Think Only Of Cutting (11/10/06)
Focusing your vision, achieving results )
November 10, 2006
Contents In This Issue:
  • Think Only Of Cutting
  • Coaching Call To Action
  • Community Involvement
  • About Andrea Novakowski
  • Pass It On
  • Andrea Novakowski
    Master Certified Coach

    Coaching for Executives, Small
    Business Owners, Professionals
    and Managers


    "On the day I'm performing, I don't hear anything anyone says to me."

    --Luciano Pavarotti

    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 designed.

    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. com

    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?

    Community Involvement

    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.

    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

    Pass It On

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