BIG NEWS! We’ve cut pricing in HALF! Here’s why…

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is allowing ACTP/ACSTH training organizations like ours to change its proportion of live learning hours.

Due to COVID-19, ICF recognizes that the world, now more than ever, needs coaches as we navigate the pandemic.

Career coaching is especially needed, given 26 million people looking for work!

That means, if you’ve ever wondered about getting an Academies’ career coaching credential, NOW IS THE TIME. We can offer you:

  • An 8-week fast-track to the Certified Career Management Coach credential.
  • A once-in-a-lifetime* opportunity to save approx. 50% on the program.

IMPORTANT: ICF is allowing this change ONLY through December 31st of this year.

That means:

  • WE are working feverishly to reconfigure our schedules and curriculum, so
  • YOU can take advantage now!

The next Certified Career Management Coach program starts May 20th.

DON’T HESITATE!

Call Rebecca for more info at 559-547-8200 or email rebecca@theacademies.com.

This IS one small silver lining in the midst of an unprecedented unemployment rate!

Susan

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It’s OK to Want What You Want

What do you want?

Human beings were put on this planet to create! If we are not creating, we are stagnating and atrophying. Our “wants” are an individualized expression of our unique DNA, and they happen to be a beautiful vehicle for creating.

Give your wants some context. What do you want in your relationships? In your home environment? In your free time? In your career projects? In your work culture? In your finances? In your health? In your wardrobe? In your dinner tonight?

Some people use the term “goals” or “intentions” for “wants.” Whichever word you choose, think about what it is that you want to focus on creating. And, if you’re already regularly giving time to your “wants,” revisit them, refresh them, and give them some loving attention.

Why We Stop Ourselves from Wanting What We Want

Two possible suspects:

  • The How is Missing: When we consider what it is we want, and we don’t yet have it, our brains can immediately go in search of HOW to get what we want. If we have not been able to get what we want previously, the brain says, “no route to that destination—abort mission!”

    Coaching Tip: Never begin with HOW. Always start with the WHAT, and follow that with a WHY—why is this WANT meaningful to me. Once a clear vision is in place (WHAT), backed by meaningful values (WHY), it’s easier to perk up our attention and creativity and connections with others to figure out the HOW

  • The Ego Gets in the Way: As humans, we can easily succumb to peer pressure, even as adults. We think a lot about what other people think of us. Will they approve of what we want? And if they don’t approve of our choices, will they disrupt our relationship in some way—gossip about us, criticize, ostracize?

    Coaching Tip: Be compassionately curious about these relationships. Ask yourself, “What is the meaning I assign when [name of person] disapproves of what I want?” And, “when I think about that disapproval, what do I default to in terms of thoughts, feelings, and ensuing behaviors?” Mindful self-compassion is a great place to start creating different default thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

    Go Forth and Want

    As you finish out this day or look to tomorrow, what is it that you really want? The world needs your wants (and so do you). Put your thumbprint on your life, and on this planet!

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How Mindset Helps You Do More with Less

Picture this: You’re working at full tilt, nose to the grindstone, and you hear some version of the message, “you need to do more with less.”

You think to yourself, I’m already maxed out! I don’t have time for this!

There are plenty of formulas for managing time and knocking out to-do lists. In the old style of management, leaders shifted into command-and-control to do more with less—cracking the whip, tightening the controls, and driving employees harder.

This doesn’t work. Not sustainably.

To deliver impact in the midst of dwindling bandwidth and resources, start with mindset.

Why? Because our state of mind or perspective at any given moment can drive our definition of what is possible.

For example, from a perspective or state of:

  • Fear: With fear as the primary state, “Do more with less” signals threat. For example, if you don’t force yourself to work longer and harder, you might be out of a job. With fear, our impact is limited to putting out fires and problem solving the issue in front of us—we lose sight of the bigger picture.

  • Anger: From a state of anger, “Do more with less” may signal a frustration over corporate greed or frustration that others have it easier or aren’t helping as much as they should. Anger diminishes our ability to connect with others, which then limits our collective intelligence.

  • Courage: From a state of courage, “Do more with less” signals an opportunity to rise to the occasion.

  • Reason: From a state of reason, “Do more with less” becomes a quest to figure out the perfect formula for balance and productivity.

  • Connection: From a state of connection, “Do more with less” is an invitation to reach out to others and co-create.

I can find myself in any one of the above states/perspectives, but my goal is to lean into the latter state—connection. From this mindset, I can:

  • Be compassionate and honest with myself
  • Connect with others and appreciate their brilliance, and
  • Collaborate to create new ideas/systems/things

Doing more with less and delivering meaningful impacts starts with ME, in my most enlightened state (unhindered by lower states of fear and worry), connected with YOU, to create US.

Like an ant bridge, where ants link to one another to form a bridge that crosses a chasm, when we are connected and collaborating, we can get from here to there, with a sense of ease and wonder and delight.

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Making the Unfamiliar, Familiar

Welcome to a brand new decade! We’re guessing that goals are likely top of mind!

Have you ever thought about your goals as a form of change?

Change is constant, as we all know. And yet it feels easier to embrace change when we’ve chosen it.

You’ve chosen your goals. You want them. You’re inviting change. Which means you’re entering into the land of the new and unfamiliar.

To make change happen, follow Marisa Peer’s advice: “you’ve got to make the familiar unfamiliar, and the unfamiliar familiar.”

Familiar to Unfamiliar

Neuroscientists say that 90-95% of our behavior is unconscious. We don’t think about it. It’s familiar, rote, habit. Maybe procrastination, people-pleasing, and playing small is familiar…unconsciously so.

Here are some examples of taking the “Familiar to Unfamiliar.”

·      If procrastinating is familiar, that behavior needs to become unfamiliar.

·      If people-pleasing is familiar, that needs to become unfamiliar.

·      If playing small is familiar, that needs to become unfamiliar.

You get the idea.

What’s Your Familiar to Unfamiliar?

Here are some simple steps to help bring those unconscious patterns to the forefront. The Behavioral Buckets of Thinking, Emotions, Actions, Triggers, Relationships can bring a level of mindfulness, so that you can begin to rewire important neuropathways for change.

Behavioral Bucket Familiar to Unfamiliar Examples Your Answers
Thinking Limiting beliefs, narrow-focused thinking, scarcity thinking, defensiveness “I think I need a PhD to be taken seriously.”  
Emotions Negative emotions that drag me down Guilt over not being more diligent; fear of failure  
Actions Non-strategic, favorite procrastination actions Checking email, getting lost in social media, alphabetizing my kitchen spice racks  
Triggers/Patterns Derailers … Temptations, over-indulgence (e.g., email or social media) Social media, comparing myself to others  
Relationships Energy vampires, draining relationships, safe yet small relationships My family member who always criticizes me; my neighbor who doesn’t know when to stop talking; my coworker who seems a bit jealous of, or uncomfortable about, my goals  

Fill in your own answers in the empty column above. Ask a bone-marrow friend to offer insights, as well. Once you’ve got some answers written out, face into them gently, and compassionately reflect on them.

Self-Compassion Tip: Every behavior is motivated by a desire to be safe, to feel accepted and valued. If you’re behaving in ways that don’t feel good, chances are you’ve done so to feel safe by not risking rejection … how human of you!

Unfamiliar to Familiar

More important, what’s the “Unfamiliar to Familiar” that would accelerate your goal attainment this year?

·      If you’re unfamiliar with staying focused, that’s what can become familiar.

·      If you’re unfamiliar with accountability, that’s what can become familiar.

·      If you’re unfamiliar with abundance thinking, that’s what can become familiar.

What’s Your Unfamiliar to Familiar?

Next, flesh out your Unfamiliar to Familiar buckets:

Behavioral Bucket Unfamiliar to Familiar Your Answers
Thinking Life-giving beliefs, open-focused thinking, abundance thinking  
Emotions Positive emotions that lift me up  
Actions Strategic, small-step, resilient actions  
Triggers/Patterns “Failure” is simply learning feedback …  
Relationships Bone-marrow buddies, inspiring thinkers, compassionate friends, self-compassion with myself  

Have fun creating all those new neuro-pathways this week, this month, this year, this decade, for this lifetime!

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Speaking of change! The International Coach Federation has unveiled it’s new competency model. Coaches are going from 11 to 8 core competencies. We’re rolling them out in 2020. Come and join us and stay fresh with your coaching skills!

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