Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week
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  January 14, 2005 
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    You Are What You Choose
    by Phyllis Sisenwine

  • Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach
    Focusing your vision, achieving results

    Coaching for Corporations, Businesses and Individuals


    "It is our choices . . . that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

    -- J.K. Rowling

    You Are What You Choose
    by Phyllis Sisenwine

    I was on an airplane to Chicago for a speaking engagement, and I sat beside a beautiful young woman. We started talking and she told me she was a widow with six children. Our conversation soon turned into a coaching session and she said her dream was to become a motivational speaker and to share her story. She is raising six young children successfully and doing so with a most positive attitude. She then told me a story of twin brothers. One was extremely successful and wealthy. When asked what motivated him to become so successful, he replied, "My father was an alcoholic. I had no choice." His brother couldn't hold down a job and became an alcoholic and when asked, "What caused you to become an alcoholic?" he replied, "My father was an alcoholic. I had no choice." There's a great message here. What do you really want? And what choices are you making?

    No one else can ever make your choices for you. Your choices are yours alone. If you want to make some positive changes in your life you must create good choices. So often we don't even think about how many choices we make in a day. What time to get up, what to wear, what to eat for breakfast are all choices that we make without thinking too much about them. Do you choose to take care of your health and exercise regularly? Or do you choose not to take care of your health.

    Do you choose to enjoy your work every day or do you choose not to enjoy your work? Do you choose to have a positive attitude every day or do you choose not to be positive? Do you choose to speak kindly to others or do you choose to say whatever you want and not consider another's feelings? It is the minor, daily decisions we make that direct the kind of life we'll have. If you don't make conscious choices about goals that you have you will not reach them.

    Do you choose your friends? Do you surround yourself with people who are caring and supportive? Do your friends build you up? Think about the friends you have and the choices you've made. Choose well.

    How do you spend your free time? Do you consciously think about the choices you have or do you watch television or do what you've done for years and not think about what choices you have?

    Most of us take our time when making major choices about our education, marriage, and careers. But what about the hundreds of choices we make in a day? Are you going to worry today? Are you going to have patience today? Who are you going to spend time with today? If something happens at work, do you ask yourself, "What do I choose to do about this?"

    Look at your life. Look at the choices you've made. Throughout the day, ask yourself, "Do I have a choice about this? If so, what choice do I want to make?" My daughter came to my house last week singing a very catchy tune. It was called "Keep on the Sunny Side." The lyrics were, "Keep on the sunny side of life. Always on the sunny side. Keep on the sunny side of life. It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way if we keep on the sunny side of life." What side of life do you choose? As we control our choices, we control our lives.

    Throughout the day think about every choice you make. Will I get angry over this? Will the traffic bother me this morning? What will I eat for lunch?

    Choices, choices, choices. Think about the twin brothers in the story I heard on the airplane and the choices they made. And think about the choices you'll make. Whether it's a major choice or lots of little ones, the choice is always yours and no else's. So remember, "Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life."

    Copyright 2004, All Rights Reserved

    Phyllis Sisenwine, Master Certified Coach, Powerful Solutions, Inc. Her website is


    Phyllis provides a powerful reminder that we do have choices. As I start my day today, I'm thinking I have a choice in the order that I do my work today. I can do a difficult task and then a fun one. I can build in some exercise at lunch or work through it; I can make healthy or unhealthy choices about what I eat for lunch. Will that piece of cheesecake really be good for me?

    This week be aware of all of the times that you do have choices and stop for a minute. Ask yourself, "What do I really want? What really serves me and others?" Then listen and go for it.


    January 27, 2005
    Pounce on a Project 2005

    If you missed out last year, now's the time to begin the year on the right foot. Join us in January to complete the project that will result in the biggest positive impact on your life or business this month. Come to Pounce on a Project I -- 2005. Here's what participants are saying:

    "I have so much going on! Pounce helped me focus and come up with new methods to focus, too."
    -- C.M., Business Owner, IL

    "It's hard to keep deadlines by yourself. Pounce on a Project keeps the pressure on in a fun way."
    -- C.S., Business Owner, England

    "I got off, putting it off!"
    -- M.W., Higher Education Professional, WV

    "I accomplished a big section of my newsletter re-design that had been stalled on my 'to do' list for many months. Having the support of the group helped me bypass my procrastination and tackle my project with energy."
    -- D.W., Certified Financial Planner, MA

    "I had to get all of my marketing material organized and sent to my advisor. Where was I going to find the time? Pounce on a Project gave me 4 hours of uninterrupted time to easily complete my plan!"
    -- A.N., Business Owner, MA

    "I learned I can use this time to accomplish many small projects I've been puitting off. Hooray!"
    -- A.P., Freelance Writer, MA

    Join Coach Andrea on Thursday, January 27, 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare what you want to accomplish: planning your next marketing piece, backing up your computer before you buy a new one, finishing your website, making those cold calls, organizing your office, simplifying your filing system, or cleaning under your bed.

    During the morning, the group will gather by phone a few times to check progress and get any support needed to finish with a bang. At noon, the group will celebrate their accomplishments. Who says projects have to be boring and tedious? Bring your lightness and fun and join us for the energization and results.

    To sign up or learn more, call or e-mail Andrea by noon on January 26th. Feel free to share this with friends and co-workers, the more the merrier. (Cost of the program is only the cost of long distance phone calls.)


    We had a discussion last night at the dinner table about how we want to support the Tsunami Relief efforts in the Novakowski household because Anna was being asked to donate at school. We wanted to make sure as much of the money we sent went to the people and not towards the administrative costs of the funds.

    I've listed agencies that seem to "check out" and are recommended by others, but we all know there are scammers trying to take advantage of this tragedy. Use good judgment. Pick a charity you trust or that represents your values, and give what you can.

    This week help someone else. Tonight you will sleep in your own bed, surrounded by the possessions you enjoy and the people you love. Imagine if that were all washed away.

    Please give what you can. You choose.

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    Catholic Relief Services cid=41794

    Project HOPE


    World Vision


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