What would you like to happen?

Like everyone, I get overwhelmed too. Lots of options, possibilities, and tactics to consider for my work, family, passion, business, training, routines, books, and sometimes even music! And it does get stressful at times, so much so that I keep wondering why do I keep making my life miserable. But that’s just another day at […]

Excellence is possible, even without talent

Of all the random things I do out of sheer curiosity, taking the Clifton Strengthsfinder 2.0 wasn’t. After rereading some of Gallup’s publications I simply got curious to know my natural talents. Who wouldn’t be after all, right? You’ll be surprised! More than 20 million people from across the globe have taken the Clifton Strengthsfinder […]

If you’re a fitness coach or a trainer — teach, don’t judge

One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing a bunch of personal trainers or coaches in a commercial gym checking out the members who’re trying to work out. Some comment on the form, tactics, reps or sets, gripping the barbell/dumbbell/machines or worse — the way they breathe. What I fail to understand is how valuable […]

Coaching and communicating with assumptions

While I have discussed “the map isn’t the territory” before, I haven’t really dwelled into the other two important aspects of coaching that I absolutely swear by. NLP practitioners across the board would call these principles “pre-suppositions.” A pre-supposition is basically an assumption purely for convenience’s sake and that’s perhaps my biggest disagreement because I […]

90% of coaching is self-coaching… but someone has to help them explore!

The other day Seth Godin shared a compelling post on why all motivation is self-motivation. And he’s so damn right, as usual, to say that. Motivation is an intent to take action by own our volition. Anything else is just coercion. But here’s one great problem — the post might’ve send wrong signals despite Seth’s […]

It’s the “marketplace” stupid!

One of my agendas for the day was to create a profile on Upwork as an Executive Coach. Not exactly my way of doing things but the idea was suggested by one of my benefactors. And since it didn’t hurt to create one, I just made it. Of course, I looked up other coaches in […]

Applied minimalism in the age of unlimited options!

Every subject of study has two facets: theory and application. We cram (while respectfully trying to understand) a lot of theory while we’re in school and continue doing that in college. If we’re driven enough to attend the lectures (in Asia, particularly in India) or stay awake (the rest of the world) that is. Take […]

Getting out of your own way

It’s difficult to master. I’ve been trying to do so for the past many years with moderate success. Be it coaching, leadership, training coachees in the classroom or in the gym or even relationships, I have been responsible for some of the most significant fuck ups. And that’s putting it lightly. What got in the […]

The Law of the Mirror

Adding value is the 3rd law, “The Law of the Mirror” from John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. The premise is pretty straightforward, you must see value in yourself to add value in yourself.   The most important question that people ask when I say that is “how can I add value in myself?” That’s […]

Bootstrapping as a coach or a consultant

Great insights on bootstrapping as a solo practitioner from Seth’s podcast last evening. One of the fans asked the pivotal question for folks (the support professionals) like us — “How would an executive coach bootstrap?” Seth’s response was pretty straightforward — Coaches and consultants aren’t bootstrappers but freelancers. They have to fight for each and every […]