Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week
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November 11, 2005
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  • Andrea Novakowski
    Master Certified Coach

    Coaching for Corporations,
    Businesses and Individuals


    "Life is a sum of all your choices."

    -- Voltaire


    by Nancy Birmbaum-Gerber

    I periodically slip back into being unfocused, overloaded and overwhelmed. The paper piles begin to rise, my desk becomes cluttered, my e-mail in-box looms more full than usual. When I'm in this state of mind, my inner rebellious teenager reasserts herself and magnifies my already strong resistance to what I KNOW is best for me, but just don't "feel like" doing. I marinate in this stew of ineffectiveness, focusing on what I'm not able to accomplish.

    Fortunately, I have some wise and honest coaches and mentors in my life. They help me to remember that if I want to be focused, organized, orderly and on top of things I simply need to begin taking those actions once again. I am not powerless and doomed to remain stuck in the quicksand; I can transform it into solid ground with every choice I make and every action I take. Firming up the foundations -- making sure my basic needs are being addressed -- helps me regain my footing.

    In addition, to truly restore myself, I need to feed my soul. Music, nature, a good book, a hearty laugh, lots of hugs -- these are just as essential as reclaiming my decision power and shutting off my auto-pilot of helplessness. It's so easy to neglect these when I'm telling myself the saga of my continuing "struggles".

    The simple truth, often repeated here and elsewhere, is that I am what I do - - and DON'T do. If I dislike my results, I have the power to immediately transform them. It's fascinating how often I forget this, and how far off track I sometimes wander before I remember it once again. I do indeed continually resist and reject what is best for me. The trick is to catch myself sooner, rather than indulging in the familiar comfort of excuses and self-pity.

    Copyright 2005 by Nancy Birmbaum-Gerber. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Nancy Gerber, Professional Certified Coach and President of Stepping Stones can be reached at


    What reminds you who you are? How can you help yourself remember sooner?


    November 15, 2005
    Accomplishing Goals that Truly Matter at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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