December 2010Vol 3, Issue 11
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter


Jan feeling festive!
I love this time of year! I feel all aglow with gratitude for the wonderful people in my life.  That includes you, my loyal readers, for supporting me and my work over the past year. I appreciate your comments, your emails, your ideas and your contributions.  Thank you all!

Last month's article hit a chord with a huge number of you - and several of you pledged to join the "Living on Purpose" revolution.  So how is that working for you - living on purpose? I will say that I am at least now conscious of when I get onto that wildly rotating hamster wheel ...and awareness is the first step to any kind of change!

This time of the year carries with it a heightened level of activity, of social engagements, relationship stresses and lengthened "to do" lists that sometimes can seem overwhelming. To help you de-stress your holidays, I consulted some "experts" for their advice. (see my feature article below).

My best wishes to you and yours for a love, laughter and music-filled holiday season.
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Jan Carley,
Certified Executive Coach and CEO of Creative Coaching Group

Feature Article: 7 Stress-Reducing Holiday Tips from the Experts

Santa's ReindeerWhat could be more stressful than a job that has a 357 day build up and then lasts just one night?  A job that involves huge near-impossible physical output, wild environmental conditions, high stress and has the hopes and dreams of millions of children around the world riding on your performance? Yes, being one of Santa's reindeer is a tough job. 


I consulted Santa's reindeer and they shared some stress-reducing advice. Things that they have learned over the years to minimize their holiday stress and things that we would be well advised to keep in mind. 


Tip # 1   Don't do it Alone:  All of the reindeer agreed that preparing for the holiday season has to involve a team effort. If you are trying to pull the sleigh all alone you are going to get exhausted pretty quickly.  Who can help you decorate? Bake?  Buy gifts? Send cards? Ask for support.


Tip # 2   Slow Down:  The "more hurry, less speed"  tip came from Dasher, who told me that there he was much more effective when he was reined in. A lot of energy is wasted when our energy becomes a frantic rush to get to the next thing.  Consciously slow yourself down - reduce your speed, and wherever you are,  remember to breathe.  


Tip # 3   Strategically scheduleBlitzen said that rather than setting a schedule that has constant high levels of activity over several days that create exhaustion and burnout, it is wiser to strategically schedule "blitzes" of activity that happen at your optimum physical and mental times. For many working folk, the weekends are the time to get all of their "errands" done. Consequently, weekends tend to become more exhausting than the workweek. Try this. Schedule high output activity to end at lunchtime Saturday and then schedule in a nap to refresh you for the latter half of the day. Do a blitz, and then relax.


Tip # 4   Remember what's importantCupid of course reminded me that this holiday season is all about love. Bob Hope once said: "My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"


Tip # 5  Hold a "Fun" Intention: If you consciously held a one word intention of "FUN" as you popped out of bed each morning over the holidays, how could that inform and positively affect your activity that day?  "Try it"! advises the fun-loving Dancer!


RudolphTip # 6   Remember how special you are: 

Rudolph reminds us to focus on our unique gifts and how we best contribute to this world and to ignore what everyone else is doing. You may not be here to struggle with the making of shortbread. You may, be here instead, to lead the singsong around the piano.  What is your unique contribution? Rudolph found out that his shiny red nose was his gift. Keep your main thing your main thing!


Tip # 7  Hire a Cleaner:  Of course that piece of advice came from Comet!  Don't waste one minute of this magical season with cleaning supplies in your hands...instead, go on outside and toss some snowballs with the kids.

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            Tension is who you think you should be. 

          Relaxation is who you are.  ~Chinese Proverb

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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 embrace your most exceptional life, contact Jan for a complimentary 30 minute coaching consultation session.

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