Andrea Novakowski's Coaching Tip of the Week
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  August 27, 2004 
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    Those Pesky Little Flies!
    by Dr. Philip E. Humbert

  • Brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach, Business and Personal Coaching for Corporations, Businesses and Individuals


    "Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it."

    -- Elaine St. James

    Those Pesky Little Flies!
    by Dr. Philip E. Humbert

    For the first time in memory, we are being invaded by little house flies! Fortunately, I'm not talking about thousands or even hundreds, but they are around and they "bug" me (sorry about the pun!). I must have killed a dozen in the bathroom and kitchen this morning!

    I don't know where they're coming from, but I want to be rid of them!

    So, what do flies have to do with success and why should you care?

    Because you have "flies," too. Hopefully, you don't have actual flying insects invading your home, but you have pesky little nuisances that disrupt your concentration and undermine your productivity. And these flies struck me as the perfect metaphor to talk about the "harmless" little annoyances that destroy our dreams and undermine our lives. As a coach, I work with wondeful clients. The people who hire me (and most of my friends and acquaintances, for that matter) are highly motivated and very talented. They have all the "components" to live extraordinary lives and achieve anything they wish, but too often their actual results are disappointing.

    There are so many things they want to do, and have, and experience! And yet the life they truly want seems just out of reach. They live lives of "almost but not quite." Now there are a variety of reasons for this, but the most common is a failure to eliminate the "flies" that hold them back.

    Modern life is literally filled with little "flies." The phone rings in the middle of an important meeting, our computer jams up, or the car needs work. Our children's day-care provider lets us down and a thousand other things annoy us and drain our energy and -- this is the important part -- we FAIL TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT! This is the critical distinction. In a rich, complex life, things will go wrong and when it happens, we want to be big enough and mature enough to deal with it. Stuff happens, get used to it!

    BUT -- if the same annoyances, the same little nuisances and distractions and disappointments happen over and over again, you MUST deal with them once and for all! As you watch the Olympics, do you think any of those athletes are competing with a broken shoelace? Do any of them permit a torn uniform or faulty equipment or ill-fitting shoes to undermine their performance? Not on your life!

    And yet how many of us try to climb the ladder of success with computers we don't trust? How many try to "get by" with an office that is cluttered, or a car that embarrasses us? Or, here is one of my personal "pet peeves" -- professionals who fail to invest in a good phone or headset, or insist on using their cell phone for business, so every phone call becomes an irritation? Eliminate the little flies!

    As I've been typing this, three different flies have buzzed around my head or landed on my desk and each time I'd get distracted, make spelling errors or lose my train of thought. I'm happy to tell you, those three flies are DEAD now.

    Do not permit the little "flies" to keep you from climbing the ladder of success! High achievers pay attention to the details. They take nothing for granted. They get to meetings on time, they show up rested, focused and ready for action! Winners always put their best foot forward. So should you!

    Copyright(c) 2004, all rights reserved.
    Dr. Philip E. Humbert, professional coach, author and popular speaker can be reached at


    This week keep a log of all of those pesky little "flies" that are in your life. You'll be surprised. At first you may think, "I'm fine, there is nothing in my life that keeps me from moving forward towards success." And then something will happen. Add it to the log. This week, make your list. At the end of the week, look at what you have recorded. Next, choose one or two items from the list and do what it takes to deal with them once and for all.


    September 22, 2004
    simplyEffective Group Coaching Begins

    Take advantage of the synergy and value that group coaching provides. What others have said:

    "I've moved from a doer to an enjoyer!"
    -- J.N., Coach/Business Owner, MA

    "Great stuff is showing up in my life, effortlessly."
    -- K.S., Business Owner, MA

    "simplyEffective provides a straightforward and easy way to stay on track, have fun and achieve my goals."
    -- C.S., Business Owner, England

    "It accelerates what is ready to unfold for you."
    C.S., Business Owner, FL

    What is next for you?

    -- A promotion at work?
    -- A new job or career?
    -- Writing a book?
    -- A major life transition?
    -- A leap in income?

    Come join me in this very powerful, imaginative and cost- effective coaching program called simplyEffective. This 11-week program combines group coaching and one-to- one coaching. You will have an immediate boost to productivity as well as the tools to permanently raise your level of effectiveness. I will be co-leading this tele-class with Tina Carey at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. Participation is limited to 8 people per group. To reserve your place, please call 508-231-0766 or go to

    September 23, 2004
    Pounce on Project VI

    Finish September with a bang! Complete the project that will make the biggest difference in your work or life. Come to "Pounce on a Project VI." Here's what participants are saying:

    "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

    "Pounce on a Project had me tackling my project head on. Completing it felt so good! Once I started, the angst disappeared."
    -- K.J., Environmental Professional, MA

    "I'm no longer putting off what I love to do!"
    -- K.N., Business Owner, TX

    "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

    "Pounce on a Project enabled me to fulfill a long time goal of mine, while energizing me to undertake other projects that I had been putting off."
    -- L.W., Software Test Engineer, MA

    "The simple structure of commitment and accountability had me easily complete my project."
    - - C.S., Business Owner, England

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

    Did you know that incompletions and clutter can drain your energy? As we begin the fall season, are there projects or spaces you need to "clean up" to feel successful? In preparation for our next get together, consider the following:

    ** What do I need to let go?
    ** How can I simplify?
    ** What needs to be done to get better organized?
    ** What needs to be stored for future use?

    Join Andrea on Thursday, September 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare what you want to accomplish: organizing your office, simplifying your filing system, cleaning under your bed, finishing your website, planning your pricing strategy for your new products.

    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 September 22, 2004. Space is limited. First come, first served. Feel free to share this with friends and co-workers. (Cost of the program is only the cost of long distance phone calls.)


    This 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


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