Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week
Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week )
  January 21, 2005 
Contents In This Issue
  • GUEST ARTICLE:
    A Balanced Life
    A Poem by Kevin W. McCarthy
  • COACHING CALL TO ACTION
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI
  • PASS IT ON

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

    Coaching for Corporations, Businesses and Individuals


    QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    "Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes."

    -- Kenneth Hildebrand

    GUEST ARTICLE:
    A Balanced Life
    A Poem by Kevin W. McCarthy


    A balanced life is what I sought,
    Only to have a life that was not.
    My battle for balance was constantly fought,
    Yet, time and again I found myself caught.

    I planned, I managed, I strove to obtain.
    With burnout, frustration, and a worn out brain.
    Time I did "manage" with feelings distraught,
    Where the harder I tried, the less I got.

    A balanced life is what I sought.
    More advice and wisdom is needed, I thought.
    So coaches and counselors I did retain
    To advise, encourage, and help me retrain.

    I listened and learned and did as I ought,
    Yet my sense of my self continued to rot.
    Day after day I did not obtain,
    A life in balance -- I could not sustain.

    Daily my Father saw my deep pain,
    Finally, he asked of my earnest campaign.
    I told of the experts and advice I had bought.
    He listened long. Then, I asked what he thought.

    "A balanced life you will not obtain.
    It's an illusion sure to drive you insane."
    About the balanced life I so anxiously sought.
    In essence he said all is for naught.

    Could my experts' advice be words all in vain!
    His contrary words were too simple and plain.
    Defensive and righteous, I gave him a shot,
    "If not balance, what else have you got?"

    He answered, "A balanced life is what you've sought.
    Instead, try this one simple thought:
    Live your life integrated. It will go as it ought."
    A different perspective my Father had brought.

    Intrigued and delighted his words fell as rain,
    To my parched soul truly going insane.
    How do I integrate? How do I maintain?
    Were questions resounding deep in my brain.

    "In the beginning, when you were begotten
    I gave you a purpose, you've long since forgotten.
    Search your heart and all its terrain.
    Your purpose lies dormant, yet steadfast and fain.

    "Ignoring your purpose makes you work and strain.
    Why worry about balance -- it isn't germane!
    Align to your purpose, live as you ought.
    Listen, my love to the words that I've taught."

    His words I found startling, and hard to contain
    For Balance, my idol, he had just slain.
    No more was my stomach tied tight as a knot.
    For a balanced life I no longer sought.

    In the heart of my heart I had learned a lot
    Of ordering life on Dad's integrating thought.
    Gone were failings and feelings distraught
    Where the harder I tried, the less I got.

    I'm sparked by my purpose so simple and plain.
    Integration, not balance, now keeps me so sane.
    The gift of hope in my heart does remain.
    For being on-purpose I can surely sustain.

    Copyright 2004, All Rights Reserved

    Kevin W. McCarthy
    His website is http://www.on-purpose.com

    COACHING CALL TO ACTION

    Purpose over balance. Interesting. Many clients come to me feeling out of balance. With all of the balls they are trying to juggle, no wonder. This week spend some quiet time considering your purpose. Keep in mind that how you are living your purpose may change at different times of your life. Ask yourself:

    1. What is my purpose?
    2. Am I living my purpose?

    If yes, congratulate yourself. If no, what changes do you need to make? What do you need to add or take away that will have you be on-purpose?

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

    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.)

    ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI

    Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week is brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach who provides Business and Personal Coaching to Corporations, Businesses, and Individuals. Andrea is a professional coach who partners with people to set goals and create momentum to produce effective results in their business and/or personal lives.

    Andrea is available for individual coaching. If you are serious about reaching your goals and living with greater fulfillment and satisfaction, consider using a coach. To schedule a COMPLIMENTARY initial consultation, send an e-mail to Andrea at
    andrea@coachandrea.com.

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