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Steve's Life And Business Coaching Notes

January 2012


Even the finest instrument needs to be kept in tune.
(Photo courtesy of FreeFoto.com)


1) How Do You Tune Your Instrument? - Do you do anything to prepare for your day/family/career/clients or just show up and hope it works out?

2) New Year's Special Offers and Opportunities - Something for everyone who has important things they want to accomplish in the next few months and are not making the progress they deserve.

1) Tuning Your Instrument

In your life, career or business, you are your biggest asset, your own instrument of success. You are also your biggest liability. And how you show up every day, with your colleagues, friends, family or clients, is a huge factor in determining your overall level of happiness and success.

So tell me, how much attention do you put into tuning your instrument?

If you were a world-class musician you would never think of performing without tuning your violin, guitar or what have you. The sour notes would be noticed immediately and detract from your performance. Thus musicians always take the time to tune their own instrument and then tune to the orchestra prior to a performance. How about you?

In your life, career and businesses, I am sure you have had a few experiences where you felt in tune with yourself, your surroundings, the task at hand, and things flowed almost effortlessly.

And I am pretty sure there have been many other times when the sense of struggle was so palpable, you may have felt you were playing off the wrong sheet music.

If you do nothing to proactively prepare for each day or tune your instrument, it will not take too much (stress, conflict, unexpected developments, etc.) to tip you into a far more reactive mode. And feeling a little off-key or behind the rhythm, you are more likely to appear impatient, intolerant, unsympathetic, distracted and generally self-focused. This of course is going to be noticed and have an impact.

Taking the time to tune your instrument, to get more present, in-sync, will not immunize you from life's challenges. But it will ensure you meet them with the greater creativity, trust and the resourcefulness needed to be your best, under any circumstance. And this will also have an impact. (A very positive one.)


If you don't have one already, my challenge to you for this upcoming year is to create your own daily routine to "tune your instrument". (And if you do have one, I simply challenge you to take it to the next level.)

There is solid research to indicate that if you only take 10 minutes, two times a day, to do something that gets you out of your normal, reactive, personal, anxious, resistant, over thinking mindset, it can dramatically improve your well being.

We are simply wanting to find some regular daily practice that triggers your relaxation response (your parasympathetic nervous system), resets the mind from its obsession with how it wishes things would be and helps you get a little more in tune with what is actually happening.

What might the practical benefits of this be in your business, career and life? You will experience less stress, have much greater rapport in all your relationships, access more creativity, be a more effective leader, enjoy higher self-awareness and far greater self-management. You will laugh more, love more, and your blood pressure will be lower so you may well live a lot longer.

Not a bad payback for an investment of just 10 minutes, twice a day. Take the challenge. You can thank me later.

Resources - In previous newsletters I have shared many strategies for a renewal practice, from simply taking the time to go for walks to yoga, listening to music, contemplating a sunset, taking a bath, praying, gratitude journaling, dancing, etc. However, for those of you who do not know where to start and might benefit from a little more structure, here is a link to a free, 10-day, 10 minute a day, meditation course.

"Don't obsess on fixing or pacifying the mind.
Try simply observing it from a place of neutrality."   

- Ancient Wisdom

2) Coming Attractions.

For Those With Important Plans, Agendas, Dreams or Changes to Make

This is a time of year for contemplating change. So if you are tired of where you are and have some big goals you want to achieve, drop me an email and let’s chat. In a 10 minute complimentary chat, I can give you some ideas on a few possible ways forward.

For Coaches Wanting Much More Success and Happiness in 2012,
THE 6 FIGURE PRACTICE PROGRAM - Registration is Now Open

If you love coaching and are simply not getting the results you want with your marketing, please note that registration is now open for January's edition of THE 6-FIGURE PRACTICE MENTORING PROGRAM . This affordable and limited enrollment program will help you find a path with heart to a very successful coaching practice. (This venerable program is only offered twice a year.)

This program is designed to teach you all you need to know to find a niche, establish your brand, set up your marketing systems and generally build a great practice. And, it will support you long enough to actually put what you learn into action. Please read the course description and testimonials of the very happy participants over the years. It comes with a full satisfaction guarantee, so if it is not of tremendous value to you, you can leave any time.

If you are interested, you can email me at scmitten@shaw.ca to secure your spot. 

Mentor Program Testimonials

"After 2 years of struggling alone, I took your program and am now profitable, paying all my bills, and I have 4 people to get back to today."

"Thank you, I deeply appreciate working together,
I am getting more value than I ever expected or could hope for."

"This is deeply important. Our conversations truly move me and inspire me to develop a similar depth of compassion and depth of knowledge for my clients."

"Working with Steve literally transformed my coaching practice and took my life to a whole new level."

3) Blasts from The Past - Occasionally, when I think it may be of use, I suggest readers visit a previously published article. In honour of the New Year, for the benefit of anyone who is struggling to make an important change this year, I recommend you read this newsletter from a few years ago. Bottom line, from the perspective of coaching over a thousand people over the years, there are changes we simply cannot make on our own, and the better you get at identifying these type of changes, and getting the help you need, the better.

Visit Steve at Life and Business Coach Steve Mitten.

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