Coaching for Executives, Small
Business Owners, Professionals
OF THE WEEK
"On the day I'm
performing, I don't hear anything anyone says to
||Think Only Of Cutting
by Nancy Birnbaum--Gerber
We are a society of multi-taskers. We talk on the
phone while we make dinner while we do laundry
while we surf the net while we watch TV. We check
our e-mail while on a conference call and order lunch
as we write a proposal.
We take pride in our ability to keep lots of balls in the
air at the same time. The truth is that what we call
multi-tasking is actually shifting our attention every
few seconds from task to task to task. In reality,
we're wired to only do one thing at a time. We
create and buy into the illusion of simultaneous
accomplishment, while, in reality, we act superficially
with less than optimal results.
We manifest this pattern in our mental and emotional
life, too. We agonize over our choices, delaying
action while trying to anticipate every possible
outcome and make the 'right' decision. When we
finally DO get moving, we continue second guessing,
flagellating ourselves with 'shoulds' and guilt for not
being somewhere else or doing that other important
activity. Is it any wonder that many of us feel
drained and depleted at the end of the day?
Chin-Ning Chu quotes many wise masters in her life
changing book 'Thick Face, Black Heart -- The
Warrior Philosophy for Conquering the Challenges of
Business and Life'. Among them is the 16th century
Japanese sword master Miyamoto Musashi who
said, 'Whatever state of mind you are in, ignore it.
Think only of cutting.
What a powerful reminder! As much as we like to
complicate our lives, the answer really is this simple -
- the key to success is simply to make a
commitment, and focus on it's execution. When
distracted, our aim is deflected. Our blade may graze
a tree, or bounce off a rock. It will soon become dull
and unable to do the thing for which it was
High achievers know this and have sharpened their
ability to tune out unnecessary input and focus on
the task at hand.
Life will always bring temptations and challenges.
How we choose to respond determines our results.
Copyright 2006 by Nancy Birmbaum-Gerber. All
rights reserved. Used with permission. Nancy Gerber,
Professional Certified Coach and President of
Stepping Stones can be reached at http://www.sstones.
||Coaching Call To Action
What are you are trying to 'cut'? What state of mind
do you need to ignore or release in order to
accomplish your tasks at the highest level?
Warm Welcome to IAAP (Boston) Attendees of
Discovering Your Path to Success
A warm welcome to our new Coaching Tip of the
Week subscribers who joined me on Monday evening
for my program "Discovering Your Path to Success:
Defined by You!" I enjoyed sharing my coaching tools
and experiences and learning from you. Thank you for
attending and participating.
November 16, 2006
Pounce on a Project X-- 2006
Last month our focus was working on priorities and
cleaning up our space. The group motivation was
flowing. We all felt lighter at the end of the session.
What project would you like to get on top of and
accomplish this month? Come to Pounce on a Project
X -- 2006. Join Coach Andrea on Thursday,
November 16th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare
what you want to accomplish: completing a
marketing brochure, filing that pile in the corner that
keeps growing, getting your website finished,
complete a client project or make cold calls.
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. To sign up
or learn more, call or e-mail Andrea by noon on
Wednesday, November 15th. 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 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.
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
||Pass It On
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Coaching Tip of the Week to your friends and
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