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September 8, 2006
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  • Andrea Novakowski
    Master Certified Coach

    Coaching for Executives, Small
    Business Owners, Professionals
    and Managers


    "Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things."

    -- Denis Diderot


    by Steve Straus

    Passion is an interesting word because it has so many uses and meanings, accurate and colloquial. As used here, passion describes a basic energy or life force.

    Do you remember how it is when you see someone who is passionate about something? The passion is in their eyes, their voice, the energy they radiate. It matters not if their passion is for a job, a relationship, an activity, or a hobby; when they have it, you can feel it.

    In contrast, living your life without passion is dull, uninspiring. Imagine slogging through a passionless day. Imagine never having passion again. How you feel when you imagine that is the exact opposite of what passion feels like.

    The bad news is, no one can give you passion. The good news is, you don't need anybody to give you passion.

    You can grow it yourself.

    Get that passion is a fundamental life force and you'll look for it. Look for it and you'll experience it. Experience it and you'll demand it.

    Copyright 2006 Steve Straus. All rights reserved. Steve Straus can be contacted at


    What has to happen for you to get passionate?


    September 14, 2006 Pounce on a Project VIII -- 2006 Last month our focus was decluttering. We had people going through piles in boxes including lots of books, throwing out bags of trash, major desk clean up and file clean up. 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 VIII -- 2006. Join Coach Andrea on Thursday, September 14th, 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: getting your website finished, clean up that corner of your office that is looking really scary, finish an article early for Friday's deadline 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, August 16th. 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.)


    My associate, Sandy Davis, just told me about a book by Janet and Chris Atwood entitled The Passion Test – The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Destiny. It intertwines stories of the “ups and downs, twists and turns of living passionately” with some practical exercises (“The Passion Test”) that you can use to help make sure that you are on your own true, passionate course in life. The book also includes fascinating interviews with well-known individuals who have been remarkably successful at living their passions.

    Get the book at


    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


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