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S:1355 Great Question: Amazes?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What amazes me?” Coaching Point: Children spend much of their time amazed. That’s because each day can be an introduction to something new, interesting, wonderful. For them there is a continual unfoldment of something they haven’t seen before, had no idea existed, and, well, amazes…Continue Reading →

S:1354 Principle: Peril

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Treat people poorly at your peril. Coaching Point: You can treat others poorly if you want, but what is the price? Copyright 2021 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.Continue Reading →

S:1353 Quote: Saying and Hearing

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.) “Words of affirmation focus on what we are saying,whereas quality conversation focuses on what we are hearing.” Gary D. Chapman – from his book The Five Love Languages Coaching Point: Some people know they are loved when they are affirmed, recognized, or acknowledged verbally. What is said…Continue Reading →

S:1352 Principle: Skepticism

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Skepticism is a useful tool, in moderation. But, like any talent, it can be overdone. And any talent overdone can become a hindrance. Problems with skepticism arise when it becomes a default approach to life. Smaller doses work better.…Continue Reading →

S:1351 Distinction: Stop-Doings vs. To-Dos

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) When overwhelmed by more and more things to do most people throw up their hands and quit in frustration. What if you did part of that intentionally? What if you had your to-do list, sure, but also…Continue Reading →

S:1350 Great Question: Happy?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What are the consequences of my not being happy?” Coaching Point: This Great Question flips the happiness topic on its head. Usually we ask – What does it take for me to be happy? Or is it okay for me to focus on happiness? Or…Continue Reading →

S:1349 Quote: Preferences and Constraints

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.) “Preferences are optional and subject to constraints,whereas constraints are neither optional nor subject to preference.” Author Unknown Coaching Point: There is so much wisdom in this quote. We see the two subjects – preferences and constraints – get swapped, intermingled, and reversed. It’s sometimes hard to see…Continue Reading →

S:1348 Great Question: Unrequited?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What is my greatest unrequited desire?” Coaching Point: It has been said that desire is the source of all suffering, however this S3MC looks at a desire not yet experienced as a good thing. Of course, if you are suffering because something you want is…Continue Reading →

S:1347 Distinction: Beacon vs. Flashlight

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) Driving in the early morning dark there was a flash of light reflected off low clouds. When it repeated at consistent intervals it revealed as the rotating light from the beacon at a distant airport. [Most Distinctions…Continue Reading →

S:1346 Principle: Life Rules

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Yes, Life Rules is a play on words. There are some immutable rules, Life Rules. Those rules, being immutable, thus Rule. Fighting them is not a good idea. Some Life Rules: Water runs downhill. Trees grow up. Everything ends.…Continue Reading →

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