I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. -Michelangelo, famous Italian sculptor Coaching, managing, or mentoring is much like carving a statue. As a coach, your job is not so much as to tell someone what to do as it is to reveal the beauty which is already there.

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One of the themes of our high school youth group this year is “Names before numbers.” What that means is we as leaders want to know each individual in the program by name rather than focusing primarily on getting more people into the program. It is nearly impossible for one person to remember every name

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For many people across the globe, coffee is the drink of choice and solution to getting through the day. Many morning rituals involve a coffee first thing to help people kick start their day and break free from feeling sluggish or demotivated. The routine continues throughout the day with another cup or two, to help keep

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It’s Friday again, and my Facebook and Twitter feeds are lit up with Friday celebration messages. I have to wonder how many people hate what they do so much that the only joy they get is on the weekend when they are off? It’s a common complaint I hear from people I coach regarding their

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Many of my coaching clients are people who want to become life coaches. It’s an appealing field, especially for older men and women who have a lot of experience to share with the next generation. The most common question I get is, “How do I get started?” While every situation is different, this article describes

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Most of us contribute faithfully to our retirement plan each paycheck. But have you considered that there may be much better investment opportunities? The Math Behind Investing in Yourself Consider your career or business for example. The average income for a US worker is $908/week according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of

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One of the members of a small business mastermind group I was running posed this question to the group the other day. “Are you in love with your business or are you in love with business?” That might seem like the same question, but the difference in those two statements is enormous. As a business

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If you look at any major public company in the world, you’ll notice one common thread. They ALL have a board of directors or an advisory board. Most have one board of directors and multiple advisory boards. The majority of companies start with a single person or a few individuals, the founders. These are the

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Captain Abrashoff made history as he slashed costs, won the highest gunnery score in the Pacific Fleet, and created a motivated crew eager to take the initiative and take responsibility for their actions. With over a million copies sold, if you are or think you may ever be in management, this book is for you.

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Tuesday, I approved payment on roughly $33,000 worth of bills. That’s a regular thing, this wasn’t a special one-time purchase, payroll, or even a particularly heavy week. Every week I go through and sign off on the checks and electronic payments prepared by our accounts payable specialist. The Cost of Doing Business It’s the cost

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I love personal development material; after all, I founded an entire site and community around the subject. It is a fantastic way to share life lessons, avoid the mistakes that others have made, and fast track success. But there’s a mistake that I have made myself in the past and see new members of the

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Every sweet thing in life flows to you because you allowed in the thing. Every sweet experience finds you because you allowed it in. How do you allow? Pay the fear tax. Pay your dream tuition. Invest in goal achievement. Be with your fears to let go the only energies appearing to hold you back.

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There’s never a wrong time, or a bad purpose, to expand your professional circle. It doesn’t matter if you love your job and want to stay in the same position forever, or if you’re out of work and desperately seeking employment. Networking helps everyone thrive professionally. It enhances our ability to be successful at our

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Earlier this year, I announced that one of my goals for this year was to get NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) certified. I signed up for Kain Ramsay’s NLP course and started going through the material. I found myself struggling with it because it just didn’t fit my style. I’m very direct and goal-oriented in my coaching,

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Three years ago today, I published an article, “7 life lessons I’ve learned over the past 39 years.” Those lessons remain the same, so if you want to read about what I’ve learned over the past 42 years, that’s a good start before consuming the hundreds of others I’ve written on this site since then.

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Everyone is familiar with that age-old adage “you are what you eat.” Unfortunately, many of us still underestimate precisely how much of an impact adopting a healthy diet has on our health and wellbeing. The key to personal growth, in general, is identifying any bad habits that we have become accustomed to and starting slowly

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