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

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S:1389 Principle: Flying Solo

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S:1388 Distinction: Common Sense vs. Common Practice

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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. …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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