June 2009 Vol 2, Issue 6
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter

Dear (Contact First Name),

Jan blown away by AT & T park
I just got back from coaching the Bay Area Showcase Chorus in San Jose (yes, I now know the way!) 
I had the fortunate opportunity to also spend a couple of days in San Francisco taking in the sights and sounds of the Golden Gate City.  A highlight was a trip to AT & T park to see the Giants take on the St. Louis Cardinals. This gorgeous ballpark is famous for its legendary "SPLASH HITS" - so named for that exciting moment when a Giants player hits a home run that clears the crowds and the sidewalk beyond the gates and lands smack-dab in the San Francisco Bay.
The elusive "Splash hit" is quite rare and since the park opened in 2000, there have been only 47 'Splash hits."  Why so few?  Why is getting a "Splash hit" so difficult?
Well besides the actual physics of the challenge - to quote a little baseball philosophy, sometimes, just like life, when you swing for the fence, you lose sight of the ground"...
Ahhh baseball!
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Jan Carley
Certified Executive Coach and CEO of Creative Coaching Group
Steep San Fran HillWhat an amazing place San Francisco is!  I spent my time there literally walking the city - and you guessed it, walking UP and DOWN, UP and DOWN.  The city's more than 50 steep hills have made it both a tourist attraction and an outdoor thigh-master!
As I walked I thought how climbing a hill was an appropriate analogy for goal-setting. There are many ways to climb a hill and equally as many ways to climb toward a goal. 
The birth of the famous San Francisco cable car came out of the need to find some way to get up the steep slopes because ordinary tramways couldn't drive up the hills. San Fran's famous "crookedest street in the world", Lombard St., was designed with 8 sharp switchback turns out of necessity in order to reduce the hill's 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles to climb.  

What happens when you set a STRETCH goal - when you begin to climb a steep hill?  Do you start out quickly...lose energy half-way and/or abandon the hill altogether?  Do you go at a steady pace to the top or switchback your way there like Lombard Street? Do you even attempt to climb a steep hill at all? 
1/ When you climb, be sure to look ahead, not down -
Keeping your eye on the goal and keeping the goal in sight is both motivational and inspirational. That is what will keep you climbing.
Lombard St.- The "Crookedest Street in the World" 2/ Create your own Switchback -  It is all about incremental improvement.  Each step you take gets you closer to your goal. Celebrate each "switchback" - celebrate each fork in the road, each step closer to your goal.  The entire hill does not have to be scaled in one go-round.
3/ Be creative - If the hill to your goal is seriously too steep, then acknowledge and accept it...and then be creative about other ways you could get to your final destination. Maybe it is time to give yourself a break and ride a cable car for a while?  That is OK too!
4/ Curb your wheels - If you do need to stop in your quest ahead, be sure to "curb your wheels" so you don't backslide.  When you are ready to move again, just switch into gear, release your emergency brake and gun it!

 "When you get tired of walking around San Francisco, you can always lean against it"!
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"But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are more hills to climb.  I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come.  But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended."     
 - Nelson Mandela, statesman and Nobel Peace Prizewinner
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