(Note: I sent this to my Ezine folks on Monday, but got so much positive feedback, I’d like to share it with you here…) Is There a Monkey on Your Back…? Last week, I talked about depression, and how doctors often get the diagnosis and treatment wrong (see my Feb. 21, 2015 Blog Post).  Today I want to talk a little bit about a similar state – Overwhelm – and how this problem contributes to Loss of energy and focus Fight-or-Flight responses, i.e., fear and anxiety Sudden anger flareups (road rage) Tightness in the Solar Plexus Feelings of exhaustion Feelings of hopelessness,... (Read More ...)

Feeling overwhelmed right now with all those incomplete New Year’s resolutions, paper notices and bills piling up?  Here’s a solution:  stamp or stomp your feet real hard for a few minutes. I know it sounds strange, but stamping your feet – ideally with heavy shoes or boots in a safe and uncluttered place – is a great tension reliever, and can do two things: Ground you, and Release “sympathetic overload.” The Grounding Effect Stomping will ground you.  Seems obvious, but the association with 2-year-old temper tantrums keeps most of us from doing this as... (Read More ...)

It’s Grandma’s Fault Guess what?  Grandma’s fear may have just stopped you from getting that big deal you were going for . . . or losing those ten extra pounds! So says the theory coming out of the latest field of research called epigenetics. In this article I’ll cover this interesting tidbit, then provide you with an interesting solution I call  family tree coaching.   Epigenetic Research While ancestral influences have been known and embraced by most cultures around the world, it has only recently gained the attention of western scientists and researchers.  Most... (Read More ...)

True Happiness? There are three major blocks to happiness . . . and, no, I’m not talking about your not getting enough sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll! These blocks are universal, and usually arise with the opportunity for real contentment comes around.  You know that feeling you get when you do something really nice for someone you care about?  Or the fleeting moment that occurs right after accomplishing something really big . . . ? That feeling is contentment.  The “three Amigos,” however, will block this feeling every time! So who are they…? The Three Amigos These... (Read More ...)

Do you have a friend in need?  If so, this is your opportunity for some real life coaching.  Take time to help… or at least listen to them! This is the time of year that’s supposed to be festive, with special emphasis placed on our love and sharing with family and friends.  For many, however, its a time of pain and sad news, followed by deep reflection and the opportunity to transform the pain into some kind of contentment. I didn’t start out to write this blog post… the idea just came up after speaking with an old friend on the phone.  This person has been a dear friend... (Read More ...)

Subway Fresh? The Subway franchise’s latest venture into marketing humor involves poking fun at life coaches..  OK, so we’re fair game, but in my opinion this ad is actually a good thing. You see, if our profession (in this case diet coaching) is the subject of derision, it can only mean that enough people understand what a “life coach” is to be able to get the underlying humor!  So this is a time to celebrat4e the trend . . . the trend is your friend!  Someone famous once said that bad publicity is better than no publicity.  If life coaching comes across as just a... (Read More ...)

Three Shades of Consciousness: Characteristics Ever met someone who is a go-getter? On fire?  Very aggressive in both word and deed?  Can’t stand being bored or tied down?  Angry or critical of anything standing in his or her way? How about that person who seems “fat and happy”?  Loves to eat?  Don’t like to exercise?  Or unambitious and content to work at a routine or  day-to-day job, and would prefer to stay home watching TV if they had a choice?   Sure you have.  Now think back on someone you know who only seeks peace and quiet, a place to meditate, or people... (Read More ...)

No Respect? Like the former comedian Rodney Dangerfield, placebos just “can’t get no respect!”  In this article, I will investigate the latest brain science, i.e., why this is so… and more importantly, how the scientific and medical community is coming around to actually praise this elusive health factor that can affect you and your coaching clients . . . and how they respond to your coaching. Let’s face it:  certain coaching clients get better results than others.  Might the “placebo effect” play a part in responding to coaching as well as to medical... (Read More ...)

(Part 3 of a 3-Part Series) In the last two parts of this series, I covered two of the five weight loss secrets, i.e., the five main contributing factors to Obesity.  In Part One I went over the reasons why MSG and Soy products contribute to both poor health and obesity. In Part Two, I covered the work by Drs. Starr and Tennant concerning what they perceive as a thyroid deficiency epidemic, and how obesity ties in directly to this plague. In this article I want to go over the rest of the factors I didn’t cover before . . . and also add a SIXTH FACTOR I consider to be the “Lynchpin”... (Read More ...)

(Part 2 of a 3-Part Series) In Part 1 of this Series I covered the myth that “eating fat makes you fat,” and gave recommendations on which types of fat to avoid, and which ones are fine. In this article, I go somewhat in-depth into the metabolic factors involved in weight gain or weight loss, and how best to coach someone who comes to you with a weight problem. Unless you are a doctor or health professional, the information below may appear to be a bit technical, but I will try to make it as simple and straightforward as possible. As a coach, you need to be aware of this information so that... (Read More ...)

(Part 1 of a 3-Part Series) The Pitfalls of Weight-Loss Coaching George was a life coach who consulted with clients about weight loss, diet and nutrition.  One of his long-time clients (we’ll call her Sally) could not lose weight, no matter what she did.  George tried everything to help Sally, starting with divulging to her the “secrets” he was taught that provide the basis for any weight loss program: 1) Eat less and 2) Exercise more.  George and Sally spent weeks and months on her program, starting with a sensible change of lifestyle, i.e., eating smaller portions, cutting... (Read More ...)

How Often Do You Complete Your Resolutions? . . . Or how often do your life coaching clients do this??  If the answer is ‘seldom’ you (and they) are not alone.  Roughly 70% of all New Years resolutions fail to carry steam after January.  Lack of commitment to take consistent action, in fact, is the number one reason why resolutions fail! There is a way, however, to make resolutions in such a way that they not only stick, but get completed in record time because you WANT to commit to taking the actions necessary to finish the job! Last year about this time, I shared my “12 Magical... (Read More ...)

Brain Science and Life Coaching Can you really change the way you think?    Yes!  Are you as a life coach or business coach concerned about how your clients think?  If not, you should be.  The way your clients see the world, the quantity and quality of thoughts they have, and the factors that affect how they think so they get the results they seek . . . ALL these items should be the focus of your coaching . . . that is, if you want to be a really effective coach! Brain scientists, and philosophers before them, have been arguing about how the brain works for centuries . . . in particular,... (Read More ...)

It was a miracle –  and I hesitated writing about or telling the story about my experience in Kalibuwila Hospital that fall of 1987 for at least twenty years after it happened for fear of being seen as crazy…  But I swear it really happened: I agreed to see the boy with the bowed legs (rickets) with the understanding that I would only attempt to give him some relief and, hopefully, impart to his mother the need to add more vitamins and minerals to his diet. I put him face-down on the chiropractic table and started placing my fingers on a couple of points.  I don’t even think... (Read More ...)

When I first started working with clients, I was a Chiropractor looking to get beyond the obvious physical symptoms for underlying causes to problems.  In the beginning, this process was slow and tortuous. When I began my professional career (in the mid-1980’s) I was using techniques I was taught at school and seminars.  While I found most of them effective, they still didn’t give me the answers I was looking for.  It was only after I traveled the world and expanded my learning horizons that I realized the answers were INSIDE all the time . . . and that there was actually very LITTLE... (Read More ...)

Do you know your WHY…?   If you are a Life Coach or Business Coach and you don’t know the answer to this question, pay close attention to this article and video below . . . there are some real gems here. I recorded the video below back in October of 2011, but the topic is just as important today as it was back then when I was coaching home business entrepreneurs.  The main item to understand is that MOTIVATION is the Key . . . and depending on which LEVEL of motivation you are operating on, that is the kind of results you can expect to achieve. Deep, huh?  But very important if... (Read More ...)

I get asked all the time, “Your background is chiropractic. So why are you a coach, and why do you train Coaches rather than other Chiropractors and professionals?” That’s a valid question, and I hope this blog post will give you some insights into why I do what I do. First, however, I think it’s important to tell you WHAT I do before launching into the WHY … What I DO As a Coach and Coach Trainer I transform people’s lives in such a way that EVERYTHING they see, do or experience becomes more abundant, brighter and happier!  I do this by providing them with... (Read More ...)

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!  OK, its time to put down the party hats and eggnog, put away the Christmas tree, and start making plans for the new year.  It’s New Years Resolution time . . . Do your resolutions “take”?  If not, you’re not alone – most resolutions don’t last beyond January, but what can you do?  Here is a video where I cover the “12 Magical Steps To Make Resolutions Come True.”  Enjoy the video, but more than that . . . USE IT to transform your life (or the lives of your coaching clients)!  (Read More ...)

Your success as a Life Coach depends on how well you know and use this 5,000 year-old secret from India.  This is the so-called missing link to most success in coaching (and part of the Coaching Kahuna program)…  (Read More ...)

Why would someone go to a Life Coach?   If you are in the market to hire a life coach, but don’t know where to start, this article can perhaps shed a little light on what is possible. If you are a life coach yourself, this article may give you some insight into what people are looking for so that you can begin to target them and add more value to your existing clients. It can be hard to define what a life coach does when there are so many different areas of life that can benefit from coaching. Fortunately, many coaches let the public know that they specialize in a particular area. So, if... (Read More ...)

Our beliefs make us who we are, and who we are not. Curly Martin, author of The Life Coaching Handbook, suggests that understanding how beliefs are formed is necessary to being an effective life coach. “You have created, and continue to create, an image of yourself that is based on the attitudes of other people. It is an image that can either help or hinder the development of your potential and it changes with circumstances and situations.” The authority figures in your life, from parents to peers, influenced the development of your beliefs – and these are some very fundamental... (Read More ...)

I really enjoyed this video of Tony Robbins talking about how to condition your mind to follow through to success as well as how to provide value to your clients. He brings up a lot of great points that can be easy to forget while we’re complaining about where we are instead of focusing on where we want to be. The difference between the average person and those that follow through with their plans is 1. A greater fear of not taking action and/or 2. Having a very good reason to follow through.This is a profound insight. Take a moment to let it sink in. If you’ve been reading this blog,... (Read More ...)

Sometimes people get the wrong idea about coaching . . . ideas that can prevent them from seeking your help as a life coach. These ideas can also hold you back from delivering some truly amazing coaching to others! So, whether you are a life coach or potential coaching client, it’s important to know what to expect from coaching from the beginning. Five Myths of Life Coaching 1. Coaching is Therapy. People tend to get the impression that a personal coach is the same thing as a therapist without the degree. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Therapists focus on the past, i.e., the... (Read More ...)

What do life coaches do? They help people. That’s a very simple answer, but it’s true. It’s also why becoming a life coach is so rewarding. Being able to help people transform their lives is a wonderful gift. We’ve all given and received help at some point in our lives. I know this, because without help, we would have never survived infancy, and we wouldn’t be able to function as communities. That’s how important it is to help each other. When we stop to help someone without any expectations, it can be greatly rewarding. It helps us to get out of our own mental... (Read More ...)

It’s good to know that Life Coaching is not therapy and that we help people move past all sorts of things. . . I normally don’t share videos, and this really has little to do with life coaching, but I couldn’t resist sharing this one:  (Read More ...)