S:1299 Distinction: Tired vs. Drained

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) A fundamental part of being coached is to take care of yourself. Good care of yourself. The idea is that it’s hard to be available for others when your vessel is depleted. Yes, there are people who…Continue Reading →

S:1298 Quote: Virtuousness

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.) “Virtuousness is achieved by being virtuous, not by talking about how virtuous one is.” Aristotle Coaching Point: What does it mean to be virtuous? Honest? Maybe. Moral? Also maybe. Ethical? Again, maybe. All these fit a dictionary’s definition of virtuous. With virtue – as with other core…Continue Reading →

S:1297 Great Question: Know?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What do I think I know?” Coaching Point: Don’t let what you think you know get in the way of discovering what you don’t know. In my experience only strong, grounded people can look this challenging question in the eye. Others run from it. Because…Continue Reading →

S:1296 Distinction: Off Balance vs. Unbalanced

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) This Distinction could seem a little muddy in meaning. It is subtle and you may even substitute different language to describe the underlying message. When you are off balance you know it, you feel it, and you…Continue Reading →

S:1295 Principle: Anniversaries

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Another S3MC addressed milestones. Anniversaries are similar to milestones, sharing many attributes, while having an important difference. There are countless kinds of anniversaries. Wedding anniversaries, of course. Also, the start date of a business; marking Twelve Step sobriety; birthday…Continue Reading →

S:1294 Quote: ‘Viking’ Wisdom

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.) “Braver are many in word than in deed.” “The overpraised are the worst deceivers.” “When ill seed has been sown, so an ill crop will spring from it.” A collection of ancient Viking/Scandinavian/Icelandic wisdom Coaching Point: Many people have a limited awareness of the influence and effect…Continue Reading →

S:1293 Attainment: Neutral

(Attainments are levels of growth along a path of development.) Level 1 – Rage.Out of control. Taken over by emotions. Unreasonable; that is to say, there is no reasoning here, it’s all emotion. Expensive. Level 2 – Anger.Somewhat in control but seeing no other options. Not liking what is going on. Still want it to…Continue Reading →

S:1292 Great Question: Advice?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “Why am I not taking the advice I’m giving to others?” Coaching Point: You probably give advice from time to time. What do you do when the advice also pertains to you? Copyright 2020 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.Continue Reading →

S:1291 Principle: Milestones

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Milestones can be of any size, any significance. A milestone’s importance is personal. Birthdays, starting dates, finals, one-of-a-kinds – their significance depends on how you view them, your perspective, your positionality. Some may be shared by others and thus…Continue Reading →

S:1290 Principle: Learning

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Some lessons are learned more deeply than others. The deepest usually have strong emotions. Rarely is a lesson learned by only hearing advice. Case in point is about boots. Or more correctly about scorpions in boots. I had heard…Continue Reading →

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