May 11

Interview with Michelle Schubnel

Our monthly group coaching call this month was an interview with Group Coaching Expert, Michelle Schubnel. She shared with us the benefits of group coaching and 4 keys to being successful with groups. Below is the recording replay.

 
Michelle also offered an amazing gift, her “Lucrative and Leveraged Coaching Business” downloadable blueprint.  Click here to download.

May 10

Guest Post: Stop Procrastinating With Your Life

By Paul Garwood

Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination

Are you a person that puts everything off until tomorrow? Are you a I will do it later person? Then you may have what is stopping many individuals from finding their purpose, finding their passion, and changing their lives. What you may have is Procrastination. Procrastination can be a constant and consistent pattern, causing us to put off not just with things we don’t feel like doing but also the things we’re passionate about.

Procrastination is another man made disease. No one is born with procrastination and this is even for those of you who were born one or two weeks late. But procrastination can kill you. It really can. It can hold you back and lead toward a slow, steady decline instead of the constant and consistent growth that you know you’re capable of but do nothing about.

So how do you overcome procrastination? It’s really simple. One of the first things to do is realize that everything in life is a marathon and not a sprint. But we also have to realize that there are ways to make the rewards of not procrastinating more immediate. A excellent way to do this is to temptation bundling. Simply put, the strategy suggests that you bundle a behavior that is good for you in the long-run with a behavior that feels good in the short-run.

How to Create Your Temptation Bundle:

Here is a simple exercise you can do to develop you temptation bundling strategy…(Read more.)

Check out a simple exercise that can help you stop procrastinating, by reading the rest of this post, “Stop Procrastinating With Your Life,” by By Paul Garwood, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Apr 27

Guest Post: 8 Steps to Forgive With Love and Gratitude

By Nicole Lewis-Keeber

Outcome

Forgiveness work is tricky.

I have been in therapy multiple times over the years, and the process of revealing and releasing pain and working towards forgiveness has been an ongoing journey. I have written letters that I have sent to people and some that I have burned. I have thrown my grievances into a fire and sent them gently down streams. Were these exercises helpful? Yes, I believe that they were in many instances. They helped me build pathways to new ways of thinking and experiencing my pain and the perpetrators of it.

As a therapist, I will admit that I have given similar homework to my clients and they have had a variety of results depending on their willingness to dig deep. Forgiveness work is tricky.

What I have continued to struggle with, has been how to forgive, and to let go of resentments and anger. I thought that I had forgiven those who harmed me including myself. I really did, but what I found is that when I engaged with that person or even thought of them, I would get sour and negative. Forgiveness is easier than recovering from the impact the event has on our life. Even so, I still sought to find new ways to forgive that will stick.

I want to back up here and say, that just because you forgive someone does not mean that you are obligated to allow them in your life.I am going to say that again, just because you forgive someone does not mean that you are obligated to allow them in your life. In fact, I think that 80 % or more of the time, those who have harmed us need to be in our rearview mirror. Yet, sometimes that person is someone that we love, and want to have in our lives in some small way that will not continue to harm us. That is where the hard work comes in…(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “8 Steps to Forgive With Love and Gratitude,” by By Nicole Lewis-Keeber, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Apr 19

3 Reasons to Buy This Book-She Means Business

Here are 3 reasons why you should buy Carrie Green’s new book, “She Means Business,” These are important benefits for any business owner from a young lady who started from scratch and is now making a 6-figure a month income. Find out how she did it. Carrie also gives you mindset tools to keep you focused on your goals, and business strategies to make YOUR business profitable.

 

Apr 13

Guest Post: What Outcomes Do You Constantly Drive For?

By Dayo Fawusi

Outcome

What Outcomes Do You Constantly Drive For?

Outcomes are the desired intentions of your activities. Whether the activity is a business meeting, a marathon or a personal goal; the outcome is what actually happens. Anything you do has an outcome, whether it is the desired one or not.

You can take all of your past experience and the outcomes of those experiences and use that outcome as my ‘oh, so that’s where those actions got me, what can I learn from that?’ launch point. All of your past experiences have given you knowledge and you can use that knowledge to propel yourself to amazing future outcomes. Something important to realize is that you are not defining the outcomes as success or failure, but merely as outcomes. This is also an important point, so make sure you absorb that.

Thomas Edison had great difficulty inventing the light bulb. There were many cutting edge technologies involved in that creation; the use of a vacuum, different materials for filaments, alternating or direct current electricity and others. When he was asked about his “failures” he refused to accept that term. He just considered the experiment a learning experience on the road to his desired outcome; a bulb that burned brightly and lasted for a length of time. Each experiment brought him closer to his desired outcome(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “What Outcomes Do You Constantly Drive For?” by Dayo Fawusi, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Apr 06

Guest Post: 7 Tips for Better Time Management

By Katherine Hartvickson

time management

Do you ever feel like there is just never enough time in the day? Do you often feel stressed out with managing your workload? Are you trying to do it all rather than delegate to others in your support circle or your work team?

Despite the fact that time is perhaps the most sought-after resource available, most of us are dreadful at spending it wisely.

As Benjamin Franklin once said—“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

The trick to getting more accomplished each day is to start by organizing and prioritizing your tasks and eliminating distraction. This can help you reduce stress and do better overall in the workplace.

Let’s get real here for a minute; there is a lot of competition for our time and not everything is of equal value even although it may seem that way when you look at the big stack of papers on your desk or all of the emails in your inbox.

Use the seven tips below for a few weeks and create new habits that will better your life by making just a few small changes:

  1. Identify Time Distractors: Spend some time identifying all of your major time distractors such as social media, surfing the internet, needs of family, watching TV, etc. and then create a plan to eliminate (or at least minimize) them for periods of time.
     
    For instance, turn off the bell on your computer and phone so that you don’t hear every email and text that comes through. Set times to check your notifications and respond to emails and voicemails, such as mid-morning, during the lunch break and mid-afternoon.

(Read more.)

Read the rest of this post, “Seven Tips for Better Time Management” by Katherine Hartvickson, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Apr 03

From Zero to Zen Financial Training

Monthly Training Package: “From Zero to Zen Financial Training”

Have you been playing hide and seek with your accounting system? Do you really just want to work with your clients, not mess around with your books? Or maybe you’re wondering where to even start. It’s especially hard when financial jargon makes your head spin. But you do need to understand financial basics if you want your business to succeed.

My friend and colleague, Liz Lajoie, the Coaches’ CFO, has put together a special financial training just for IAPLC Gold Members to help you understand business finance in simple terms. It begins with a 30-minute training video that starts the conversation about your business finances. Liz has also put together “The Coaches’ Bookkeeping Kit” to get started with managing your business finances more efficiently to free up your time so you can do more of what you love.

This kit includes a

  • Bookkeeping Checklist
  • Business Cash Flow Cycle
  • A free 60-minute Bookkeeping Diagnostic session with an experienced business manager to talk through your situation and develop a roadmap for your finances.
  • And a copy of her new book, From Zero to Zen: The Secret Keys to Nurturing Your Numbers and Finding Your Financial Flow. 

In her book (to be published May 18) you’ll discover how to manage your money so your business is fantastically successful.

I’m excited to offer this gift as the first of our new Gold Member benefit, Monthly Training Packages, to help make your coaching business successful. To start getting these training packages every month all you need to do is become a Gold IAPLC Member here: http://iaplifecoaches.org/gold-membership

 

Mar 23

Guest Post: 7 Ways to Stay Motivated

Guest Post: 7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Hold onto Your Dream (Part 1)

Veronica Hislop - Stay MotivatedBy Veronica Hislop

Have you ever had a dream, goal or objective that you could not fulfil or accomplish?  Maybe you tried to lose weight, train for a marathon, begin an online business, write a novel, or do something else that was challenging.

Why didn’t you succeed?

People often fall short at achieving a big dream they desperately want, because they lose their self-motivation. Keeping up your motivation can be difficult when you face a long period of intense work.

 

 

Here are 7 ways that will help you to stay motivated so you can hold onto and reach those big dreams.

  1. Honour yourself

The first step is to set genuine goals and objectives for yourself. Be true to yourself and choose the goals that are right for you. If you set a goal that you feel obligated to achieve, instead of a goal that you are passionate about, you will find it difficult to maintain your level of motivation.  Only choose goals that rouse and inspire you; goals that you earnestly want to achieve, as this will make your journey pleasant and easy.  Don’t try to motivate yourself to do something that is not fun.  Find the joy, and the motivation will take care of itself.

  1. Dream big, but set small goals.

Big dreams can be both awesome and inspiring.  On the other hand, they can also be overwhelming.  The trick is to be both optimistic and realistic. You can have a big dream, but you will also need to set a series of practical action steps to be completed on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis to get you where you want to go.

As you work through your action steps, you may find that they need to be adjusted.  You may have to take a detour.  You may fail at some of your action steps and have to try again or create workarounds.  But keep working on them; celebrating the achievements of each one motivates you…(Read more.)

See the rest of this post, “7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Hold onto Your Dream (Part 1)” by Veronica Hislop, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Mar 16

Guest Post: Top Three Financial Worries

By Randy Tudor

Many people spend far too much time worrying about their financial affairs. If these worries leave you restless during the night or keep you from enjoying your time with family and friends, then you need to confront them head-on. Rather than spending the time worrying about them, wouldn’t you rather address them, deal with them, and begin to take the necessary steps to tackling these problems that take up your time and energy?

Unlock Potential  2017

1)   Will I have enough money to retire? 

You heard me right! I wrote a love letter to a year, to the year 2017 to be exact. I know this sounds silly but if you have been following me, you know that I work hard to teach my clients how to fall in love with their business, by writing a love letter to it. Read more about that here. So why not fall in love with your year too?

I want to share with you all my Love Letter to 2017, and I invite you to write one too!.

 

Dear 2017,

I am sorry to say that a lot is riding on your shoulders because of the many disappointments of 2016...(Read more.)

 

Check out the rest of the letter to 2017 and the full post, “Top Three Financial Worries,”  by Randy Tudor, by clicking  HERE.

 

Mar 09

Guest Post: That’s too risky for me…

By Tresa Leftenant

That’s too risky for me…

Have you ever held back from doing something because it was too risky? We probably all have at one time or another. Taking a chance usually means there is something to lose, and people shy away from losing. Let’s face it, no one wants to lose. Still, taking chances is an integral part of life, and if we want our lives to improve, we have to become more aware of what we are willing and not willing to risk.

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Sometimes when life becomes a little troubling, we forget the times when we took a chance on something and it worked out for us.  When we look ahead, our fear of the unknown can keep us struck in the very conditions we are struggling to change.

  • Take a moment and look back on your life. Think of a time, or times, when you took a chance at something, big or small, at work or in your personal life.
  • Now identify a time when you made a mistake (something you wish you could go back and do differently). Again, either big or small, at work or in your personal life.
  • Now take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the center, dividing the paper into two halves with the following two headings:

Taking a Chance Making a Mistake

Answer the following questions:

    1. What does it mean to take a chance/risk?
    2. What does it mean to make a mistake?
    3. What link do you see between the two phrases?
    4. Where do you focus most of your time and energy on… a) taking a chance, or b) avoiding making a mistake?

How does your concern about mistakes impact your willingness to take chances?..(Read more.)

To find out, see the rest of this post, “That’s too risky for me…” by Tresa Leftenant, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

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