Another week and another 7 days packed with action at The Coaching Institute. One of the highlights for me was greeting our newest students at their Foundations of Coaching Success weekend and being part of a room of people who were moving towards a new and exciting future. Congratulations to you all and welcome aboard! Please be sure to drop me an email from time to time, sharing the highlights of your journey as you face new and exciting boundaries… and blast through them with joy.
Sharon rocked the house in another 5 Day Closed Door Mastermind training. This membership group were buzzed as they set up and launched on-line sales and the room was filled with cheer as they then acknowledged the new leads they were attracting. When was the last time you attended a business seminar and launched your business live in the training? I have to say it had never happened to me prior to joining Mastermind. I was chatting with some of our members on the last day of their training and the overwhelming feedback was how amazed they were that Sharon shared so many inner secrets as to how her own business is structured and executed. To have the back door stage pass to the biggest rock concert in town is a rare gift- and it was truly appreciated by the group. Well done guys, the Mastermind team at The Coaching Institute salute you and look forward to hearing of your ongoing growth and success.
To complete the week that was, Sharon then immersed herself into the Mastermind Selling From The Stage training. The students left The Coaching Institute with the keys to creating a million dollar year, and boy were they excited! This was the first time Sharon has delivered this training and she was playing at 110% (as always). To model Sharon as a trainer will guarantee ongoing success for any trainer; no matter how high the workload or new the content is to deliver, she is always 100% prepared and ready to go. No excuses, no hesitation, no doubt…
Christmas is coming, and I look forward to seeing many of you here at The Coaching Institute Christmas Party this Thursday at 7pm. If you have not yet RSVP to let us know you are coming, now is a great time to do so email@example.com Be sure to vote for your favourite mentor, facilitator, fellow student, trainer, coach & connect leader, TCI team member no matter if you can attend the party or not. The team here are primed ready to celebrate your success and ongoing journey with us and to acknowledge stand out performers will be our pleasure. TOYS TOYS TOYS… If you are coming along and would love to donate to a worthy cause, Sharon Pearson and her team will be delivering toys to the children of the Women’s mission this week, so if you would like to add to Sharon’s gifts, bring along toys (unwrapped please) and Christmas tree and we will be delighted to deliver them. (Toys must be brand new and if requiring batteries, please attach the correct size and quantity of batteries to the toy.)
I thought I would end this week’s section with another story. So settle down and get comfortable with a cup of happiness (whatever your beverage of choice may be). But first… I am pleased to report that I completed the planting of my vacant garden bed on Saturday. For 5 hours in driving rain I was out in my undies (well as near as) spreading soil, planting plants and loading mulch. I love being out in the rain and can share that my happiest days on a beach are when on it alone in the driving rain, and it was like a tropical storm on Saturday, warm and wet. The garden looks amazing – more than could be said of my appearance by the end of the project. The sense of achievement was wonderful and I immediately reflected upon the remaining jobs on my ‘to be completed’ list. “They will stay a list unless I plan them into my action schedule” I thought… so yes, I did just that.
Any hooo… Friday night was my youngest son’s Christmas Dance concert. He was in 3 dances and the concert was 4 hours of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and theatre. Tiggy loves to dance and has done so since he was 3 and is the 2010 Peter Allen in the making. He danced his little heart out and loved every minute. This kid lights up like a Christmas Tree when he is on stage and dances through every moment off stage. His booty shake in the disco section brought the crowd to a roar. To my pleasure and surprise the event was extremely professional with amazing costumes and standards of consistency. I watched as group after group of varying ages and skill levels entered and exited the stage, dancing and prancing their hearts out. The energy and commitment to the message of the piece was something that grabbed me the most. These kids showed me that they ‘got’ that dance was telling a story, not counting the steps. I was moved to tears by the solo contemporary piece of a VCE student who achieved perfect scores in her exams and choreographed a story of war torn Germany from a child prisoner’s point of view.
I was caught up in the moment and the whole experience had my mind wander. I caught myself reflecting and questioning. If there was a ‘thing’, what will the ‘thing’ be that separates the group of kids from the dancer who goes on to be a star, from those who give up, shuffle for fun or teach others… Will there be a star? If there is, what makes the star? Is it the talent or the dedicated hard work or a mixture of the two?
I looked at the faces of those kids who were so obviously talented as they flew across the stage and took time to noticed their confidence. I wondered if the kids with less confidence had possibly more talent but were too shy to show it! Were there kids whose parents were ‘encouraging’ them to dance when maybe their heart was elsewhere?
As my mind meandered through all these endless questions I had an ‘ah ha’ moment. This stage with all of the children upon it of different sex, age, skill and level of commitment were a mirror of society. In this one concert, at this one dance school there was a micro community that reflected any sub set of the greater community. The aspirations of many were on display but the mindsets were hidden. Or were they! The kids were united under one vision: to dance, and yet how they applied themselves, what they took onboard or rejected from their training, how and if they rehearsed and who they were choosing to be as they performed was what separated them. Just like students at The Coaching Institute, athletes in a team, employees in a company… As a coach there was a business opportunity here to coach aspiring dancers to have the mindset of excellence. As a mother there was an opportunity to realise that Tig’s destiny is his to create, and his alone. As an individual there was an opportunity, to realise that every day is a gift and every decision shapes my destiny and time waits for no man, so get making decisions that align purpose with destiny. My destiny is mine to make. What about yours?
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