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Independent Professionals: How can you get your First Fifty Clients?
Estelle Gibbins, Brisbane, Australia
"I have applied the information, with terrific results.
I started last Monday, making a deal with myself to have a new client
each day. So far, that has occurred - and I have ten new clients!"
101 Self Help Experts!
David Riklan of Selfgrowth.com has recently launched a one of a kind. Now for the first time ever you can get advice from 101 Self Help experts in one easy to read ebook.
And - you can even listen to audio clips from each expert. This is a great resource for any coach, or anyone committed to their personal growth.
(Actually, what had me buy it was one of the free bonuses - a list of the top 101 inspirational movies of all time; I really love the memorable quotes section).
Note: Bonus audio included in this issue.
Have you ever laid in bed trying to fall asleep, but your mind keeps spinning with all the things you need to do? Your thoughts just keep ticking?
We wind ourselves up like a motor when we pile on more things than can possibly get done in the time frame have. When we rush to appointments, speed in the car, load up on coffee, smoke on our breaks and make it to places "just in time", it's no wonder some of us can have a hard settling in for the night. Or settling in for the day!
So how can we keep our mind from spinning?
Life and Death?
Most of what is keeping our minds whirling isn't as serious as we make
it out to be. Besides keeping yourself physically safe, nothing has
to happen. Getting something for the kids or trying to make it to the
hairdresser appointment is not life or death. Most of the time if things
don't get done when we think they should get done, life stills goes on.
When you are out sick, the world doesn't stop revolving. We forget this
because we like to stay busy and experience the adrenaline rush.
Take Time Out For Yourself
I know I say this often, but it is so important to have a time when nothing is planned and you aren't bothered by the kids. Maybe you can get some pampering done, like a massage. Yoga is wonderful because it allows you to be physical, and can act like a busy person's meditation.
Drop Some "To Do's"
It's likely you have a LOT going on. Is there anything you can drop from your to do list? Do you have a committee you are on that you don't like and is just taking up time? Do you dislike housecleaning or gardening? Find a housekeeper or gardener! Get rid of to do's that take up time, but don't add to the quality of your life.
Have a Quiet Evening
Usually the times I have trouble sleeping are when I have worked too late or have been watching an action packed movie right before bed. The computer screen and the quick-paced movie are too stimulating late at night. Try turning off the computer or TV at least an hour before bed. Relax with some soft music or a book instead.
Leave Work at Work
I heard a story of a man who felt extremely guilty when he was at work because he wasn't spending time with his family. Then, when he went home he felt guilty that he wasn't working. He was miserable most of the time....until one day he had a flash of insight. He decided he would enjoy work when he was at work and enjoy his family when he was at home. Living in the moment helped him be happier.
Can you experiment with focusing on where you are?
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As you can see, just a few simple changes can bring you closer to a calmer and more peaceful mind.
As a bonus for this article, I've made available the original interview I did with ABC radio. Listen to this 7 minute clip for greater detail and motivation to slow down that mind:
7 Min Radio Interview in Mp3 format (in Windows, right click and save to your computer to listen in your favourite Mp3 player.)
It was exciting to have a US producer ask me to apply for a role as a coach in a TV show. Seems my home made audition tape wasn't up to scratch, so with her input I had a professional 10 minute DVD created which was very fun and rewarding! (You can view it online here). Final results aren't in yet but I've made it to the top ten.
I've been playing squash again like mad after a five year break, and just won the A grade at a recent tournament. Feels Awesome to be back on the court, and I've even started a weight program to get serious for the competition coming up next season.
Had a wonderful experience yesterday of listening to someone who was angry. All sorts of things were coming at me which would normally plug me right in. For some reason I could see it for what it was, and even see a lot of truth in what was said - and I was OK with all of it. There was nothing I needed to make happen. After about half an hour the person was happy because I had heard everything without reacting. It was a wonderful experience to feel aware and centred.
Bron and I spent a week in Sydney to see where we might like to live next year, and just had my parents visit for a week - wonderful to have family around!
And a huge project is just about done! Discover your top three goals for 2004 at www.FreeGoalsReport.com/quiz.asp?id=45
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David Wood is a personal and business coach, and a founder of the International Coach Academy - a global company training coaches in nine countries. He is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) based in Washington, D.C.
David has coached people in 13 countries via telephone and email. He helps people tap into their passion and adventure, and get into action! He works with professionals on career direction and personal issues, with small business owners, and managers/executives. He also helps coaches start or accelerate their coaching practice via the CoachStart™ Program at http://www.CoachStart.com/Mentor.htm