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What would having a connected community, passionate about coaching, mean to you?

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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Productivity Rules

If you don’t like the word rules, you could use guidelines. But whatever you want to call it, you can’t get away from having a set of habits, wrapped in a story, that determines your day to day and hour to hour decisions on how to spend your time. A mixture of social, financial, professional, and personal pressures push us to make different decisions and produce different amounts and quality of work. Most of the time these rules go unnoticed or addressed.

What happens when you ask yourself what are your ‘Rules of Productivity’?

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What’s the Plan?

Certain activities require a detailed plan. Consider the planning necessary for scuba diving or flying an airplane. Other activities can be done on the fly, such as hanging out with friends and family. Yet even then, having a common plan means that communication has happened and ideas are shared, which is almost always helpful.

What plan do you need to make and share?

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Productivity Rules

If you don’t like the word rules, you could use guidelines. But whatever you want to call it, you can’t get away from having a set of habits, wrapped in a story, that determines your day to day and hour to hour decisions on how to spend your time. A mixture of social, financial, professional, and personal pressures push us to make different decisions and produce different amounts and quality of work. Most of the time these rules go unnoticed or addressed.

What happens when you ask yourself what are your ‘Rules of Productivity’?

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Make it a Masterpiece.

A staple of life coaching skills is shifting perspectives. A perspective is a stance, a lens through which to infuse life with a deeper meaning and approach our work. One of my favorite perspectives is thinking about crafting a day as if it were art. Making art infuses your perspective with intention, energy, and creativity.

If you were to look at the next three days, and the decisions on how you spend your time,- as art, what would you choose to do to make this weekend a masterpiece?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time of sharing thanks and gratitude. And for this Thanksgiving, let’s use the coaching skill of Acknowledgment to bring our and other’s gratitude to another level. Acknowledgement, at it’s best, doesn’t only look at what a person does that’s great. It looks at the inner-world, the personal characteristics that shine through in someone’s action and energy.

Who would you like to Acknowledge today?

Bonus Question: What in yourself would you like to Acknowledge?

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What’s Your Intention for this Holiday Season?

I am a life coach, and I’m married to a life coach. Our relationship is filled with life coaching conversations, designed alliances, and share perspectives. One of our usual topics is what mindful intention do we want to design together for the holiday season. The intention helps set the tone and provides a common point for us to reference and make the holidays more rich and meaningful.

The question we’ll be asking each other this morning: “What’s your intention for the holiday season?”

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On a Deeper Level of Gratitude.

The word happiness shares the same root as the fellow germanic word happen. The idea is that when good things happened to us, we become happy. Happiness is attached to an external experience. However, joy and gratitude go a level deeper and can occur even in moments of disappointment or challenge.

Today’s question: when you close your eyes and tap into a deep feeling of gratitude, where do you notice it comes from?

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Hello World, I’m back.

I’m back to writing daily powerful paragraphs for the blog. The past three months have been a whirlwind after living for 15 months on the road the readjustment of living in a home I plan on living in the rest of my life. The challenge of furnishing a home, exploring a new community, and establishing a new rhythm was much harder than I thought it was going to be. But I’m picking up the positive habit of writing and posting daily after readjusting my systems and setting in.

For this holiday season, and looking ahead to making 2019 an amazing year, what daily habit do you want to pick back up?

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The Robinson Milestone

A few times in my career as an Academic Life Coach I’ve reached a meaningful and memorable milestone. I remember my first workshop I delivered over ten years ago to a group of parents and students. I remember speaking at my first book launch, and now I had the honor of speaking at the same conference as Sir Ken Robinson, one of my education heroes. I’m struck by the power and magic of what can be accomplished by persevering and continuing to take one step, then another.

What magic are you creating – and what milestone are you reaching – by taking the next step?

 

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The New versus the Routine.

After living on the road for so long, we’ve acclimated to spending a large chunk of time planning the next phase of the trip. From where we were going to stay, to whom we were going to see, and what we were going to do, we’ve been in hyper-planning overdrive with everything so new. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I find myself daydreaming about a life that’s nearly 100% routine when we head back to Portland.  I’ve been playing with the idea of planning crafting a life for the next year that’s nearly as routine as I can make it.

What’s your perfect balance between new and routine?

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