How to Take Care of Your Life’s Energy

I saw the movie “Interstellar” this past week. In one scene, our hero has his spacesuit compromised and he is in desperate need of oxygen to survive. Spoiler alert…he lives.


And this got me to thinking of a Jack Canfield training that goes something like this…
“If you lived in an underwater home and were required to pump a pump by hand for 20 minutes a day to give you enough oxygen to live for the next 24 hours, would you do it?” Well… heck ya! If your life depends on it…you do it!

So take this principle and start looking at how you do the “little things” each day. In physics, the Law of Entropy says that all systems, if left unattended, will run down. Unless new energy is supplied, every organism deteriorates. So what steps do you take each day to care for your inner world (spiritual, emotional and mental states) and outer world (situation and circumstances)?

In most cases, 20 minute (or less) will do it. Meditate. Go to the gym. Hike. Read. Meet with a friend or loved one….Just do something every day!

Ask yourself… How can I keep my pump going?

Ask for What You Want

I enjoy teaching immensely. This month I was invited as a guest lecturer to a senior Natural Resource Management class at Thompson Rivers University.

TRU first slide
This was a great opportunity to share a little bit of my experience with some young bright minds that are just entering the professional world. I spoke about best management practices in fire suppression impact rehabilitation. My emphasis was on considering all resource values and professionalism. The image here is my first slide to share that my professional career started with heli and rap-attack fire fighting and to this day I continue to work with some the same people in this photo.

Their professor summarized the presentation brilliantly…it’s much more than natural resource management, it’s about communication and people. So true. The technical and professional aspect of anything IS the easy stuff. It’s when we have to communicate with others that things become interesting!

As I left the lecture hall, one of the students tracked me down and wanted to ask a few questions. What I appreciated about this student was “how” they did this. He respected my time and walked with me. Next he shared his passion for being an entrepreneur and followed up with a series of great questions. In return, I offered to introduce him to a few people that I know will be able to help him out and I offered to meet with him and his business partners over a beer to learn more about what they are doing.

I love it when people TAKE ACTION and ASK for what they want!

Are You Coaching For Business or Coaching For FUN?

Coach Garnet’s Spark:
Do you know how important play is? Can play be taken seriously in the corporate or entrepreneurial world? Nearly 4 years ago I was introduced to the idea of coaching and this is where I first experienced the pattern language of “play” and just why is so important towards moving to the next level. Today I was reflecting again on just how important it is to play and have fun along the way in my own journey. I went back to a TED Talk by Stuart Brown that I studied during my coach training at CoachVille. I encourage everyone to watch this video as Stuart makes many powerful points about the importance of play in our lives, from early developmental years that prepare for life, to maturity where we stay open when we play. In a nutshell, PLAY has a biological place just like sleeping and dreaming. So get out there PLAY HARD! and remember to have a whole lot of FUN along the way…you WILL get results!!

Do It Like Your Life Depended On It…

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Coach Garnet with Harvey MacKay

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I love following the advice of those who have already blazed the trail ahead of me, especially if it involves what is business coaching. The other day, I read my weekly newsletter from Harvey MacKay and had to share it here with you.

For some time now, I have been coaching for business and training people to consider what they are doing as if their life depended on it. This was a theme I came across in books such as The Alchemist and the life story of Steve Jobs…and now straight from Harvey MacKay. I enjoyed reading his list of “I would have…” and love the idea of getting involved with his wifes interests so that he can communicate at her level too. I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did, and please feel free to comment and share if any of this resonates with you!

If I had my life to live over . . .By Harvey MacKay

Humorist Erma Bombeck once wrote a column titled “If Ihad my life to live over.” In it she offered such nuggets of wisdom as, “I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded” and “I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.”

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Business Coach vs Business Consultant

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If I had a dime for every time I explained this it would be great ROI 🙂

Here’s a great way of explaining the difference that Jason Assen, of FocalPoint International Canada Inc., wrote:

A Business Coach and a Business Consultant often get put into the same category but in fact they are very different. In its essence coaching is all about asking questions and consulting much more about having an area of expertise.

business-coachConsultants are generally brought in to fix a problem or provide some sort of report in an area of expertise. In this type of relationship there is little transfer of knowledge from consultant to client and can be shorter term.  They roll up their sleeve’s and get at the work for the client.

Coaching is all about the transfer of knowledge from coach to client and also about being a sounding board, cheerleader and confidant.  It is also about bringing new strategies, tactics and methodologies to your client that they can then utilize in moving them self forward towards their goals.  Coaches provide accountability and make sure the client is doing what they need to get where they want to go.

There is an old Chinese proverb that reads… “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

This is a great explanation of the difference between coaching and consulting.  As a coach we teach our clients to fish so they can feed themselves for a lifetime.

If you think you would like to experience coaching…simply contact me and we’ll set up a 20minutes complimentary Exploratory Session to discover more about what you are doing and where you want to get to.

Coaching for Business Tip#9: How Well Do You Know Your Vendors?

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Another great way to build your business is build a relationship with your vendors or suppliers. This is not a new concept and I recall when my mentor Alex Mandossian shared this as part of “The Karmic Marketing Nest”. When you can support and promote your vendors, they will support and promote you. It’s extremely important to build relationships with your vendors and those around you can bring in new customers/clients and increase awareness of your company branding.

The people you work directly with on your products and services are really the ones with the most to gain when you find success. By taking the time to get to know them, you’ll find a whole host of opportunities you didn’t realize were there. Continue reading