Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Power of Now

Two of my favourite people having a great conversation. Eckhart Tolle visits Strombo on The Hour. It offers a great recap of how it all began for Eckhart. Very inspiring stuff. Enjoy!




In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

Sandy Kiaizadeh
Find Your Bliss Coaching

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

4 Tips For Making Resolutions That Matter

Turning the calendar over is an excuse to make personal resolutions for the coming year. It is also a way to bring about certain frustration for you if the goals that you set for yourself are unreachable, unattainable, or just something you have no interest in doing. Making resolutions can be done at any time of the year, but if you have been thinking about several new ones for the coming year, here are four tips to help you not only make resolutions, but to keep them.

1. I Resolve To… Okay, you have made your resolutions. Now, step back and take a look at each one. Are they resolutions you wanted to make or resolutions others have told you to make? Make certain that each resolution is something you definitely want to keep, not a half hearted attempt at reaching a goal that you really aren't interested in reaching. If your resolution needs to be modified, do it at once.

2. My Goals Are... Are your resolutions reasonable or are they reaching well beyond what can normally be expected? Let's say your goal is to lose 70 pounds in the coming year. While the weight loss resolution is admirable, do you have the time to exercise regularly? Change your eating habits? Change your lifestyle? Is the 70 pound weight loss goal too much, too soon? Would it be better for you to stretch the amount you want to lose beyond one calendar year? Consider your health, both physical and mental, when evaluating your goals. Keep in mind how your resolution may impact friends and family members...you may be a "bear" to live with over the next twelve months!


3. I Have Fallen and I Cannot Get Up! Do you quit at the first sign of failure? If you splurge on food, do you consider your diet and resolution to be over? If so, why? Simply start again and continue. The road to any goal is paved with pitfalls and you are bound to backslide from time to time. Best advice: Find an accountability partner (or what I like to call, an “accountabilly-buddy”) who knows and understands your resolution and can encourage you to keep it.


4. Reward Yourself. At the end of the year, reward yourself based on how well you kept your resolution. If you hit your weight loss goals, consider going on a cruise -- don't overeat! -- as a reward for good behavior. If you miss your goals, keep the cruise idea open for when you do meet your goals. In other words, some resolutions are ongoing and shouldn't be restricted by a 365 day calendar.

Remember, resolutions are for your benefit, not your detriment. Your attitude toward a particular resolution will help you determine whether you should make that particular resolution or not. Any resolution made which doesn't have your enthusiastic backing will certainly become a hindrance come February or March and forgotten altogether by April. Make resolutions that matter and be the better for it!


In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

Sandy Kiaizadeh
Find Your Bliss Coaching

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy Hannukah!




In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

Sandy Kiaizadeh
Find Your Bliss Coaching

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

79,000 New Canadian jobs in November 2009

Christmas came early for 79,000 Canadians this past November, as Canada's unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to 8.5%. Despite this gain, overall employment was 321,000 (-1.9%) below the peak of October 2008. This is the third consecutive month where full-time employment increased and the first time in three months when part-time employment rose.

The 79,000 jobs were fairly split between the private (+57,000) and public (+54,000) sectors, while the number of self-employed workers declined (-32,000). Most of the gain in overall employment in November was among women aged 25 to 54 (+51,000) and men aged 55 and over (+17,000). Of the 79,000 jobs created, 73,000 were in the service sector, especially educational services.

In Ontario, employment rose by 27,000 in November, the largest gain in the province since September 2008. While employment in Ontario remains well below its October 2008 level (-179,000 or -2.7%), it has edged up slightly since May 2009.

Statistics Canada will release its next Labour Force Survey on January 8, 2010.

For more info: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subjects-sujets/labour-travail/lfs-epa/lfs-epa-eng.htm



In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

Sandy Kiaizadeh
Find Your Bliss Coaching

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Contemplating a career change?

I recently read an article online that stated the average person will hold between 7 to 10 jobs in a lifetime. Clearly, most people make many career changes during their working lives. This is pretty significant. Yet my coaching clients will often lament that they feel stuck in careers that no longer satisfy them, believing that they have no choice but to remain in roles that physically and emotionally drain them because they must “lie in their own beds”. After all, they’ve got bills to pay and need a steady paycheck. My response to them invariably begins with the tried and true coaching question: “what if…?”.

What if nothing got in your way for taking a leap?
What if it was possible for you to make a change?
What if making a career change will increase your chance of success?
What if there was no chance for you to fail?

The idea here, is to get the clients to open themselves up to a world of possibilities within their reach. The potentials are endless once you put your mind to it. Don’t believe me? Did you know that many celebrities had their career start in completely different fields before hitting the big time? If they hadn’t made the leap, we never would have become familiar with the likes of:

Ellen DeGeneres: paralegal, vacuum salesperson
Gene Simmons: paper delivery person
David Lee Roth: hospital orderly
Ozzy Osbourne: slaughterhouse worker
Rod Stewart: grave digger
Whoopi Goldberg: mortician, bricklayer, bank teller
Jennifer Aniston: telemarketer
Danny DeVito: hair stylist
Sting: school teacher
Christopher Walken: lion tamer in the circus
Walt Disney: ambulance driver
Will Ferrell: sportscaster
Paula Abdul: cheerleader for the L.A. Lakers
Steve Carell: mail sorter
Jim Carey: factory janitor
Sheryl Crow: elementary school teacher

So my question to you today is “What if the possibilities for you were endless?”


In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

Sandy Kiaizadeh
Find Your Bliss Coaching