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June 17, 2005
Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week
Focusing your vision, achieving results )
June 17, 2005
Contents In This Issue
  • CONSCIENTIOUSNESS
  • COACHING CALL TO ACTION
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI
  • PASS IT ON
  • Andrea Novakowski
    Master Certified Coach

    Coaching for Corporations,
    Businesses and Individuals





    QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    "If you want to be happy, set yourself a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. Happiness is within you. It comes from doing some certain thing into which you can put all your thought and energy. If you want to be happy, get enthusiastic about something."

    -- Dale Carnegie


    CONSCIENTIOUSNESS

    by Julian Kalmar


    Sloppiness and carelessness destroy our happiness.

    By performing actions crudely, with little regard for the quality of the outcome, we have no chance of receiving satisfaction from our tasks. We also lose peace of mind.

    However, when we work carefully, something extraordinary happens. By dedicating ourselves to the task at hand-attempting to do things as well as possible-our minds become peaceful. The task actually becomes enjoyable as a sense of productivity sneaks up on us. When it's over, we feel satisfied in a job well done.

    Conscientiousness, in our every movement, puts us in harmony with our tasks. This effect is magnified when we work in the spirit of goodness, in the spirit of kindness, or find the higher purpose in our work.

    In sharp contrast, when we hate every moment of what we're doing, we could care less. We think, "Who cares . . . I don't." We fill ourselves with dislike, wishing it was over. We want to be any place but here, doing anything but this. The end result is that we are miserable. We waste part of our lives to bad feelings.

    A task takes the same amount of time whether we enjoy the process, or not. But . . . the passage of time is also subjective. By hating our tasks, time slows to a crawl and we sentence ourselves to prolonged suffering.

    However, by putting our whole being into a task, time flies by. Before we realize it, it's over, time for lunch, or time to go home. We actually get paid for working fewer hours!

    Something else happens, too.

    By attending to every detail, our awareness improves. We become more sensitive to the signals we used to ignore. We aren't just pushing a broom. We feel how our body reacts to the push of the broom. We find ways in which we become less tired while sweeping. We hear the way the broom sounds when it's a good sweep versus a sweep that misses dirt. We learn better how to hold the broom; the angle; the position relative to our body; the swing of our arm. We become aware of the subtle details, and we become more alive.

    Aliveness is the sensation that we are fully in the now moment. We sense the world more vividly. We begin appreciating the colors, sounds, pressures, tastes, and smells to a high degree. We become more grateful and appreciative of everything around us. The result is a strong sense of well being. It's like the feelings we get from the glory of a Spring day when new life is bursting forth; the birds singing; green buds emerging . . . we feel great.

    Although it requires some initial effort, the conscientious way of working, it's worth the effort. We actually gain pleasure from the part of our lives we used to call "work."

    Copyright (c) 2005, all rights reserved. Julian Kalmar can be reached at http://www.thehappinessformula.com

    COACHING CALL TO ACTION


    This week practice being present to the task at hand. Attend to the details of the task, perform from the place of attention (not rushing through to get it done) and see what opens up for you.

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


    June 19, 2005
    Happy Father's Day, Dads!

    Sunday is Father's Day. May you take time to listen and be open to the thoughts of your child. Enjoy your day!

    "Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!"
    -- Lydia M. Child

    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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