November 2010Vol 3, Issue 10
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter


Jan CarleySometimes unexpected things happen that rock you to your core and prompt you to immediately question the really big stuff  like "Why am I here on this earth?" and "If I were to die tomorrow, what legacy would I leave?" or perhaps "Why the heck did I waste my time on "x", when I really wanted to be doing "y"?  

With the recent sudden passing of my good friend, Denis Simpson, two weeks shy of his 60th birthday, I was once again reminded of the impermanence of life and the importance of staying present and living and loving each and every moment we have here on earth.

That inspired my feature article below - "Living on Purpose".  I, for one, don't want to let another day go by without consciously living each moment. I am going to start by considering the steps below.  I would be thrilled if you would join me! Let's start the Living on Purpose Revolution.  Are you in? Just click here and say YES on my Blog.
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Jan Carley,
Certified Executive Coach and CEO of Creative Coaching Group

Feature Article: 5 Steps to "Living on Purpose"

StopDespite the constant encouragement I give to my coaching clients to identify and live their life with awareness every moment of each day, I recently realized that I had not fully embraced that concept myself. I had gotten caught up in the "doing" of my work and the concept of what I was building and forgot about the "being" part.  I had the vision and the goals, but had forgotten the living part.  


It is time to let go of the externals, to "walk the walk", and really start consistently living from the inside out.  Living on Purpose. 

We all need to give ourselves permission to live and BE in every moment. To let go of the endless and relentless need to DO and start to give value to each second of our days.  Have you been spending your life in the future or past and missing the wonders of "today"? Are you ready to begin to "live on purpose" - right here, right now?




STEP 1  Develop Awareness

Step 1 is simply about noticing. Notice how you are showing up. Each day, in each conversation, in everything  you do. No judgement. Simply notice. Are you 100% present and aware in each moment or are you living one thing physically, but are mentally somewhere else? Are you living in the future? The past?  How authentically are you living? Step 1 is simply to notice and to be aware.


STEP 2  Get Intentional

When you wake up in the morning, spend 3 extra minutes in bed with your eyes closed thinking about what your intention will be for that day.  How will you show up that day?  Who will you be?  What will you bring to the world that day? Experiment with holding one single intention as you go through the day.  For example, your daily intention might be something like  "Today I am going to live abundance" or "Today I am going to have fun".  Hold that intention and as you go about each activity in your day, think about making each moment intentional.  How would you show up at the office if your intention for that day was "Today I am going to have fun"?


STEP 3 Stay Present

The point of power is in the present moment and that's a great place to start. Get present. Right now. Wherever you are, sit, close your eyes, and breathe. Take some deep belly breaths, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus only on the breathing.  Oprah said "our breath is our anchor, the gift we've all been given to center ourselves in this very moment."  Where do you want to be?  How about choosing "right here, right now"? That is the only place we have any control of in our lives.  The future is now.  The control has to do with how we choose to BE, not what we choose to DO. Being precedes doing. Re-center yourself with your breathing at any point in the day when you find yourself wandering.  


STEP 4  Treasure the Journey

In her book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, writer Anne Lamott  compares writing a first draft to watching a Polaroid develop.  I thought the quote applied nicely to life so I slightly paraphrased it.  "Life is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can't - and, in fact, you are not supposed to - know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing."

So for Pete's sake, stop focusing on the finished product! Instead, spend your time and energy watching and living your life as it develops. Look at the colors of each day, live the magic or the despair of each moment  - treasure the journey.


STEP 5  Develop a Gratitude Attitude 

Noticing and being consciously thankful in the moment for the things that you see, the conversations you have, and the people in your life will help keep you living on purpose. Developing a gratitude attitude will add a level of awareness to each moment that will help you slow down and stay present.  Experiment with doing a nightly "Gratitude Sign-off" where you spend 3 minutes just before you fall asleep writing down what happened or what you noticed that day for which you are grateful. What stood out for you today? Did you notice the amazing fall colors of the leaves?  Did you have a laugh with a friend? Did you drink a really great tasting cup of coffee? Ending your day with a nightly gratitude sign-off will help kick-start your next day to one of purpose.


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"Seeking purpose is part of how we're wired-by doing something that endures, we prove that we were here, that we mattered. Clare Boothe Luce once told John F. Kennedy, 'A great man is one sentence. Abraham Lincoln's was "He preserved the Union and freed the slaves." What's yours?' If you can't seem to access your  purpose in life, I've found the best place to start is with Luce's question."

- Daniel Pink, Author and Creativity Expert



Jan's Harmony from the Inside Out TELE-BOOT CAMP 

Jumping with delightATTENTION WOMEN:  

Are you ready to add joy, purpose, possibility and more FUN to your life?

Are you keen to be inspired, energized and motivated to make the life changes you have been dreaming about? 

Are you ready to remove your inner barriers to success?


Join coach Jan Carley, for her Harmony from the Inside Out TELE-BOOT CAMP - a 4 week telephone coaching intensive. On 4 Monday nights in January you simply make a phone call that connects you with Jan and other like-minded individuals around the world.  Jan will then take you through a weekly 90 minute coaching session that will teach, inspire and move you forward. Each week you will receive course worksheets in advance so that you can work along with Jan on the phone call.  After the teaching session, Jan will open up the phone lines to your questions and coach LIVE!

When:   Four Monday Evenings in January 2011     Jan 10, 17, 24  and 31 
Start time: 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific

What you get:
*6 hours of teaching by Coach Jan Carley and 2 hours of live coaching by Jan
*Course Outlines and worksheets in advance of each phone session
*mp3 recording emailed to you following each session so that if you have to miss a call, you don't miss out!
*discounts on Jan's other coaching programs

How much does it cost?
All this for only $79! 

  (register as soon as possible as class size is limited)

Are you ready to...
  • discover your core purpose - and figure out what the heck are you really here on earth to do
  • identify where you truly want to put your energy and eliminate the ways you get derailed
  • identify your own signature gifts and help you step into them
  • reframe your thinking from scarcity to abundance
  • turn your inner critic into an inner coach
  • gain strategies to get past O.P (Overwhelm Paralysis)
  • turn down the dial on your Inner Static
  • get your desired outcomes without creating more busy work
  • shift your perspective from "Doing" to "Being"
  • shred your limiting beliefs
  • move into the wonderful land of possibility
  • balance your activities so you are always replenishing your energy reserves
  • and more!
Get inspired, motivated and be supported as you take action and make transformational changes in your life immediately! Yes!



Monday nights January 10 - 31, 2011

Harmony from the Inside Out Tele-Boot Camp
ONLY $79 
(or $99 includes a copy of Jan's book, Harmony from the Inside Out)
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Book coverClick here to listen to a recent interview of Jan, author of Harmony from the Inside Out - Creating and Living your Performance Potential, by Webcasters Britt-Helene Bonnedahl and Kim Wonders at the October 2010 Sweet Adeline International a cappella chorus and quartet competition in Seattle, WA.


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In Memoriam - Denis Simpson   November 4, 1950 - October 22, 2010

Denis SimpsonActor, singer, writer, dancer and dear friend, Denis Simpson, died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage on October 22, 2010.  In an instant, one of the brightest lights ever to shine on this earth was extinguished. You or your kids may know Denis from his hundreds of musical stage appearances across North America, or from his classic role as host of the children's TV show, The Polka Dot Door, or perhaps as the comedic emcee of countless charitable events.  I was privileged to know Denis as a close friend  - a truly unique spirit that brought love, laughter, kindness, and light into any room he walked. One of Denis' favourite songs was "Anything Possible", which has as it's final words "The only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you're gone."   Denis - the love you left behind is unmeasurable. Thank you! xo

About Jan Carley

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. 

If you are seriously ready to open up your life possibilities and live into your potential, contact Jan for a complimentary 30 minute consultation session (no further obligation)
604 873-1763  email: 

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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
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