There are many benefits you receive when hiring a coach. Whether you are hiring a business coach, executive coach, life coach, fitness coach, sports coach or any other type of coach you may need, the benefits are great.

What are some of the benefits? The article Benefits of Using a Coach from the International Coach Federation sums it up nicely.

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If you are ready to accelerate your results, get unstuck or build your confidence in business and in life, contact me on my coaching form and let’s explore how hiring me as your coach would benefit you and get you the results you truly desire.  Success is closer than your think!

To your success,

Annette

 

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Have you ever experienced a plateau in your health or fitness even when you are working so hard to succeed? It can be frustrating and can leave you feeling defeated with the urge to give up on or retreat from your goals. I was experiencing that with my health and fitness goals until recently when I made the decision to do something different. It made me realize the same thing can happen in life and business. No matter how hard you are working to achieve your goals, you may hit periods of plateaus that are difficult to break though.

Perhaps you are not getting the traction that you want for the effort you are putting out in sales and marketing. It may be that you have hit a financial plateau yet you have been working to hit a higher financial or revenue goal. Maybe it’s an energy plateau; no matter how hard you try, you run out of energy and do not get everything done you want to accomplish. Or it may be a health goal that you are working hard on to break through a plateau.

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Here are 4 things you can do to bust through that stubborn plateau.

  • Switch up your routine. Just as with fitness goals, shaking up your daily routine can help you bust through a stubborn plateau. It’s so easy to get into the same habits day after day. Whether it is a lifestyle routine or a work routine, periodically switching up your routine can bring the energy and focus needed to break through.
  • Take care of your health. Be sure that you are getting the proper amount of sleep and maybe switch up your routine such as go to bed an hour early and get up and hour early or avoiding alcohol in the evening or caffeine in the afternoon. Also, what you put into your mouth will affect your energy during the day and your brain power. Modify your diet to support your health and your goals. And of course, exercise releases the feel- good endorphins to create greater energy reserves as your push through your goals.
  • Supersets! In the world of strength training and body building, a concept called supersets is a way to break through fitness plateaus. This can be applied to life and business as well. Basically a superset is doing back to back exercises without resting. You can do this with your to-do list. Plan out your daily activities, and then do them back to back without the distraction of a break. I generally suggest working for 50-55 minutes then taking a break but when you are supersetting, you would want to double or triple your time before you take a break. This is not something you want to make a habit, yet doing it for a week or two my break you loose from the plateau.
  • Get support. If you are struggling to break through a plateau, get support. Find an accountability partner, hire a coach or engage a friend or co-worker. A coach can really assist you to see where your sticking point is and give your strategies to break through as well as hold you accountable. If you would like support from me as a coach, email me at Annette@annettepieper.com

Busting through a plateau can be a challenge because it takes us out of our comfort zone and requires us to do something different. Many people want the results yet do not want to do the work. I highly suggest putting in the work or effort to get a different result and don’t hesitate to contact me if you are ready to invest in coaching support.

 

 

 

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These are challenging times! We are being bombarded with this message from every angle, personally and financially and it seems that uncertainty is the prominent energy. When this message comes into our awareness we have a choice; we can be victimized by the current circumstances or we can view this challenge as an opportunity to practice prosperity and wealth consciousness. When you are caught up in the doom and gloom and social consciousness about the state of our economy and where the new POTUS is leading us (as many are at the change of leadership) you will attract more of the doom and gloom.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “The only thing that can grow is the thing that you give energy to”. I would like to invite you to give your thought energy to having a Wealth Mindset.

How do you cultivate the Wealth Mindset? First become aware of the information you choose to take in and avoid the constantly negative news. Many people watch the news right before going to bed but let me ask you something? Are the negative conditions of the world the last thing that you want planted into your mind before you go to bed? Your unconscious mind never sleeps so what you put in your mind right before bed is what you give your unconscious mind to focus on all night. Implant your mind with thoughts of gratitude, prosperity and abundance instead.

The second way to cultivate the Wealth Mindset is through gratitude. Be grateful for where you are right now. Whether you are employed, unemployed, in business for yourself, or a stay-at-home parent, there is a gift and an opportunity where you are right now in your life and when you express gratitude, it opens you up to recognize the gifts.

The third way is to look for opportunities. There is opportunity everywhere. In challenging times like these, the entrepreneurial spirit is awakened. There is no greater time than the present to start a business. The greatest wealth in America is rooted in tough periods in history. An entrepreneurial venture is not always about starting a huge corporation. It may be as simple as starting a housekeeping service, a lawn mowing service or working as an independent representative in a Multi-level Marketing company.

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In these challenging times it is the entrepreneurial spirit and the true ingenuity of the people that provide the change in the economy. Begin asking yourself what you can do to create your own economy that will assist in uplifting the global economy?

President Obama gave us the call to action in his 2009 inaugural speech and I would like to end with a quote that calls upon us all to step up to the plate and it’s as relevant today as it was then.

“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom…”
–President Barak Obama

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Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher or a rock star. I didn’t have any plans or ideas on how that would manifest in my life, it was just a childhood dream. I wanted to help others by teaching them. Fast forward many years later I got a job working at a semiconductor plant first in manufacturing and then as an assistant engineer.

I have always been attracted to energy. Growing up, my dad was an electrician so energy and power were always in the conversation and I used to watch my dad repair TV’s or mess with the wiring in the house. Years later when I began working in the electronic and semiconductor industries, once again I was wading in the energy arena. I was great at what I did and I did do a lot of teaching and training with my job but there was something missing. Even though I had been in the industry for over 20 years, it didn’t feel like what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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Then a health issue got me started on studying health and fitness and how to heal what was going on in my body. Suddenly co-workers began showing up in my cubicle for advice on wellness. Then a marriage crisis sent me delving into personal development, the energy and healing arts and understanding psychology. I continued to attract people to my cubicle for advice on life issues and that’s when I felt the call; the call to step out of the corporate world and into coaching and training. That was in 2002 and I have never looked back.

Even though my businesses have evolved from being a lifestyle and fitness coach to being a business success coach and trainer, my love for energy and power is at the core of all that I do. I call it your Soul Power; your inner game. I love helping clients create strategies and systems and yet your Soul Power is what gets the strategy done and if you are leaking energy, strategies suffer.

In the semiconductor industry when the integrated circuit is being manufactured, the slightest shift in the process could cause the circuit to fail by causing an energy leak. When I worked in new technology development and failure analysis engineering, it was my job to find the power or energy leaks in the circuits that were failing through the process of reverse engineering. Then I would write reports on the cause and probable solution.

I do the same thing with clients. We reverse engineer what is not working to identify the shifts or turns that have caused the power leaks and come up with the strategies to plug them so they are not losing energy all while creating innovative strategies to grow their business. I guess when it comes right down to it I am still an engineer now working in the field of life and business with the focus on power, energy and human potential. AND I am finally fulfilling my teaching/coaching and rock star dreams because I truly rock at what I do (or so I am told by my clients) and I feel like a rock star when I am speaking on stage because I am so passionate about it.

We all have the power to take what we love to do, use skills we have used in the past and integrate them to serve others. And isn’t that what we are here to do; serve for the greater whole. Even if we don’t feel that our past skills and the dream of what we truly want to do are connected, I bet if you dig deep enough you will find that the gold veins run together and can create even more than you have ever imagined possible. Follow your dreams!

Namaste,

Annette

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Harry S. Truman said “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” I personally love to read and I read 2-3 books per month on personal and business development plus an occasional novel. To kick off the New Year, I want to share with you the top 10 books I read in 2016 to inspire you to read more and to give you some ideas of great books that you can read.

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In the New Year the first 2 books I am reading are The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell and Bold by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.

Here is my top 10 reads from 2016. See what titles resonate with you,  give them a read and grow.

  • Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard (read twice back to back…it’s that good)
  • The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard
  • The Power of Storytelling by Ty Bennett
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Emotional Intelligence by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
  • Becoming Your Best by Steven R. Shallenberger
  • Goddesses Never Age by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
  • Busting Loose from the Money Game by Robert Scheinfield
  • Tapping Into Ultimate Success by Jack Canfield and Pamela Bruner

Enjoy!!!

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Well, here we are again, ready to begin a new calendar year. Resolutions are on the minds of many. I believe that it is very important to set intentions and goals and resolve to make changes at the beginning of the year and set our course for the coming months. Another valuable tool to incorporate at the beginning of the year is to give the year a theme.

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A theme allows you to set your intention for the coming year and holds the space to achieve your goals. Some examples would be Live Big, Living with Heart, Light the Fire Within, Playing to Win or Sharing and Caring. It can be One Word like Thrive, Transformation, Shine, Elevate or another word that suits your fancy. Here are some key questions to ask yourself and tips to help you create your theme:

  • Who do I want to be in this New Year?
  • What do I want the next 12 months to be for me?
  • What inspires me?
  • What energizes me?
  • What lights my inner fire?
  • What goals and dreams am I currently manifesting?
  • Keep your theme short; one to five words will work best.
  • Feel the phrase; use words that bring up an emotional response in you.
  • Think of words that describe where you are at and where you want to go.
  • What words support you or inspire you?
  • Let the theme come from deep inside, from your universal connection.
  • Have fun with it, get creative and feel the magic of a new beginning.
  • Perhaps add a subtitle to power it up even more.

Write your theme down and post it somewhere that is visible daily. You could also draw or paint a symbol or picture that represents your theme and post it. Create a Vision Board to represent what you are creating during the year and put your theme on your board. Verbally repeat your theme often. By writing or drawing it, saying it aloud and posting it where you can visually see it daily, you will fully integrate your theme into your life.

“And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have never been.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

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Now that you have reviewed your accomplishments and released the stuck energy of the pasts 12 months, it’s time to begin painting the picture of what you want to create instead.

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In the process you are going to craft a vivid description of exactly what you want to create in your life in the next 12 months and beyond. You are going to do this for each important area of your life.

So the areas you are going to focus on are:

  • Financial
  • Career/Business
  • Relationships
  • Physical
  • Fun and Vacation
  • Spiritual

Let’s break each of these down some because what you are going to do is get really detailed.

  • Financial (how much money you want to make, have in savings, investments, retirement, trusts, etc.) What does that look like exactly
  • Career/Business (what you want to create over the next year, get a promotion, land your dream job, triple the revenue in your business, land a big client)
  • Relationships (includes spouse/partner, dating, children, work associates, friends and family, parents, pets, community, exes)
  • Physical (health and wellness, recreation, physical environment, stuff like cars, TV’s boats and such0
  • Fun and vacations (travel, staycations, movies, hobbies, skiing, summer fun, concerts, plays, etc.)
  • Spiritual (relationship with self, with higher power, with spiritual community, religious community, community service, tithing, rituals, etc.)

I free flow write mine and then type it into my computer as my planning process for the year and to create my life vision year after year.

Now this is quite a bit of work so first off, you want to create sacred space and set your intention.

If you do not have the time to design all of them at once, do one a day for a week. Put it in your schedule and spend an hour or two designing your life.

Get detailed and right down to the nitty gritty. Then your vision for the year will be laid out and you can begin to set some tangible goals to help you get there.

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Winter Solstice is a time when we experience the longest period of darkness and the shortest daylight hours before the rebirth of the sun as the daylight hours begin getting longer again on their way to Summer Solstice.

At Winter Solstice we are also closing out the past calendar year as we head toward the New Year. That is why this is a powerful time to do this ritual AND really, any time is a good time to do this writing exercise.

For Solstice Writing you want to:

  • Have your writing tools (I use my journal and I like to use a purple ink pen)
  • Clear your space and prepare for the process

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Ask yourself the following questions and journal them:

Looking back over the year:

  • What were my biggest successes over the past year?
  • What did I accomplish? What goals did I reach
  • Where and when did I experience the most love, joy, fun and happiness?
  • When during the year was I totally blissed out?
  • What were my biggest sources of inspiration?
  • What new people and environments did I bring into my life that add value or enrich my life?
  • Did anything else wonderful happen over the past year that is not listed before?

Always begin with what went right, what you accomplished, what was really good. It’s so easy to go right to what went wrong or didn’t happen especially if we have had a challenging or lousy year. If we focus on the crap first, then when we get to the good stuff we can’t see it because we have put ourselves in a low energy vibration. If we focus on the good stuff first, then when we get to the not-so-good stuff, we are in a higher vibration, can think more clearly and maybe all that not-so-good stuff doesn’t look so bad when we compare it to the good that happened to us over the year.

Once we have probed the good stuff and done our writing, we want to probe into what was not so great. Looking back over the year, journal the following questions and by the way, if you are not a writer, you can draw pictures in response to your question too but pen to paper works better than speaking them out loud. Writing is a kinesthetic activity that engages both the conscious and unconscious mind. So again, looking back, answer these questions:

  • What were the biggest challenges that I faced this past year?
  • What goals or dreams did I have for this past year that I did not manifest or that did not pan out and why?
  • What did I learn?
  • What does this say about me?
  • Where/when did I experience my lowest emotional points during the year?
  • Where did I feel like I just could not catch a break?
  • What situations, environments and/or people are draining me or holding me back?
  • What limiting beliefs do I have that are holding me back?
  • What behaviors or habits do I have that are holding me back?
  • What is the story that I keep telling as to why I don’t have what I want?
  • Am I ready to let this go and create a clean canvas to paint my future on and why am I ready?

Tomorrow on the blog will have the 2nd part of solstice writing.

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How can we turn our limiting thoughts and words around to our benefit? How can we create something out of seemingly nothing (word or thought)? Many times I think the focus is more on tangible results (what we currently are experiencing) than on the thoughts and words that are going to create a different result.

Ancient Native American wisdom says that your experience today is based on yesterday’s thoughts and words and tomorrow’s experience is based on today’s thoughts or words.

It’s time to change the thoughts and language today for different results tomorrow. Here are just a few things to focus on. I know that you already know this but monitor yourself during the day over the next week and notice how often you use disempowering language or have disempowering thoughts. When you do notice change the thought or word.

  • Instead of should, use desire, choose, want, could
  • Instead of can’t, say “I choose not to” or “I am unwilling to”
  • Instead of but, use and
  • Instead of try, use aim, or intend
  • Instead of problem, use opportunity or challenge

There are many ways that we can change our thoughts and language. These are just a few.

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When I work with clients, many times a family member or friend has given them advice that has created a worse situation. That is why working with an expert in Success Coaching and Mentoring is mission critical to get unstuck and break loose from your trap.

The Expert Mentor can help you wade through both the external and internal voices and create the perfect environment for you to “Say YES to Success”. 

Remember, ALL successful people have coaches and mentors to assist them. Mentors assist you in gaining clarity, drowning out the voices that are not providing value and learning to trust your own instinct. Mentors also provide smart strategies and accountability to get you to where you want to go. The Experts are trained and have the experience to provide this valuable service.

In order to “Say YES to Success” you must overcome your fear of investing in yourself and your business. Investment = Commitment=Success!

I read an article a while back, the author said he has noticed there are 4 levels that people invest in the mentoring process (I’m paraphrasing):

  • The Toe Dipper: Toe Dippers want information but don’t necessarily want to pay for it. They dip their toe into free webinars and teleseminars, free downloads and articles but rarely financially invest in the mentoring process. This is lower level of commitment and it can show up in their results or lack thereof.
  • The Double Dipper: Double Dippers put both toes in the mentoring waters to invest in books and low cost audio programs and the caution is that many times it ends up on the shelf (shelf-help) without having done anything with them. They may read the books but never do the exercises in the book or they listen to the audio programs but bypass the exercises. Again, lower level investment and commitment; what are the results?
  • The Wader: Waders step into the mentoring waters with both feet through group mentoring programs, workshops and seminars. I love group mentoring programs/seminars AND you must show up for the program to get results. If you are committed and show up and do the work, you will be rewarded a higher level of success especially if you have access to the expert. Higher investment equals higher commitment which leads to greater results.
  • The Diver: Divers are ready to dive right into the mentoring waters through one on one mentoring with an expert. They are ready and willing to invest in their success no matter what. Nothing is going to stop them from bringing their Vision to Reality. This is the highest level of commitment and leads to the greatest results.

With each level of financial and time investment, your commitment level to your success jumps up. The higher the commitment, the higher the success rate. The lower the commitment…well, you can figure that one out. That seems to be the rule of thumb in the mentoring industry.

What level are you playing it? I invite you to explore your playing level with me and discover where you want to go from where you are now and how to get there.

Schedule a complementary Breakthrough Strategy Session with me and “Say YES to Success”! In this session you will walk away with greater clarity and a strategy or two that you can implement right away.

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Of course I offer teleseminars, products, group programs and mentoring for all levels of commitment. There is no judgment on where you choose to participate. The fact that you are doing anything towards your success speaks volumes and I applaud and honor you all. You are way ahead of the pack.

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