Designing Nature’s Environment

Nature EnvironmentEnvironment of Nature:

Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “NATURE” more in-line with your goals.

DEFINITION:

The environment of nature is our natural surroundings. Often these are things we cannot control; the in’s and out’s of life. What is presented each day…

This includes:

  • Life – The process of existence. The evolving stages from birth to death. What happens to you in those stages. How it impacts you. This includes uncontrollable things such as: puberty, menopause, aging, lay-offs, family development, in-laws, health challenges (poor eyesight, tumors, low metabolism, etc.), accidents, deaths, etc.  Also any things that create major life transitions or priority shifts like: marriage, becoming a new parent, subsequent births, kids in college, divorce, remarriage, career change, retirement, etc.
  • Seasons – This is the “time” of the year (often correlating with the weather) and the impacts the “time” has on you.  It is different depending on where you live, but seasons exist everywhere, they are just marked by different things. For example,
    • Winter is often cold, cloudy and people spend more time inside.
    • Summer is usually busy, time for vacations, sunny, hot, etc.
    • Fall is school, time for new routines, leaves change, etc.
    • Spring has flowers, rainy, warm after winter chill, outside more, etc.

The seasons affect your mood (people are often more tired / depressed in the winter or on cloudy days). The seasons affect body (rain usually brings out more arthritis and aches and pains.). The seasons affect your routines and patterns (activities you might do: going to park, walks, BBQ’s, visit with neighbors, etc.)  The seasons can have very quiet changes that really make a difference in how we operate.

  • Outdoors – This is the opposite of inside. The beauty of God’s natural earth. Outdoors are about:
    • Natural light and fresh air (why so many prefer to work by windows),
    • Air and stimulation from lush plants (why we have “house plants”)
    • Amazing creation seen in forests, beaches, mountains, etc. that brings relaxation
    • Places that stimulate you for enjoyment, beauty, refreshment, etc.
    • Serenity that comes from sounds of the outdoors (why we have so many CD’s and radios with outdoor nature sounds)
    • Sun rays that give light, energy, warmth and time measures.
    • Reflection of the moon & star light, that we enjoy in the quiet of the night
    • Enjoying the environment in which we live….

The outdoors is so activating that there is a big push in the corporate community right now for the true tropical environment. By bringing nature inside creativity is stimulated.  There is also a growing awareness around using recycled or natural outdoor materials for indoor structures (i.e. concrete and recycled vinyl).  This will serve to protect the environment more and lessen the destruction of the earth.  The destruction of the earth through manufactured products can be a block for some people as they sit in their environment and worry about how they are contributing to the deterioration of the earth.  This may seem odd, but really, think about it. We have calendars and big framed art with scenery. We have soundtracks with nature noises. We have retreats to the beach and mountains for get away trips.  We have indoor water fountains (simulate running water), fans (create air movement/wind), and plants – both live and artificial – just for the lush green look! Whatever it is, whether bringing the outdoors indoors or simply getting out to enjoy the outdoors – it is a place of stimulation and inspiration.

FOCUS: Write your main goal: ____________________________________________________________

EVALUATE:

Life:

  • What is going on in your life?
  • What are the uncontrollable life factors affecting you right now?
  • What are the life transitions or priority shifts that are impacting you right now?
  • How are the parts of life impacting you?
  • What factors are you trying to ignore?
  • What factors about life are you tolerating that are keeping negative energy in your body?
  • What are the life factors that are impeding or blocking your goal progress?
  • What life factors are supporting your goal accomplishment?
  • What life factors do you need to give some attention?
  • Where do you need to give yourself a break?

Seasons:

  • Think about how you are in each season.
  • How would you describe each season?
  • How do you feel in this time?
  • What do you do?
  • What is the worst thing about this season?
  • What is the best part or thing about this season?
  • How can your goal be supported in each season?
  • How is your goal challenged in each season?
  • What do you need to be alert to in different seasons? (notice the impact on you)
  • How can you creatively leverage the seasons to accomplish your goals?

WINTER

SPRING

 

 

SUMMER

FALL

 

 

Outdoors:

  • How are you bringing the outdoors inside to stimulate or inspire you?
  • What is important to have in your indoor environment that keeps the outdoors alive?
  • What part of the outdoors would you like to bring in?
  • How often are you getting outside for refreshment?
  • When would you like to get outside? (favorite time)
  • How do you want to be outside? (walking, sitting, eating, etc.)
  • Where is a rejuvenating place for you to go?
  • What parts of nature have a big draw for you? (sounds, site, smells, etc.)
  • Do you have an “inspirational” spot you can go, even in your mind to imagine it when stressed… mental get away? Do you have a photo reminder of that place?
  •  What pictures would you enjoy having inside?
  • Go outside right now. What do you hear, smell, see? Just sit for 10 min. and soak it in and enjoy it. We get so busy we forget to stop and enjoy the nature around us.
  • How can the outside support your goal success?
  • Think about what stimulates you outside and identify how you can put yourself in a position to be regularly motivated and stimulated by the outdoors.

Summary:

How does nature support you? How does it hold you back? What do you need to add, take out or change in your environment that will support your growth and steps toward you goal?

TAKE ACTION

  • Review this environment
  • Schedule a coaching call if you want additional support
  • Explore the questions for yourself & the brainstorm re: your goal
  • Start to identify some ways to support your goal through the environment of nature
  • Write questions you have
  • Draft a few steps you could take this week to move you closer to your goal!

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

Leadership, Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: , |

Designing the Physical Environment

Physical EnvironmentEnvironment of Physical Space:

Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your physical space more in-line with your goals.

DEFINITION:

The environment of physical space is your surroundings, the actual items around you.

This includes: Everything you can see (or can’t see!), touch, hear or smell.

  • Home – This is the look and feel of your surroundings at “home” – where you live. This would include organization, clutter in house, decorations, smells, colors, style, usability, functionality, satisfaction with home, pride in home, ability to do what you want there, space, cleanliness, sounds, etc.
  •  Office – This is the space where you work. If you travel; it might be your car/truck or business bag. It is your “office”.  In this space, consider the organization, files, ability to find things, ability to work efficiently without distraction, functionality of equipment, smells, cleanliness (dust on computer screen), life/plants in space, motivational pieces, tools, posters, space to do what you need to, etc.
  • Possessions – Your car, purse, interview portfolio, wallet, computer, day runner, calendar, voice mail, mail baskets, clothes, CDs, DVD’s, drawers/cupboards, etc. These can overlap with office and home as they include anything that is your’s … that you use and represent who you are. These are all things that you interact with regularly and their condition impacts your ability to function the best in your physical space.

FOCUS: Write your main goal: ____________________________________________________________

EVALUATE:

Home:

  • What is your favorite room in the house and why?
  • What drives you nuts in your home?
  • What are the tolerations in your home (nagging annoyances that you just think about but don’t deal with)
  • What do you love about other people’s homes?
  • What makes you feel comfortable in a home?
  • What do you smell in this space? What do you want to smell?
  • What do you hear in this space? What do you want to hear?
  • What is working about your home? What is not working?
  • What room do you always keep the door closed? Why? What needs to change?
  • What is embarrassing to you about your home? How does that impact you?
  • What themes, colors or items in or added to your home show better who you are and what you are about?
  • What structures would support your desires for your home (baskets, 10 min. AM pick-up routine, etc.)
  • How does your home environment support or hold you back from your goal?
  • What changes to your home would support your goals even more? (get rid of bad food, inspirational objects, etc.)

Office:

  • How is your organization and ability to work efficiently in the space?
  • What is accessible and what is not that needs to be?
  • What do you love about your work space?
  • What is not working about your space? (i.e. files on desk my indicate file cabinet is too far away)
  • What is blocking or cluttering your space?
  • How comfortable is your work space?
  • Are the ergonomics of your chair/computer, etc positioned to support you?
  • What is motivational in your space?
  • What about your space reminds you of your goal and aspires you to focus and work toward it?
  • What systems are working in your office?
  • What is the condition of your space – cleanliness, smell, sounds, etc.
  • What about your work space supports or holds you back from your goal?
  • What changes to your work space would support your goals even more?

Possessions:

  • What are your key possessions that represent you?
  • What is working and what is not?
  • What do you love about them? What do you need to change?
  • How is your car looking, working, serving you?
  • How is your “calendar system” working for you – what is cluttered vs. clear and organized?
  • What gets lost all the time?
  • What systems do you have in place that supports you?
  • What do you need a system for?
  • What are you quick to hide? What are you excited to share with people?
  • What possessions support your goal?
  • What changes in your possessions would support your goal even more?

 Summary:

  • Do you love spending time where you need to “be”?
  • Does your physical space support your goals?
  • What in your space distracts you from your goal?
  • What are you tolerating?
  • Where to start? Take the short profile below:

Environment (from the Coachville Clean Sweep Checklist) Answer each question. Be rigorous with yourself. If the statement is sometimes or usually true, please do not check the YES box until the statement is virtually always true for you. If the statement does not apply to you, or will never be true for you then check the YES box. You get credit because it doesn’t apply or won’t ever happen. Your goal is to design your environment within the next year to get all 25 yeses.

No Yes
___ ___ 1. My personal files, papers and receipts are neatly filed away.
___ ___ 2. My car is in excellent condition. (Doesn’t need mechanical work, repairs, cleaning or replacing.)
___ ___ 3. My home is neat and clean. (Vacuumed, closets clean, desks and tables clear, furniture in good repair; windows clean)
___ ___ 4. My appliances, machinery and equipment work well. (Refrigerator, toaster, snow-blower, water heater, toys)
___ ___ 5. My clothes are all pressed, clean and make me look great. (No wrinkles, baskets of laundry, torn, out of date or ill-fitting clothes)
___ ___ 6. My plants and animals are healthy. (Fed, watered, getting light and love)
___ ___ 7. My bed/bedroom lets me have the best sleep possible. (Firm bed, light, air)
___ ___ 8. I live in a home/apartment that I love.
___ ___ 9. I surround myself with beautiful things.
___ ___ 10. I live in the geographic area of my choice.
___ ___ 11. There is ample and healthy lighting around me.
___ ___ 12. I consistently have adequate time, space and freedom in my life.
___ ___ 13. I am not damaged by my environment.
___ ___ 14. I am not tolerating anything about my home or work environment.
___ ___ 15. My work environment is productive and inspiring. (Synergistic, ample tools, and resources; no undue pressure)
___ ___ 16. I recycle.
___ ___ 17. I use non ozone depleting products.
___ ___ 18. My hair is the way that I want it.
___ ___ 19. I surround myself with music which makes my life more enjoyable.
___ ___ 20. My bed is made daily.
___ ___ 21. I don’t injure myself, fall or bump into things.
___ ___ 22. People feel comfortable in my home.
___ ___ 23. I drink purified water.
___ ___ 24. I have nothing around the house or in storage that I do not need.
___ ___ 25. I am consistently early or easily on time.

___ ___ Section Total

TAKE ACTION

  • Review this environment
  • Schedule a coaching session if you want additional support
  • Explore the questions for yourself & the brainstorm re: your goal
  • Start to identify some ways to support your goal through the environment of physical space
  • Write questions you have
  • Draft a few steps you could take this week to move you closer to your goal!

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

Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: , |

21 Suggestions for Success

21 Suggestions for Success

Picture Credit:  http://www.twincommas.com/images/content/suggestions_for_success.jpg

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

Career Development, Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: |

Social Environment Diagram

Social environment

Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: , , |

Stress Relief Activities

Stress-relief-activities

http://bis-confidencecoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/cwc-infographic-stress-relief-activities.png

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

Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: |

Designing the Networked Environment

networkedEnvironment of Networks:

Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “NETWORKS” more in-line with your goals.

DEFINITION:

The environment of networks is about RESOURCES AROUND US.  It is similar to the environment of relationships in that it can deal with people interaction. It is different in that it expands to include information & tools and focuses on systems that support our pursuits.  This includes:

  • The Web– The wide world of the internet. It would still include snail mail, magazines, the library and any place else you can get pools of information. The most common and most easily accessible place today is the web because here there is unlimited information as well as interactive communication. Through e-mail groups, chat rooms and posting boards you can communicate with many people. Through places like your web site you can communicate about yourself to a wide audience of searching people.  There are many ways the web can support you and make your life easier. How can you streamline something today?
  • Customers – People who could buy from you. People you provide support for. People you serve. People who consume your product or parts of it.
  • 6 degrees – This is the power of networking and knowing that you are only 6 people away from anyone you want to meet. If you are intentional and specific about what you are looking for – putting it out there to many people who you do know will put you into a line of connections that can put you in touch with information or people who you want to contact or connect with!

FOCUS: Write your main goal: ____________________________________________________________

EVALUATE:

Web:

  • What do I need? What would be really great to have that I might be able to find on-line?
  • What do i want to learn about that will support my goal and progress?
  • What groups on the web could I join to brainstorm with people, get information, support, etc.?
  • How can I use the web to support me? Reminder cards, graphics, music, forms, checklists, etc.
  • What pages do I love going to? Do I have them organized and bookmarked?
  • What are my favorite reading sites? Can I eliminate some of my paper by reading/perusing on-line?
  • How can I communicate with someone in a fun & creative way through the internet? (Thank you e-card, e-invite.com, yahoogroups.com, etc.)
  • What resources do I want that will be supportive, informative, energizing and expand my view of my bigger picture or game?
  • Think about all areas: spiritual, financial, health, career, friends/family, fun & recreation, physical space – what would be a great way to boost this area of my life – that I might be able to find on the web (e-devotions, tips, e-zines, vacation spots, www.birthdayalarm.comwww.goals.com, etc.)

Customers:

  • Who were your past customers that you clicked with? What would it be like to contact them? (get feedback, network, offer independent services, etc.)
  • Think broadly about your local, abroad and virtual markets – go through your old contacts and business cards. Who is in there?
  • Who are your customers? Who do you serve?
  • Who could benefit from what you provide?
  • Who do they know & what could they provide for you?
  • Think of yourself as a customer – how do you like to be treated?
  • How do you respond to people you “purchase” things from or work with? (imagine if they asked you for your feedback or insight, or whatever you would find helpful from your customers – what would that be like?)
  • What opportunities are available in your customer base?
  • Touch base with someone today.

6 degrees:

  • Who is in your community of people?
  • Think about who would be great to know, meet or talk with. Who do you want to know?
  • Who could support you in your new goal?
  • What type of people do you want to spend more time with?
  • What type of energy & skills are you looking to surround yourself with?
  • Get specific… WHO would you like someone to put you in touch with?

Summary:

As you DAILY keep your goal in front of you – the laws of attraction begin to work. What you are doing is what comes to you. What you are focused on comes to you. Developing a strong network will be an incredible means to bring amazing resources into you life. This might be information, people or tools. There are a lot of people out there who know things and do not mind sharing; they just need to be asked. Know what you are looking for and be excited about your exploration for it.

Make sure you are plugged into many outlets (networks) because the more places you are tapped into the more “hits” you are likely to receive. Think about a computer network. Each system holds a ton of information; the more systems that are networked together the more information and power available to ALL the systems. Being a part of a network is not only extremely valuable to you but is also incredibly rewarding as you get to share your knowledge, expertise and resources with others. This exchange is refreshing and motivating as you enjoy the exchange of helping others and they are also happy to help you!  Imagine the momentum and energy that comes from these interactions.

What resources and networks do you have around you to support your ambition?

Community network, mastermind groups, coaching groups, teleclasses, internet chat rooms, groups like yahoo groups and discussion boards…. Etc. These are examples of networks that play a much bigger game and inspire you to expand your network to a global level where your options are limitless.  In this space you can move yourself to a level that saturates your life with like-minded people who may help to position you in a global market.  Get into a several networks that are different in purpose and style.  The expansion available to you as you plug into these vast systems will provide great connections, inspiration and stimulation to start and the possibilities beyond that are endless. What are you looking for? What resources would be an amazing jolt to your goal success?

TAKE ACTION

  • Review this environment
  • Schedule a coaching call if you want additional support
  • Explore the questions for yourself & then brainstorm regarding your goal
  • Start to identify some ways to support your goal through the environment of network
  • Write questions you have
  • Draft a few steps you could take this week to move you closer to your goal!

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

Career Development, Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: , , |

Designing the Spiritual Environment

spiritual environmentReview the following to help you evaluate and bring your “Spirit” more in-line with your goals.

DEFINITION:

The environment of Spiritual is introspection about heart & soul health.  This includes your:

  • Spirit – This is your attitude and essence/nature or way we relate to others. The “spirit” in which we go about things.  “No matter how tough it got, her spirit could not be broken!” Also, from a Christian perspective, the spirit is part of us that yearns and longs for a connection with God. Your faith or “heart & soul” – your inner most being – a life force. The untouchable part of you that includes your natural passions, beliefs, part of your motivations and tenacity.
  • The Power of Full Engagement

EVALUATE:

Spirit:

  • Where are you in your spiritual journey?
  • What strengthens it? What is missing? Where do you want to be?
  • What are you passionate about? How would you describe your life force & “heart & soul”?
  • How is your focus & inner peace increased? mediation, prayer, etc.
  • How are your relationships? with God, connectedness with church family, etc.
  • How grounded do you feel?
  • What do you want for your spiritual growth?
  • Other resources are: Spiritual Gifts Survey , Spiritual Gifts List , Where is God leading you to serve from Lifeway.

 Summary:

What are you doing on a daily basis to get your spiritual energy from a very high source?  (Think solar power instead of electricity…are you getting energy from creativity or from caffeine?)

 FOCUS: Write your main goal: ____________________________________________________________

 BRAINSTORM:

  • How is your spirit?
  • What aspects of your spirit are key to keeping a strong foundation in your life & goal achievement?

 TAKE ACTION:

  • Review this environment
  • Schedule a coaching call if you want additional support
  • Explore the questions for yourself & then brainstorm regarding your goal
  • Start to identify some ways to support your goal through the spiritual environment
  • Write questions you have
  • Draft a few steps you could take this week to move you closer to your goal!

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

Leadership, Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: , |

Designing the Self Environment

Self-LoveReview the following questions to help you evaluate and bring your life intangibles more in-line with your goals.

DEFINITION:

“SELF” is about our internal workings. Things you can’t touch or see – only feel.

  • Values – This is your core; who you are.  Attributes, things, actions that you hold as very important that propels you forward in life.
  • Energy – A dynamic quality – stimulated by many things and the affects of those things can be a “pickup” or “drain”.
  • Feelings – The broad range of our emotions.  How we feel about the things around us. Our internal perspectives and reactions to things.

EVALUATE:

Values:

This is bigger then what we traditionally know as “values”. Most people define values along the lines of: God, Faith, Family, Kids, Friends, Education, etc. Namely, a value of what is important to us in life. This VALUE is talking about what is important to YOU, that which makes you tick.

  • What is most important to you?
  • What do you value most?
  • What drives your decision making?
  • Step 1: Think about a time (moment, hour, day, period) of your life when things were great and seemed to be going right. Where you felt good about your life and enjoyed it. You felt fulfilled. Maybe you would describe this time as a “peak experience” or a “peak time” of your life. List the values present in that situation. (i.e. I was: laughing, learning, with good friends, successful, creating something, challenged, etc.)
  • Step 2: Think about a time in your life that you were very out of sorts, falling apart or just not in line with how you wanted things. It was maybe one of the hardest times of your life. What was it that made this the worst time? (i.e. I was: out of control, trapped, alone, confused, accused, attacked, overwhelmed, bored, etc.)
  • Step 3: What are your “must haves?” Make a list. Beyond food, shelter and community; what needs do you want in your life to be fulfilled? Adventure? Partnership? Accomplishment? Nature? Try not to judge your values (thinking, “oh, I need to include that) – just go with what is really important to you.
  • Step 4: Look for the themes. What came up a lot? Which traits had the opposites present (i.e. +Freedom: -No control). 

Need some more ideas or clarification? Check out the linked Values Clarification and Values Clarification Chart

!

  • Tip. Don’t limit yourself to one word. Use whatever describes it best for you.
  • Example: My core values are Direction (purpose), Being Authentic to my heart & soul (who God made me), Positive Energy and Meaningful connection with people.

Energy:

  • Where do you get your energy from? People, self, etc.?
  • How are you motivated?  Rewards, punishment, etc.?
  • What inspires you?
  • What is your “magic” time of the day? (Time when you have most “productive” energy)?
  • What rejuvenates you?
  • What environment do you work best in? Outside, inside, dark, light, etc?
  • What gets you moving in a way your have overflowing energy? Music, people, new ideas, reading, nature, etc.?

Feelings:

  • What feelings describe you when you are “up”?
  • What feelings describe you when you are “down”?
  • What feelings describe your general way of life?
  • What affect does positively charged feeling (happiness, joy, excitement, etc.) have on you?
  • What affect does negatively charged feeling (anger, disappointment, sadness, etc.) have on you?
  • What things affect your feelings?
  • What “state” do you want to spend more time in?

Summary:

Tangibles are things that are more easily fixed and obvious. Intangibles (effects of tangibles) are often harder to see and involve things that we usually do not have control over. (nature, war, people, sickness, accidents, death, etc.). They are things however that greatly impact our lives; getting us worked up and zap energy. Sometimes it is a matter of recognizing the intangible that is holding us back and letting go of it. (Knowing how counter productive it is and how much it can slow us down.)

When we are living a life with our intrinsic values being met; everything seems to come with greater ease and less effort. We will have more energy, because what is important to us (values) are being fed.  We tend to have feelings that are less negative and more positive because again we are not in conflict with our values and we have momentum.  Values, energy & feelings are key. When we position ourselves in a way that our values are being met, we are getting energy and aware of our feelings; there is a natural progression. When this area is ignored it is often a subtle source that distracts and derails us from moving toward our goal.

FOCUS: Write your main goal: ____________________________________________________________

BRAINSTORM:

  • How are your values present in this goal?
  • How can you engage more of your values in this goal?
  • How can you use your natural energy to give you a boost in reaching your goal?
  • Knowing your energy sources, how can you get more energy to support you in reaching your goal?
  • What are your feelings about this goal? Notice negative and positive ones and what is driving that.
  • What purpose does the negative serve? What is something to be thankful for about this?
  • How will you feel when this goal is accomplished?
  • What shifts do you need to make that will position your feelings to support your goal?
  • What new perspective could you look at this from? (What would your dog/cat say about it? Your boss? Your fearless self? Etc.)

TAKE ACTION:

  • Review this environment
  • Schedule a coaching session if you want additional support to get clear on your top 4 values
  • Explore the questions for yourself & then brainstorm regarding your goal
  • Start to identify some ways to use values, energy and feelings to support your goal
  • Write questions you have for the group
  • Draft a few steps you could take this week to move you closer to your goal!

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

Communication, Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: , |

Designing the Body’s Environment

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-image44606982Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “BODY” more in-line with your goals.

DEFINITION:

The environment of BODY is introspection about WHO YOU ARE.  This includes your:

  • Gifts & Talents– What God has blessed you with at birth, unique to you; easy and effortless attributes you possess. Talents. Skills that you come natural to you and that you enjoy developing. Some might say part of your purpose on earth; what you are sent here with.
  • Body – Your physical being. The one body you are given and get for life.

EVALUATE:

Gifts:

  • What comes naturally to you? Name anything and everything.
  • What do people applaud as your strengths?
  • Ask 5 people what they see as your greatest assets.
  • Notice the themes and common items.
  • A GREAT resource is the book, Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buchingham.  There is a code in the tapes or book to take an on-line profile that will tell you your top 5 strengths. It is worth the purchase and taking the inventory only takes about 45 min. (strengths list is attached)
  • What talents/skills do you have that come easy for you?
  • What activities do you like doing and that you love when people ask for your assistance?
  • List what you find yourself “good at” and enjoy. (learning, cooking, gardening, music, talking, shopping, drawing, painting…)
  • Look at the common items.  If you were doing some of these more, how would they support your goal?
  • What talents do you have that will contribute to taking extremely great care of yourself and that will support you in achieving your goal?
  • How can you use your gifts and talents not only for pleasure but to actually make money or to inspire others?

 Body:

  • How do you feel overall?
  • How are you taking care of yourself? (exercise, eating, sleeping, etc.)
  • When do you have surges of energy?  Why?  Are you eating better during this time?
  • When do you feel sluggish?  Do you need a nap, walk, or to sit and relax during the day?
  • Are you using any numbing substances?  Alcohol, caffeine, sugar, medications can numb you and reduce your ability to be sensitive to your other environments.
  • How much water are you drinking?  This can really affect your overall brain power (you need to be fully hydrated and fully nourished to think properly.)
  • Where do you carry stress in your body? What exercises would release that?
  • Notice any chronic problems? Sick, sore, tired, achy, out of shape, upset stomach, hearing, lumps, bumps, etc? (These can become nagging tolerations that we attempt to ignore but really slow us down.)
  • When is the last time you did a health inventory? Weight, blood pressure, physical, etc.
  • How is your nutrition?  vitamins, diet, 7 fruits/veggies a day, etc.
  • Think about your 5 senses – are you using and enjoying all of them? smell, sound, taste, sight, touch.

Summary:

What are you doing on a daily basis to get physical and emotional health from a very high source?  (Think solar power instead of electricity…are you getting energy from creativity or from caffeine?)

FOCUS: Write your main goal: ____________________________________________________________

BRAINSTORM:

  • How can you use your natural gifts & talents to support you goal?
  • What gifts & talents would you enjoy using that would just give you a general life boost?
  • What part of your body have your been neglecting?
  • How is this taking away from your goal?
  • What do you need from your body to support your goal?
  • How is your spirit?
  • What aspects of your spirit are key to keeping a strong foundation in your life & goal achievement?

TAKE ACTION:

  • Review this environment
  • Schedule a coaching call if you want additional support
  • Explore the questions for yourself & then brainstorm regarding your goal
  • Start to identify some ways to support your goal through the environment of self
  • Write questions you have for the group
  • Draft a few steps you could take this week to move you closer to your goal!

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

Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: , , |

Designing the Memetic Environment

memeticEnvironment of MEMETIC:

Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “MEM’S” more in-line with your goals.

DEFINITION:

The environment of memetic is about stimulating creativity and structures to support your life and goal.

This includes:

  • Ideas – New thoughts that come from external or internal sources. Internally they are the thoughts we come up with for solutions, improvement, change, or just a random realization, etc.  Externally they can be stimulated by signs, people, spontaneous conversations, events, exploring new places/ trips, etc. They can happen independently of anything intentional (see a commercial and get a new idea for how to motivate yourself) or through intentional idea generating conversations through networking, study groups, brainstorming, vision groups, teams, etc.
  •  Concepts – This is the abstract thoughts or bigger picture of how things might come together. A concept is a structure created from core beliefs, information and/or ideas which are then put together in a “picture” thought. Like a puzzle is a bunch of pieces put together to make a picture…a concept is the puzzle picture created from many bits. This happens when analyzing situations with friends, figuring out what happened, investigating, exploring. All of the gathering put together creates a concept.  This is an area individual coaching that is popular for supporting people.
  • Information – These are the messages coming into you from the outside through numerous sources like our parents, peers, books, magazines, teleclass.com, web sites, teachers, classes, anywhere that you can gather and learn things that will  support your learning to further ideas and concepts.

FOCUS: Write your main goal: ____________________________________________________________

EVALUATE:

Ideas:

  • What are you curious about? Sit outside for 15 min. and just notice what is out there. Be curious, where did it come from, how is it made, etc. This is a great way to sharpen your idea muscle. Stop and notice what is around you and be curious….
  • Where do your best ideas come from?
  • How do you get ideas when you need them?
  • How often do you need ideas (are you a routine person or do you like new things?)
  • When is your best creative time? (ideas are a creative exercise)
  • What topic would be great to do some brainstorming on?
  • What kind of ideas would support your goal action steps? Write a list of 10 things (i.e. how to motivate yourself, low fat receipts, etc.)
  • Look through a magazine for 10 min. what do you notice? Tear out the pages that spark your interest.
  • Tell 3 people one of the “things” on your 10 list above. Ask them if they have any ideas that would help? Write what they say.
  • What new thoughts have you had about your goal? Write them down.
  • What kind of structure would support you in getting new ideas? (brainstorm with friends, look at specific type of magazine, go to library, look up key words on internet and go to cued sites, make a collage, make a list, etc.)

Concepts:

  • What are the pieces of your goal that you know? (want to loose weight, need nutrition, etc.)
  • What do you need to figure out?
  • Where are you getting stuck or blocked?
  • Where are you excited and find moving easy?
  • What is working; what is not?
  • What are you doing this for? What is your bigger picture really about?
  • With your goal progress, how is it going? Make a puzzle and label the parts that you know (above) and look at the empty places, what is there to see?  How many are there? What do you “know” about this puzzle? What seems to be void/missing? What are the interesting connections? What “fits” and compliments each other? What do you need more of? How is this coming together for you?

 Information:

  • What are your main information sources?
  • What would be a few new places to look?
  • What information do you have about your goal and the steps to date?
  • What information is outstanding (looking but have not found)?
  • What new information do you want?
  • What information was KEY to your success and movement?
  • What about your goal do you need to explore or find more about?  Look in 5 different places for that information.
  • How do you document or track your information?
  • How would you like to organize important information you collect?
  • Is there any information you need to get rid of? (Is it true, helpful or inspirational?)
    • Check your source, is it credible?
    • Analyze the facts,  you may have gathered some information that is not true, but you made true [FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real].
    • Is it helpful… some facts we keep drilling in our head that do not support us [Don’t eat potato chips; they make me fat.  – focusing hard on the negative VERSES “I love juicy red strawberries; those are so healthy and energizing for me!” – a positive focus that adds to your thinking rather then trying to contently fight and erase the “bad” things.)

Summary:

  • How are you getting new ideas to support in you to keep momentum in reaching your goal?
  • What are you doing every day to get the ideas, concepts and information you need to achieve your goal?

 TAKE ACTION:

  • Review this environment
  • Schedule a coaching call if you want additional support
  • Explore the questions for yourself & then brainstorm regarding your goal
  • Start to identify some ways to support your goal through the environment of memetic
  • Write questions you have
  • Draft a few steps you could take this week to move you closer to your goal!

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

Personal Growth, Productivity

Tags: , , |