Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week
Focusing your vision, achieving results )
May 26, 2006
Contents In This Issue
  • JUST DON'T DO IT
  • COACHING CALL TO ACTION
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • IDEAS AND INFORMATION
  • ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI
  • PASS IT ON
  • Andrea Novakowski
    Master Certified Coach

    Coaching for Executives, Small
    Business Owners, Professionals
    and Managers





    QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    "You always pass failure on the way to success."

    -- Mickey Rooney


    JUST DON'T DO IT

    Chris Widener


    Sometimes success is found through the things that you don't do. Here are some ideas for what we shouldn't do.

    Don't say "I can't." There are two words that we don't allow in the Widener household - I can't. The fact is that most of what we say that we can't do can actually be done, if only we put our mind to it. My mother taught me from an early age that if someone else had already done it, I could too. And if no one else had already done it, I could certainly be the first! Good advice!

    Practical application: When you are up against a problem, and you are tempted to say "I can't," begin to think of all of those who have already done it. When you see how many already have, you'll be encouraged. For instance, if you want to write a book but think, "I can't get this published," you should take a trip to the local Barnes and Noble. Walk through and ask yourself if your book wouldn't be better than even just one of the books that has already been published and stocked. You will find yourself saying, "Surely I can!"

    Don't give up. If you are going to achieve anything in life, you are going to get knocked down along the way. Those who succeed are those who get back up and forge ahead. My oldest child is in gymnastics and the other day on the way to practice we were talking about determination. I am convinced that more often than not, success lies on the other side of the river hardship. Determination, and a "don't give up" attitude will see us through the hard times and onto victory!

    Practical application: The next time you feel like the wind has gone from your sails, and you feel like quitting, take awhile to rethink the situation. Remind yourself again why you started out in the first place. Remind yourself of how you will feel when you get there. Then, reassert yourself and set a goal of another month (or whatever time frame is needed). In one of my ventures, early on I was weary and felt like giving up. Instead, I kept telling myself, just show up for one more week. Good news - it worked!

    Don't get discouraged. Discouragement is an attitude. Instead of going to the depths of the dumps, tell yourself you are going to do great. Choose to be courageous! One of the greatest powers we have been given as humans is the ability to choose our attitude. All people experience hard circumstances. Yet some say to themselves that they will learn from them and forge ahead a better person. These people, who do not allow themselves to get discouraged, are those who become successful.

    Practical application: Find the most positive person you can and take them to lunch. Make sure they are someone who believes in you already. If nobody else, get your mother - she will always believe in you! When you get them out to lunch, tell them that you are discouraged and in need of some encouragement. If you have picked the right person, they will do the rest. Chances are, they will even do some follow-up calls with you. And by all means, pick up the tab for lunch.

    Don't be a lone ranger. Anybody who has achieved greatness has done it with the help of many others who bought into the vision and pushed the cart. The most famous and accomplished achievers in the world all had a cast of others who helped them along. You may not be able to name A.J. Foyt's pit crew, but they were there. Joe Montana had an awesome front line to protect him, but I can't name one of them. If the greats need others, then so do we. The sooner we realize that we need others, the quicker we will achieve our dreams.

    Practical application: Sit down and write down the answers to the following questions: What partners do I already have? What ways are they already helping me? What ways could they help me? Who are potential partners who would make me better? What workers do I already have? What ways are they already helping me? What ways could they help me? How many more workers will I need to achieve my dreams? How will I go about gaining them?

    Don't accept anything less than excellence. Good gets along, excellence succeeds. Have you ever heard anyone say of the greats "Yeah, they were pretty good." No! They were excellent! We should never, under any circumstances, accept less than excellence. We should constantly be striving to better ourselves, our situations, our relationships, and the people around us, helping them to become excellent.

    Practical application: First, evaluate. Is ______________ excellent? Second, determine what would qualify as excellent. It would be excellent when ____________ is true. Third, set a course, step-by-step, toward excellence.

    Remember, when it comes to the above - Just don't do it!

    Chris Widener is the President of Made for Success. http://www.MadeForSuccess.com Chris can be reached at Chris@MadeForSuccess.com.

    COACHING CALL TO ACTION


    On the road to success, you may pass through the "don'ts" Chris outlined above. The key is to move through that stage; to not stay there. This week if you find yourself saying, "I can't", or feeling like giving up or getting discouraged or wanting to be a lone ranger, take note. You have the opportunity to choose to stay in that place with those feelings or you can choose to move to the next place and ask for the support you need. Your choice. This week ask yourself, "What do I need to do, ask for, try, to move to the next stage?"

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


    May 29, 2006
    Memorial Day is this Weekend

    Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country. Honor them this day by taking time out for a thought, a prayer, a ritual. Keep the real meaning in this day while you celebrate with family and friends.

    IDEAS AND INFORMATION


    Books for New Orleans

    The New Orleans Public Library is asking for any and all hardcover and paperback books for people of all ages in an effort to restock the shelves after Katrina. The staff will assess which titles will be designated for its collections, and the rest will be distributed to destitute families or sold for library fundraising.

    Please send your books to:

    RICA A. TRIGS, PUBLIC RELATIONS
    NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY
    210 LOYOLA AVENUE
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70112

    If you tell the post office that the books are for the library in New Orleans, they will give you the library rate which is slightly less than the book rate.

    I encourage you to forward this information to your family, friends and co-workers in an effort to help those who are still very much in need in New Orleans.

    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 Executives, Small Business Owners, Professionals and Managers. 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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