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Today the idea of having a Coach, or even being a Coach, is well understood, but back in January of 1987 there was no (general) coaching profession. The response from most people, upon hearing that Steve Straus was a Coach, was to ask, “What sport?” A reasonable question given that the role of a sports coach is to assist athletes to be their best, to set goals, to excel, whatever their game. That’s what personal Coaches do for people in the game of life.

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S:1397 Quote: Life

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement, or enlightenment.) “Boy … if you get up every morning…

S:1396 Great Question: Why Not?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “Why not?” Coaching Point: So often…

S:1395 Principle: Belong

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)…

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S:1391 Great Question: Misunderstood?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “How am I being misunderstood?” Coaching Point: This is a sneaky question because being misunderstood is almost always about the sender not the receiver. If you notice people don’t seem to be understanding what you’re saying, look inward. An old piece of wisdom says, “The …

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S:1390 Distinction: Work-In-Progress vs. Work-In-Process

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) The phrase ‘He’s a work-in-process’ is used to describe someone who is still emerging into a new state. Not fully formed, their cake not yet baked. To others they can look disorganized, uncertain, confused, lost even. Sometimes …

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S:1389 Principle: Flying Solo

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) This S3MC uses flying as a metaphor. It’s about a lot more than flying. When learning to become a pilot one of the significant steps – some might rightly call it THE significant step – is the occasion of …

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S:1388 Distinction: Common Sense vs. Common Practice

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) A phrase which gets bandied about is, “It’s just common sense.” The implication, by the bandier, is that because it’s clear to them it should be clear to everyone and if someone else doesn’t see what they …

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S:1387 Quote: Silence and Voices

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement, or enlightenment.) “It’s easy to live in silence, she thought;what I could not do is live with these voices.” Ursula K. Le Guin Coaching Point: The character in the story was an old woman living alone in a remote cabin in a war-decimated land. As her story unfolded we …

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S:1386 Distinction: Unfold vs. Force

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) There are times when forcing is appropriate. Observing the common occurrence of the use of force one could believe it’s the only way to accomplish results. But it’s not an enlightened way. Forcing can result in false …

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