Do Complete Work

It may seem that the only way to save time is to get the job done as quickly as possible. While that may save time in the short run, doing complete work saves time in the long run and gives you the mental space and clarity to tackle the next project. Complete work is done so well and so thoroughly that it won't come back to haunt you.

Suppose a customer calls in and complains that an erroneous fee was charged to his account. The customer service representative reverses the charge and a credit appears on the next statement. But there is also a new charge for that month's statement. The representative took care of the fee, but did not get to the source of the problem. The client then writes a complaint letter to the president's office, and ten other employees get involved. Make it a company policy to do complete work and watch your problems disappear. At home, suppose you decide to wash the car. You use long-lasting polish to protect the finish, polish the chrome, and vacuum the glove compartment. You do a complete job. If you really go all out on a project, it is personally fulfilling. You'll be proud of your work.

You can do this in relationships too. What would your relationships be like if you said everything that needed to be said and made sure that nothing was left hanging? I have talked to many people who have never thanked their parents for bringing them into this world or told them that they love them. It is far better to express your love and forgiveness while your parents are still alive. You will free up plenty of mental space when you make a standard of doing complete work and tying up loose ends in all areas of your life.

Enjoy!

Talane


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How Much Does Life Coaching Cost?

Entrepreneurs, executives and the wealthy seek help to live better, make more money or determine what’s next. Read the New York Times article, "Life Coaches for the Entrepreneurial Set."


Georgetown Universities - Authentic Leadership Course - Institute for Transformational Leadership

Georgetown Universities - Authentic Leadership Course -- Institute for Transformational Leadership
With world-renowned best-selling author and Master Life Coach Talane Miedaner.

The course will be offered on the following dates in March 2014; 3rd, 4th,10th,11th,17th and 18th.

This is the ideal course for executives and managers who want to be more effective and powerful leaders in their field.

The self-aware leader is a more effective leader and manager. This course will help you not only understand who you are at the deepest level, what motivates you, what your leadership style is, and what your natural talents and abilities are. In addition, you will learn how to relate more effectively to others, communicate more powerfully and motivate others.

Students will be required to take and provide access to state-of-the-art online computerized assessments:

1. The Highlands Ability Battery: This assessment reveals your hard-wired brain abilities, such as spatial awareness, problem-solving style, time frame (whether you are a tactical planner or strategic planner), your rate of idea generation, language ability, whether you are a generalist or a specialist by nature, musical ability, and much more. Although our brains have a certain amount of plasticity and we can create new neural pathways, it takes about 10,000 hours to create one. From the age of 14 our brain has already settled into specific patterns and these can be identified by taking the Highlands Ability Battery. This assessment is used to develop leaders, enhance job performance and point out possible new career paths.

2. The Workplace Motivators Report: This assessment reveals our natural behavioral style and our underlying motivating values. The best leaders and coaches know themselves and understand the motivations and styles of others in order to bring out the best in their teams and clients. These powerful computerized assessments give leaders an objective view on their natural style, reveal sources of stress, provide valuable communication tips for improving effective communication, and enhancing overall performance and teamwork.

These powerful assessments will give you a more objective view of your natural leadership style, reveal sources of stress, provide valuable communication tips for improving effective communication, and enhancing overall performance and teamwork. See below for more about the assessments. Using data from the assessments, you will receive expert interpretation and analysis as well as actionable advice to gain greater self-awareness and become a more effective leader in both work and life situations. You will also complete assignments designed to help you identify your unique passions and values as a means to achieve greater fulfillment in work. You will design and begin a values-based project during the course to more closely align you values and work.

3. Identify Your Values and Passions. Students will complete assignments designed to help them identify their unique passions and values. When we align our values and passions to our work, we are most fulfilled. Students will design and begin a values-based project in the course to more closely align their values and their work.

4. Practical Application. We will be discussing and explaining the results of these two programs in the course and the practical application to your own life and work situations.

Learning Objectives for the Course:
Identify Your Natural Abilities
Identify Your Personal Behavioral Style and the Style of others
Identify Your Motivators and the 6 Common Motivators
Identify Your Unique Passions and Core Values
Learn Powerful Communication Skills
Identify Your Leadership Style

If you were considering purchasing the Career Change Coaching Kit™ then this is an amazing opportunity not to be missed, not only will you be able to take the two state of the art assessments but you will also receive six 90-minute webinars as part of your course curriculum with Talane Miedaner at an incredible price of just $995 (that’s more than a 90% saving).

Due to class size restrictions it’s recommended that you register early in order to secure your place.
For further details and to reserve your seat today, please visit Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Studies HERE.


New Year's Evolutions -- Expanded

Below are the first ten New Year's Evolutions Tips. Sign up to receive the free expanded list of of 21 tips!

  1. Simplify one area of your life. (A new personal filing system, hire a housekeeper, downsize the house or car)
  2. Invest at least 10% on your personal growth, development and training
  3. Get rid of something that no longer applies to the evolving you. (A habit of yours, a relationship, a job, that nagging sore tooth)
  4. Improve your diet by eliminating something you know isn't good for you. (If you don't know consult with a nutritionist – there will be something!)
  5. Replace that food or drink which you eliminated with something that adds nutrition to your body and enhances your well-being.
  6. Do something to improve your body's performance - toning, strength, endurance or power. (E.g. Swimming, yoga, dancing, cycling, weight training, circuits, martial art, aerobics, running or walking)
  7. Expand your mind. Learn something new this year. (Home study, attend a class, read a book, new hobby)
  8. Expand your friendships. Either deepen your relationship with someone you know or make a new friend.
  9. Bury the hatchet so you don't become a bitter older person. Forgive them and just move on – resentment is a waste of energy.
  10. Take a healthy risk. Build your courage by taking action. Do something that feels a bit scary (learn to ride a motorcycle or how to scuba dive, look out of the window of a very tall building, eat dinner out alone).

Tell The Truth About Money

Get the New Year off to a great start by taking control of your finances. The way you start is by telling the truth about money. What is money anyway? We know it doesn't buy happiness or love or health. Money is simply a tool, and the way you handle your money can tell you a lot about yourself.

First, figure out what your own beliefs are about money. Our beliefs are the source of our actions, and our actions are the source of the results we get in life. Fill in the blanks:

I believe money is…
My greatest problem with money right now is…
If I had all the money I could ever want, I would be..
My parents taught me that money is...

Limited beliefs create limited finances. Common beliefs are reflected in expressions such as "filthy rich", "money is the root of all evil", "it takes money to make money". Write down all the beliefs you have about money, and then write down all the new beliefs you would like to replace them with. For example, "I enjoy my money, I am grateful for money, I have enough money to be generous and do great things." Shifting your limiting beliefs to expansive beliefs is the first step toward financial freedom.

Warmest,

Talane

Excerpted from Coach Yourself to Success by Talane Miedaner published by McGraw-Hill Copyright © 2000


Complete Your Year

There is often a lot going on at the end of the year, so don’t worry if you don’t have time to do this until after the holidays. On the other hand, the New Year is a perfect time for fresh starts . They are all about completing your year.

Pay off personal debts and obligations. One of my friends had a very strong family tradition of paying off all debts before the New Year. They worked hard to make sure they had no personal debts outstanding and could begin the year with a clean slate. I like this idea. If you have any personal debts or owe money to people, pay it off, if at all possible. (I’m not talking about your car or house.) It may even make sense to take out a small loan to pay back friends or family who have lent you money. At the very least, come up with a payment plan you can afford and tell them how much you’ll now be paying them back each month. The point is to make sure you are in financial integrity and have written agreements for paying any monies owed.

Complete anything that is incomplete. If someone said something that hurt you this past year, don’t drag it into the New Year. Instead, pick up the phone and inform them in a neutral tone that what they said hurt you and ask for an apology or amends. Likewise, if you did or said something you know to be hurtful, pick up the phone and apologize. Ask what you can do to make things right. Refuse to carry any grudges around any longer. They waste a tremendous amount of energy.

Review your commitments. Sometimes we sign up for stuff or agree to do things (volunteer to be the secretary of an organization or church group, etc.) that used to be fun, but now seems a chore. It is a good time to decide what you want your new priorities to be and inform people if you are no longer going to perform a particular role or job. If you are dreading it or no longer enjoying it, stop and let someone else step up to the plate. Life is too short to be doing things you don’t enjoy.

Review your financial plan. Top off those IRA’s to make sure you are getting the most out of your tax-deferred savings. Review your investments to make sure your money is working for you.

Make a clean sweep of your home and donate old clothes, toys, books and belongings to your favorite local charity. This creates the space for new and better things to come in the New Year.

All the best,

Talane


Top Tips For A Terrific Holiday Season

In preparation for the upcoming holiday season -- we all know what a busy if enjoyable time this can be! I would like to share these top tips with you all..........

1. Use the Joy Filter for decision-making.

If someone invites you to something ask yourself, “Will this add joy to my life?”  If not, decline. You don’t have to go to every single holiday party you are invited to. Stop sending masses of holiday cards unless you love to do it.  Just pick ten people who are special to you and send them a hand-written card. Do only what you find joyful and you are guaranteed a terrific holiday season!

2. Forgive and make amends.

If someone has done something that hurt you, now is the time to call and forgive them. Call or write the people you may have offended, apologize and ask them how you can make it up to them. You will feel much happier immediately!

3. Get the whole family involved.

Have your kids address the Christmas or Chanukah cards.  Have everyone coming to dinner bring in a dish.  Let the kids make the ornaments and bake the cookies. The holiday preparations can be a burden if you are doing everything by yourself, but lots of fun when everyone pitches in.

4. Take time for yourself every day.

Many people get depressed during the holidays.  This year just make sure that every single day you have something to look forward to.  It doesn’t have to be something big and expensive.  It can be a hot bath, a new magazine or a phone call to a friend. Most people get so busy in the holidays that they forget to enjoy themselves.  If you always go to the gym and work out, don’t quit just because it is the holidays.

5. Keep your perspective.

Go with flow. Everything isn’t going to go according to plan so don’t get your hair in a net if cousin Jean doesn’t like her gift or Uncle Carl didn’t remember to send you a Christmas card.  Remember the bottom line is to have fun.  If the turkey is burnt to a crisp, order a pizza. Forget having a Martha Stewart Christmas. She puts each strand of tinsel on one at a time. It is okay if you just toss it on in globs.

6. Hire it out.

This is usually the busiest time of the year and most people find themselves doing more entertaining than usual. Hire a housekeeper every week  of December so that you will feel free to relax and enjoy your friends and family instead of worrying whether the dust bunnies are escaping. If you don’t like wrapping presents have somebody else do it.  Hate to cook? Order a ham or turkey cooked by a favorite restaurant.

7. Simplify your gift giving.

Use a gift registry service so that your friends and family don’t waste any more time or money buying things you don’t really want or need. As my grandma says, “ I’m all for people telling me what they want so it is easy.” Or pick one gift for the men and another for the women and give everyone the same thing.

8. Examine your holiday traditions.

Ask everyone in your family what are the three most important things that really make the holiday special. Then focus on those things. You may discover that nobody really wants all those holiday cookies, but really love the tree decorating party.  Do what makes the holiday special and forget the rest of the stuff.

9. Be an angel.

Go out of your way to do a good deed for someone else.  Bring cookies to a retirement home, slip a dollar into the Salvation Army bucket, bring leftover turkey dinner to the guy who works at the all night gas station. Do some small thing to help another or brighten someone’s day that you wouldn’t normally do.

Enjoy!

Talane


Tip of the Week: The 2-Minute Rule – How to Process your In Box (Email or Paper) Efficiently

I like David Allen's workflow diagram that shows you exactly how to handle your in box in the most efficient manner, in his book, Getting Things Done. The classic time management is Do, Delegate , Defer or Dump and Allen breaks it down a bit further. If you can process your email or that paper in your inbox in under 2 minutes, then do it now. If not, then can you delegate it to someone else, defer it to a later date, where you mark down a specific time when you will handle this item or put it in your Next Actions file where you will handle it as soon as you can.

I notice that when I follow my own mantra of Do it Now, that doesn't always work for bigger, more time consuming emails or projects and these need a place to live and need time allocated to handle them. Otherwise they end up getting buried in my inbox somewhere or filed away and completely forgotten about. The trick is getting these tasks onto your schedule so they resurface at the point when you'll be able to handle them.

I've jotted down a little sticky reminder to get me started that says:

Do it now (2 min)

Delegate

Delete

Defer

Try it on your own inbox and emails and let me know. I'm always interested in more efficient ways of processing emails!

Enjoy!

Talane

Talane Miedaner

Master Life Coach

P.S.  Here is the link to David Allen's Workflow Diagram.


Law of Attraction Tip # 13 - Having a Vision, Seeing the Results

Following on from last weeks 'Having a Vision' Law Of Attraction Tip # 13, we had some amazing responses. Thank you to everyone who wrote to me. I would like to share one of these letters with you today, it comes from Cathie Barash. I particularly love the 'creative play’ taken by Cathie in order to achieve her vision.

Hi Talane,

In your recent newsletter, you asked for comments on any successes from visualizing that came true through law of attraction. I have had so many but listed just a few below:

1. I had a vision of writing a book and now my first book appears on Amazon.com. I had taken a book already in my possession and put a cover over top of the existing book with my name and book title, "The Right Relationship Starts with You" and saw it as already written. I looked at this book cover every day and it kept me 'thinking from the end' until it was completed.

2. Long ago when I was single, I had a vision of a certain kind of partner and wrote down in detail all the characteristics I desired down to his character and personal growth aspirations. That came true about 12 years ago and we have an extremely happy marriage today.

3. When we relocated from the east coast to the west coast, we began looking for our first house. We put pictures on our refrigerator along with an affirmation of a vision for a certain kind of house, neighbors etc. and now live in that house we envisioned.

We currently have a vision board that we joyfully look at everyday, filled with new visions of living near the beach and a successful writing career and other wonderful life pictures.

Having a vision definitely works, when it comes from a place of gratitude, abundance and faith verses lack and desperation.

Thank you.

Warm regards,

Cathie

Cathie Barash

Powerful Life Solutions, LLC

Author: 'The Right Relationship Starts with You'

Warmest,

Talane

Talane Miedaner

Master Life Coach

P.S. Please do continue to let me know about your Success Stories at talane@lifecoach.com, they are so inspiring!