May 2013
Vol 6, Issue 5
Creative Coaching Group
 the Creative Coaching Group newsletter

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Jan on her bikeSpring is here. Yippee! One of my most fun things to do on a sunny spring day is to hop on my bicycle and ride around the Stanley Park seawall, stopping at the end at Mario's Gelato for a well-earned Italian ice cream.


Of course, every spring I dutifully give my bike an annual tune up to get it in tip top running order. If I do that for my bike, perhaps I would be wise to do that for myself as well? Check out my feature article below and do your own personal Spring Tune Up - in 5 easy steps!


If you have been putting it off, there is still time to register for my teleseminar on Sat. May 4th - How to Beat Procrastination (Right Now!). Can't make it live? Make sure you register anyway as you will get the audio replay recording from that teleseminar as well as the rest of my Super Saturday Personal Mastery Teleseries. Click here to register right away!


Happy Spring!  

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Jan Carley BA, CEC, PCC 

Professional Certified Executive Coach

Creative Coaching Group

604 873-1763  e: 
Feature Article: Your Spring Tune Up - in 5 Easy Steps!

Jan being crazy on her bike.jpg At the first hint of spring I am inspired to drag my bike out of storage, wiggle into my biking shorts, grab a can of 3 in 1 oil and my tire pump, and tune the old girl up so I can enjoy a smooth and carefree ride around the city. Even if you no longer bike on a regular basis, you can probably remember the exhilaration and freedom you felt when the last of the snow melted and you could once again fly down the street on your "two-wheeler".


We ride our minds hard all year long and spring is a great time to give ourselves a mental tune up to clear the space to help make our year ahead smoother and more efficient. It's time to tighten our bolts and oil our chains! Follow the 5 easy tune up steps below to set yourself up for a sweet ride.




Your Spring Tune Up - in 5 Easy Steps!


1/ Clean your bike

A clean bike is a happier bike. Cleaning your bike will extend the life of all of its components. Similarly, a clean, uncluttered mind will give you the space you need to create and act on possibilities that may have been buried in the winter snowdrifts. Possibilities for your great life!


Start your spring tune-up by working through these mental clean-up questions:

(i) What thoughts could you let go of that have been dragging you down and holding you back?

(ii) How are you spending your time? Do you fill it with things you want to do - that nurture you physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, or with things you feel you "should" do?

(iii) What damaging habits could you kick that aren't working for you anymore? 

(iv) What are you holding onto that is no longer serving you and would free up some mental space if you cleaned up? (E.g./ old emails from a work disagreement, old hurts from a long-ago personal disagreement, the pants you wore in high school that you think you might fit into again)  

2/ Check your wheels and inflate your tires

Your wheels are your bike's foundation. Your wheel rims need to be intact and your tires in good shape and inflated to provide stability, smoothness and optimum function.


Think about your life foundation. The components that create a strong base on which to build your activity. The pieces you can count on. "What you know for sure" (As Oprah would say).

(i) Make a list of the physical parts of your life that provide foundational support (e.g./ your home, your city, your country)

(ii) Make a list of the people in your life that support you, that you can count on (sure, include your dog or cat as well!)

(iii) Make a list of your personal qualities that give you your personal foundation (e.g./ your sense of humor, your compassion)


Keep your list in front of you for the rest of the year - read it often. Your foundation creates a solid base even when confronted with all of the other constantly moving (and often stressful) parts of your life.


3/ Examine your drivetrain

As it sounds, the bike's drivetrain contains the components (the pedals, chain, etc) that work together to provide the driving force to move the bike.


What is driving you? Spring is a perfect time to revisit your annual life vision/strategic plan and goals. Getting clear on what you want will inspire you and give you the impetus to keep on ridin'. Oops! Haven't thought about that yet?

Here are a few questions to get you started:

(i) Dream forward to December 31, 2013 and visualize a picture of your life. What is in that picture? What is most important in that picture?  

(ii)Hone in on your compelling "Why?" Why is that so important to you? (Hint: supercharge this step by connecting this "why" with your emotions)

(iii)What one thing, if changed or shifted in 2013 would make the biggest positive difference?

(iv)What 3 actions do you want to take to move towards achieving that change?


Want to go deeper? Click here to download your 5-page "Get moving, Get Changing Action Guide".


4/ Inspect your Brakes

Brakes are a critical component of a bike because they provide control over the speed at which you travel. A poor braking system can lead to loss of control.

It is important to identify the checks and balances and braking system you have for your life.

Ask yourself:

(i)What structures do you already have in place?

(ii)What areas of your life might benefit by creating more structure?

(iii)Do you set and maintain clear boundaries for your life?

(iv)What supports do you have to keep you on track?  


5/ Oil and lubricate!

And of course, oiling and lubricating on a regular basis will keep your bike running smoothly, help it work more efficiently and improve performance. All too often in our fast-paced lives we forget about the importance of ongoing life maintenance. Gratitude, self-acknowledgment and celebration are the 3 in 1 oil lubricants to help make your life run smoothly and create a more joyous and fulfilled life.


(i)Gratitude: Developing a gratitude attitude is quite simply, good for your health. Gratitude expands, positivizes your focus and changes your thinking from scarcity to abundance. Spend a few minutes each day identifying and journaling what you are grateful for.


(ii) Self-acknowledgment: OK my high-achieving friends - this one is for you! When you are assessing your life, or actions, (even if you think it could have been better), be sure to acknowledge what was "right" about it. Acknowledge yourself for the good parts of what you did and only after doing that, move to thinking about what you will improve for the future.


(iii)Celebration: Again, my high-achieving friends - It is important to take the time to celebrate each one of your achievements, your actions and your victories (partial or complete). "Where thought goes, energy flows". Celebration creates ongoing turbo-power that'll keep your bike on the road.  

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"Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use." -- Charles Schulz, Cartoonist
How To Beat Procrastination - Teleseminar with Jan May 4

do it now!Procrastination plagues all of us. Sometimes it's a putting-off of an unpleasant task. Sadly though, all too often it's a delaying of something we really want for our lives.  Imagine how liberating it would feel to achieve what you want without any procrastinating delays?

I invite you to invest 60 minutes of your time and get the tools you need to conquer this common holdback to success. (Right now!)


How to Beat Procrastination (Right Now!) Teleseminar with Jan

In 60-minutes you will:  

-identify why you procrastinate

-get practical tools to easily (and painlessly) move from inaction to action in the areas you really care about

-learn how to forever take the "P" word out of your vocabulary (even for the tasks you really don't want to do!)

-find out when it's strategic to procrastinate (yes, really!)


Sat. May 4th  10-11 am Pacific Daylight Time (North America)/ 1-2 pm Eastern

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*HAVE TO MISS THE LIVE CALL?  No worries! All registrants will automatically receive the audio replay recording for download and listening at your leisure.

* All registrants will also receive access and replay recordings to the other 4 teleseminars in Jan's SUPER SATURDAY PERSONAL MASTERY TELESERIES.

*connect by telephone, skype or listen on the web from anywhere in the world!


Click here for full details  or click the Pay Pal link above to pay now   

Spring Coaching Special: A 90-minute "Tune Up" with Jan  

Jan Carley square Are you feeling a bit sluggish this spring? Is it time to get your life "bike" out of storage and give it a tune up? Act quickly and book one of 5 spots available for a Spring Tune Up coaching session with Jan to clarify and focus your thoughts and discover the strategies that'll instantly make your ride smoother and more efficient. 



90 min session  $169 (includes taxes)  Value: $375

*only 5 spots available for this special so make sure you book right away to avoid disappointment!

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About Jan Carley

Jan is a Professional Certified Executive Coach credentialed with the International Coach Federation. She is passionate about inspiring highly-motivated individuals and high-achieving teams to realize their signature brilliance, leverage whole brain thinking and focus their energies to achieve a leading edge of excellence.  Jan combines creativity and positive, action-based possibility thinking to support and guide this transformative change through her signature harmony from the inside out coaching approach.

3rd edition of Jan's book 

The 3rd edition of Jan's popular book, Harmony from the Inside Out, is now available for purchase and includes a bonus 50-page Action Guide download.  Purchase the book online at


Jan lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and is available for individual and team coaching, workshops, and speaking engagements worldwide. ICF logo

Contact Jan at 604 873-1763 



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