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5 Minutes to Begin to Want Something Again

December 4th, 2017

For many people, this time of year is especially hard because so many other people seem to be clear about what they want. From the kids giving their Christmas lists to Santa Claus to the ambitious co-worker with plans for 2018, other people seem to know what you want. But maybe you don't know. Maybe you don't feel great about yourself or your options, and the more other people make plans, the more it all seems impossible for you.

You're not alone. It's hard to commit to wanting something when you've hit a roadblock or been knocked down once too often or simply become so comfortably stuck that you can't imagine moving. In these 5 minutes, consider some very small steps that might help you shape a goal, however small, that you can commit to so that you begin to move again.

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From Waiting to Watchful to Watch Out World, I’m Confident!

November 13th, 2017

We all have to wait sometimes, and often the waiting makes us feel uncomfortable. It's a small jump from uncomfortable to uncertain, but it's also a small jump from anxious to focused, from restless to energized, from jumpy to aware. Take this journey in less than 5 minutes, and repeat it whenever you are stuck waiting and you want to build your confidence and your ability to take action when the time is right.

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4 Keys to Getting Through Road Blocks on Your Path to Achievement

October 15th, 2017

Let Linda walk you through the four obstacles that block everyone on the path to achieving some difficult, worthwhile thing. As you work to achieve something, you'll find yourself blocked by distraction, by "not enough," by over-thinking and by mistakes. Use these four keys to unlock the roadblocks so that you can achieve what you set out to do - and get to know your bigger self along the way.

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Your leadership is solid when you are self aware and grounded

July 16th, 2017

One of the issues that sits just outside NLP is leadership: NLP is concerned with managing one's one state and performance and influencing others, but it is not specifically concerned with questons about what makes a good leader or how to be a leader while figuring out your own state or strategy.

In this ten minute podcast, we start with a simple (not easy) idea: when you focus on the part of you that knows what you want and is aware of your resourcefulness, then the other parts of you tend to move into the background. In the same way, when you show yourself to be strong, centred, and purposeful, other people will rally around you. You might not think of yourself as a leader, but managing your own state and intention will often cause people to follow you.

This gives you a chance to align yourself with leaders who are both effective and ethical. While others try to look effective and ethical, you can simply be aware that you are already these things. That frees up mental energy for generating solutions to tough problems.

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The 4 Keys to Achievement

April 30th, 2017

The Cambridge English Dictionary says that an achievement is "something very good and difficult that you succeed in doing." Take 12 minutes to explore the 4 keys to achievement that will reliably allow you to do the right thing when you know what the right thing is.

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Jedi Mind Tricks

April 16th, 2017

Are you a Star Wars fan? The new trailer is out for the 2017 movie, and it's a good time to think about Jedi mind tricks. Is there a process that you could use in real life to get other people to do stuff with less resistance and better results?

Learn how the Jedi:

  • develop a mindful presence that allows them to read their environment through what is changing in themselves
  • connect their big picture "what I want my life to mean" to their small, defined asks
  • offer their full attention to the connection they need to make to get results
  • describe what they want in sensory tangible detail

If you're not getting results you like when you ask other people to do stuff, listen and then check your process against this process. If you don't have the power to make people do things and you can't argue them into doing them, it's time for a different approach.

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NLP: Motivate Yourself to Get Stuff Done

January 31st, 2017

NLP (neurolinguistic programming) is the art of turning language into action. In this longer episode (20 minute) Linda walks you through the four stages that transform an idea into something you do to get a result you like. You can get more background on NLP and more details about the four stages by reading this Free E-book.

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Take 3 steps away from feeling discouraged

November 26th, 2016

You might be in a slump or a losing streak or a you might just hate the holidays. It's a time of year when many people add up their accomplishments and treasures and they feel beat up instead of pumped up.

If that's you, take a few minutes to listen to these three steps that will help you keep going until you notice that things are getting much better.

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Figure out what you want in about 5 minutes

November 4th, 2016

Much of the work we do as coaches consists of helping people figure out what it is they want. In this 5 minute audio, you'll get a chance to think about three important questions:

  • When you think about what you want next, what is non-negotiable?
  • How have you been following your values in the choices you've been making about what to do (and what not to do)?
  • Where do you want to be in 2022 and what do you have to do now to get there (hint: start with being clear and vivid when you think about 2022)
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Strategies: How to Recognize Them, Model Them and Change Them

October 14th, 2016

A strategy is a set of perceptions and behaviours that occur in a particular sequence to reliably achieve a specific result. Any reliable result is generated by a strategy - even if it is a bad habit or a response you don't find useful. The way to change a result is to alter at least one element in the strategy so that the strategy can no longer function to get that result.

To learn how your strategies work, pick one thing that you can do reliably, whether it is reliably good or reliably less than useful. Ask yourself what must be true in yourself and in your environment to trigger this strategy. Then walk through, step by step, asking "what else must be true" until you have a complete process.

If it's a process that gets a result you like, you can now use it more often. If it's a process that leads reliably to a result that you don't like, you can change just one element to create new choices.
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