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Keep Growing Everyday ImageSynergy Strategies’ Coaching and Training programs build solid visions, goals and strategies to increase organizational and personal effectiveness; saving time, energy and money. We will work with you to design a program that will maximize your strengths and address your needs so that your people operate with passion, purpose and productivity. Isn’t it time for you to get connected with the resources you need to drive, thrive, and play to win!

Name a professional athlete that does not have a coach. That would be absurd right? Those people are professionals because they are talented by their own right. They don’t need a coach to tell them how to play. They need a coach to keep them on the edge of their learning, seeing the big picture, the blind spots, and constantly pushing them to the next level.  We are the professional sports coach for the mind.

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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How to Get the Sleep Your Career Desperately Needs

Emotional IntelligenceIn his LinkedIn article, Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career, Dr. Travis Bradberry, Coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & President at TalentSmart explains how crucial sleep is to your ability to function and certainly to success.  He also shares ten strategies for getting the sleep that you and your body so desperately need.

  1. Stay Away from Sleeping Pills
  2. Stop Drinking Caffeine (at Least after Lunch)
  3. Avoid Blue Light at Night
  4. Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day
  5. No Binge Sleeping (In) on the Weekend
  6. Learn How Much Sleep You Really Need
  7. Stop Working
  8. Eliminate Interruptions
  9. Learn to Meditate
  10. When All Else Fails: Take Naps

Read the full article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141201150910-50578967-skipping-sleep-is-career-suicide

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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Whatever You Do, Do Something

do something“Whatever you do, do something” is a statement my husband’s mentor told him once about his work. Often people have ideas and dreams, but get paralyzed by what it might take to make it happen. Know what you want and why, then take a step to make it happen. Baby steps in one direction eventually lead to clear direction, change and a new future.  (At times as you move toward your vision, it will become obvious that this is not the direction to head. This is “part of the process” and valuable to have spent the time to have found this out and it will lead you to what might be better).

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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It Always Feels Better With a Friend

buddy systemThe buddy system of accountability and support is a strong mechanism you can employ to push through your fears. Find someone who you feel is supportive and encouraging. This could be a mentor, friend, spouse, family member, co-worker, boss, whoever. Share with them 1) your objective/goal, 2) what you have been afraid of/worry about/or held back by, 3) what you want to do to overcome it and how they can help or hold you accountable.

For example: “Friend Jo, I really want to loose 25 lbs. and need to workout at the gym 3x a week (goal/objective).  I have not done it because I feel fat, ignorant of the equipment and unattractive in my old gym clothes. I also feel afraid that if I try I will not loose weight which will be embarrassing to me. I am afraid to fail (fears).  Can you help support me by being an accountability partner for me? Here are some things that would help. Go shopping with me to get 2 outfits that I look good in. Go with me to the gym the first time and just walk around with me and talk to me while I work out. Do a power call with me at 8AM where I call you on my way to the gym and if I don’t call you, please call me and ask me what I am doing (requesting what you need). Would any of those be possible for you to do to help me overcome my fears and get into action?”

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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Fully Alive? Have You Met Your Gremlin? (part 1 of 4)

gremlinIf you have ever tried to live an empowered and full life, you have met yours. The bigger the dream, the bigger the sumo-size Gremlin can be.  You may or may not be aware of it. We all have one – some people refer to it as your inner critic, negative self talk or the “bad” angel sitting on your shoulder.  We call it a “Gremlin” to personify it so we can work with it. If you can separate it from yourself it is less confusing, and you can hear the voice of your Gremlin versus your whole self (which is the healthy, gifted and talented part of you).

A Gremlin’s job is to keep us safe which is most often achieved by preserving status quo, giving us the illusion that we can keep in control of ourselves and protected to meet all our human needs.  Their job is to “help us” and keep us from taking risks, making mistakes, failing, etc. because those things bring pain and hurt and your Gremlin does not want you to have either.

The problem is the Gremlin’s view of safety is unrealistic and restricts a person from wholehearted living. Also, the Gremlin, because it is a fear based part of us, is pretty negative  and shows up as a self-sabotaging inner voice that holds us back from life. All humans have this part of us. We are born that way. Gremlins are not “bad,” they are part of our humanity, an internal subconscious voice/urges/thoughts.  They are a loved part of us. We are used to them and have been hearing them for years. It is hard to separate when the Gremlin is talking and when a real voice of logic or common sense is talking. Sometimes we fight to get rid of them, but it is a part of your emotional and mental makeup, so it is better to learn to identify that part of yourself and work with it.

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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Fully Alive? Have You Met Your Gremlin? (part 2 of 4)

gremlinThe Gremlin works by talking to you in your head to get you confused, questioning yourself, convince you your dream is stupid, dangerous, impossible, you are not qualified, don’t have time, money, etc. to do what you want. You know your Gremlin is having a greater influence or control over you when you are making excuses, not moving forward, paralyzed, overwhelmed, procrastinating, confused, arguing why things will not work, etc.

The Gremlin will use tactics to hold you back from action. It always has something to say; always figuring and thinking. It is critical of everyone – others and mostly you. It enrolls with emotional appeal and plays into making you feel powerful through angry and annoyed energy. It wants you to have the feeling of power and greatness to justify, affirm and validate your negative energy and withholding activity. Here are some of the strategies it uses, see if you recognize any for yourself:

  • Perfectionism & Judgment  –
    • Standards – Must be better. This is not good enough. There is more possible here. Come on.
    • Judgment – If people understood how great this could be, they would work harder. They are slow. That will never work. How ridiculous, that is obviously not going to happen!
  • Excuses – you are too busy, you have a family to take care of, you can’t work 2 jobs full time
  • Predictive – “If you do ___________, then ________ will happen.”
  • Negative – “I can’t, I shouldn’t, etc”
  • Exaggerations – Speaks in absolute extremes – “Always, never, completely, everything, etc.”
  • Focuses & fixates on the past – regrets and beats self up
  • Mothering” – protects you from getting hurt, being vulnerable, etc.
  • Plants doubts – keeps you small, says it is too much, too overwhelming, can’t do it.
  • Lies to you – you don’t know how to do that.
  • Evokes fear – what will happen? You might fail, look stupid, be kicked out, etc.
  • Other -

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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Fully Alive? Have You Met Your Gremlin? (part 3 of 4)

gremlinThe impact is different for everyone – but it has some impact on you. For example: low self esteem, feeling invaluable, unworthy, needy of praise, etc. Most people keep this to themselves, but mentally and emotionally wrestle with it and it squeaks out in their actions, responses  to people – how they take things personally, are unable to apologize, get defensive, justify actions that hurt others, are unable to love or be vulnerable with others, etc. The Gremlin, out of fear, keeps us totally self-focused and protected from others.  It sounds pretty selfish, but the Gremlin will convince you it is not selfish, rather necessary to protect yourself from getting hurt. The Gremlin can produce many examples of why you need to listen to it and protect yourself.

The problem is when we yield to this we are not living our highest calling, our full potential, we are not living wholeheartedly and not being the light in the world we were called to be. The Gremlin will argue “who cares, it is a mean tough world out there, stay inside where it is safe, you have been hurt before, you don’t want to go through that again!” But we know the truth is, greatness has risk and to enjoy great love, great meaning, significance and purpose with great success, we have to step out of our comfort zone. Failure is a guarantee. That is how we learn and grow. What child learned to walk without falling down? The Gremlin wants you to fear failure and makes it a definer of your value, however that is not true. Every human is a significant and valuable being.

Keep Charging & Shine!
Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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Fully Alive? Have You Met Your Gremlin? (part 4 of 4)

gremlinSo, to step closer to wholehearted living, your full potential and your life purpose and calling, it is in your best interest to:

  1. Identify the Gremlin – Name it. Draw it. Identify its favorite sayings to you and its best tactic to keep you small. What is its impact and purpose? What does it want to keep you from?
  2. Manage it –
    1. Simply notice it and acknowledge it is there and talking
    2. Separate Gremlin from truth; what is TRUE
    3. Notice your values and WHO GOD MADE YOU TO BE
    4. Consider why this is really important and why you are doing it (the bigger purpose)
    5. Give it a job to do or talk to it (ok to give it directives too)
    6. Send it somewhere; put it away (drop it out the window, etc.)
    7. Personify it more (draw it, mold it, etc.)
    8. Find what the Gremlin is protecting you from and do a reality check
  3. Remember who you are. Make a list to remind yourself. You are a naturally creative resourceful person. As a Christian, I remember I am a child of God, redeemed, gifted and loved. I also find these statements a powerful reminder. (I AM )

Check out the book: Taming Your Gremlin by Richard Carson to learn more. Your gremlin won’t want you to, but it is in your best interest to identify yours. Be fully alive and living. You have purpose, meaning and significance!

Keep Charging & Shine!
Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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You Must Admit What You Need to Improve

Marshall-Goldsmith-stageIn this YouTube video, Becoming a Better Leader Begins With You-Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author and one of Forbes magazine’s top five business coaches, Marshall Goldsmith, shares that it is essential to that you confess to others what you need to change. It is more important how people see you and that will be so much harder to change without people knowing that you recognize the short-coming and are trying to change. This willingness to express your need to improve also encourages an environment where others can admit faults and work to improve.

For the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFrCiG0Ycos

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

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Behaviors to Change If You Want to Improve Your Career

Facebook coverpage -Meet us to Impact 125x125Jack Welch, Executive Chairman, Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University in his article, 10 Behaviors That Could Kill Your Career said that if your career in not progressing the way you would like for it to, you should check to see if you are guilty of any of these behaviors:

  1. Misfiring on performance or values — Overcommitting and under-delivering.
  2. Resistance to change — Failing to embrace new ideas.
  3. Being a Problem Identifier vs a Problem Solver.
  4. Winning over your boss but not your business peer group.
  5. Always worrying about your next career move versus focusing on the present.
  6. Running for office – it’s totally transparent to everyone but you!
  7. Self-importance — exhibiting a humorless, rigid attitude.
  8. Lacking the courage and conviction to push back on the system.
  9. Forgetting to develop your own succession plan for when you get promoted.
  10. Complacency — you’ve stopped growing.

Read the full article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141110044443-86541065-10-behaviors-that-could-kill-your-career?trk=tod-posts-postall-ptlt

Which behavior are you most often guilty of?

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Christy Geiger, Executive/Leadership Coach, www.synergystrategies.com

Attraction, Balance, Career Development, Coaching, Communication, Design Your Environment, Effective Habits, Goals, Leadership Development, Performance & Productivity, Personal Growth

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