July 2010Vol 3, Issue 7
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter


summer fun
I am sitting at my desk on a beautiful Vancouver summer day, listening to the wildly loud, tinny and just slightly off-key sound of  Pop Goes the Weasel outside my office window. ICE CREAM TRUCK....gotta run!
Okay, I am back. Isn't it great how even in our complicated and frenzied lives there are still simple things that instantly return us to being a kid and just having good 'ol fun...like ICE CREAM.
Let's keep it simple and just remember to have fun this month. Don't you think it's time?
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Jan Carley,
Certified Executive Coach and CEO of Creative Coaching Group
Feature Article: One Question to Shift your World
Ice Cream Truck

The ice cream truck. Summer memories of when life was simple.  

Simply playing outside from daybreak to dusk, with brief moments to come reluctantly indoors to eat meals. Playing "Kick the Can", "Capture the Flag", "Red Rover, Red Rover". Simple games. Simple fun.

The woman in line in front of me at my local coffee joint ordered an "organic, 1/2 caff, quarter sweet, 5 shot, extra hot soy mocha" and I wondered to myself, "Gosh...if she starts each day so darn complicated, what is the rest of her life like?" 


We know that we can be more efficient by keeping things simple. We know that simplicity brings clarity. The Heath Brothers in their best-selling book Made to Stick , list "simplicity" as the first principle if trying to make an idea memorable or "sticky".  By drilling down to the essential core of our ideas, the message is crystal clear.


The KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid!)  has been bandied around meetings for as long as I can remember. We know that "keeping it simple" is a more effective way to operate, to manage, to live.

Re-learning how to relax, enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life is a lifelong quest for most of us. We know that simplicity is a concept that will give our lives joy, colour and connection.
My one question to help you shift your world - "How can you simplify today?" 

Three Ways to Simplify Instantly 

Simplify your Activities: Take the day to be the day. (Stop prepping for something else.)   My coach Les' Grandma, had good advice: "Only plan one event per day." One thing to do. Do it.

Instead of feeling driven to power walk for 30 minutes while listening to a business podcast, try taking a "beauty walk" instead; a walk with no purpose other than to walk, to notice, to listen, to smell, to see. When you walk by the playground, take the time to hop on a swing, or whoosh down the slide...pick a flower...unplug...eat an ice cream cone.


Simplify your Business: What is your business' Main Thing?  Is there anywhere you have forgotten the purpose of your action? Have you gotten off track by adding too many layers? Write down one sentence that simply describes why your business is in existence. Read it. Keeping that core purpose in mind, what one thing will you focus on and complete today?


Simplify your Thoughts:  Calla Lily is the main character in Rebecca Well's (Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood) book, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, and she is a beautician who is known for her healing hands. When Calla Lily asks her client to breathe as she leans back in the salon chair, her client says "I'm not good at just breathing - my mind is too busy."

Calla Lily instructs her to consider as her "TO DO LIST" for that afternoon: "(1) Breathe - in (2) Breathe Out (3) Breathe In (4) Breathe Out. Count up to a hundred that way and see what happens."


 "Simply the thing that I am shall make me live" - William Shakespeare


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 "Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." - Frederic Chopin
Simplify with Jan

If you have been wondering how to get started in making the changes in your life you have been dreaming about, get a coach! A coach will help you instantly simplify, clarify and focus your energies and direction.

Of course, I would love that coach to be me, and I am thrilled to say that I have a few spots open to take on new individual coaching clients.
Email me and we can set up a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation to identify the ways that coaching will transform your life.   
email: Jan Carley   jan@creativecoachinggroup.com
Jan's book

Harmony from the Inside Out    

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The perfect beach book - already in its second printing.  Reconnect, rediscover and start living a life of positivity and possibility today!
"If you want to add more positivity and joy to your life, read Harmony from the Inside Out. Jan has truly opened up my inner world of possibility." -Cammi Mackinlay, President,Sweet Adelines International 
Order Harmony from the Inside Out online at www.harmonyfromtheinsideout.com
About Jan
Jan Carley is a leader, speaker, author and certified executive coach credentialed with the International Coach Federation. Her com­pany, Creative Coaching Group, specializes in working with highly motivated individuals and high-achieving teams to expand their possibilities and focus their energies to achieve a leading edge of excellence.
Jan lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and is available for individual and team coaching, workshops, and speaking engagements worldwide.
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Quick Links
Jan's Coaching Company :  www.creativecoachinggroup.com
Jan's work with Barbershoppers:  www.innercoachofbarbershop.com
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Do you know anyone with Parkinson's disease?  If so, check out the book my brother, Gord Carley, wrote called Surviving Adversity - Living with Parkinson's Disease. The book contains 28 profiles of individuals who share their inspiring stories of how they have adjusted to Parkinson's disease.  The book will provide readers with perspective and hope. It's a must read for people with PD, their family and friends.  50% of the proceeds go to Parkinson's research. click here to order your copy
P.S. What will you simplify today?
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