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The first full week in February is designated as International Coaching Week (ICW) and it’s a week-long global celebration designed for coaches and clients to educate others about the value of working with a professional coach (business, career, life, personal, development…and the list goes on) and to acknowledge the progress and results achieved through the coaching process.

I will be commemorating the event by participating in some pro bono activities throughout the week, of which you are the beneficiary!

Check back with the Roots of Thought blog often over the course of the week to take advantage of the great opportunities that will be presented.

To kick off the week, here are a few often asked questions about coaching:

  • What are the benefits of coaching?

Individuals who engage in a coaching partnership can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.

Consistent with a commitment to enhancing their personal effectiveness, they can also expect to see appreciable results in the areas of productivity, personal satisfaction with life and work, and the achievement of personally relevant goals.

  • What is the a coach’s responsibility in the coach-client relationship?

A coach should:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
  • Encourage client self-discovery;
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable.

Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives.  Ultimately, coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives.

Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs.  They seek to solicit solutions and strategies from the client; believing the client is naturally creative and resourceful.  The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want some assistance going from reflection to resolution?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

As part of our week-long celebration of International Coaching Week, we’ll be sharing some information throughout the week about the coaching profession.  Each day, the information will be a little different with the idea that coaching, whether it’s life coaching, development coaching, achievement coaching, career coaching, etc., is available to everyone and there’s a type and style of coaching just for you.

Today’s feature report is a HBR Research Report, “What Can Coaches Do For You?”.  The report contains some excellent information regarding the coaching profession as a whole.  And, there’s a great table at the end of the report that really sums up what coaching (whether executive, business, life, relationship, etc.) encompasses.

What are your thoughts about today’s information?

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the coaching profession and about hiring a coach.

Until next time…

P.S. — Want to know more about the types or styles of coaching that may be right for you?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

So many individuals I’ve encountered lately seem to be functioning in “panic mode” as the rule rather than the exception.  Perhaps believing there’s nothing they can do to change their circumstances or feeling a lack of control over what the future may hold, and they’re caught up in a never-ending cycle of soul-sucking, energy-draining despair…so focused on all the things that are wrong or feeling victimized by all the people that “done them wrong”, they forget the POWER to do something – anything, is with them and has never left.  It’s buried under all that emotional mud.

Here’s a story from “The Group of 33” for you to read so you can begin to change your perspective and focus, if you are one of those people that have been afflicted with panic:

“Panicking when something really bad happens is counterproductive.

The new Home Depot just down the street is having its grand

opening sale—this is not the time to figure out a new strategy for
your hardware store. It’s way too late for that.

Imagine a potbellied, nervous, cigarette-smoking salesman,
pacing back and forth in front of his office building. He’s annoyed
to be outside, but they won’t let him smoke inside. He’s
puffing as hard as he can, anxious about getting back to work.

This guy is focused on solving the urgent problems in his life.
And all those problems are about today. He’s not focused one bit
on losing weight or giving up cigarettes or understanding how
tense he is. He figures that there will be time for that later.

Right now, he needs to panic about the sales numbers that are
due tomorrow. He’ll have time to panic about his health when
he’s in the hospital having bypass surgery.

The time to panic about his health is right now, of course,
while he can still do something about it. Taking action today on
a long-term problem is easier, cheaper, more effective, and far
less time consuming than waiting for it to become an emergency.
The time to panic about his health is today. The time to panic
about the sales numbers was last week.

Why not start panicking in advance? Why not start taking
emergency measures while there’s still a chance that those emergency
measures will actually accomplish something?

Is your flagship product going to be obsolete in five years? You
betcha. That means the time to start panicking about a replacement
is right now, not in four years.

Every organization that gets into trouble falters because it
waited too long to do the stuff that should have been done a long
time ago. Panic early, not late, and your fire drills will actually
pay off.”

~ Taken from The Big Moo

(Yes, I’ve purchased and own a copy :-D)

It doesn’t matter where in your life you’re panic-ing inappropriately or constantly, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Focus on what YOU can do at this moment to begin the process of taking long-term action – and yes, before you know it, you’ll find yourself accomplishing great things!

So, get going.

Until next time…

P.S. Want to know more about taking charge of your “panic-attacks”?  Schedule your complimentary coaching session to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

We had a special edition of Thought Buds© distributed this week.  A previous Thought Buds© generated great discussions and responses.  So much so, that we asked one of our readers to share his thoughts.  We hope his contribution will inspire you!

“First, you plug the leaks: learn to recognize what drains your energy – life situations, toxic people, or habits such as worry, indecision or guilt. Second, you identify what fills your tank – pleasure, prayer, anticipation, or fun – and give yourself more.”

~ Mira Kirshenbaum

Rob’s thoughts…

“There are challenges in life, and there will always be challenges. Challenges in life are personal, only if you make them so. In truth, challenges in life are rarely personal, they are not to be dreaded, not to be feared; challenges are to be accepted, analyzed, and overcome.

In last week’s Thought Bud©, Catherine shared wisdom around possible constructive responses for when we experience negative feelings, emotions. Challenges. The fundamental response suggested was to refill yourself with your Source Energy. Excellent, useful, truthful wisdom.

What I would like to share this week is a bit of wisdom about a related aspect of negative feelings, particularly feelings of being ‘overwhelmed’, ‘discouraged’, ‘failed’, ‘hopeless’.

“While your parents and teachers are, for the most part, well-meaning people, they are nevertheless more interested in your finding ways to please them than in your finding ways to please yourself. And so, in the process of socialization, almost all people in almost all societies lose their way, because they are coaxed or coerced away from their own Guidance System.”

~Esther & Jerry Hicks

Yep, another quote from the Hicks. Wise, those Hicks.

This quote has significant meaning for me. What I personally get out of this quote is that, loving and sacrificing as our parents are or were, they implanted bits and pieces of their own guidance systems into us, their children. Some of those bits were positive in nature and helped us grow in positive directions.  Some of those bits were negative and led us to take on roles, attitudes, paradigms, that hinder us and burden us down. I do not remotely suggest our parents implanted these negative traits out of malice or mal intent, certainly not.  They did these things merely because, in turn, their parents implanted such traits and perspectives in them. Ad infinitum.

For many of us, one of the bits that we struggle with could in fact be considered positive in some circumstances: We tend to feel ‘responsible’ for getting things done, fixing things, making things right. ‘Responsibility’ is a positive trait, to a point. It can become negative when we try to take on others’ burdens, try to fix others’ problems. Again, that can be helpful, noble even. On occasion it can also be impossible.

One of my favorite quotes, to which unfortunately I cannot assign an author, is:

“Stress happens when we feel responsible for something [or someone] over which we have little or no control.”

Ever try to change someone when they do not want to be changed? Ever try to change something when it just cannot be changed? That’s what I’m talking about. Feel that stress? Feel that discouragement?

So, to come full circle, the next time you’re feeling ‘overwhelmed’, ‘discouraged’, ‘failed’, ‘hopeless’, perhaps it might be useful to ask yourself if you are feeling responsible for something over which you have little or no control. Perhaps?

Just a Thought… Bud. :-)”

Wow!!!  Very insightful and quite thought-provoking.  Now – doesn’t that inspire you to get up, get out, get going into Positive Action?!

Thought Bud:  Fulfill Your Purpose…plug those leaks!

Until next time…

It’s Tuesday evening and I came back into the office to catch up on some boring, mundane and very necessary and fulfilling work that is often involved in business. Just before sitting down at the computer, I decided to glance through this month’s issue (September 2009) of Success Magazine. Imagine my surprise when on the front cover I discovered Og Mandino was one of the featured articles!

I quickly turned to page 66 of the issue to read all about Og (like I was reading the words for the very first time). I was greeted with “I Will Act Now.” in big, bold, orange, and black lettering and I thought, “Is that powerful, or what?!” Coincidence that I was seeing in the boldest print “I Will Act Now” facing the routine stuff I was going to do? No. I firmly believe all things happen for a reason.

Could it get any better than that?

I thought not…

Would you believe it could? On the next page, 67, was Og’s picture with a captioned quote from Scroll IX, “Success will not wait. If I delay, she will become betrothed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the man.” (OK for me it’s I am the woman – you get the point.)

It took me a while to contain my excitement, or should I say reign it in. I was ready to run up and down the street proclaiming how great Og is, when I realized I do just that, very quietly, as part of my everyday life. More than that – I am practicing every day to live the principles that Og wrote, taught, and lived himself.

You see, it’s more than an article and a picture for me. It’s my way of life. Am I there yet? Certainly not. Will I ever get there? I don’t know – I hope to – someday. What I do know is that I’ve got some work to do. I do know by living and breathing the Scrolls, by becoming a product of the process, I improve my life, reach the success that was meant for me and I get to help others do the same – in teaching them, coaching them, guiding them to be the very best they were meant to be.

What I do know, with certainty, is that by acting now, at this moment, I put into motion all the positive action that will “nourish my success”.

To read the article, go to http://www.successmagazine.com/og-mandino-i-will-act-now/PARAMS/article/782.

Would you like to chat about Og? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time…

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