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Being a Coach = Meaningful Life

From Can Helping Others Help You Find Meaning in Life? – “A recent study by Roy Baumeister at Florida State University sought to investigate this and other differences between happiness and meaning. In a survey of over 300 participants, the researchers looked for traits and behaviors that were related to happiness (but not meaningfulness) and […]


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Multi-tasking is a Myth

A recent article in Stone Hearth Newsletters reinforced the importance of intentional presence in dispelling myths about multi-tasking. One myth is believing that we can focus on two mental activities at once.  While it is true that we can engage in unconscious activities (like brushing teeth) while thinking about something else, we cannot successfully focus […]


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Defining Well-being

We’ve been asked, “If I become a ‘Wellcoach’, how do I define ‘well-being?’ Interesting question indeed! In fact, there is an entire journal dedicated to this topic – The International Journal of Well-being. Among its many perspectives on the topic, one article defined wellbeing as “the balance point between an individual’s resource pool and the […]


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Clean Creativity

Business Insider (Jan 2016) 72% of People Get their Best Ideas in the Shower – Here’s Why This article highlights research from Scott Barry Kaufman, a cognitive scientist and co-author of “Wired to Create“, examining the importance of relaxation in accessing creativity. How might this be connected to the environment you create for coaching? How do […]


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Coaching Wisdom: Richard Boyatzis

A few years ago I sat with Richard Boyatzis in his office at Case Western. Richard presented at our 2011 and 2012 conferences; our members can access the video of his terrific 2011 presentation. We discussed how coaches might approach the topic of neuroscience and coaching. Richard’s wisdom has endured: Neuroscience discoveries are flooding in […]


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The Most Important Step to Complete Huge Projects

A client recently described the challenges in moving a project forward because many stakeholders were concerned the objective would not be met by their stated deadline in the future. Understandable, since they are working on a statewide initiative that must meet nationally regulated standards—a huge, months-long project. It wasn’t the difficulty of the tasks or […]


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He Lifts You Up, Turns You Around

A few weeks ago, I was sitting on a plane ride home on a Saturday afternoon after delivering a keynote presentation at the MDVIP conference. Ignoring my beckoning email inbox to listen to music,  I came across a Van Morrison song I hadn’t listened to in a long while, called Whenever God Shines His Light. […]


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Coaching beyond resolutions

Today we explore how to work with clients who have made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and to get more physically fit. Of the 50% of people who make resolutions, fewer than 10% are successful. There is a lot of room for improvement. A resolution to lose weight and get fit emerges at least […]


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Coaching the Prefrontal Cortex

In this article, we explore how to coach a client whose work responsibilities bring increased stress leading to unhealthy food choices and overeating. First, let’s explore how stress leads to poor health choices. The brain’s region for self-direction, self-control, self-management, and self-coaching is the prefrontal cortex (PFC), behind our foreheads (the red area in the […]


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Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life

The human race has reached a point of information overload, or at least a point where people often feel so overwhelmed by daily demands that they risk their lives while driving for one more text or phone call. Some people consider the distraction epidemic the psychological equivalent of obesity epidemic. Fitness professionals are not immune […]


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