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S:1101 Quote: Relationships

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)   “I need to put you out of my misery!” Steve Potts   Coaching Point: Sometimes relationships need to end. Sometimes you just need to fire a customer. Or a vendor. Or an employee. Or spouse. Sometimes the misery simply is not worth it. That’s the key…Continue Reading →

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S:1100 Distinction: Let Go Of It vs. Quit It

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Have you ever had a behavior you knew wasn’t good for you and you wanted to stop it? And you tried to quit? And you did … for a while? Welcome to the world of normal.…Continue Reading →

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S:1099 Principle: Thanks

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Thanks Gratitude Appreciation Recognition Cheer Acknowledgement Giving credit Well done Good work Gratefulness Accepting Pleased Giving thanks   Coaching Point: When you re-read the list, which ones stand out for you?   Copyright 2016 Steve Straus. All rights…Continue Reading →

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S:1098 Great Question: Trust?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “What do I trust?”   Coaching Point: Your answer to this Great Question will tell you a lot about yourself and your happiness. Trust is a big deal. In the absence of trust, life is hard, threat-filled. When you have grown enough to develop…Continue Reading →

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S:1097 Distinction: Spontaneous vs. Impulsive

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Among the great joys of being human is the freedom to live with spontaneity. Spontaneous includes joy, adventure, gratefulness, opportunity, surprise, enthusiasm, connection, and, well, life. To be spontaneous is to be on the leading edge…Continue Reading →

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S:1096 Quote: Get Even

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)   “It’s hard to get ahead when you’re trying to get even.” John Barnes   Coaching Point: You can put your attention and energy into moving toward the outcomes you want. The question is, what outcomes do you want? If you focus on getting even with someone…Continue Reading →

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S:1095 Distinction: Imminent vs. Inevitable

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Imminent has a sense of drama about it – near-term, looming, potentially threatening. It may not feel very comfortable. The point of this Distinction is that imminent is frequently confused with, and incorrectly used interchangeably for,…Continue Reading →

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S:1094 Principle: Expansionists and Reductionists

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   In a recent interesting article on telescopes and astronomy there emerged a coaching point which is universal. It concerns the different viewpoints of astronomers and physicists. Astronomers are primarily interested in looking for ever larger phenomena. They try…Continue Reading →

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S:1093 Distinction: Managed Stress vs. No Stress

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Since you’re not likely to have a life with no stress, it’s probably a good idea to learn to manage it when it occurs. Oh, you can attempt to have no stress – I guess living…Continue Reading →

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S:1092 Principle: Fire and Ashes

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   There was an interesting line in a recent movie which caught my attention. Researching it showed that, with various wording differences, it is a proverb from several cultures. The line is, “What you lose in the fire, you…Continue Reading →

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