The Importance of Rest

The life of an entrepreneur is all about the hustle. Work from sun up to sun down and don’t lose a minute in between. Every day presents new interactions, ideas, and initiatives, all of which can help to drive us along the path to success. There is an immense amount of pressure to grab every opportunity that comes your way. In doing so, you must consistently be at the top of your game.

In such an environment, it’s clear to see why so many of us are exhausted, overwhelmed, and in desperate need of rest and recharge. Sometimes we become so focused on our goals and objectives, that we lose sight of what is truly critical to our success—that which provides the foundation for our ability to remain at peak performance daily. This key component is rest.

When we talk about rest, it’s only natural to think of sleep. After all, we are constantly being bombarded by studies that show that we are not getting enough sleep. The desired number of nightly hours varies...

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Take Time for Gratitude

Last year, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the U.S. as a Category 3 storm and caused massive destruction. As a resident of the greater West Palm Beach, Florida area, my family and I were just one of the many families that evacuated our homes to ensure our safety. After the storm passed, we returned home to find that luckily nothing was seriously damaged, and of course, our family was safe.

However, there are many who suffered greatly due to the effects of this storm. Probably one of the hardest hit areas was Haiti, where the death toll is now approaching 900 lives lost. Haiti will continue to need our manpower, resources, and prayers for quite some time to rebound from this damaging natural disaster.

While I spent much of that week concerned about what the storm would bring, I am now reflecting on how grateful I am to have had the means to evacuate and protect my family. In fact, there are many things for which I am grateful, but too often we seem to forget them or lose focus on...

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Are Your Actions Results-Driven?

In today’s world, being constantly in action and multi-tasking is the new normal. People are relentlessly running from one task or meeting to the next, many times sacrificing rest and relaxation in the process. Entrepreneurs and business professionals are certainly no exception. Though you may be spending a significant amount of time and brain power completing tasks and focusing on your business, how are you really spending your time? Specifically, are your efforts efficient with your time and producing the results you desire?

It’s no secret that entrepreneurs are master jugglers. It’s a constant act to keep multiple balls moving smoothly and rhythmically through the air, while at the same time keeping a watchful eye to avoid letting one fall to the ground. But it’s not just a matter of staying organized. There’s also the rapid fire pace to consider. You’re frequently called to solve a crisis or deal with urgent matters at hand. While completely...

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Don't Hold Back, and Here's Why

You’ve been thinking about it for a while. In fact, it’s all you’ve been thinking about. First it was your dream, then it became a goal, and now you have a plan. It’s all right in front of you. You’re poised for success, yet you’re holding back. Why?

If you’re experiencing a feeling of hesitation before embarking upon a new journey, you’re not alone. It’s normal to feel uncertain about what lies ahead. However, if you find yourself becoming easily distracted or finding excuses for taking action, it’s time to evaluate the root cause of your avoidance.

Perhaps you’re not fully convinced in the strength and efficacy of your plan. It might be that you don’t yet have all the resources needed to really start off on the right foot. But more often, you’ll find that fear is at the heart of all hesitation.

Fear is powerful. It has the strength to send the most willful person spiraling into a defeated, debilitated...

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Struggling to Charge Appropriately For Your Coaching Services? Break the Cycle!

When you’re starting out as a new coach, the issue of determining what to charge for your coaching services may cause you great stress or hesitation. In some cases, you may even decide to coach people for free. While some pro bono work can be a good thing for your business and your desire to give back, you need to be careful of selling yourself short.

In fact, there are several reasons that new coaches may be struggling to charge appropriately for their services. The first is the coach’s kind-hearted, well-meaning nature. Many coaches are givers. After all, helping people is one of the main reasons people are drawn to this profession. Perhaps they are used to providing free advice and support to friends, family, or colleagues because it’s simply who they are as a person. However, as time progresses it can be difficult to break this cycle as these same individuals continue to reach out for assistance. The inclination can be to respond immediately and continue on as...

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5 Reasons Why Every Coach Must Have a Coach

One might assume that a coach would have all the answers—that a person who coaches others to a level of peak performance has it all figured out. However, coaches are not perfect. We’re human beings who operate exactly like our clients. We have fears, insecurities, stories, and limiting beliefs. Consider professional athletes. Though they are at the top of their game and may be the best in the world at their sport, they continue to rely on a coach to guide and advise them.

Truthfully, as coaches, we benefit from coaching just like everyone else. In fact, we know the value of coaching even more so because we have experienced first-hand what it is like to transform people’s lives. We know what is possible through working with a coach and just like our clients, we too want to get to that next level as a result of such a partnership.

The bottom line is that if you’re a coach, you absolutely must have a coach of your own. Here’s why:

A SECOND SET OF EYES

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Why Should You Be a Coach?

Of all the professions to choose from, you’ve decided that you want to be a coach. Congratulations! You’re about to journey down an exciting path toward one of the most rewarding careers in existence. However, before you get started, it might be worthwhile to examine your true reasons for wanting to pursue a coaching career. Why? Because your authenticity is the first element to your success as a coach. Before committing your time and effort, you want to be sure that your interests and motivations align with the true nature of the profession. Here are four traits that every successful and authentic coach has in common.

EXPERTISE

If you’re an expert in a specific area or concentration, you may make a great coach in that field. Perhaps you’re a business professional who has reached the pinnacle of your career. The work that once excited and motivated you may now be a source of boredom and dread. You need a new focus—one where you can share your knowledge...

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Three Keys to Starting a Successful Coaching Relationship

For both the new and seasoned coach, bringing on a new client is an exciting experience. It’s a fresh start—a new opportunity to impact lives and incite real change. While exciting, there is also a level of unfamiliarity that comes with working with a new client. Both parties are trying to get a good feel for the other and determine whether this is a working relationship that can be sustained over time.

In setting yourself up for success, there are three keys to starting a successful coaching relationship.

ACCOUNTABILITY

The first key is to set the expectations of accountability. We all know that accountability is so important in coaching, not just for the client, but also the coach. The client needs to understand that part of your role is to ensure that they follow through with the actions they resolve to take. Make this crystal clear from the beginning. Do not be shy about your ability and responsibility to call them out when they have not delivered on their...

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The Secret to Igniting Your Success

If you’ve been working toward a goal for some time, you know that success is not one singular moment, but rather a collection of achievements over a longer period of time. In fact, success could more or less be described as continuous forward progress—an evolution of you as whole. This evolution could include great strides in your abilities, accomplishments, and sphere of influence.

But the journey is a difficult one, right? One step forward, two few steps back. There are always obstacles to overcome and difficulties to endure. Over time, it’s easy to feel worn down. Some may even consider quitting. Constant adversity has the ability to make one question whether he or she can truly experience sustainable success.

The truth of the matter is that sometimes this adversity is not just a matter of outside forces at play. You may actually be your own biggest threat to success. But how is this possible? Well, it is possible and likely if you have not yet taken these...

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Shift Your Focus To Achieve Happiness and Success

Most people will search their whole lives to achieve happiness and success. In fact, most think that achieving one will often lead to the other, but this is not always the case. Many successful people can rattle off a long list of accomplishments, yet they still find there is something missing throughout their journey to the top—perhaps a feeling of happiness. Similarly, happy people may feel content with many aspects of their lives, yet they may wonder what else they could achieve to push their success to the next level.

The problem in all of this is that many times, we seek out the short-term accomplishments—the small wins that will make us feel good right away. The trouble with this is that we are too quick to jump to the next short-term challenge. You reach a goal. You feel fulfilled for a time, but soon you find yourself unsatisfied yet again. A new goal enters your mind and you charge forward. You achieve that goal, and then onto the next. Soon, you’ll find...

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