S:0641 Principle: The Event is not the Experience

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Events happen all day, every day. They are external. What you experience is internal. For instance, hearing the word “strawberry” is not the same as tasting a strawberry. What you experience is a function of — among other…Continue Reading →

S:0640 Distinction: Inspired vs. Driven

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   A lot of successful people are driven, some even driven to accomplish great outcomes. They like being driven because it feels normal to them and they enjoy the results they’ve achieved. If you’re one of those…Continue Reading →

S:0639 Distinction: Measure vs. Judge

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   When you want to grow in some manner it’s useful to measure your progress so you can tell how you’re doing. Are you getting closer to what you want or further away? If closer, do more…Continue Reading →

S:0638 Distinction: Fulfillment vs. Gratification

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Gratification feels great. When you’re gratified it means you’re getting your needs met; things are working; you’re probably achieving your goals; your life pretty much works. To feel gratified is a nice outcome and one certainly…Continue Reading →

S:0637 Distinction: Quitting While You’re Ahead vs. Quitting

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Any of these sound familiar?… “Nobody likes a quitter.” “Quitters never win and Winners never quit.” “She’s just a quitter, you know.” (Said scornfully.) Quitting is rarely thought of in positive terms. It’s generally viewed as…Continue Reading →

S:0636 Principle: Seeing The Illusion

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Do you suspect that all is not as it seems in “reality?” Have you had the experience of a sudden unexplainable shift in perspective or a skipped beat in the passage of time? Most people have and most…Continue Reading →

S:0635 Great Question: Tolerations?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “What am I tolerating?”   Coaching Point: A toleration is something that’s (1) not the way you want it to be, (2) irritating to you, and (3) about which you are doing nothing. In other words, you’re aware of it and putting up with…Continue Reading →

S:0634 Quote: Check Performance

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)   “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Winston Churchill   Coaching Point: Is there an assumption you have which needs checking?   Copyright 2007 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.Continue Reading →

S:0633 Distinction: Dream Getting vs. Goal Setting

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Goals are useful tools for having what you want. So, set goals, work toward them, enjoy achieving them. Set more goals. Goals are good. They’ll get you from here to there, but they tend to be…Continue Reading →

S:0632 Quote: Expect Performance

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)   “Expect performance. Don’t expect success.” Tiger Woods   Coaching Point: What!? Don’t expect success? That sounds wrong. We’re taught to want to succeed. But Tiger’s point is to put your attention on your performance — the plan, every action, receiving and evaluating feedback, course-correction — and…Continue Reading →

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