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Thu

20

Mar

2014

Decision Making: Why So Difficult?

Why is it so difficult to make a decision? 

 

Straight answer is because we never learned to make decisions for ourselves in a safe way. We've been educated through fear. We learned that whatever we choose to do there will be consequences to our choices. So 90% of our decision making is based on fear.

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Fri

14

Feb

2014

Where Is My Soul Mate?

This month we are focused on manifesting our soul mates. I’m sure you can see why we chose this topic for the month of February. We tend to hear the same questions often: “Is my soul mate ever coming? Will I ever find him/her?”

 

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Fri

17

Jan

2014

Something Is In My Way

As you might have heard, read or seen 2013 was a great year for Let's Talk Coaches. We've had a few changes during the year and our biggest one is having introduced an additional tool in the field of energy healing to our practice.

 

 We found over time in the coaching world that as great as it was to help people envision their future goals and plan to reach them, we saw a reoccurring pattern in our clients and ourselves when came time to achieving those goals effectively and efficiently.

 

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Tue

05

Nov

2013

Are Old Habits Really There For Good?

Have you ever noticed the challenges we face when trying to removing old habits? How it seems we’ve mastered it the first couple of days but tend to return to old habits just as fast?

 

Can we really get rid of our old habits? The answer is yes! Once we understand how old habits work, it can be even easier to change them. Let me share with you the "3 secrets" I discovered which helped me remove my old habits and allowed me to create long lasting changes.

 

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Wed

21

Aug

2013

Ways To Let Go During Our Holidays

Hello again,

As you may be aware by now, all our themes focus on different kinds of transitions. This summer was all about getting out of work mode and entering relaxation mode.

 

As I'm trying to promote this for others, I also decided to follow my own advice and take a nice holiday at the cottage with a friend a few weeks ago. This is an annual trip my we take, away from our families and friends to just recharge and just think of ourselves.

 

Every year we agree to make no plans for 1 week and just be. Well we make one plan, to have at least one adventure a day, whether it'd be going to the beach, to the village, to have ice cream or go for a hike but nothing that requires too much effort.

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Sat

13

Jul

2013

The 3 Stages of Transition

Everyone encounters transition in their life. As Heraclitus so perfectly said: "Change is the only constant in life."

 

Having worked with clients for some time now, we notice reoccurring patterns when they are dealing with transitions. Here is a great interview with our friend Bhuvaneswari that addresses the 3 stages we all go through when shifting to a new place in our life.

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Wed

12

Jun

2013

21 Day Money Breakthrough Challenge - Part 4

Hello again!

 

It’s been a few weeks since our last post. We are ready to continue where we left off last. As you know, we’ve been sharing with you the 21 Day Money Breakthrough Challenge that Carmen and I are following from Big Vision Business. Here are this week's 2 tips to elevate our businesses and our lives. Enjoy!

 

Day 7 - Today, I ask for the business.

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Tue

28

May

2013

21 Day Money Breakthrough Challenge - Part 3

Hello again!

 

It’s been a few weeks since our last post. We are ready to continue where we left off last. As you know, we’ve been sharing with you the 21 Day Money Breakthrough Challenge that Carmen and I are following from Big Vision Business. Here are this week's 2 tips to elevate our businesses and our lives. Enjoy!

 

Day 5 - Today, I carry myself with Power and Presence.

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Mon

06

May

2013

21 Day Money Breakthrough Challenge - Part 2

Hello!

 

As you know, last week we started sharing with you the 21 Day Money Breakthrough Challenge that Carmen and I are following. Here are this week's 2 tips to elevate our businesses and our lives. Enjoy!

 

Day 3 - Today, I value my time & energy above all else.

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Wed

17

Apr

2013

We want to share the Money Breakthrough Challenge with you!

Hi everyone,

 

Carmen and I have been following a 21 Day Money Breakthrough Challenge and we feel it will benefit everyone to bring our businesses and lives to the next level so we decided to share it with you. Enjoy!

 

Here are this week's 2 tips to elevate our businesses and our lives.

 

Day 1 - Today, I trust myself.

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Sun

17

Mar

2013

The Power of Gratitude

I'm curious, can you remember how young you were when your parents or someone you know, told you to say thank you when someone did something for you? Have you ever stopped for a second to reflect on what thank you really means? 

 

I came across this exerciser while watching Tony Robbins' Emotional Floodsegment on Oprah's Lifeclass. In this exercise he allows you to visualize a moment in time when something great happened to you that created joy and gratitude in you; something so simple yet so powerful. With that, I decided to implement this practice in my everyday life by starting my very own gratitude journal. 

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Sat

16

Feb

2013

The 7 Key Steps To An Even Smoother Transition

Are you or someone you know experiencing change right now? How is this shift really going for you at this very moment?

 

One of the major challenges I've noticed, and can say experienced during this period is, not knowing how long this transition will last. We know it will end but don't know when; we know we'll face things but not sure what. All of this can be quite scary to deal with. 

 

What if I said that there is actually a way that you can get through this period even more smoothly then you are right now? Here are the 7 key steps to an even smoother transition. Follow these and notice how easy change really is.

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Thu

17

Jan

2013

Understanding What Transition Is

aaAllogasUntil next time!

Annie Gélinas-Olive, PC

Life & Career Goal Setting Specialist in Transition Coaching

"Helping people transition with ease."

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Mon

16

Jul

2012

Adapting To Change

Hello everyone and happy Summer! We are having beautiful weather which is spoiling us so far, so let’s enjoy it as long as we can!

This is actually a great start to this month’s topic: Adapting to change. With every new season comes some kind of change whether it is change of temperature, colour, or even a new activity in our own lives. We are constantly faced with changes and ways to adapt as best as we can to them, so why not make the best of it?

Change is a natural part of growth but the way to deal with it varies for everyone. There are 4 motivation traits(1) that people use to handle changes in their life; which traits would you think you are using to handle your changes?

 

  1. Sameness: These people want their world to stay the same. They may accept change every 10 years and will instigate change only every 15 to 25 years. (1) If this is you, focus on what will be the same if a situation changes, look for similarities and it will allow you to better adapt. (1)
  2. Sameness with Exception: These people like to see change happen slowly over time. They look for significant change every five to seven years. Words that motivate these people are: improved, better, more/less, same except, budding, developing, gradual improvement, advanced. (1) Can you relate? 
  3. Difference: Change is a way of life for this group -- habitual and far-reaching. They expect or will orchestrate major change every one to two years. (1) If you are constantly looking for radical change in your life, then this is you! 
  4. Sameness with Exception and Difference: This group expects major change every three to four years. They like a balance between progress and major upheaval. (1)


By understanding these categories, it will give you a better understanding of who you are and hopefully help you find better solutions in how to deal with a situation in the future. Remember to use these tools to ease into any new chapter in your life.

 

If you need help dealing with changes contact us today at info@letstalkcoach.com to start a discussion.

Until next time!
Annie Gélinas-Olive

Life and Career Goal Setting Specialist

 

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Wed

22

Feb

2012

What’s Holding You Back?

There are so many things in our lives that we want to do but always find reasons not to. Why? Well, a lot of it is based on fears; fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of judgment and so much more.

 

I took quite a leap when starting my own business and being fully self-reliant. I was not following social norms by getting a full time job working for someone else and taking on a venture for myself. As exciting as it is to do so, it also comes with resistance at times. I am not going to lie, I do have random moments of resistance and fear. It is part of the game, part of being human.

 

If no one had fears everything we would do, would be so easy wouldn’t you think? At what reward? Where would the thrill or even the pride be?

 

This is where fear can be used to our advantage, as our motivator.  Knowing that we are capable of surpassing our fears allows us to test our boundaries. It allows us to build our own confidence, personal strength, and best of all, get to know who we truly are.

 

I get scared at times but I use that fear to help me be the risk taker that I am. I try and use a few techniques when I do notice that fear coming up. It allows me to continue moving forward, as we all want.

 

Step 1: Visualize the goal without any barriers.


I start by asking myself: “What would my life be like if I was to do what I wanted without any fears?” Just by eliminating fear blockage from that vision of success, we take the first big step in allowing ourselves to move forward. If I didn’t have any limitations what would I be able to accomplish? Visualizing that image at its full potential allows us to see what we are capable of achieving.

 

Step 2: Figure out what the gremlins are.

 

Now that we’ve created a barrier free vision, and we’ve eliminated all fears from your mind, it’s time to bring them all back and face them all one by one.

 

What am I afraid of? Or, what are my gremlins? Is it the fear of the unknown, the fear of success, the fear of failure?

 

It is time to be honest with ourselves and start understanding what is going on in that head of ours. Writing down everything that is going on and what is creating that resistance is the next step. Become aware of what you are telling yourself. This will allow you to take the actions you need to surpass them.

 

Step 3: Face all the gremlins.


Now that we understood what our gremlins were, it’s time to face them and find a way to conquer them. What strategies will we use when facing them in a moment of weakness to allow us to continue moving forward? Is there something we can do about it?

 

Let’s figure out a plan as to how to use those fears to our advantage. i.e. “I’m going to use that fear as a motivator to help me be even more successful at getting what I want.” By doing so, you are creating a plan to allow you to continue taking the steps necessary to get closer to your goal. You might not be moving as fast as you normally would but at least you will still be moving forward.

 

Step 4: Take the leap.

 

Like I was told many times before; “Stop testing the water and just jump in!” You can assess fears as often as you want, but until you actually jump in, you will never be able to learn from your mistakes and really deal with situations as they come.

 

Realize that you do have fears and realize your potential. If you had zero barriers, what would be your next strategic move and finally just jump in! That is the only way you’ll truly be able to move forward.

 

Become comfortable with your fears and resistance, it will allow you to achieve anything without boundaries, just allies.

 

If you notice your own gremlins and are looking for someone to help you clarify your next strategic move, get the help of someone you trust, family, friend, or even a coach.

 

We, at Let’s Talk… International Coaching, are offering you this special, one FREE “Get More of What You Want” coaching session.

 

During this session we will work together to:

  • Create that crystal clear vision of what you really want for yourself.
  • Uncover hidden challenges that are keeping you from achieving your dreams and more.
  • Leave the session renewed, reenergized, and inspired to live your life to its full potential once and for all.

Contact us at info@letstalkcoach.com and someone from our team will be happy to set up your session.

 

Until next time,

Annie Gélinas-Olive

Life and Career Goal Setting Specialist

 

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Wed

11

Jan

2012

Making Decisions Based on What?

Hello again! Happy new year to everyone and welcome to 2012. This is our year to create the shift we want for ourselves.

 

I have a question we need to ask ourselves to start 2012 in a strong way. Which part of our bodies do we use when making decisions in our lives? Is it:

 

  1. Our head, aka Ego;
  2. Our gut, aka Intuition;

 

How do we know which one we are using? Well… Is our decision based on fear or greed? Or is it based on just plain feeling right?

 

It’s strange; I do notice the difference for myself. When I make a decision from my head, it seems to be a great choice for my wallet and my ego boost, but not so much for my health. If I use my head, I tend to choose things that aren’t always the best in the long run when I look at the bigger picture of my life.

 

When I make a decision from my gut, I seem to be more inspired and motivated. Things just seem to fall into place and feel good. They’re not always the easiest decisions to make but for some reason they always feel right.

 

Being conscious of the two is a challenge but slowing down and becoming aware of them is the first step in making the best decision possible for ourselves.

 

If you need help with making the right decisions with your gut, contact Let’s Talk... International Coaching today at info@letstalkcoach.com and schedule a call.

 

Until next time,

Annie Gélinas-Olive, PC

Life and Career Goal Setting Specialist

 

Ps. Remember to sign up for our Newsletter: 2012 Goal Setting Strategies at LetsTalkCoach.com

 

 

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Tue

29

Nov

2011

Visualize Your End Goal

I was reading a daily quote this morning and today’s topic was “Do you know where you’re going?” It dawned on me that that question is quite accurate. We live our lives with continuous goals and dream of what we want to be and achieve for ourselves but how clear are we really on that end vision? How do we know we’ll have reached it when we get there? What tells us we are there?

 

I do it every day myself; I get an idea of what my goals look like but if someone was to ask me to describe it, I don’t think I would do a very good job at it a lot of the times. This is where visualizing as many details as possible is important! How will I know I’ve got it when I do have it? What are the concrete examples to say I’ve achieved my goal? What does it look like? What do I notice? What do I hear, see, and feel when I’m there?

 

It’s important to have dreams and goals but it’s just as important to have clear visions of them when they are achieved. I invite you to join me in creating that vision for yourself, just as I am doing for myself.

 

The big question now may be: “But where do I start?” The great part is; there are multiple tools we can use to express that vision to the best of our abilities. Do what’s best for you but here are a few ideas that may get you started.

  1. It’s as simple as taking a piece of paper and answering the questions asked above. From there expand on those ideas with as much details as possible. If you can think of other questions to ask then go for it!
  2. Make a vision board. How many times have we heard about the famous “Vision Board.” It’s a silly idea to some but when we actually take the time to use pictures to express what we have in our heads, it’s amazing how clearer it actually get even for ourselves.
  3. If you get stuck with the ways to express your visions, as an additional tool, you can also work with a professional coach. I, a coach myself, have a team of coaches to help me with my visualizations. It’s nice to do it alone but it’s even more powerful when you get an outside source asking you the right questions to make that vision clearer for you. Not only that but they may ask you questions you might not have considered asking yourself. The other great thing about working with a coach is that you have someone there to motivate you. You get to share the vision with someone else and it makes the experience a lot more fun!

 

By visualizing what is right for you to achieve your goals, you actually start seeing clearer ways to get to the end and the best part is, those ways seem to get easier.

 

Take time and clarify that vision of your end goal, by yourself or with a coach, and see where it leads you.

 

Until next time,

Annie Gélinas-Olive, PC

Life and Career Development Coach

 

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Tue

01

Nov

2011

Being In The Moment

A friend and I were coaching together for a while and I noticed he had a reoccurring theme in our coaching sessions.  He was constantly looking for ways of staying in the moment. Be more present, or be Zen. But his interpretation of being present was mostly achieved one way.

 

He would schedule time, in a quiet area by himself, sit down in silence, and meditate to stop the constant thoughts in his head. He was gratefully able to reach that state of complete relaxation, presence, and feeling fully alive. But not long after he would step out of that place and go back into the “World”, it felt like that relaxed feeling would disappear. The thoughts would come back and it was back to square one.

 

It made me realize that a lot of us have a tendency to find ways to bring us back in the moment but sometimes we are limited at ways of doing it, or those ways are a bit too complex. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to be in the moment every minute of every day? I would love to be able to do everything in complete presence, but the reality of things is that we have an ego and we get out of that presence. We get distracted, we get side tracked. That’s life!

 

It dawned on me that it’s great to be able to have a specific way that works for us, to bring us back. Like being able to take the time away, being silent and meditating. But sometime we don’t always have the time to go in that room. Life doesn’t always allow us to do so.

 

So we have to try and find other ways that work. We have to work with tools that can easily be used anywhere. That is the goal; to be in the moment any chance possible. Not just in that room by ourselves.

 

That made me wonder of possible ways of being in the moment and a few ideas came to mind. For example: Something as simple as, taking a minute, even a few seconds of your day, and just noticing your breath. How often do you notice your breath in a day? Just take 10 seconds and focus your attention on your breath. Did you do it? See; right there; that is an instant way of being in the moment. When you are fully aware of what you are doing at this exact minute and putting your full attention on it, THAT is being in the moment. You are now fully present. You are not thinking of the past, you are not thinking of the future; you are just here.

 

Become aware of how your clothes feel on your body right now. Become aware of your limbs. Become aware of your heart beat. What do you notice? THAT is being in the moment. Take 30 seconds and just be aware of where you are and what surrounds you. THAT is being present. Listen to that song you really love and really notice what it does to you. What do you notice now? Do you feel the vibration in your body? Do you hear the song in your heart? What does it do for you? Being aware of THAT is being in the moment.

 

The idea is to slow down your thoughts and try to focus on your senses. What do you hear, taste, see, smell, and feel? Just like a child discovering something for the first time. You are using your senses, you are being aware of them; you are being present. Let me ask you this. What are you thinking about right now? Ha! You’re now in the moment.

 

Final tool… Gratitude. Another great tool to bring you back to the moment if you fall off track, is taking a minute to be grateful. In this very moment; what are you grateful for? Take that minute, stop to notice what good you have in your life right now. That is a very powerful form of being present.

 

The more we practice it, the easier it will be to achieve it. I love that! We already have all the tools in the world to be in the moment at any time. And the best part is… it’s easy! Very power stuff. We don’t have to put all this extra effort in scheduling things all the time to stay present. Though I must say it sure is great to do so and I recommend everyone to take time for themselves as much as they can. But let’s be realistic, we need to balance it out. Do the thing that work for you but also remember the simple stuff that works just as well.

 

In conclusion, at this very moment, I am truly grateful in having the technology, and capabilities to be able to share this blog post with you. And I am also grateful for your support in reading it. So thank you!

 

Until next time,

Annie Gélinas-Olive

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Tue

27

Sep

2011

Road Trip...

Country Sides USA by Carmen Gélinas

Road Trip… I woke up last night thinking about this word. What does it mean? Where does it bring me? Is it about the journey or the destination?

 

My husband and I have left home two days ago on a road trip to Tennessee. That got me thinking about the road trip we are all on, in our own lives; all the wonderful things that we get to discover and learn throughout our existence.  It got me thinking about the valleys where we learn the biggest life lessons and the hill tops where we feel the biggest joys of life.

 

I have been through many of those highs and lows and I’m grateful for each of those moments which brought me to where I am today. I am living a wonderful life with a wonderful family. The valleys have thought me so much through the people that were in my life at that time. I can only thank them for having given me the opportunities to grow through each experience. These valleys have helped define and carve the person I am today. I am extremely grateful for all of the hill tops and people that are still here today joining me in these great moments I so cherish.

 

We are now on the I-90 highway; this highway is very flat and goes on for miles. It's like going through a plain field; you can decide to speed up or slow down and enjoy the ride. I'm at a point in my life now where, when I see a highway, all I want to do is slow down. I want to get on the side roads and enjoy the ride in all its beauty. I want to take the time to smell around and appreciate the little things that life has to offer.

 

We are now in the biggest Concord grape growing area of the world. It is now harvest season and it smells amazingly beautiful. The sun is bright, the sky is blue, everything is perfect and I'm just so grateful. I want to live life just as it is right now; without wanting more than this abundance and wonderful surprise the universe has in store for me.

 

Now your turn… Let us know what your road trip is. How it has brought you to where you are today. What are you getting out of it? Are you at a hill top or a valley? What are you most grateful for since you started your own "Road trip"? Share with us your journey!

 

We look forward to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Carmen Gélinas

 

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Sun

28

Aug

2011

Be Inspired!

It's funny, I'm sitting here, relaxing on this summer evening and the words that come to me are "Be Inspired". As I'm thinking of those words and all that they mean. I see being inspired as: being creative, having an idea, building a vision. They are only two words but they are pretty powerful together wouldn't you think? "Be Inspired..." 

 

Think of the shift it can create in someone's life... Has it happened to you? Have you ever been inspired?

 

Where does inspiration come from? Well that's the great thing about inspiration. It comes from anything. It comes from you or someone else. It comes from life or an idea. Its source is limitless.

 

That was my story! I was having dinner one night and talking with my business partner and an idea came up. Coaching! One word... We instantly got inspired. It created a huge shift. And today, we have our own coaching business; I'm studying the profession, living it, and loving it! Couldn't have asked for better!

 

It's amazing how one inspiring thought can really make you move! What is that something that makes you move?

 

Be inspired! Keep moving forward!

 

Until next time!

Annie Gélinas-Olive

 

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