October 2010Vol 3, Issue 9
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter


Jan with 902 pound squashThere is nothing small about Alaska. The state is the largest in the USA by far. It boasts the highest mountain peak in North America, the biggest glaciers, and ...yes, they grow very BIG vegetables. Here's a picture of me on my recent visit to the Alaska State Fair posing with a 902 pound squash!

Playing big is a recurring theme right now with many of my clients and they have been exploring ways to think bigger and really step into their own brilliance.  Coincidentally, it's currently a theme of  TV ads too, like the AT&T message to "Rethink Possible", or the ad for the new movie, Secretariat, that says "When they say it can't be done, dream bigger!"

I wondered what has caused many of us to play small? Is it fear, overwhelm, lack of vision, time? How could we begin to imagine the greatest possibilities for our lives and have the courage to take the next steps to pursue them? 
I invite you to read my feature article below to kickstart your "big" thoughts.

A toast to your brilliance!

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Jan Carley,
Certified Executive Coach and CEO of Creative Coaching Group
Feature Article: How to Start Playing Big

Playing BigOctober 2010 marks the 3 year anniversary of my running my own coaching biz and of  leaving the security of a weekly paycheck to take the leap into the world of solo-entrepreneurship. 


People keep telling me how courageous I am - that not many would take such a risk at mid-life. I sure didn't feel courageous, and at times have felt like curling up in a ball and crying, but through the tough first years I was driven by my passion. Coaching simply felt like my calling and the way I was meant to contribute to the world, and so somehow, even in my darkest hours, I was sure it would work out! In hindsight I guess I could say I was courageous (or just plain nuts!) to make such a dramatic shift on nothing more than faith and trust. However, I am no more special than anyone else. All of us can choose to explore our own versions of stepping into our greatest possibilities.


Psychologist Abraham Maslow reportedly said that the story of the human race is the story of people selling themselves short. He said that people have a tendency to settle for far less from life than they are truly capable of.


Does that sound like you?  Are you settling? Is there a nugget, an ember, maybe even a fire burning within you for change or simply for something else?


If there is, see below for some tips on how to begin to move into your bigger possibilities.


How to Start playing Bigger


1/Acknowledge your Gifts: Firstly, what are your signature gifts? The things that make you, YOU? Until you can really acknowledge and embrace your own gifts, it will be difficult to really step into them in a big way.  I do a 20/3 exercise in many of my workshops that requires participants to write a list of 20 things they love about themselves in 3 minutes. There is no time to edit one's thoughts! download a pdf of the exercise here


 2/Step into your brilliance - Looking at your identified strengths, how can you really own them? Playing big is about contribution and service - the more you can be, the more the world will benefit. Amplifying your strengths is a heck of a lot easier than trying to "fix" your weaknesses.  If you are a great storyteller - do more of that!  If you are compassionate - be more that. How can you be more of You - every day?


3/Imagine your greatest possibilities: What are your imagined future possibilities? If anything were possible, what would you do or be? What would playing big look like to you?  Grab a notepad, a cup of tea and let the right side of the brain take over. No blocking! Anything is possible! All of the world's greatest achievements started with someone dreaming and believing.

Why not you?


4/Shred your limiting beliefs:  "Limiting Beliefs are limiting", said Master director Sandy Marron to her championship Lions Gate Chorus as they discussed the chorus' competition possibilities last week. So very simple...and so very true! Ask yourself, "Is it possible?"  Do you know for sure it is not possible?  Allow yourself the gift of staying with your right-brain possibilities. What's the point of shooting yourself down before you even begin?


5/Get support:  Share your dreams with people who are keen to dream with you. Stay away from the dream stealers...those "well meaning" folk who "are just trying to look out for you."  Dream stealers are the ones who will steal your dream so they don't have to think about the dreams that they themselves are not pursuing. 

Are the people surrounding you thinking and dreaming big?  If not, make sure you find someone to share with who is, and who will support you as you do. If you don't have any support people in your life, find a group to connect with - in person or on the internet - and read books about people playing big and doing things that inspire you.  Or...better still...get a coach!


6/Get Started: Much like driving a car at night, when the headlights are only able to illuminate the next 100 feet, you really only need to be able to see the next step in order to move forward. Take just one step at a time. One step into your unlimited possibilies.  All you need to be able to do have the courage and faith  to take the next step.  Trust yourself. You are on this earth to be the very most of who you are.   


"...Your playing small doesn't serve the world....as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." -Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

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"It doesn't take any more energy to dream a big dream than a small one."

                        -Jack Canfield, Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

TELE- BOOT CAMP Updated Dates   - January 10-31, 2011
Boot CampPlease note the revised dates of my Harmony from the Inside Out TELE-BOOT CAMP - a 4 week telephone coaching intensive that will launch you into a place of possibility and change your life. We will kick off the new year in January with the Tele-Boot Camp and offer you the jumpstart and support you need to really make 2011 your best year yet!

Like a physical boot camp, where you want to get fit quickly in an intense program, the Harmony from the Inside Out Tele-boot camp will move you to action and make transformational changes in your life in 4 short weeks. Discover your core purpose, get rid of the the junk holding you back, and move boldly into your future possibilities. Get motivated, go deeper, and take action to make the changes you've been thinking about in your life. Using the principles introduced in my book, Harmony from the Inside Out, you will join people from around the world for 4 weeks in group telephone coaching sessions. Each call consists of 90 min. of coaching principles and a 30 min. open forum where you can ask your questions, and get coaching and support LIVE from inner coach Jan Carley.
How does it work?
You can participate in the Harmony from the Inside Out TELE-BOOT CAMP from anywhere in the world! When you register, you will be sent support materials and worksheets. You will be given a call-in number for the Tele-Boot Camp. You simply dial in at the appointed time, listen in, and participate on your phone. The best part of it is...you don't even have to attend LIVE!  If you miss a session, the MP3 recording will be emailed to you the following day

Save these dates : Monday nights January 10 - 31, 2011....and stay tuned for more news and registration details next newsletter.  
email me for more info.  jan@creativecoachinggroup.com
Harmony from the Inside Out now available in KINDLE Format

Book coverGo to www.amazon.com to purchase Jan Carley's popular book, Harmony from the Inside  Out - Creating and  Living your Performance Potential, now in Kindle format!


"Jan's book cuts through the usual superficial acceptable wisdom and gets right to the fundamental causes of success and failure. Stop rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic - read this book." - Tom Metzger,CEO, Groupanizer.com 


"Now, let me say that I'm only on page 55 but I am in love with your thought process and the easy way you explain the process of change. Your inspiring book should be required reading..." - Amanda Kaufmann, Director, Capital Showcase Chorus


Regular book purchases available at www.harmonyfromtheinsideout.com

Wealth Academy for Women   Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010

Everything a woman needs to know about her finances in one day! 

at Vancouver Art Gallery, Downtown Vancouver, B.C.

Sat. Oct. 16  9:00 am - 4:30 pm


This day will be amazing - lots of incredible women presenters and financial experts. With segments like "banks are our friends" and "from debt to prosperity", this is not your typical financial seminar.


I will be presenting a segment called "Wealthy from the Inside Out" which focuses around identifying and recognizing how your inner abundance impacts your outer wealth and learning how "Being" is the first step to "Having". 

The entire day only costs $59 and all proceeds benefit Vancouver's Dress for Success, an organization whose mission is to promote the independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.  


To register and for further information, visit www.wealthacademyforwomen.com

  Presented by Sophia Financial


About Jan
Jan CarleyJan 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.

Contact Jan for a complimentary 30 minute consultation session if you are seriously ready to open up your life possibilities and live into your potential.
email: jan@creativecoachinggroup.com 604 873-1763 www.creativecoachinggroup.com 
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Jan's recommendation: Book: Surviving Adversity - Living with Parkinson's DiseaseSurviving Adversity Book
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.   Where in your life could you start thinking "bigger"?
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