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I was delighted to contribute a blog post to Coffee Birmingham. The site is dedicated to raising the profile of Birmingham’s independent coffee shops. The post is entitled Confidence, Coaching and a Cup of Coffee. Essentially it’s about how a … Continue reading Displacement activities are things we choose to do instead of doing the things we are supposed to be doing. Many of us have at sometime succumbed to the lure of de-scaling the kettle over the call of a pressing deadline. … Continue reading In work and in life it is not always enough just to get started.  The first day of a diet, exercise plan, or resolve to change anything in one’s life is usually pretty easy.  You wake up, and “this is the first day of the rest of your lif...
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In 2009, I wrote this blog post to describe some key differences between life coaching and traditional therapy/counseling. Most therapists who have a client-centered or solutions-focused practice will probably point out that my examples below are outdated, yet the traditional model still applies to this day. Consequently, as the lines between the two fields become [...] As you research life coaching, when you get down to the real core of it, the objective of any coaching relationship is really all the same — coaching is all about change! Here are some other examples for clarification. How does Life Coaching differ from other professional relationships: Unlike teaching, we’ll collaborate and learn from [...] It seems that everywhere we turn these days we hear about “balance”.  Finding life/work balance, personal balancing, balancing work and family, balancing our chi, and so on.  Balance can be elusive.  Lately, I have been thinking a lot ab... While listening to one of my news shows this morning (yes, I am a news junky) I heard one commentator say that a politician has to do two things to be successful.  They have to first get people to like them, and then they have to get those same people... Coaches are always looking for clues that will unlock a problem or problems that the client has on the way to success.  Whether we are looking at business or personal success, the process is often the same when it comes to uncovering the barriers that... On our journey through life we wear so many hats and take on so many responsiblities and often it becomes difficult to stay focused on our goals.  We are all pulled in so many directions each day, and I think it is important to take time each day to r... Sometimes we fail in following our personal sense of mission because we believe we lack some critical key to success. The easy way is to write down what questions you need answered Sometimes we discover the choices we’ve made responded to priorities that no longer fit our lives; we count on relationships, work, or our environment to handle fulfillment, social interaction, challenge, accomplishment and continued personal develo... So often we focus on goals that reflect a change we’d like to achieve: lose weight, stop smoking, change jobs, plan a vacation. How often is the same degree of planning applied to the very 'big picture' concepts, the kind that don't often come up in... One of the hardest aspects of working from home is creating the discipline or motivation to work regular hours each day. It is so easy to get distracted and put off the essential tasks that need to get done.  So an easy solution is keeping your work p... Got the world on a string or its weight on your shoulders? Small business owners are often faced with challenges of priority that employees rarely experience. They believe they’re completely responsible to their business when in fact the reverse ... The “Finish Strong” Foundation exists to make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois. Its philosophy ‘is founded upon the belief that the principles learned through athletic activities serve to bring the best ...