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12 Jun

Does it Motivate You? (The Voice, Part 4)

We have been talking about the negative and mean voice that you have inside your head. The one that says, “You are not ___.” “You cannot ____.” “You have to do more or you will lose your job.” “You have to lose weight or people won’t like you.” I believe all behavior has a purpose

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07 Jun

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable (The Voice, Part 3)

Everything you want, that you do not already have, is outside your comfort zone. How do I know? Because if it was comfortable, you would have it already. I want to lose weight I want better communication with my spouse I want to quit my job I want a raise I want to have a

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01 Jun

The Language of Leadership – Your Quote of the Week

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” –James Humes (Author and former presidential speech writer) Coming to Sacramento July 25, 2017: Discover the Secrets of Effective Communication Ever feel like other people are “speaking Greek”? Do other people misunderstand YOU? What would change if you learned to communicate effectively with different kinds of

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24 May

The Ways We Sabotage Ourselves (The Voice, Part 2)

I wrote last week about that sabotaging voice inside your head. I attached a blog post by Cheryl Strayed (Dear Sugar) about a woman who was afraid she would get cancer because her parents had cancer. The story in her head was so clear that she decided not to have children because she did not want

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15 May

The Voice in Your Head

Here is a topic I talk to my all of my clients about. And yes, this is business coaching. This is a secret known to coaches and others who work with people who want to accomplish something. When we want to accomplish something – in business or elsewhere – we often get stopped or stuck.

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08 May

Mass Exodus – The Downside of Rapport

Have you ever noticed you could be in a large room full of people all participating in the same training, all raising their hands to participate, all laughing at the same time, and then one person gets up to go to the bathroom. And then another person gets up to go to the bathroom. And

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03 May

Acknowledging Your Courage

This is for all my clients, present and past. This is also for my brave friends and family. This is for all the people I know who walk to the edge of their comfort zone and then lean over. Then step out. Then walk all the way out. Then sometimes come running back. Then walk

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03 May

Guest Blogger – Lessons From Dogs

http://mailchi.mp/758971dba6db/five-life-lessons-from-tucker-geil-summit-register-april-14-2017?e=25c01a74cc Five Life Lessons From Tucker Summit Register – April 14, 2017 It’s hard to believe, but my baby boy (for those of you who don’t know, that’s my miniature poodle, Tucker) turned 13 last week! He is doing well, with the exception of a little arthritis, and a good deal of hearing loss. That’s

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03 May

Guest Blogger – Lessons From Dogs

Five Life Lessons From Tucker Summit Register – April 14, 2017 It’s hard to believe, but my baby boy (for those of you who don’t know, that’s my miniature poodle, Tucker) turned 13 last week! He is doing well, with the exception of a little arthritis, and a good deal of hearing loss. That’s actually

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25 Apr

Guest Blogger – Lessons from Dogs

I recently met a coach who writes a lovely blog. I got the chance to spend some time with her and her pup. I learned a lot. There are lessons everywhere, not the least of which from animals. Click the link and enjoy her post. You will learn some things! Kim Geil, from Coaching Heights

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20 Apr

Time Management Tip #5 – Plan Your Day

Time Management training is next Wednesday – 5 seats left! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/mclaren-coaching-3074191754 Time Management Tip #5 – Plan Your Day Often we approach our days without a clear intention for what we will accomplish. If this is how you do things, then chances of your being pulled this way and that by distractions and other people’s

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12 Apr

Time Management Tip #4 – Say “NO”

I cannot tell you how many of my coaching calls involve this epiphany:  “I need to say ‘no’ more often.”  It’s interesting to me how much we say “yes,” when our businesses would run smoother, not to mention our personal lives, if instead we said, “No.”  So many of us have a knee-jerk reaction to

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04 Apr

Time Management Tip #3 – Write it Down

Do you ever feel scattered or like there is too much in your head? When you have a spare moment, do you have so many things in your head that you don’t know where to start? Do you wake up at night wondering if you have missed something? These are symptoms of a larger challenge –

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29 Mar

Time Management Tip #2 – Take Breaks

Tip#2.  While many of my tips are not numbered in order of importance, this one is.  I believe this to be one of the most important and certainly most neglected time management tips. Perhaps it is because of the counter-intuitive nature of the tip that people don’t think of it, or often believe it.  Okay

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27 Mar

What You Need to Know This Week

“What does not challenge you, will not change you.” –Chelsea, Team Ride instructor (www.team-ride.com) Truth. Go out and get it this week! Find the challenge and lean in. Or jump in. Dive in. Dance in. Just find it. And let it change you.

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21 Mar

Time Management Tip #1

Tip #1. In order to figure out what time to leave (or start a project), count back from the time you need to be there (or to finish the project). This will give you your start time. If it is a project, figure out how many hours it will take and then decide when you

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16 Mar

The Meaning of “Time Management”

“Time management” is a common term that has been used for a long time. I use this term a lot because it means something to people. But in the end, I feel it is a misnomer. There are 24 hours in a day. And while you can manage a lot of things, I don’t know

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07 Mar

You Want it? You Gotta Reach for it! S-T-R-E-T-C-H

I was reminded by one of my new clients this week that everything you want is outside your comfort zone. How do I know this? Because you would have it if it was comfortable. This is not always easy to hear. Many of us work hard, often unconsciously, to become as comfortable as possible. I

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02 Mar

Commit!

“Until one is committed, there is a hesitancy, the chance to draw back. The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too. All sort of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

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24 Feb

Keeping Agreements – What Best to do When you Don’t

We have covered a number of points in this blog series. We have noted the importance of keeping agreements; that the more you keep them, the more you will stand out to other people and the more you will get what you want. We have noted the importance for trust-building to recognize when you have

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