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What happens when two trained life coaches fall in love and start a family? They do the crazy thing and chase their dreams. From May 2017 to June 2018 Coach Training EDU co-founders John and Amois are traveling with their young family across the US on a #doyourlifeswork tour. They are speaking, connecting, and learning as they show their two girls and infant son the US. Here’s their instagram feed.

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The Next Step.

When setting out on a journey, especially the entrepreneurship journey, there’s a temptation to have each next step laid out in perfect clarity. But it’s a trap that leads to procrastination. It’s only when you take a step that you gain the vantage point to know where to go next. Even when purpose is clear, the path may still be unfolding.

What’s the big step in front of you that you’ve been waiting, yearning, to take?

Similarities versus Differences

An important tool in life coaching is making distinctions.

What’s the difference between success and fulfillment?

What’s the different between attention and focus?

Much of the time we focus on the similar aspects of perception, but the mind is also designed to look at what makes something different from something else as a way to seek knowledge.

When looking at the world, how often do you focus on similarities versus seeking differences?

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The Rule of 9

I took a standup comedy course led by Alex Falcone, a Portland-based comedian. He had a rule: out of every nine jokes you come up with, 8 will be bad. You have to bust through those 8 jokes to get to that 9th. The goal changes from making something good, to simply making something.

What’s your creative rule?

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Origin of Failure

The word failure comes from an old French word meaning non-occurrence. It’s surprisingly close to the Latin word for failure deficere, which shares the same root as the word perfect. The prefix de- means away from; the prefix per- means through. Both words carry the same root to make.

When looking at the difference between making something away from your idea versus completing the idea, what shifts in your perspective on failure versus success?

It’s All About Recovery.

The point isn’t trying to be perfect. Tough challenges come up, and positive streaks get broken. The trap is judging oneself too harshly and giving up on the project. Coaching points out another way: assessing what happened and designing a way to recover quickly.

What’s your way of recovering when a streak, for example, workouts, work projects, waking up early, gets broken?

Bonus question: How to ensure you’ve learned something in the process?

You’re on speakerphone.

“She hasn’t seen this movie yet.”

“The baby is sleeping.”

It’s good to get a heads up so you don’t say something to disturb the situation. A quick piece of information up front can save hours of agony later, especially if that baby wakes up.

Imagine taking as much care with your inner dialogue, the language you use to speak to yourself.

What heads up would you give yourself?

Bonus question: What inner critic talk would you avoid?

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Love that Part of You Too.

A friend recently got a contract extension. It’s a big deal that let’s him live abroad, let’s him live his dream life. He texted me, “I’m so thankful and yet at the same time a part of me is looking for all the ways it could go wrong.” It’s a part of everyone that doubts, fears, looks for the downside, but it’s only trying to keep us safe.

What happens when you love even that part of you too?

What does the situation look like backwards?

One of my favorite things to do in a chess match against a computer is to switch sides and see the board from the other direction. Insights pop out looking at an opponent’s view of opportunities and vulnerabilities. Imagine you were playing life chess against a mysterious opponent. When you’re doing well, your opponent is miserable and vice versa.

What does your life look like from this imaginary opponent’s perspective?

The Bell Tower.

I’ve been working at the library at Dixie State University this week. There’s a bell tower that rings out each hour. In the past, the bell tower’s importance of creating order for a community was a tremendous service. Now that we each carry devices that tell the time, this antiquated bell serves a perhaps even more important function: a reminder of mindfulness of another hour past.

What are your mindfulness reminders?

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