There is abundant research pointing to the benefits of mindfulness including; stress reduction, increased insight and improved memory and focus. Taking mini breaks, especially during times you are really busy can keep you grounded and focused.
Here are three short mindfulness exercises from a deck called Growing Mindful by clinical psychologists Mitch Abblett and Chris Willard.
Nine Box 2.0 Coachability Assessment is a new tool designed specifically for the coaching industry. It is powerful, easy to use and affordable.
It measures key elements related to performance and openness to feedback. It identifies the strengths and the gaps in self efficacy, time management, decision making, emotional well-being, self-awareness, self-responsibility, behavior change and openness to feedback. These are all essential skills for success.
What a powerful way to engage a prospect or a new client. Not only is it perfect for individual coaches, it is a powerful tool to take into organizations.
It comes packaged with FIVE Assessments
Learn More Here: Nine Box 2.0 Assessment
Your momentum is driven by your “Will”, the energetic force that gets you into action. It helps you actually get your ideas created and implemented in your business. The six stages of “willing” described in The Act of Will by Roberto Assagioli offer a helpful framework, especially if you are stalling out on your project. Knowing what stage you are in can provide insight on how to get back into action.
Purpose, Motivation and Intention
As you think about business strategies and products you might create, it’s important to have them aligned with your purpose and to make sense in your business model. You also want to feel excited about it. Creating from purpose arouses motivation. So your first question in response to a product or business idea is “why am I wanting to create this?”
Once you have an idea, exciting as it is, take some time to reflect on it from both a strategic perspective and from an intuitive one. I often invite clients to imagine the idea completed and explore what that looks like. Where does it take them, what doors open up etc. Products often have a life of their own so the important question to ask yourself: “Is that where I want to go?”
Choice and Decision
Once you have deliberated and are clear that yes, this idea has energy and it will take you and your business where you want to go, you make the decision to pursue it. The decision is not about “trying”, it is about a commitment to do it.
Declaring your choice and your decision in the form of an “I Will” statement activates it. It is about embracing certainty, faith and conviction. It is often helpful at this stage to post your “I Will” statement where you can see it. Making it visual also empowers the statement so consider creating a collage or draw a picture of your finished product.
Planning and working out a program
This is about breaking your project down into steps and setting milestones for yourself. This process outlines how the action will unfold, deadlines to meet and resources needed.
Direction of the execution
You have your decision, commitment and plan. This stage of “will” acts as command central and directs the action. It harnesses your energy, talents, imagination, intellect and heart to move forward.
If you feel stalled with your project - take a moment to reflect on each of these stages to identify where the problem is. Are you motivated by purpose or calling? Is it the right project for you? Have you fully committed? Do you have a workable plan? Once you know whats going on you can correct it.
This great new deck called EmojiCARDS offer a fun way to play with emoticons in your group work and training programs. You can use these cards in a multitude of ways – as a processing tool, an icebreaker, a training initiative, or for just plain fun.The cards invite participants to engage in conversation about their emotions, feelings, or experiences.
The cards cover a wide range of emotions an individual may experience and range from silly, happy, sad, enraged, confused, and even embarrassed.
Here's an excerpt from the review of this product I wrote for choice, the magazine of professional coaching Vol 13 Issue 4
"Since “EQ” is thought to be one of the strongest contributors to success, it is important for coaches to engage the topic in meaningful ways.
Whether you tackle the topic head-on through training or weave it into other work you do, the emojiCARD decks will make it easy...... it is so much easier to look at an emoticon and say yes, that’s frustration, that’s eager, that’s bored, that’s cool as a cucumber and that’s definitely a “gotcha” face.
"Coaching" happens via questions that facilitate exploration of the chosen card."
The deck is fun, accessible and a great addition to your tool box.
Learn More Here: EmojiCARDS
Love this quote by Oprah.
With today’s dependence on email and digital engagement, getting something in the mail is a rare and beautiful thing. The element of surprise makes getting the gift all that more delicious. That type of heart-felt, meaningful gift builds relationship, makes your colleague, friend or client feel valued and to be honest, giving feels good!
Whether it’s a gift that says you are doing great, one that fuels creativity or one that offers support for a current challenge, it will be cherished coming from you. I'll never forget the impact of a simple gift from my first coach. It touched my heart deeply and was powerful in part because of the surprise element - it was totally unexpected.
We are coming into the traditional season of giving and whether you give holiday gifts to clients or save them up for just the 'right' moment, here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
If the holidays are challenging for your client, The Appreciation Board might be just the perfect structure to get them through the holiday. It's a great visual structure for "homework" For example, invite them to write down something they appreciate each day during the holidays, or something they appreciate about themselves each day. Of course if you send this off to a client, be sure to include something you appreciate about them with the gift.
How about an awesome journaling tool that honors your client’s creativity and gives them a structure for exploring new territory. Punctum is a perfect choice. Add an extra touch by choosing a card that represents something about them that you admire and include a note that elaborates. It's that extra touch that will make this gift from you even more special.
There are gifts you give at the holiday and there are gifts you can give anytime. Q? Basics Open-Ended Questions deck makes a perfect completion gift for clients. The simple questions and clearly defined suits allow them to easily self-coach. They will remember their growth with you each time they use the deck.
Do you have a client that needs a message of encouragement or celebration? Take a look at the fun iZoar mouse pads. They bring a sense of whimsy and delight to the growth journey with messages like: "It takes courage to be happy". The message is right there every day to cheer them on.
How would you like to surprise and delight your clients?