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A Useful Way to Think about Your Personal Values
The most useful way I’ve discovered to think about values – which, by the way, definitely ISN’T obvious – is one I learned from Tony Robbins.
Here’s the gist: Values are simply emotions that are important for you to feel or to avoid feeling.
This approach makes values less conceptual and more personal, and therefore actionable. It invites you to look at what you can do to generate empowering emotions and to avoid disempowering ones.
Actually naming and writing these can be life-changing.
Awareness is the starting point of all growth and achievement.
Use this Question to Get Any Coaching Session Back on Track
“What’s the real issue here FOR YOU?”
It’s another question borrowed from my friend Michael Bungay Stanier. He calls it “The Focus Question.”
It’s fantastic for so many reasons. It:
-Gets clients out of “story mode.”
-Helps them when they’re trapped in the big picture.
-Cuts through ambiguity and all the things about which nothing can be done.
-Helps discover what’s truly at the heart of the matter.
-Inches clients toward personal responsibility.
To ensure that it retains its potency, be sure to remember to include “FOR YOU.” 🙂
Reduce Stress, Increase Productivity through Routines
Smart marketers and businesspeople constantly find ways to do more with less, including their energy and emotional bandwidth. That’s why they create, use and refine routines.
Routines can make it easier to allocate your time and to estimate how long something will take or how much it will cost.
Routines make it easier to enlist others in your work, and they can often be delegated.
They can be documented and refined, or eliminated if you no longer want or need them. Having them can bring peace of mind and using them can reduce stress.
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