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Coaching and New Year's Resolutions




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December 19, 2001                                                

Dear Readers:

Today's issue features a timely Top Ten List on the topic of New Year's resolutions.  A prominent ritual in many countries, this time of year provides particular opportunities for Coaches to connect with clients and potential clients.

Feel free to distribute this list, with proper attribution, to your clients this week.  Sharing it may well invigorate you both and lay the groundwork for more great Coaching!  As a bonus, author of this list, Deborah Keahey, has shared a link to the .pdf version - below - for ease of distribution.

Also in this issue is information about a live TeleClass offering of The Extreme Self-Care Program led by Talane Miedaner.  If a TeleClass or License to offer this material appeals to you, click here to read on.

All the best,

Andrea Lee
GM, CoachVille



Feature Article

Top 10 Steps to Better  Resolutions for 2002

© Deborah Keahey, 2001

1. Make resolutions throughout the year, rather than waiting for New Year’s.

That way you’re likely to set goals that are really meaningful and compelling, rather than setting goals for the sake of a holiday ritual.

2. Eliminate recurring resolutions.

Anything you’ve set as a goal before and failed at probably isn’t going to work any better this time. Drop it or redefine it to make it more doable and attractive.

3. Align resolutions with values.

When goals are in sync with your natural values, success comes more effortlessly.

4. Cross ‘shoulds’ off your list.

‘Shoulds’ and ‘musts’ are actually other people’s goals, not yours.

5. Make resolutions specific and measurable.

If there’s no clear finish line, you won’t be able to know if you’ve succeeded. Vague goals create anxiety and drain energy.

6. Identify what might stop you from succeeding.

Anticipating possible obstacles means they are less likely to derail you when you encounter them. Some will even disappear just by being named.

7. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.

Sounds basic, right? You might be surprised. Energy follows thought, so you attract what you focus on. Phrase resolutions to express the positive, not the negative, side of your goals.

8. Make your physical environment do the work.

If you want to watch less TV, put it in storage. If you want to curb credit card spending, keep them in a safe deposit box for emergency use only. If you want to eat healthier foods, make sure that’s all you have in your house. You get the idea.

9. Visualize the benefits of your goal.

Be specific and clear to yourself about why the outcome is important and worth attaining. Imagine how good it will feel. Relish the details.

10. Get support.

Change is easier and more fun when you have a coach to help.

BONUS: If you prefer to view or forward this Top Ten List in .pdf format, click here to access.

About the Submitter:

Coach Deborah Keahey is an award-winning published author, online educator, and owner of Lifescape Coaching.  She specializes in coaching women in a wide variety of situations.  Deborah can be reached online at or

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The Extreme Self-Care Program (TeleClass and License) is now open for registration.  Led by Talane Miedaner
Dates: 6 Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, February 5, 12, 19, 2002, 1-2 PM Eastern. Tuition: US$129/$99 CoachVille members.  Click here to register in this live Licensing Program.

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This program will not only provide you with the tools you'll put to use for your own Extreme Self Care Program, but will also show you how to lead this program for your own clients. As a licensee of this program, you have the right to offer the Extreme Self-Care Assessment, and share the materials, class notes, etc., from this program. The student only web area will be given to you on your first day of class.

The key word in the program title is Extreme.

For many, self care is obviously a good idea, but it can be difficult to get very interested in it until you, or your client, can get a picture of how to make a comprehensive and radical change in how you approach your self-care.

The Extreme Self Care Checklist consists of 100 items which, when completed, will support you in achieving balance and well-being for you. The 10 areas of the of the Checklist are:

1. Stress elimination
2. Environment/Family
3. Pleasure
4. Well-Being
5. Special Care Items
6. Support/Experts
7. Ingestion
8. Appearance
9. Sustainability
10. Daily Rituals

Each of these areas will be covered in the six TeleClasses. Between classes, you'll have the chance to implement the care items you commit to each week. Scoring and tracking instructions for the Extreme Self-Care Checklist will also be covered, and available for your use as a licensee.

In addition to the 10 areas above, you will learn:

1. Why you should focus on Extreme Self-Care as a priority in your life. It sounds good, but why should you, really?
2. How you can work with your clients--and others--to help them enjoy Extreme Self-Care. Help them make this important shift using the resources we provide you with.
3. How to benefit from following your progress with the Extreme Self-Care Progress Chart. The Progress chart, as well as other checklists and resources are included in this program. 
4. How to open the door to creative ways to achieve Extreme Self Care for yourself, and how to facilitate this process.

Led by Talane Miedaner

This six week live TeleClass offering will be led by Talane Miedaner, CMC, MCC, and author of Coach Yourself to Success: 101 Tips from a Personal Coach for Reaching Your Goals at Work and in Life (Contemporary, January 2000). Talane has been described as "one of the best in the [Coaching] business".

Talane will call on her experience guiding hundreds of clients to find wealth, success, and happiness to bring this material to life for you.

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