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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:1484 Quote: Be

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement, or enlightenment.) “Better be than seen.”Old Proverb Coaching Point: Be…

S:1483 Great Question: Wants Me?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What wants me?” Coaching Point: It…

S:1482 Distinction: Wanting vs. Needing

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value…

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S:1448 Distinction: Bonds vs. Shackles

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) Recently dealing with a couple of issues in my life I discovered I had these two conflated. I held the thought that having bonds was the same as being shackled. Turns out not so. Shackled is what …

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S:1447 Great Fear: Of Not Being Appreciated

(Great fears are barriers to experiencing your real life.) When was the most recent time you were verbally appreciated? When was the most recent time you told someone you appreciated them? Appreciation is major mojo, big energy, life affirming, attractive and, quite frequently, rare. It was difficult for me to affirm others because my cup …

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S:1446 Quote: Children and Scientists

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement, or enlightenment.) “ children are innate scientists, probing, puttering, experimenting with the possible and impossible in a confused local universe. Children and scientists share an outlook on life. If I do this, what will happen? is both the motto of the child at play and the defining refrain of …

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S:1445 Great Question: Unfriendly?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.) “What did I do that was unfriendly, unsocial, or uncaring?” Coaching Point: At first glance you make not like this Great Question. It seems to be looking in the wrong direction. Its value is in being open to see yourself. Fully. Aware. We all mess …

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S:1444 Principle: Trial-and-Error

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Trial-and-error is a tried-and-true approach to life. The issue with it is people seem to focus on the error part. When something they try doesn’t work out they get all self-judgmental. “That was dumb.” “I shouldn’t have done that.” …

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S:1443 Distinction: Differentiation vs. Separation

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) Differentiation is a life skill. Seeing differentiation adds to the richness of life experiences. The subtle effect of a shade of paint in the painting, of a bit of spice in the recipe, a half-note in the …

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