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Managing Your Money Before It Manages You

March 31, 2008

It is a beautiful January day in Texas,
and I am sitting in my home at my favorite writing spot (the kitchen table)
with my laptop. At this moment in time, the United States is experiencing its
worst housing crisis in 17 years with a 10-month supply of unsold homes (Deener
2008). In addition, housing starts are down 40% from a year ago, and the
subprime mortgage cri…

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Choosing Effective Materials and Tools

February 1, 2008

We have covered a lot of territory in the three previous installments of this series, from identifying your target clientele to creating a lesson plan to organizing a client’s first experience with coaching. Now that you have established these sound practices, it’s time to pick materials and tools to make your coaching efficient. Investing the time now to select what you want to use in your sessions will make your job quicker and easier. First prepare, and then deliver great coaching.

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Think Like an Athlete

August 31, 2007

Today’s athletes have all the resources
needed to perform their best. Many college
campuses are outfitted with athletic
complexes that provide all the necessary
staff and “stuff”: the right atmosphere, an
appropriate learning space, the best training
equipment and the latest technology,
as well as skilled nutritionists and tutors.
A built-in support system defines practice
days and hours,…

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Creating a Coaching Lesson Plan

August 31, 2007

Every great trainer and/or coach who thrives in his or her business has a plan. In my early days of personal training, I learned that giving clients too much information too soon was overwhelming and often led to failure. Gradually, I discovered I needed a repeatable plan—a plan I could follow to support clients in attaining their goals in a successful, esteem-building manner. My ba…

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Develop Yourself

January 31, 2007

If you woke up tomorrow and your life was perfect, what would it look like? My mortgage would be paid in full, I would have more money than I need for retirement, my clients would all be eager to work and make permanent changes, my health insurance statements would be accu…

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Express Yourself!

October 31, 2006

The Foundation
By Kay Cross, MEd

Express Yourself!
Show your true colors by creating a positive attitude, simplifying your life and carving out enough “me time” to stay on track with your goals. I like to compare the process of building a business and personal life to the construction of a new home. First you have to examine your needs, values and boundaries. How big do you want your home? What d…

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Set Yourself Free

August 31, 2006

“I spend my days just surviving and getting from one appointment to the next. It seems there are never enough hours to get all the work done and still have some time for me! I feel hassled, hurried and agitated. How do I restructure my life to make it one I really want?”
This is a cry I often hear from my coaching clients, and maybe you find yourself feeling the same f…

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Getting to the Core of Your Identity

May 31, 2006

Have you ever looked at a colleague and thought: “Boy, she really knows who she is, what she believes in and where she’s going.” More important, can you say this ab…

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Emptying Your (Head) Trash

May 31, 2006

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day to exercise and eat well!” “My injuries prevent me from working out now that I am older.” “I tried exercising once, and it didn’t do any good.”
Do any of these statements sound familiar to you? Personal fitness trainers have heard them all. What these excuses really amount to is “head trash.” We know that these types of self-defeating and negative beliefs often prevent our clients from changing their behavior and achieving their fitness goals.

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Coping With Change

April 30, 2006

Change is exciting and scary. Change can demand great sacrifice. Change is many things to many people. It exposes our fears and diminishes our perceived sense of “control” over our lives and fitness careers. In every case it requires adaptability to survive. Fitness pros who don’t adapt often find themselves extinct, left behind, paralyzed or stuck.
How can you lea…

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Keeping the Fires Burning & the Systems Churning

March 31, 2006

Synergistic Systems
By Kay L. Cross, MEd

Keeping the Fires Burning & the Systems Churning
Follow these tips to maintain the synergy and momentum you’ve created for your clients and yourself. Creating synergistic systems–cleaning out, organizing, thoughtfully managing your work hours, planning, tracking, implementing and adjusting–requires time to think, plan and do. This has been a busy but…

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Keeping the Fires Burning & the Systems Churning

March 31, 2006

Creating synergistic systems—cleaning out, organizing, thoughtfully managing your work hours, planning, tracking, implementing and adjusting—requires time to think, plan and do. This has been a busy but productive column, and we will end it by addressing how to keep the …

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Proactive and Purposeful Client Management

January 31, 2006

For those of you reading these columns in order, you may feel overwhelmed at this point, thinking to yourself, “I have so many systems I need to create. How can I possibly get started?” Remember the feeling you had in school of never being “finished”? When yo…

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Proactive and Purposeful Client Management

January 31, 2006

Synergistic Systems
By Kay L. Cross, MEd

Proactive and Purposeful Client Management
Develop systems to track, organize and manage clients and their data. For those of you reading these columns in order, you may feel overwhelmed at this point, thinking to yourself, “I have so many systems I need to create. How can I possibly get started?” Remember the feeling you had in school of never being “fini…

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Wanted: Experienced Business/Life Manager

October 31, 2005

Synergistic Systems
By Kay L. Cross, MEd

Wanted: Experienced Business/Life Manager
Becoming a great self-manager takes practice and consistent discipline. How much fun did you have last month? Did you throw away what you didn’t need, and get organized and motivated for a year of synergy? Now that the cleaning out and filing are behind you, we’re on to the next step– the search for a great busine…

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