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As a Life Coach, I must mention the power of perspectives that I see happening in the World Cup. The biting incident overshadowing the career exiting of some Italian national football heroes and many other current match details are being less focused on. Luis Suarez’s Latino culture background that more easily condones to strong expression of emotion colides with his anwering to the Anglo Saxen culture of Liverpool for his paycheck, which demands keeping your calm and controling your emotions.  Of course the news doesn’t focus on these undercurrent perspectives of the bitting and instead focus is from a more western society fair play.  What’s your perspective?
The dust has settled and fingers have been pointed as Italy crashed out of the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay. As most of the world focussed on Luis Suarez and Bite-gate – part 3, Cesare Prandelli, likely unaware of the furore unfolding across the globe, tended his resignation. Mario Balotelli isolated himself from the rest of the Azzurri squad as rumours of tensions within the camp emerged. Many Italy fans want to point fingers at the Liverpool man, blame the stifling heat and humidity or even Prandelli for the Azzurris failings, but the simple fact is this Italy team was not good enough from the outset. It is true that Prandelli made mistakes in this World Cup…. But these errors were magnified by a more fundamental point – the majority of players are not of the standard required to win a World Cup…. We have seen a real lack of desire from this Italy in their last two games. Maybe they thought they had the right to progress, maybe they thought they were better than they are. Maybe, they werent as united as we were led to believe…. This World Cup exit should not be about pointing fingers, or finding a scapegoat. Most Italy fans and journalists, myself included, did not expect to win the tournament. A respectable showing would have sufficed. The focus of this World Cup should have been witnessing the final chapter of a great mans international career. The cornerstone of our post World Cup analysis should have been Pirlo, as we will never see the bearded maestro don an Italy jersey again. Pirlo has now hung up his heart but instead we are bombarded with memes depicting sharks and Suarez.
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Today is the BIG World Cup Foosball match between USA and Deutschland in Brazil!  It is especially big for me as I live both in Loveland, Colorado and Berlin, Germany.  As a Life Coach I couldn’t help but reflect upon my own personality and the values of both countries that make up who I am.  I’m definitely an American “out-of-the-box-thinker.”  I find German directness refreshing and more suitable to my personality as I hate doubletalk.  Living in Germany along with age has softened my American attitude of culture superiority as I have morphed from a more restricted religious thinking and set of beliefs to a less conservative more spiritual openness.  I have learned hands-on about individual tolerance and embracing diversity.  My journey is what has made me the great Life Coach that I am.  Good Luck to both USA and Deutschland!  I’ll be watching!

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Michael Freeley, a certified life and career coach, calls coaching…
“…an active, invigorating process assisting you to reach your potential, challenging and supporting you, seeing what is working well for you and promoting that success so you can achieve miraculous and logical results.”
I agree with him and his Huffington Post article: “Life Coaching is Not Weird” June 20, 2014
Business: Use Intention To Achieve

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It is now 2014 mid January!  How are you doing on your New Years Resolutions?

Are you repeating the same process of running out of steam like years past?  If not, what are you doing different!

2013 taught me so much about approaching goal setting from the inside out and the role my values play in the process. I feel like a new person full of so much momentum for my 2014 goals of growing and developing my business and myself. The thing I’m doing different this year is working with my fears rather than allowing my fears to take charge through my emotions and drive me to anxiety overload. I’m taking time each day where I give my emotions time to release. It’s like an emotional meditation but rather than quieting the mind I allow myself to feel what ever I feel throughout my whole body. I cry, laugh, or whatever creatively surfaces. When the allotted time is up, I pull myself together, breath, ground myself and get back to my day. I also do meditate to quiet the mind. I guess I am doing a lot more of self recognition through these types of actions. So far I am seeing progress!

What is different for you this year?

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As I sit here contemplating that in a matter of hours 2013 will fade allowing for 2014 to take over the now-moment, and savour the celebration of the risked I’ve taken and mountains I’ve conquered. I am filled with anticipation and an inner strength for what is yet to come. I’m curious about what you have experienced in the last year. Tell me!

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I love my work as a professional coach. Working with others helps me appreciate the adversity I have gone through in my life. My adversity brings beauty to my coaching.

“The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” C. S. Lewis

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“Life pulls us in so many directions all at the same time making balance a challenge to find. Money, career, health; is there more? Perhaps relationship is core! Creative, curiosity most certain to encore; fun and development and so much more. So dance in the moment, create and explore then detach from the outcome! Let go and adore! That beauty of miracle beyond belief that comes through that core you stretched out of before; and into the NOW you find yourself changed, moment by moment somehow arranged. Do not fear change, embrace it full-on! Embody transformation! Let go! Re-define! Stretch yourself beyond what you know! See what you find! Balance is restored, for it’s a state of mind!” – Melody Taylor-Fliege

The wheel of life is a coaching tool used to help find what areas of your life to focus on in order to bring more balance.

What methods have you used to help you balance through your life changes?

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People are always asking me, “What exactly is coaching?”. The web is full of explanations of similar and purely textual information.  I know that there are people who are overwhelmed with this mass of information and so I thought I would provide visually oriented people with a more illustrative explanation.

I came up with the idea of creating a cartoon about the responses of a therapist, mentor and life coach to the question of how to ride a bike.  I hope you enjoy my cartoon!

Life Coaching cartoon visually demonstrating the difference between life coaching, therapy and mentoring. 

Background Information

I originally came up with the cartoon idea during the time I did my coaching certification process.  I participated in a “Client Game” where there was a suggestion of introducing yourself as a life coach through a joke explaining coaching from a lighter side.  This joke idea stuck with as a great way of adding laughter to my website and an alternative explanation of what coaching is.

I conceptualized the comic strip format, Michael Reyman created the final draft of the caricatures, and my web designer Björn Kahlert helped me add the words and the fine tuning for my website.