April 2011Vol 4, Issue 4
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter


Jan standing in Rocky's footprintsYes, there I am at the top of the steps outside the Philadelphia Art Museum...standing in Rocky's footprints.  That famous image from the ROCKY movie, with Sylvester Stallone's arms raised in victory after he sprinted up the steep steps of the art museum at the end of a long training run is etched in the minds of  a whole generation of moviegoers. We were inspired by the story of Rocky's seemingly impossible dream of being able to take on the world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed.

What are your "impossible" dreams? Spring is a wonderful time to reacquaint yourself with your imagined possibilities - those hopes and dreams that may have lain dormant over the winter.


Read my feature article below and get started! If Rocky can do it, so can you!


To your possibilities!

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Jan Carley, PCC

Certified Executive Coach  Creative Coaching Group
604 873-1763  e: jan@creativecoachinggroup.com 

Feature Article: 5 Steps to "Dreaming the POSSIBLE Dream"

Jan running up the Rocky StepsRocky Balboa had a dream. He was going to intensely train and win a fight against the world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed. It is an inspirational story, one that has prompted thousands of tourists (myself included) to run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum to create our own Rocky moment. 


I have a confession to make. Sometimes it feels to me that I don't even have the time to remember what my dreams are let alone live into them.  Last week I was so overwhelmed with business details and the number of tasks that I had to get done that I had trouble even clarifying what I needed in a session with my business coach! My To Do list of "busywork" had completely obscured my personal vision, my dream.   My coach, Les, was skillful at weaving me through the noise of my To Do list and back to the core - my center. When I did that, I rediscovered my dream.  


My friend, Brenda, had always dreamed of traveling to Africa. Finally, at age 59, she decided that she had delayed the trip long enough waiting for the perfect time, the perfect travel mate, and so went ahead and booked the solo 3 week adventure of her life. (Yes, Africa was everything she had dreamed of and she can't wait to go back.)   


What are you dreaming of?  Or, have you settled into the world of day-to-day urgencies and forgotten your dreams? Like me, do your To Do lists all too often take over your life? Has that burning fire within died to a small ember? Before time, experience, reality or disappointments began to edit your dreams - what was there? How can you reignite your Rocky Balboa impossible dream?



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Step 1   Declutter  

If you have no space in your head, or your life, then there is no room for possibility.  You need to create some space for your dreams to live. Time for some spring cleaning!

Make decluttering a priority. Take a moment today to declutter at least one part of your world. That might mean finally filing that stack of papers on your desk, or it may simply mean taking out the overflowing recycling.  What is in your way physically also creates mental clutter.  Even if your messy desk doesn't consciously bother you - it is cluttering your subconscious.  Clean it up and you will instantly feel lighter and clearer.


Step 2   Take a Day off  

If, like me, you get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things you are responsible for, consider "taking a day off"; and I don't mean only from work. I mean a DAY OFF: no phone calls, no emails, no TV, no distractions, just you. (Granted, a full day may be difficult for those of you with families, but see if you can at least consciously carve out a full morning or afternoon.) Use that time to reflect and simply "be".  Ask yourself when you last approached a day without a list of "to do's".  If you can't remember, then this is a critical step for you. You need to stop "doing" in order to return to the "being" of yourself.


Step 3  Take Stock

In order to be able to dream about where you want to go, you have to be clear on where you are right now. Draw a circle in the middle of a blank page of paper.  That circle represents everything that is your life right now. Around that circle write down all of the "facts" that describe where you are in your life right now.  (eg/ I live in a 2 BR home with my husband, 2 children and dog.  I work part time at the bank. I volunteer at the daycare, I am moderately fit etc.) That circle represents everything you are being, doing and feeling right now; a snapshot of your life.


Step 4  The 3 Minute Spew 

Now look at all of the white space outside the circle you drew in Step 3.  That white space represents your "possibilities". Ask yourself  "If anything was possible for my life what would those possibilities be?" Use your 5 senses to bring those possibilities to life:  What would they look like? Feel Like? Smell like? Sound like? Taste like? On the outside of the circle, give yourself time for what I call a 3 minute possibility spew. This is a brainstorming process, no thinking allowed. Just let the words and thoughts spew out and write them down.  No blocking. No analyzing. Keep the dreaming going.  Let your mind go. Allow yourself the space to dream without restriction.  If anything was possible what would you write down?


Step 5  Keeping the dream alive

Keep those imagined possibilities front and center for yourself.  Talk to your friends and your family about them.  Write them out and post them on your wall, put them on a post-it note, make those dreams into your screen saver. If you are a visual person, cut out photos, use colored markers and stickers to keep your dreams present. Many of you may have already created a bucket list - a dream of the things you want to do before you die. I have my 40/60 list (forty things I want to do before I turn 60). These lists WORK if you keep them top of mind. Begin your day by reading through your list of possibilities. Read your list before you fall asleep at night.  Sweet dreams!


NEXT MONTH'S FEATURE ARTICLE:  How to turn those dreams into reality


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"When your to-do list has you coming undone, you have to step back and come back to center. Without a connection to something that is real, you will lose your way." - Oprah


Tele-Boot Camp is back - Four Weeks to your "Possible" Life!

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Harmony from the Inside Out Tele-Boot Camp

Thursday Evenings  June 2 - 23 

5 pm PDT/8 pm EDT


Join women from around the world on the telephone with coach Jan Carley for a group coaching tele-course that will transform your life! 


"Jan Carley's Boot Camp helped me reassess the important things in my life, view them with a new perspective, and point me toward new goals in my future. Well worth the trip! - Nancy Bergman


In 8 hours of coaching over 4 weeks you will:

-discover your core purpose - 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 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

-shred your limiting beliefs

-create an action plan for your possible future



What's a Tele-Boot Camp?  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, in 4 short weeks, transform your inner world.  Each week you are sent an Action Guide in advance of the call and you simply call the Boot Camp phone number at the appointed time. All you need is a telephone!

What if I have to miss a call?  No worries! An mp3 recording will be sent to you following each session, making it easy to work through the class on your own.  In fact, some participants choose to do the entire course that way.   "


"It was especially exciting to be on the telephone line with women from around the globe, realizing I have so much in common with so many people." - Sherry Feller



Get a complimentary 30 minute one-on-one coaching session with Jan (Value $100)





April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

 April is Parkinson's Awareness MonthParkinson's Disease (PD) is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive with no known cause or cure.  It is estimated that over 1.5 million North Americans are affected by PD. My mom has been living with Parkinson's for 8 years and I have seen first-hand the progression of this debilitating disease.

April is Parkinson's Awareness month. I encourage you to find out more about Parkinson's Disease by visiting www.pdf.org or www.parkinson.ca

About Jan Carley

Jan Carley is a Professional 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. 

Harmony from the Inside Out Book Her popular book, Harmony from the Inside Out - Creating and Living your Performance Potential is available for sale on line at www.harmonyfromtheinsideout.com  (Kindle format on sale through amazon.com)


Contact Jan at 604 873-1763  email: jan@creativecoachinggroup.com 

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