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?

Copyright © 2017 Steve Straus, All rights reserved.

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?

— Copyright 2017 Steve Straus. All rights reserved. — See all past issues from Steve and subscribe here.

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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WOW Word-Of-the-Week #502: Confidence

March 19, 2014 by · Comments Off on WOW Word-Of-the-Week #502: Confidence 

Confidence belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.

Do you have confidence in yourself? Do you tend to second guess yourself? When confronted with problems or challenges do you believe you have the power and ability to handle them?

Once again I received another S T E V E ‘ S.…3 – M I N U T E…. C O A C H I N G that totally hit home for me!

Steve writes, Today’s Topic – PRINCIPLE: Confidence
(Principles are basic truths that, when applied,
cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)

Confidence feels pretty good, doesn’t it? A warm, things-are-possible; enjoyable, moving forward, free kind of feeling. Here are two aspects of confidence.

First, how do you get or have confidence?

Surprisingly it’s not about learning stuff; confidence is not about knowledge. Sure, it always helps to learn and understand,a confid that’s a common topic here in S3MC, but learning about confidence does not cause it, it must be experienced.

The two great experiential teachers of
confidence are — successes and failures.

In other words, feedback. The feedback which comes from actions attempted. You either got what you wanted (aka success) or you didn’t (aka failure). The more your actions lead to what you want the more you gain confidence in a particular area. Paying attention to the feedback, rather than judging yourself, quickens your journey up the confidence curve.

Second, what keeps us from gaining and feeling confidence? It’s the part of the above mentioned feedback which has been labeled as ‘failure.’

 For most people, aided by a culture’s focus on being number1, failure (not being numero uno) is too painful to contemplate, so no attempt is made. Thus, no confidence is developed. Some people seem to live by a no-try-no-cry model.

The more you focus on the powerful and beneficial effect of confidence, the more you’ll try, the more feedback you’ll get, the more pleasing outcomes you’ll experience, the more confidence you’ll develop. Then you discover that confidence is a marvelous, clean, uplifting source of energy.

Coaching Point: Do you pause from time to time to experience, even wallow in, the feeling of confidence?

— Copyright 2011 Steve Straus. All rights reserved. —

This week’s focus is on confidence. Do you have confidence in yourself? Do you feel confident doing your job? If at first you don’t succeed will you try, try again?

WOW Word-Of-the-Week #476: Reserves

September 18, 2013 by · Comments Off on WOW Word-Of-the-Week #476: Reserves 

Reserves something saved for future use or a special purpose.

Do you have money set aside for a special event or experience? Do you feel guilty spending money on yourself? Are your spending habits driven from your childhood experiences?

Once again I received another S T E V E ‘ S….3 – M I N U T E…. C O A C H I N G that totally hit home for me!

Steve writes, Today’s Topic – PRINCIPLE: Order What You Want
            (Principles are basic truths that, when applied,
            cause success to come to you easier and quicker.

Growing up in a family with modest financial means and being children of parents who experienced the Depression my brother and I were shaped by several unspoken ‘rules’ about money. One which was spoken, a lot, was to “not order anything too expensive” on the rare occasions when the family went to a restaurant.

What we wanted came in a distant second to what was financially ‘appropriate.’ a reserve

You may be thinking that was a useful approach to money and at one level it was. Obviously, if you only have a dollar, ordering two dollars of food is not a good idea. However, our family awareness of the cost of food…no, not awareness…obsession, led to a self-imposed price prison. It carried over to other areas and took years to catch and then correct.

 You may want to revisit your money spending beliefs. Money limitations can be resolved simply by choosing to create reserves and then live from that place.

Limitations in areas besides money can be resolved by creating reserves in each. Energy/vitality, ideas/creativity, love/relationships, time and space, all benefit from having reserves. Reserves help transcend limitations.

 When you order what you want without first looking at the price to see if you can ‘afford it’ you experience a delightful freedom. If it feels too scary to do so, don’t go into that restaurant!

 Coaching Point: Do you have the freedom to order what you want?

— Copyright 2010 Steve Straus. All rights reserved. —

I too come from “Depression” parents. We just had a heat wave (with humidity) in San Diego and we didn’t turn on the AC because it cost so much money. My brother (just as cheap as me) said, “You have it. You can afford it. Turn it on.” So I did and because we switched to LED bulbs last month it wasn’t as big a bill as I expected. Still a big one though. Ouch! For those of you who know me well know my motto: I LOVE spending money and I hate wasting it – you can’t wear utilities or a room upgrade!

This week’s focus is on reserves. Do you have unspoken rules about money? Have you placed limitations on your life? When was the last time you experienced a “delightful freedom.”

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