Archive for April, 2010

Part 8: Life and Business Coach, Allison Maslan’s Personal Turning Point

Allison Maslan, author or Blast Off, Life and Business Coach and Motivational speaker reveals her own personal tragedy and turning point and how she moved from misery to joy.

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McDowell Mountain Ranch Spring Festival Meet kristi Staab Enterprises Success Coaching

Kristi Staab is a Success Coach for people and companies. I met her at the McDowell Mountain Ranch Srping Festival this year.
Kristi is a resident here in McDowell Mountain Ranch a master planned community located in north Scottsdale just minutes from the 101 freeway and at the base of the McDowell Mountains.
Kristi works with corporations and individuals to move their success forward either in personal life or professional life.
Kristi is speaking with Jack Canfield, co writer of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles, on June 2, 2010 at the University of Arizona medical center.
Kristi is also speaking at the woman’s conference, Dream, Dare, Dance here in McDowell Mountain Ranch at the community center on June 2nd 2010.
If you are looking for a local coach, here you go.
Kristi is also working with the City of Phoenix for any displaced workers throughout the valley. They are putting on work shops for these displaced workers.
Kristi’s Top 3
1. Importance of taking 100% responsibility for your life.
2. Deciding where you are and where you want to be.
3. Creating a blue print to go out and make that happen!
Thanks Kristi!
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A Solid Decision – Right-brain Decision-making and Left-brain Decision-making

A Solid Decision

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nightly for many years I lay in my lonely marriage bed and fantasized about what I called “running away from home.” I could never quite see how I’d do it. To keep thinking about it seemed to relieve the pressure of my daily struggle but still no action for 15 years.

Now I realize that my biggest moment of power was when I made the decision to leave my husband. I made a decision. I even trusted it though I had not thought the whole idea through. This time what blossomed in my mind as a result of that decision was the awareness that I could rely on myself. And as important, the decision motivated the actions that followed.

I had heard the voice of my Real Self guiding me and it was in this way that I decided the future of my life. I heard “could” instead of “should” and “want to” instead of “have to”.

The old ego-mind voice was trying to keep everything the same for itself and left a heavy feeling in my gut. The new voice left me feeling uplifted and light. It felt like angels in my heart rather than a pitchfork in my butt.

Tony Robbins is quoted as saying, “To decide is to cut off any other possibility.” Making a decision means jumping from one state of mind to another. Before – I thought and felt this way; now – I think and feel this new way. Make a decision and it is not hard to follow the new way as it generates a new consciousness and therefore, ideas, knowledge and different-than-before actions follow.

Right-Brain and Left-Brain Decisions

There is right-brain decision making which is intuitive. And, there is left-brain decision-making that is systematic. Above is an example of right-brain decision-making. Intuitive decision-making hides the steps. You make a “belief-in-your-own-knowing” leap of faith when you trust and act on this kind of decision.

Recently I made the left-brain, systematic decision when I decided after seeing my cheeks and nose turn bright red from eating too many refined carbohydrates, that I would eat only what I knew was right for my body.

For several days my mind went crazy trying to get me to eat the wrong stuff. Here’s what it did then and for the past 40+ years:

* I heard my mind use scientific information it had previously gathered to its own “advantage” to try to get me to eat refined carbohydrates.

* I heard my mind discount all scientific information as to how excess weight happens and how refined foods effect that – as hooey.

* I found my mind leaving me completely confused about what is the right thing to for me to eat. And confusion is a very rare state for me. I may not know something but I generally know that I don’t know.

* I found my mind telling me that all this food preparation was too much work and takes too much time.

* I heard my mind telling me that eating the same things over and over is boring.

* In the recent past I’ve found myself being evasive to people who I want to think I’m following a special program perfectly.

* I have also watched my mind give me permission to eat whatever I want as if I’m the parent and the child at the same time.

* Often at the beginning of a diet, an eating program or an exercise program I’ve had strong enthusiasm and watched my thoughts generate real excitement only to have that feeling of enthusiasm fade and so too my resolve. My mind was now generating “it’s not so great” thoughts and so my feelings followed suit.

* I’ve also heard my mind telling me that “this hunger will be too much to bear”.

* I found my mind telling me and making me feel that “I don’t care” about anything other then the food at hand – I’ll just eat what I want. And that’s really a funny one. Every time I’ve listened to that voice for the umpteenth time, it is immediately followed by another voice beating me up.

Thus, I made a decision – “I cut off any other possibility.” So I just listen to the voices, feel the feelings, don’t do what they tell me to do and they fade away.

You made a decision and read this article. Reading an article is not a big decision or a big deal. Was it an intuitive decision or a step-by-step decision? My guess is that it was an intuitive decision. If that is so, then it may follow that your intuition is guiding you toward a journey of transformation and beginning to reveal a new opening of consciousness that is forming in you.

So having made the decision, though unconsciously and now having become conscious of your decision, you can look at what else you need for your transformational journey.

In the 12 Step program they say, “If you want what I have, you have to do what I do.” I’m happy to share what I do; however, I’d like to tweak the 12-Step statement a bit and say,


My writing and coaching offers the ways and tools that work for me. Choose these or whatever else works for you. Simply be honest with yourself along the way.

Maia Merril Berens

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Integrity Way Halfway House Has Done it Again

Integrity Way has agreed to provide many of their apartment homes for Transformations Treatment Center. They will also provide staff for monitoring, drug testing and transporting clients.

Transformations Treatment Center is located in Delray Beach, Florida and is licensed by the Department of Children and Families for a Partial Hospitalization and an Intensive Outpatient Program.

Integrity Way Transitional Housing has recently contracted with Transformations Treatment Center to add additional support for those suffer with drug addiction and alcoholism.

Transformations main areas of expertise are relapse prevention, faith based treatment, and life skills training. They are a thirty to ninety day program. They incorporate a three phase step down program. The first phase is geared towards one on one therapy and group counseling. The second phase focuses on life skills training. They prepare clients to gain employment through job coaching, interviewing skills, resume building, financial budgeting, and time management. When the client reaches the third phase they are gainfully employed and they attend group counseling three times a week in the Intensive Outpatient Program.

From this point, a client is given permission to enter into the Integrity Way Transitional Housing Program and attend Transformations aftercare program which allows the client to attend up to three group counseling sessions at no cost. Any client who competes Transformations three phase program also qualifies for the Guaranteed Success Program. This program ensures that if a client should relapse within the first year, a client may return for twenty-eight days of treatment at no cost to the client.

“Transformations and Integrity Way are aiming to break the cycle of clients going to multiple drug and alcohol treatment center year after year.Clients who suffer from the disease of addiction and alcoholism need more than just a place to lay down for the night, they need more therapy and life skills training. We are tired of seeing people fail time and time again because they do not have the tools to be successful, say’s VP of Marketing”, Matt Brindisi.

Integrity Way has been running a very successful halfway house program for the past four years. They are well known in the recovery community of Delray Beach, Florida. For years, they have been raising the bar in the halfway house arena by not only providing beautiful luxury apartment homes but a very structured recovery program.

Matt Brindisi

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The Fundamentals Of Motivation Theory

Most personal development teachers will agree that motivation plays a big role in your ability to achieve anything. Today I’m here to offer a different opinion. I believe motivation as significant as it is insignificant if you are willing to accept such a cryptic statement. This article will look at the essence of motivation and outline some of the ways it can help or hinder the progress towards your goals.

If you think motivation is the key to success you are wrong. Firstly what exactly is this thing called motivation? Different people define motivation in different ways but for the purposes of this article here’s what I think.

Most people define motivation as an ability to take action. To these people motivation is a state of mind, it’s a feeling. In other words it’s a mental construct, it comes from your brain.

My problem with this is that as a state of mind, it is subject to continual change. You know what I mean right? For most people motivation comes and goes. Some days you are motivated and some times you feel lazy. In other words, motivation never lasts! If as many success experts teach, your level of achievement rests on your ability to ‘motivate yourself’ we are all in a lot of trouble!

Most people in this frame of mind talk about motivation as coming from a desire to achieve a certain goal. As psychologists would tell us, motivation can be intrinsic, arising from a desire we hold within, or external, when we are motivated by some external influence like a coach or a deadline. Again whether it be internal or external, these factors are subject to change: our desires fluctuate like the changing tide and external factors are in also in perpetual motion, increasing and decreasing in their effect on us.

In my mind I believe the motivation that we need is something very different.

I believe that to be ultimately successful we have to be driven forward by things that are eternal. We have to have as our motivation, underlying principles, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values and goals that will never change. By being motivated this way, we can retain the sense that we must continually take action regardless of how internal or external circumstances change.

So what factors of our lives have this level of consistency?

While there are many, the main one is your purpose. Your life purpose, whatever it is you’re here on this earth to do, and your innate need to fulfill that is the most powerfully motivating force you can experience. When your action each day is inspired by a desire to fulfill that which is the essence of your existence on this planet will push you farther than any emotional or physical external influence. What else?

Your values!

The things you value as a person are far more concrete than fluctuating impulses of desire that you experience daily. Your values contribute to who you are and once developed and clarified, create a code of conduct for your life that you will be very reluctant to violate. The urge to live these values and be congruent with that you value and believe also represents a powerful source of motivation.

While there is more, I intended this article to be merely a sample of some of the sources of motivation that are truly compelling. With a deeper level of introspection and a greater clarity of who you are you can experience a profound sense of motivation that can guarantee continual action and progress through all the seasons of your life’s journey.

Andrew Hansen

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When you Make the Decision to Have Gastric Bypass Surgery, you Should Also Hire a Life Coach!

I know you are saying to yourself, “What’s the big deal?” You think that once you go through the surgical procedure, you’ll go to a couple of follow-up appointments and maybe attend some support group meetings – making the whole experience “a piece of cake.”

Well, it’s not that easy.

Like many people, you may be under the misconception that you will be able to succeed after Weight Loss Surgery simply on your own. Unfortunately, the odds are against you. Too many times, people assume that this type of surgery is a “Magic Pill” and their troubles will be gone forever.

Well if you believe that, you are just kidding yourself.

However, there is a way to make your post-surgery experience more effective. If you were to consider hiring a personal Life Coach, you would not only have individualized support, you would also have a collaborative partner who would hold you accountable without judgment.

A Life Coach’s job is to help you live within your personal integrity, or what I like to call your “truth.” To be a person of your word, you need to act consciously on your decisions. Saying, “I’m going to do this” to a Life Coach is a powerful motivator that has the potential of countless successes.

Through regular sessions, a Life Coach asks questions with the intention of determining how you are progressing toward your goals. Therefore, when you make a commitment to “change”, you are more inclined to accomplish any personally defined goal!

And that’s even before you factor in personal accountability – this is where the Life Coach commits to helping you keep your word to yourself. In this collaborative, non-judgmental relationship, you will become empowered, knowing that you have a partner whose only purpose is to see you succeed. By being responsible within yourself, you gain clarity, honesty, compassion, and a clearer picture of what the distant future holds.

By keeping your eye on the ball, mixed in with motivation, you can’t help but feel as though you have the power to cross the finish line. Yes, in a perfect world, we would be internally motivated and only need to be accountable to ourselves. But it is ultimately ineffective and less likely to keep you moving toward your eventual accomplishment.

A Life Coach helps you see opportunities that were out of your sight previously. Perhaps you might be stretched to playing a bigger game or even challenged to not just meet a standard, but to begin making shifts toward extending your own individual standards. You can then make your decisions based on this much fuller picture of your situation.

Basically, anyone who wants to make an improvement within any aspect of their life can benefit from coaching. If you notice, all great leaders have coaches. This is also true with athletes. The presidents of most companies and political organizations always have coaches or advisors who help them make improved decisions, plan better, show more support and set/stay on track with their goals.

Why should you be any different? You chose to take control and save your life by having Gastric Bypass Surgery. By hiring a Life Coach, you can take greater steps not only to change your physical body, but also your mind and soul.

Let’s face it, 95.5% of the time, it was not simply a physical issue that caused your obesity. It was the other factors in your life. How often have you felt the repercussions of low self-esteem, bitterness, loneliness, desperation and depression? They all stem from not having processes for that well-defined, healthy and fulfilling balance that you need.

Weight Loss Surgery only cures the symptoms of obesity. It does not fix the cause. But when you work with a Life Coach, awareness becomes the key to unlocking so many possibilities. The more conscious you are regarding the choices you make, the more successful you will become.

A Life Coach will encourage, support, challenge and empower you on an ongoing basis. If you want assistance after your Weight Loss Surgery in identifying, envisioning, planning and taking consistent action toward achieving your life goals, I encourage you to hire a coach!

Copyright © 2006 Jeff Cadwell Positive Coaching

Jeff Cadwell

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Life Coaching – When You Spot It, Acknowledge it

When you spot something synchronistic acknowledge it. Get yourself in high alert today. Be alert to the miracles that are happening. Notice how you think of people and they call. You think about something and it happens. You have this power. You have the power to influence reality. When something miraculous happens, practice jumping for joy. Say to yourself “Thank you God, Universe, All That Is, Source Energy, Unifying Field,” I still can’t figure out what to call it.

So what ever you call it, thank it! Be grateful. When something magical happens to me, I immediately call my buddy Thach, and tell him because he is a bonafide master of the The Law of Attraction, and by telling him, I solidify it…The Drunk Monkey starts to get that it’s real, and has an easier time in the future accepting my outrageous intentions! By the way, if you haven’t studied with Thach lately, he teaches The Science of the Miraculous…go to to read all about it.

Another example of expecting synchronicities and declaring miracles is our daily reporting system. Any time something amazing happens you can call the testimonial line and report it. Here is the number…800-609-9006 x6926 I want to here from you. I want to be the person you tell, that solidifies it for you. The more people you tell about your unexpected, unexplainable, good fortune, the more unexplainable good fortune comes your way.

Every time I send you a Being Unstoppable post card, and there is a link to write your miracles, record them on the phone and even up load your picture!!The purpose of this discipline is to create focus and put energy on the tiny little miracles that are happening all around us. Unexplainable good fortune happens constantly for people like you. The key is to amplify the energy of it by acknowledging it.

I have a client named Sid. Sid told us something amazing today and we, as a group, all got excited about and amplified the energy of it. He put a buyer under contract and on the way back to the office, the buyer made an unreasonable request. The buyer asked if Sid wouldn’t mind driving by another property, even though she had no intention of buying it. Most Realtors would honor this request, but feel like it was a waste of time and complain to themselves internally. Sid, being a student on Matthew Ferry Int decided to roll with the request and see what happens. He just expected something good to happen because of it. (Expecting synchronicity).

When they arrived at the property Sid noticed a man flagging him down. So Sid rolled down the window and the man said, “Are you Sid?” “Yes”-said Sid. “You sold my mothers house 5 years ago, and she was just talking about you. She wants you to sell her house, do you have her number?” the man said. The rest is history but you can imagine Sid’s shock and delight.

The coaching we gave Sid was to give up the shock because to be “Shocked” means you don’t believe that things like this happen to you. If it’s a surprise then you aren’t practicing expecting miracles to occur and they won’t. Instead focus on the delight. Get excited about each tiny synchronicity; thank the Universe/God/Source (what ever floats your boat) for sending it your way. Daydream about the synchronicities and miracles that have occurred in your life and watch that part of your life expand. Keep saying to yourself over and over again, “The right people, at the right time are falling into my lap. My intentions are being delivered to me with perfect synchronicity”.

So what has been happening with you lately? What good things? What exciting things? What wonderful things? You have been practicing the principles of Being Unstoppable now for a while. Have you reported any unexpected, unexplainable good fortune? Have you reported any unstoppable moments? People you called that you had been putting off. Actions you took that scared you, but you did it anyway? Go ahead. You can do it. You can report. You deserve to be acknowledged. You deserve to be praised. You are a powerful creator.

Matthew Ferry

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escape sets personal gas monitors video for Southern Water.avi – Working deep down within the sewers of Kent required Southern Water workers to use specialist PPE.

This production became a detailed animated method statement for the safe use of escape sets and personal gas monitors.

” As Senior Health & Safety Advisor I know that our productions have benefited enormously from Health and Safety Films/ITV Channel Televisions personal and professional input from inception, development of a realistic shooting schedule and script all to an agreed timescale, filming on our sites through to final edit and delivery – even late changes are dealt with ease! ”

– Andy Nicholls, Senior Health & Safety Advisor – Southern Water

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Successful System for New & Experienced Coaches

As a new life or business coach (or even an experienced coach), do you find yourself lacking a system for gaining new coaching clients or retaining your current coaching clients?

Many coaches coming out of a certification program have no idea where to start to grow their coaching business and/or lack the coaching tools and resources to be successful.

The PEOPLE Model coaching tools and resources (from The PEOPLE Academy, Inc.), could be just what new or experienced coaches are looking for to take their business to new levels.

The PEOPLE Academy, Inc.

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Powerful Affirmations.

The following write up on Affirmations is from a great guy called Remez Sasson at I strongly recommened the site to everyone who seeks a more fulfilling life.

Affirmations are positive sentences that describe a desired situation, and which are repeated many times, in order to impress the subconscious mind and trigger it into positive action. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the affirmations, they have to be repeated with attention, conviction, interest and desire.

Imagine that you are swimming with your friends in a swimming pool. They swim fifteen rounds, something you have never done before. As you desire the respect of your friends, you want to show them that you can make it too. You start swimming, and at the same time keep repeating in your mind: “I can do it, I can do it…”. You keep thinking and believing that you are going to complete the fifteen rounds. What are you actually doing? You are repeating positive affirmations.

More than often, people repeat in their minds negative sentences and statements concerning the situations and events in their lives, and consequently bring upon themselves undesirable situations. Such sentences and statements work both ways, to build or destroy. It is the way we use them that determines whether they are going to bring good or harmful results.

Affirmations work in the same manner as creative visualization. The repeated words build mental images and scenes in the mind, and help to focus on the aim, object or situation one wants to achieve or create. Frequent repetitions affect the subconscious mind, which in turn reshapes and affects the way one thinks, acts and behaves.

The conscious mind, the mind you think with, starts this process, and then the subconscious mind takes charge. This means that the most frequent thoughts that pass through your mind, ultimately affect your life and your destiny.

Affirmations work like commands that are given to a computer. They influence us, other people, events and circumstances. It might seem strange to you, but they do also influence the people we meet, our circumstances and the events we encounter.

Sometimes they work fast, but more often they need time. Repeating positive affirmations a few minutes, and then thinking negatively, neutralizes the effects of the positive words. You have to refuse negative thoughts, otherwise you will not attain positive results.

We mentally repeat negative statements, without even being aware of the process. We use them when we tell ourselves that we cannot do something, that we are too lazy, or when we believe we are going to fail. The subconscious mind always accepts and follows what we tell it, whether it is good or bad for us, so why not choose only positive statements?

How to Repeat Affirmations
It is advisable to repeat affirmations that are not too long, as they are easier to remember. You can repeat them anytime your mind is not engaged in something in particular, such as while traveling in a bus or a train, waiting in line, walking etc, but do not affirm while driving or crossing a street. You may also repeat them in special sessions of about ten minutes each, several times a day.

There should be no physical, emotional or mental tension while repeating them. The stronger the concentration, the more faith you have in what you are doing, the more feelings you put into the act, the stronger and faster will be the results.

It is very important to choose only positive affirmations. If for example you desire to lose weight, do not say, “I am not fat, I am losing weight.” By saying this sentence you are repeating to your subconscious mind that you are fat. The word “losing” also evokes negative images. It is better to say, “My body has an athletic form, and weighs the right and healthy weight”. Such words evoke positive images in the mind.

It is important to affirm in the present tense, not the future tense. Saying: “I will be rich”, means that you intend to be rich one day, in the indefinite future. You are actually telling yourself that some day you will be rich, never now. It is better and more effective to say, and also feel, “I am rich now”, and the subconscious mind will work overtime to make this happen now, in the present.

As to results, sometimes they may come fast, and at other times might take more time to manifest. Getting results depends on how much time, energy, faith and feelings you invest in repeating your affirmations, on the strength of your desire and on how big or small is your goal.

By using the power of affirmations you state what you want to be true in your life. You see reality, as you want it to be. For a while, you ignore your current circumstances and your doubts, and concentrate on a different reality.

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