #835: Progress 

Progress – the process of working toward completion. 

Do you have projects that you are currently working on? Have you ever felt stuck during the process of working toward the completion of it?

Once again, Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, sent a very thought provoking piece that is a great follow up to the previously sent WOW’s!

Principle: Making Progress 

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)

Stuck while improving something recently I bumped into an old bit of wisdom which helped me get moving. Paraphrasing – when you have a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at the problem again.

Brilliant. And simple. Why does it work? Because once you have solved the part you do understand you will be in a different place; you will see the remaining problem in a different context. That new context can reveal additional approaches, resources, and solutions.

Yes, you still may not be able to solve the original problem. If so, repeat the process, handling another part you do understand.

Why was I stuck originally? Because I wanted to solve the original issue with a grand, sweeping design. Ta-Da! Unable (initially) to do so, I froze. (The ego is a terrible servant and a powerful master.)

There are other reasons for getting stuck, both mental and emotional:
Fear that what you do won’t work.
A need to look good in the process.
You may run out of limited resources.
Self-doubt.
And on and on.

The key to making progress is to make progress. However small it may seem.

Coaching Point: Do you ever get stuck?
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This week’s focus is making progress. How quick are you when it comes to making a decision? How would it feel to act and experience it as an adventure?

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Word-Of-the-Week #797: Attraction

November 14, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #797: Attraction 

Attractionthe magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together.

How lucky are you? How much of it are you creating? Are you fully engaged and aware with what is going on around you?

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

Distinction: Attract vs. Make Happen

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)

“There is plenty of satisfaction to be received from making things happen. You can get your emotional needs met, accomplish meaningful outcomes, prove your self-worth, and stand out from the pack by bowing your back and taking up the slack! Woo-Hoo! I made it happen! I’m a winner! 

On the other hand, we also can be people who have things simply show up, seemingly by magic. You know the people I’m referencing. They’re ‘lucky,’ ‘in the right place at the right time,’ ‘the chosen ones,’ and such. We look at them with either awe or disdain. 

Beyond merely lucky what they are is – in the flow of their life. They resonate with the flow. In harmony. And most importantly they have removed the obstacles to experiencing that flow. 

The other folks who are busy making things happen are doing so by efforting over their own hurdles. 

Keep in mind that people who attract may also be very busy dawn-till-dark workers. They are engaged. Attraction is not passive. And people who attract what they want also use what they attract. That’s why they attract it. It fits into and supports the flow of their journey. 

Coaching Point: What are you attracting?”

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This week’s focus is on attraction. Are you one of those people who just seems to always be “in the right place at the right time”? Are you in harmony and fully experiencing the flow of your life? Are you attracting what you want?

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Word-Of-the-Week #787: Interested

September 5, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #787: Interested 

Interested wanting to give your attention to something and discover more about it; curiosity.  

When was the last time you wanted to know or learn about something? How motivated were you to follow through and actually do it? Are you naturally curious?

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

Great Question: Interested?

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

“What interests me?”

Coaching Point: It has become popular to talk about passion. “What are you passionate about?” “Without passion life is dull.” “Follow your passion.” Passion has a point, but it can become consuming and draining. To be Interested is on Passion’s scale, just not so intense.

What’s it like when you’re interested in something – an event, a person, an activity, an item? Interested has its own energy. It creates focus. It can engage others.

When you’re interested you’ll investigate and learn. (Some of you are ‘wired’ to learn, so you can’t help it!) Discovery is a byproduct. Much is created from the simple motivation interest provides.

Interest is ‘clean,’ usually not needy or coming from a place of scarcity. And self-motivating. It’s healthy to think about what interests you.

“What does interest you?

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Word-Of-the-Week #773: Trepidation

May 30, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #773: Trepidation 

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”?

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