Are you finding it difficult to simply keep up with your work schedule leaving you, your daily chores, and family on the back burner?  Maybe setting some priorities, a little delegation, and a pinch of organization just might be the plan. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus.

 

Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.

 

True  False

 

m   m  1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.

 

m   m  2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

 

m   m  3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

 

m   m  4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.

 

m   m  5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift. 

 

m   m  6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, visiting a museum, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.

 

m   m  7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit. 

 

m   m  8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.

 

m   m  9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful. 

 

m   m  10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.

 

m   m  11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with over activity, so I stop and take care of myself.

 

m   m  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.

 

m   m  13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.

 

m   m  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.

 

m   m  15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

 

m   m  16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

 

If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false and see if you can incorporate something of its message into your life. Please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation if you’d like to explore this issue further.

 

Curt Canada is a Leadership and Personal Development Coach and Consultant in Washington, (Glover Park) DC. He has a recent new business webpage at http://www.adapting2Change.com

 

 © 2011 Claire Communications

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 1 Finding its True Meaning…not a time for evaluation nor criticism. I must share with you that it is not humanly possible not to think about all those memorable times with loved ones whom you have shared past holiday seasons. There are regrets perhaps and for some a happy time and for some of you ,sadness. Think of, if you can a happy, surprised, good surprised moment you recall or something totally silly or funny about this holiday if you just have to return to the past. A meditative moment has been noted to reduce stress. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and those most celebrated gift -giving days are not so far in the distant!  So go ahead and deck the halls for goodness sake! Actually not just yet, there’s Thanksgiving!

Perhaps there’s a special bulb you have made for the Christmas tree….a song that you like though you can’t really carry a tune…if you can handle a comedy live show ..definitely attend….we all could use a laugh or two… invest time in helping others or visiting someone less fortunate than you. I will leave it up to you to find your meaning for such a holiday celebrated by many throughout the world in their own way.

 2 Logistics: Travel, Budgetary, and Social Arrangements:  plan Ask yourself if it’s going to be stretch or strain on your budget about the  purchase of gifts? So you’re in that unemployment boat that millions find themselves this holiday season, so what? Don’t give up, keep looking for that job! However don’t accept any factitious and or real credit cards! It’s not your money. Do shop for bargains …they’re out there? Plan months ahead for that holiday plane or train or bus ticket? Travel safe? Check your tires and an overall check-up of your car?  Get ample rest before and after your trip or holiday vacation.

 Get physically and emotionally ready: Am I ready for this. Holidays are not immune of past events and moments in one’s life that are not always happy times. Keep in mind that you will most likely cross family and friends and past admirers during this time. Try  keeping those times separate. Not a time to evaluate though you are approaching the end of another year. Give praise and gratitude ..there’s much to be simply thankful for. Find a gym or a yoga class ..exercise is so important for relieving stress. Eat lots of veggies and fruit. Get and give lots of hugs but stay away from the common cold and all other communicable viruses if possible.

4 It will come and go…. Visualize what would blow your top off? Don’t go there then. You do have the ability to dummy down some of those in the past memorable stressful experiences.

 5 Most importantly: Find time for self….take a break from all the hustle and demands placed upon oneself during this particular time of year  (find a good book to read)  take an impromptu walk/ stay away from the tv/ stay away from big crowds/drink lots of water and juice….minimize your alcohol content(take it from me…alcohol does not alleviate stress!)….give thanks often no matter what your faith or religion happens to be….take a nap in the middle of the day… stay away from last years holiday experience… perhaps I didn’t cover anything that would truly help you alleviate what’s placing so much stress in your life but at least for the moment you were forced to tread somewhere beyond yourself to a world of possibilities when it comes of thinking and getting ready for one if not the biggest holiday seasons of the year! Show a little gratitude starting with Thanksgiving. This will lower your stress tremendously as you plan your celebrations next month.

 Lastly, don’t drink and drive….find a designated driver or hide the keys.  Remember, it’s not always about you or me or where and how quickly we need to get there.

 Oh, by the way…an early Happy New Year  to you all !

 Curt Canada- Board Certified Coach at Adapting2change in Washington DC coaches clients in areas of  personal, workplace, and leadership development f2f and via  Skype and web-conferencing.

 

 

 Have you mastered how to give or present a 30 second pitch that will get you noticed ? What you do and what you have to offer or sell is an important  networking skill!. I can tell you firsthand that it takes an extreme amount of invested practice to get it right. However if you want to know the truth this article is about pitching as in Baseball. I’m talking about the duel between  CC Sabathia and  Justin Verlander  possible MVP Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. It’s all about Baseball for the next three weeks so don’t even talk to meet about “Roll Tide” or the “Thundering Herd” for that matters whom would never fit into the same sentence or conversation.

 Verlander is absolutely hot … (12-1 after the All Star break) well you know what I mean…a definite over 20 something game winner. It wouldn’t be fair for me to reveal which of these teams I truly follow because it would skew and dampen your interest in the game that’s about to begin later this evening around 8pm EST. You got to be jumpin out of your seat because economically and socially the Tigers and the folks in Detroit can revel in excitement even though each team will have to make it through the ALCS playoffs to get to the World Series. I really hope you’re into sports because if not I have probably lost you from the start!

I got to get out of here so I can get ready to watch some Baseball with my friends somewhere in downtown Washington DC but before I go let me share what I really do…

 I coach and consult women and men seeking to increase performance and succeed in matters important in their personal and professional lives using industry assessments, feedback, and client-focused collaborative dialogue.

 What am I pitching here? Enjoy the Baseball Playoffs!

Curt Canada works as a coaching consultant in Washington DC helping clients manage their time, be more successful, increase their level of performance,  adapt to sudden challenges they face in the workplace and at home.

 

I dont’know about you but if you have followed my recent blog  entries you probably have walked away vowing never to return and if so not any time soon.  Ok I admit that I have run into a rocky road of my own, re-thinking a new marketing plan and it’s simply hot as ….here in Washington DC and quite frankly across the country.

I have decided while riding my bike in my living room to write something more stimulating and that hits home for all of us out here that faced with challenges and goals and plans (and what our next strategy should be) that seems as if they are at a standstill.

There are a couple of songs that I can think of right now that I can envision that I find will get me to begin lightening up!

“Indiana wants me ..Lord I can’t go back there. (that’s not true )  And there’s the great Frank Sinatra..a definite  song for moving forward and setting new plans and goals and visualizing . In the song , “That’s Life ” he mentions  when things are not shaking in July..I’m gonna get on a big bird and fly , my my!

Are u following me? Perhaps this is where you are?  I’m not one of those guys who can take off in August  but I guess I can  take a little trip inside my head and then, jot it down on paper.   You can also begin writing some action steps for yourself. I can only imagine what your list would consist of for lightening up.

1 Jet Blue is advertising flights at $44 dollars one way…maybe you’re thinking of leaving this town…if you need to return just do the math  $44 more for your way back

2 There are  museums up the yin yang in this town and well all sorts of  monuments…one day at a time,  however I would make sure that they’re open.. you know that budget thing?

3 Let the dogs out… no not like that!  don’t do that but  how about volunteering your time …perhaps an hour ..if I recall the animal shelter over on New York Ave (DC) will probably allow  you to take a dog for a walk! You may have to show your ID! You know times are tough out here for many of ya.. unemployment reported up 10 % IN THIS TOWN….notice I didn’t mention the nation’s capital

4 The Atlanta Braves are in town ..I think they’re playing the Washington Nationals ..a place to get away from it all ..that stress I mentioned at the beginning of this article. Get a cold beverage…Nattie Bo or a sot drink and hot dog and some Cracker Jacks and simply get lost in the fifth inning.

5 I’ m stopping here at five leaving you at 6-10 things  to do to lighten up …leave it alone for a while …get away…do something different that’s positive and legal and safe. I do not want you to harm yourself nor someone else out here  while living a little.

* I did want to mention that I did see in the news the other day that there were some collective dancing going on in the streets.I’m for that !

There are an assortment  of clubs and eateries in this place and  do stay healthy my friend…moderation on the spirits ..can’t imagine someone over doing it.

So , Life Coaching begins with me  lightening up and living a little!

Curt Canada is an Executive ,Career,and Leadership,and  Personal Development Coach at FindingyourZenith in Washington DC. Email Curt at curtcanada@verizon  for all questions,inquiries,and comments.

Once we have moved through the ‘letting go’ process, we find ourselves in the second phase of change. This is the period of emptiness and uncertainty. This is also called the transitional time – the time between letting go of the old and fully embracing and adapting to the new. During this time you may feel like you are lost. You don’t know what to do. You don’t know what is expected of you. This is unfamiliar territory. Nothing feels the same. The old is gone, the new is unknown and you are in between.

Like a farmer, it is the time that the fields appear to lay barren, but in reality they are becoming nutrient rich for the next crop. This is your opportunity to become nutrient rich. As you review the following ideas, select one or two that you can commit to as you move through the transitional phase of change. If you do, you will be enriching your spirit, your mind, your future relationships, and your skills. And implementing these ideas will make this phase easier to undergo.

1.Do something that makes you feel in control. (And we’re not talking about holding the television remote!). Don’t sit around making excuses about why you can’t do something, just give it a try. Be sure that you choose a project that gently pushes your energy level – and more importantly, one that you can accomplish. Stick to it until you finish.

2.Take stock of your life and choose one or two areas to focus on that can greatly impact your future success. Take action. Take an on-line course, sign up for a language class. Or a dance class. Study other religions. Learn to type using all your fingers! Whatever you do, give it your best effort.

3.Think bigger and bolder. Daydream. Visualize yourself immensely successful. See yourself in a new light. Create a collage of your best self. Your aspirations. Your talents.

4.Do not confuse the present with the past. Remind yourself, in spite of past reactions to change, you are older, more mature, and wiser. You have the skills you need to not just survive, but to thrive during this newest change.
5.Accept that this is an awkward stage. Ask for patience and support from people who are in your corner. Ask them to be patient, but not to let you become complacent.

The transitional time of change is an opportunity to evaluate any previous decisions you might have made. What did you learn? What should you learn in order to prevent a similar experience from happening? What will youdo differently the next time you are in a related situation?

Curt Canada is a Career and Life Coach in Glover Park DC at FindingYourZenith.

As we approach mid-summer, we can re- create new plans and expectations for our lives. Here a few powerful tips on how to unleash all that you are capable of so that you can ensure happiness and success during these hot and steamy days whether you are changing careers or looking for a job, relocating, or entering or leaving a relationship.

1. Know and Honor Your Values

A fulfilling life is one in which the most important beliefs and values you have are honored each and every day of your life. Your values are already there inside of you. When your values are expressed, life feels more fulfilling. It’s important to recognize the connection between the values you possess and the choices you make in your life. Those choices are filled with positive potential for you when your values are honored.

2. Move Past Your Limiting Beliefs

Self-limiting beliefs are those things you believe about yourself that place limitations on your abilities. They may be conscious or unconscious. Limitations are actually a part of the mind. In reality we have no limitations. Determination always finds a way around obstacles. Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can, or if you think you can’t – you’re right!” It all depends on what you believe about yourself. Unless you begin recognizing your own limiting beliefs and choose not to accept them, they will cause you to fail. When you align the true core of who you are with your goals, you can tap into your fullest potential.

3. Take on Successful Strategies

Success leaves an abundance of clues in its wake. Identify someone who is successful in the same things you want then model what they are doing. What you want could be a great business, relationship or a fit body. Remember, they aren’t lucky; they just have strategies that work.

4. Intensify Your Will Power

Willpower is the ability to exert one’s will over one’s actions. Willpower manifests as inner firmness, decisiveness, determination, resolution and persistence. It’s inevitable that life will hit us with some sort of crushing blow. If you face it head on, it will give you the psychological strength. View it as a gift and find a way to use it.

5. Give to Get

The meaning of our lives is shaped by what we give, not what we get. Many people want to get before they give. Over the long haul, this outlook never works. Instead, focus on creating value for others because when you do this, you will get a return that far exceeds your investment.

Curt Canada is an Executive ,Leadership, Career,and Life Coach at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC.

I suppose that I have written this blog for the past two years perhaps but I seem pressured almost every time I go to post my next entry. I don’t know why that happens , perhaps its stage fright or its human.

So when was the last time you said thank you to someone and really meant it? Tough question ,huh, especially in today’s world ,where we may begin our day thinking, what have you done for me lately or what’s in it for me. Surprisingly enough ,it feels good when its coming from another person. Better yet try counting the several times you publicly hear someone saying Thank you. You might be amazed of its frequency.

Elvis Presley actually coined the phrase of politeness by adding two more words, very much. Thank you very much was evidenced often to the many audiences during his unforgettable performances!

I’m about to reach over 970+ hits to my page and quite frankly I would probably have more but it’s not about the measure but I hope a message or a sentence that was inspiring and uplifting and which built confidence when there weren’t any around.

I found something from the book ” The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne” about showing a little gratitude and how much power it possesses if you were to do this daily. Here’s how it goes….

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that comes back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them. You will have locked into the frequency of gratitude and all good things will be yours.” Don’t take my word for it .try it , I suppose.

I’m only expressing my thanks for each of you who have visited my blog here at FindingYourZenith. Not going anywhere for now ….just sharing a little gratitude! I would love to hear what you have to say on the topic!

Thank you, very much!

Curt Canada builds confidence in his clients as an Executive, Leadership, Career, and Life Coach at FindingYourZenith , a private Coaching practice in Washington, DC.