The Anchor Advantage

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When the weather is warm, my husband and I have a favorite Saturday morning routine: sleeping in, (that’s typically 6:00am for him and 7:30ish for me!) brewing coffee, and then heading out to the lake for breakfast. As boat club members, we have a reputation for barely using any gas when taking a boat out. For us, anchoring in a peaceful cove and savoring breakfast while catching up is the most amazing way to start a Saturday.  From there our lake time might be spent reading books, brainstorming, or dreaming. Sometimes we even hold our weekly business meeting out there. … Read More

The Value of Values

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In coaching circles, values are a hot topic. To be honest, prior to my coach training, I’d never given them much thought. I bet I’m not alone in that! Come to find out, values are quite nifty! They serve as a filter for your life by screening out the “junk” – the stuff that is not important in your life. The problem is that without knowing your values or actually applying them, they won’t be all that valuable! Think of it this way – you dump the appropriate number of scoops of ground coffee into your coffee maker or coffee … Read More

If You Only Knew!

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Sitting down face to face with another coach is a rare thing for me. Oh, I have dozens and dozens of coach friends in the US and abroad and we talk; just not here in Chattanooga. That’s why having lunch with a fellow coach here in Chattanooga this week was such a blessing. Spending time with someone who truly understands the life of a coach and what coaching is all about is like that first cup of coffee on an early morning; an energizing boost! You know your lunch adventure is a good one when it begins to bump up … Read More

What is Your Soul Feasting On?

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What are you feeding your soul – that part of you that makes you, you? I have a hunch – you have not thought about that question in a long time, if ever. So let me ask you this: Are you feeling energized and ready to take on the world? Or are you feeling zapped, overwhelmed, and empty? Is your soul bogged down by extra weight? Perhaps you have been feeding it too much junk food – things like TV, Facebook, web surfing, or the news? Don’t worry – I am not saying you can’t ever indulge in TV, Facebook … Read More

Values: Are You Due for A Check-Up?

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Without attention, things naturally break down. It doesn’t matter if it is your house, yard, car, computer, or boat – without regular maintenance, they will drift towards deterioration. The same is true for your health, your relationships, and your skills. That’s the essence behind the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It takes regular maintenance just to keep things in order, level. If you want to advance in an area – that requires more than just maintenance. With such an array of things to maintain all vying for your attention, maintaining your values is easily overlooked. Maybe you have never thought about … Read More

The Rub

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I shifted. I tugged. The tag just kept rubbing me the wrong way! It didn’t matter that it was one of my favorite blouses; I couldn’t wait to change clothes! Maybe I am extra sensitive, but tags can rub you raw and leave a mark! It made me wish that all clothes had followed suit with Hanes, who launched the memorable “go tagless” campaign back in 2002. The “go tagless” campaign was spurred on by two factors: flat sales and their reputation for comfort. It worked! Hanes enjoyed a 70% increase in sales and got people talking about their underwear! … Read More