Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Planning for Success with Coach Chris

I want to wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR, one that is full of every blessing that the Universe can bestow upon you, and all for your Highest Good.

I also recognize that the world is in turmoil, and some of you may be feeling helpless and overwhelmed by it all. Perhaps 2007 will be just as challenging as 2006 turned out to be...if we do nothing. But you know we CAN do something positive and concrete about changing the energy in the world.

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, an ancient Chinese philosophy dating back 3,000 years, advises that we can change the world by beginning with ourselves.
When you think about it, each time we change our own behavior, people around us have to respond differently. They (and we) can't keep doing the same dance because the rules have changed.

According to the I Ching behaviors that operate within a household shape its inhabitants; and what is learned in the home will transfer to the community, the state, and the world. So if you want to change the world, you have to begin with changing yourself.

Try extending this philosophy into your workplace as well. If you are unhappy with a situation there experiment with changing your behavior first, and see how your colleagues respond to you. I believe that you're going to be very pleasantly surprised. Let me know what happens.

"When the house is set in order, the world is established in a firm course." The I Ching



When Michelangelo was asked how he carved the statue of David, he said:

“ I simply cut away everything that was not David."

At this time of year, many of us are thinking about making New Year's Resolutions to change things that haven't been working for us for in a long while. Have you made a list of the ways in which you’d like to change your behavior and the choices you make each day?

Make a commitment to the “New You” and the world will quickly start feeling quite different. You might need some help in staying motivated to manifest your dreams, so recruit a Success Team – a group of friends, family, or colleagues who can help you stay focused and accountable; and who will cheer you on towards your goal.

Work on an Action Plan - a road map for this new journey that you are about to take. Include a Timeline so that you know how long each part of the Plan will take to manifest; and when you will eventually reach your goal. Celebrate each successive step by giving yourself little rewards along the way. It will make the journey so much more fun, and will definitely keep you motivated!

If you want an extra boost to successfully manifest your Resolutions come join our


Our excellent team of coaches can help you Make, Refine, and Manifest Your Resolutions. Get more information, and sign up at LGS COACH.

I hope to see you in a group, and in one of my Teleclasses on Visualizing Your Goals, and Creating a Vision Board to Strengthen Your Ideas.

Coach Chris Platel

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The New Year: Your Time in 2007

The month of December rapidly escaped into the hands to Father Time, as though each moment had more important things to do. I’m a person who lives wholeheartedly in the present but to no avail, the sands of the hourglass are cascading in full furies.

Time bears all, time heals all and time tells all. In life and in all things, all you have to do is give it time. All in good time, all on its own time and just in the nick of time. Those are clichés, you might say. But all good clichés reveal what we believe to be mostly true.

What else is time? What value does 24 hours have to you? Better yet, how do you value your time? What are you planning with your time in 2007?

Time is like money (time is not money, let us not insult time) in that time is a resource. But unlike money, we don’t earn time. Time is allotted to us in a series of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, years, decades and on. Time for all purposes is free. However, we can’t “make” more time, we can’t win time or borrow time; once our time is spent, once that second has passed, it’s gone forever.

Most people wouldn’t dream of wasting money, but what about wasting time? What’s a waste of time? Have you been wasting your time?

Time impacts our mind, body and souls. Each second, that can never again be regained, is part of the bigger time slots in which we develop, grow and mature. How we decide to spend our time dictates what will become of our mind, body and soul.

Time is directly connected to who you are and will be. The journey of our lives is a story of what we do with our time. How we use and make due of our time maps out how our time will be used in the future. What you do or don’t do today, matters tomorrow.

You can’t escape time and time will end. Time is precious and in the final hours it is said that the requests are not for more money, more cars, and more houses but rather for more time.

What are you planning with your time in 2007? What matters to you? What do you want to be? What do you want to accomplish? Who do you want to spend your time with? Where is your time going?

Take the time to think about this today, because all you have today is today.

If you've never considered Coaching, then know this; our Coaches fully understand the importance and caliber of time...we, as Coaches work to maximize YOUR time!!

Coach Ann

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Greetings from Coach Maria

I have to admit, this is my favorite time of year. I love new beginnings and fresh starts. And January means “New Beginnings”. To me it means clearing out the old to make room for the new. What about you? As you begin a new year, what do you want to prepare for this year?

By reviewing the current year, I can decide what I liked and what I never want to do again. I find it important to take the time to do an inventory. How did you do? What were your intentions for 2006?

I find it helpful to write down my goals for the year, so now I can pull them out and look them over.

Do they reflect what I really want or what others may want for me? Are these my expectations or expectations I think I should have? When reviewing what I wanted last year for myself, what did I find? I found that I talked about things that are important to me. However, was I committed to doing whatever it took to make it happen? Sometimes, yes! Sometimes no! As far as overall fitness goes, yes I was ready. As far as financial fitness, I was not as ready as I thought. As 2007 begins, I am finding myself more committed this year to making permanent changes in my financial responsibilities.

When you review your resolutions from 2006 what did you find? Did you make resolutions that you think you should do? (i.e. losing weight because there are weight loss commercials on TV every 5 minutes) Did you focus too much on your faults? Instead of what’s wrong, look at what’s working. What are your strengths, values and true priorities?

When you made a resolution last year, were you realistic? For example to use fitness as an example, did you expect to go from not exercising at all to exercising 7 days a week for 60 minutes?

As you review what you wanted for yourself in the past, do you think you had the process, tools, support and motivation to be successful?

From my review of past journals and work with my clients, I have discovered that there is more benefit and more likely to be success, if I think of my resolutions as a commitment to transforming my life, one step at a time. In other words, make a life-long commitment to growth and development.

The New Year’s Resolutions Group will provide all participants with the process, tools, support and motivation to be successful. Hope to meet you there!

Coach Maria Teresa Busch

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Know Exactly Why you Make your Resolutions

Yesterday, I was interviewed by a reporter from the Washington Post about New Year’s Resolution and our upcoming New Year’s Resolution Coaching Program. All and all it went well and the questions were the same type of questions I’d answered in previous interviews but then, I was asked a question that took me a bit by surprise.

Rachel, the Washington Post reporter asked me: “What is one resolution you have not followed through with?” Seems to be an obvious question to ask, but not one that I'd been asked or had thought about. However, it didn’t take me long to give an answer.

When I was younger and through my years in the Marine Corps, I always made one resolution every year that I never have follow through with: the resolution to learn sign language.

Why did I make that resolution? Don’t know. I think I always made the resolution because I thought it would be something cool and interesting to learn and know. I didn’t need to learn it. I didn’t then and still don’t know anyone who speaks sign language.

This brings us to an excellent point to make about New Year’s Resolutions. Know WHY you are making them. Clearly identify your intentions behind why you want to make any of your resolutions. This includes: knowing the reasons why, what’s the desired outcome, and exactly who does the resolution serve. This can be done by taking the time to have a good internal dialogue about every resolution you make, or asking someone to help you with the conversation.

The goal is to identify a minimum of five strong reasons why the resolution is the right one for you. Be sure to verify that the reasons are connected with what you really want rather than what someone else wants for you, or a way to follow the latest trend. If you can’t do this, you may have to rethink your resolutions or risk not being successful in achieving them like I was with learning sign language!

Coach Ann

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Listen to Our Blog Talk Show

We've been writing about Resolutions...Now, come hear about them and learn some valuable pointers.

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Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 28, 2006 7pm-8pm (EST)

Tired of making the same New Year's Resolution? Got Questions on how to ensure success this year? Join us on our radio talk show for a question and answer session with Ann Bernard, LGS Coaching Agency President.

Resolved: A Successful New Year

December 30, 2006 2pm-3pm (EST)

Before putting pen to paper this year, learn how to identify resolutions worth making and keeping. Join us on our radio talk show as we discuss 4 easy steps to follow.

Throw out or Keep your Resolutions??

January 6, 2007 2pm-3pm (EST)

Now that you’ve made your resolutions; should you keep ‘em or throw ‘em out? Join us on our radio talk show as we discuss a series of questions to ask yourself so you find the answer.