Saturday, August 30, 2003

My Coffeemaker Died This Morning

Not that it's the end of the world, but my coffeemaker morphed into a mess-maker this morning. Seems my Black & Decker Brew & Go coffee maker brewed ... and WENT.

So instead of drip, drip, dripping its coffee right into my mug (as it's routinely done for months and months) it just bubbled, gurgled, snorted, and oozed its muddy-wet coffee grounds all over my kitchen counter! Of course I didn't have enough paper towel - or napkins - to mop it all up, so it continued flowing right off the edge of the counter and onto the kitchen floor.

Kersplash!

In bending down to mop up the mess, I banged my head on the edge of a drawer that I guess I hadn't closed all the way. Then, as I tried in vain to sop up the gathering pool of piping hot coffee with too few sheets of (now soggy) paper towel, I burned my fingers.

What a fiasco!

So I wonder what lesson this was all trying to teach me. Vernon Sanders Law states:
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."
Got that right. Hmmm. I'm still not sure, but maybe I'll make myself a cup of coffee and try and figure this thing out.

Oh wait, I can't!!!

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Sunday, August 24, 2003

SoBig.F Indeed

As annoying as all these "wicked screensaver", "thank you!", "that movie", "your details", and related emails flying around, it struck me yesterday that by comparison, spam seems at an all time low. And how refreshing is THAT?!

Another thing that struck me is how huge the internet really is because it's one thing to THINK about so many people in the world having internet/email access, but it puts things in an entirely perspective to get SoBig emails from seemingly each and every one of them. Yikes!

It all reminds me that WHAT we view is often a matter of HOW we view it. An object lesson that wonderfully describes the power of coaching.

Monday, August 18, 2003

Old Friends

Three on a match. First, I got an email from an old friend the other day. Second, a client was thinking about going to a high school reunion. Third, neighbors from where we lived 10 years ago were in the area and stopped by to say hello.

So often people meet, interact for a while, and then go their separate ways, never to be heard from again. Nothing intentional - often just a result of benign neglect over time. Yet there are so many of these lost relationships, I can't help wonder what all they might look like if they took on some physical form.

Piles of Lost Relationships would be seen littering our streets and highways. Big chunks of Forgotten Friendships would jam up free-flowing rivers and streams. Hmmm. Do you think this might be contributing to all the smog and pollution out there?!

So let's do something about it. Let's visit, or talk to, or email someone we haven't in a while. The joy it'd bring would be healthy for us - and them - and might even be good for the environment, too!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Two More "Ask the Experts" Postings

(1) The question was: I am starting a new business and although I am not in need of startup capital I get a sense that writing a business plan would be a good idea. Do you agree and if so, what would be the best way for me to approach it and what would be the key areas to include or questions to answer? Many thanks. Read my answer here.

(2) The question was: I have read several self help books. Tried several techniques. And on many occasions have attempted to start a journal. hoping to work on goals, self esteem and prosperity creation. However good a start i make i find it so difficult to keep motivated, my self doubt creeps in. Being motivated and having an enthusiasm for the things in life has been a great problem for me since the loss of both my parents and my partner over a period of eight months. Any advice on how i can regain my zest for life? I have tried many things all to no avail is there any hope for me. Read my answer here.

To ask YOUR career, business or self improvement question, just follow the links.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Parkinson's Law and More

Isn't it amazing how much you can get done when you're trying to finish things up before a vacation or business trip?! Why IS that? And perhaps more importantly, why don't we work like that on 'regular' days?

I think it has something to do with Parkinson's Law, which states, "WORK EXPANDS SO AS TO FILL THE TIME AVAILABLE FOR ITS COMPLETION." The corollary would go something like this, "Deadlines are for real!"

There's more to say on this, but I gotta go!

Friday, August 01, 2003

Go on, Admit it

One of my summer projects has been to learn how to use Microsoft's FrontPage software and then convert my GottaGettaCoach! website to that platform. That project is now well underway, but I really fought getting started. Oh I made a number of attempts along the way, but as soon as it got difficult, I backed away. It went on like that for a number of months. About a month ago, though, things suddenly changed. As if by magic, I was now INTERESTED in figuring out how the thing worked - and how I could put it to good use. It was a CHALLENGE - and still is. (One of the very cool things I just learned was how to create a web-based Pre-Call Worksheet and customizing its thank you/confirmation page. Check it out - just put 'test' in all the entry fields so I know what's up.)

So what happened here? What shifted in my thinking that helped me turn the corner? Oddly enough, it started with simply noticing things that I had been ignoring - looking around and seeing things with 'fresh eyes', if you will. I 'noticed' that I wasn't being honest with myself about something. I wasn't stretching myself lately. I hadn't sunk my teeth into much of anything new or different in a while. I realized I missed the energy and enthusiasm and motivation that came with that. I realized how healthy that sort of thing can be for me. And I realized I wanted some more of that for me.

I also realized that I wanted to improve my search engine rankings for GottaGettaCoach! and knew that in addition to all the things I was doing to achieve that, I realized that Google, among other search engines, might 'appreciate' a cleaner HTML code than I was offering.

Based on this combination of INTERNAL and EXTERNAL motivators, I suddenly found myself ready and raring to go.

What's holding you back from that special project or endeavor of yours? Start by noticing what you've been ingnoring lately. Realize what you haven't been willing to admit to yourself ... and admit it, already! If you do, you'll see things in a much different light. And you, too, will be ready and raring to go.