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One Minute Coach: Growth vs Perfection

Successful people focus on growth while less successful people get fixated on perfection.
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One Minute Coach: Opportunity in the Chaos

Even in the most challenging and chaotic times there are new opportunities being created for those who are paying attention.
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One Minute Coach: The real meaning of "Always" and "Never"

The words always and never are not words to be taken literally. They reflect past pain and disappointment.
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Launch Time: Be Happier in 90 seconds, for Real

How we answer the most basic question we get everyday, "How are you doing?" can say a lot about our mindset and happiness.
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One Minute Coach: Two Phrases to cut your Stress in Half

The two phrases that I will share can lower your stress by 50%.
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Launch Time: 4 Responses to Disappointment

There are 4 possible responses to disappointment and only one of them is healthy. What is your achilles heel?
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One Minute Coach: 4 Success Questions

Do you want to evaluate the success of an interview, a tryout, a presentation, a game or just about anything? Answer Yes to these four questions and you have been successful.
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One Minute Coach: How to Avoid always being Disappointed

When we have unspoken expectations, we are set up for disappointment. We need to convert expectations to requests and then requests can become agreements.
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One Minute Coach: Playing Offense vs Playing Defense in Life

There are two ways you can approach life. You can play Offense or Defense. Most people play Defense, but the truly successful have learned to play Offense.
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Launch Time: I Feel Trapped

Have you ever just shouted, "I feel trapped!!! There is no way out!" I bet most of us have uttered these words in moments of desperation. On one hand it feels good to vent, but reinforcing the stuckness is dangerous.
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Launch Time: Your going to do this for the rest of your life?

A lot of the coaching I do comes down to people wanting to build positive habits or eliminate negative habits. Everyone understands that positive habits are great, but they also seem elusive. We get started and we are excited and then we blow it 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months into the process.  Now that we have blown it, might as well just chuck the whole thing and have 3 pieces of chocolate cake?  Am I wrong here?  
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Launch time: Taking Down the Judge

Each of us has a little voice in our head that talks to us all the time. Some people call this voice self talk, the Judge or the inner critic. Our Judge can be be strong but there are two ways to break the power of the Judge.
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Launch Time: My 24 month journey as a runner

I have never thought of myself as a runner. An athlete yes, I played three sports in high school and played college baseball. A runner? No, running was the thing you did at the end of practice that you dreaded. In the last 24 months, I have developed the habit of running 100 miles a month.
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Stop Playing Pinball: 3 Questions to Build Self Awareness and Live Proactively

Slowing down to ask 3 key questions will reduce our stress and increase our effectiveness in life.
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The Big Adrenaline Drop: 3 Keys to being Smart after a Victory

When our adrenaline is running high, the key to staying successful is to have a good post-event routine.
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Living in the Shadows: 3 Keys to Forming Your Own Identity when you have an Ultra Successful Parent

The children of highly successful parents can easily be labelled as disappointments or underachievers. As highly successful parents, we need to ask the right questions and create an environment for success for our kids.
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One Minute Coach: Motivation (extended version)

Motivation has 3 parts: Choice, Mastery and Meaning. Whether you are trying to motivate yourself or your team, it is key to understand these 3 elements.
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Launch Time: When You Hit a Bump Part III: Avoid

Avoidance is a short-term fix that causes long-term damage.  When we face the thing we are avoiding, we will create positive energy and most likely get a ton of things done.
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One Minute Coach: Habit #3 Arrange Your World for Success

When we make the things we want to do slightly easier and the things we want to avoid slightly harder, we arrange our world for success and give ourselves a good chance to develop positive habits.
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One Minute Coach: Habit #4 Recruit Your Support Team

None of us are lone wolves. We need support, encouragement and accountability from others in order to change habits.
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One Minute Coach: Habit #5 Treat Yourself

When we accomplish our habit, it is critical to reward ourselves. The reward serves as a reinforcement to keep going.
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One Minute Coach: Habit #2 Monitor Your Progress

Once we set a goal it is critical that we have ways to keep us accountable. We can monitor our progress through apps, spreadsheets, check-in and a variety of other methods.
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One Minute Coach: Habit #1 - Set a Goal

Setting a Goal is step #1 to developing SMART Habits. Goals must be easily measurable and observable. In other words, there should be no question whether you did them or not.
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One Minute Coach: 5 Steps to New Habits

Coach Pat talks give an overview of the 5 things it takes to produce a habit. The 5 steps are based on the research from the book Living SMART.
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One Minute Coach: Failing vs Being a Failure

When we fail at something, it is an event. Being a failure is an identity, they are not even close to the same thing.
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One Minute Coach: Habits

Everyone wants to develop positive habits and eliminate negative habits. One simply key is to make positive habits slightly easier and negative habits slightly harder to do.
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One Minute Coach: Next Step

We often procrastinate because we are not sure of the "next action".
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One Minute Coach: 90 vs 100

For perfectionists, the key question to ask, "Is this a 90% thing or 100% thing?"
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One Minute Coach: Opportunity

Opportunity is all around us and it takes courage to embrace it.
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One Minute Coach: Circumstances vs Identity

When we are in a tough situation, we can choose to respond from the difficult circumstances or from our deeper identity.
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Launch Time: When You Hit a Bump Part II: Anger

Anger can provide short term gains, but it is a poor long-term counselor.
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Launch Time: When You Hit a Bump Part I: Denial

The path to success is rarely a rocket ship straight up. It normally involves ups and downs along the way. The ups and downs are what we call bumps. How we consistently respond to bumps will determine our long-term success.
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Launch Time: Blasting Past Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs act as a "low bridge" for our lives and cut us off from opportunities even before we have had a chance to explore them.
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One Minute Coach: Have a Plan Stan!

Successful people start each day with a plan and then execute on it.
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Launch Time: One Step Forward

Taking one small step forward can help us get unstuck and fully launch.
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6 Sentences Fathers Need to Say to their children

6 key sentences let our children know that we love them, will be there for them and believe in them.
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AlignMENt - Teachable Moments from Richard Sherman

Watching the end of the Seahawks-49ers game yesterday was thrilling and instructive for fathers.
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AlignMENt: Helping someone who is depressed

Listening, listening and more listening is the key to helping people with depression.
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Put Away Mr. Fix-it

If I could give men just one piece of advice it would be this: advise less, listen more.
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Creating Gritty Kids

We are want our children to be able to persevere and persist towards larger goals. In the research by Angela Duckworth this is known as "grit". Read this interesting article to learn how to develop grit in your children.
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Alignment: Pay me now or pay me later...

Schools have opened all across the country and whether you have a preschooler or a high schooler, Dads play an important role in their children’s academic success.. So, here is my question, “School is open, so what?” The “so what” will determine whether your children benefit from you or are hindered by you academically.
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AlignMENt: 10 Key Body Language Indicators

You have read the studies like I have about the importance of nonverbal communication. Most researchers estimate anywhere from 85-92% of communication happens nonverbally.
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AlignMENt: 3 Key Success Questions

When we fail or make a mistake asking three key questions can make all the difference.
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AlignMENt: Flipping the Father Day's Script

Father's Day should be a springboard to more growth and impact in the following year
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AlignMENt: Are you raising gritty kids?

Grit is the single best predictor of a person's future success.
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AlignMENt: Do you know how to burp your kids?

Great fathers know that "burping" their children as they get older is critical to help them through the gas bubble of life.
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AlignMENt: What are you paying attention to?

The best thing you can give your children is not money, gifts, advice or even time. Those are all great, but the best thing you can give your children is your full presence.
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AlignMENt: What are you talking about?

Everyday we talk to our kids about big things and small things, important things and silly things. Have you ever taken a step back as a parent and really analyzed what you talk about with your kids?
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AlignMENt: Elephants & Mindsets

Our mindset truly does control what we believe we can and cannot do.
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AlignMENt: Most people are not bad, they are afraid

Most people are not bad, they are just afraid.
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AlignMENt: Family Game Night for the Year 2013

The Family Game night has a new form. It is called Sporcle.
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AlignMENt: Feedback from our Kids

Feedback and feedforward from our children can move deepen the bonds of our relationships.
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AlignMENt: The Myth of Control

Do you like to control everything? If yes, the Myth of Control might be wreaking havoc in your life.
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One Minute Coach Episode #14: Conflict Energy

Conflict energy is catabolic energy that can produce results, but can also be quite destructive.
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One Minute Coach: Avoiding Victim Energy

Victim energy is the lowest form of energy and can be confronted to increase a person's energy to conflict energy.
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AlignMENt: Are we there yet?

The Nike Fuel Band teaches us a great lesson about the motivation of mastery.
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AlignMENt: Jack Harbaugh: Inspiring Dad

A lesson on priorities from Super Bow dad Jack Harbaugh.
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One MInute Coach Episode #12: Playing Big vs Playing Small

In life, our job is to play big not play play small.
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AlignMENt: Is Your Life about Big Rocks?

We feel aligned and fulfilled when we choose the "Big Rocks" over the "Little Rocks" in our lives.
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AlignMENt: Most People are not Bad, they are just Afraid

Most people are not bad people, they are just afraid. This simple understanding makes all the difference in the world when we relate to people, especially our children.
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AlignMENt: What Successful Dads tell their kids

What if the message you communicated to your children was simply, "You cannot Fail. You can only Learn and Grow."
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One MInute Coach: Episode #11 Catastrophizing

How to avoid having small irritations or problems ruin your day.
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AlignMENt: Time to Sloooooow Down

Slow down during the holiday season and appreciate who with are with rather than what we are doing.
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Executive Edge #2: What trait is most important to being a great manager?

The best managers according to Google Oxygen's study are great coaches.
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AlignMENt: What the @#$*#%! are you thinking? Part II

Our self-talk whether positive or negative has dramatic effects on our outlook and ultimately our actions.
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AlignMENt: What the @#$*#%! are you thinking? Part I

What we think is actually more important than how we act, because our thinking will long-term shape our actions.
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One MInute Coach Episode #10: Dealing with Disappointment

Successful people have mastered the art of dealing with disappointment. Less successful people get stuck in cycles of resentment, victimhood and despair.
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AlignMENt: Do You Make your Kids Feel Important?

When great fathers interact with their kids, their kids feel more important.
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Executive Edge Episode #1: The 94% Rule

94% of all conversations begin and end with the same energy. This is critical to know when we have to have fierce conversations.
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AlignMENt: Charles Tillman & the Power of Focus

What we focus on will grow.
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AlignMENt: Are You a Dream Releaser or Dream Killer?

Great Fathers are dream releasers not dream killers for their kids.
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One Minute Coach Episode #9: Knowing When to Quit

Knowing when and how to quit things is key to success
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AlignMENt: Are You a Control Freak?

Are you a Dad who is a control freak? Men who try to control everything usually have unresolved grief. The key to growth is to process through the grief and let it go.
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AlignMENt: Football vs Movie

Watching my favorite football team or watching a movie? Read about the surprising choice I made and why.
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One MInute Coach Episode #8: Twin Evils of "Should" & "But"

When we use the words "should and "but" they are negative judgment words that need to be eliminated. Watch the video and find out how.
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AlignMENt: Are you Growing or Dying?

What are you getting better at these days? Taking our own development seriously is serious business.
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One MInute Coach Episode #7: Going for It!!!

Life is about going for it, even when we do not know the outcome.
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AlignMENt: Are you raising Fearful or Fearless kids?

Allowing our kids to make mistakes will change them from fearful to fearless.
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One Minute Coach Episode #6: Eat That Frog!!

Do the most difficult task in your day first and you will be glad you did the rest of the day. Avoid procrastination and Eat the Frog!!!
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AlignMENt: Freedom to Change

Fathers need to let their children grow and change in order for them to prosper.
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AlignMENt: Horsemen #1 Criticism

Criticizing our children has a dramatically negative effect on our children. Be calm and preserve the relationship.
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AlignMENt: Horsemen #2 Contempt

Contempt is a powerfully negative thing to use as a father. Our children are sensitive to negative body language and verbal cues from us.
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AlignMENt: Horsemen #3 Defensiveness

The victimized father makes excuses and becomes defensiveness in order to cover up insecurities.
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AlignMENt: Horsemen #4 Stonewalling

Athletes, Hollywood celebrities and politicians have mastered the art of stonewalling. As a father this strategy leads to mistrust and broken relationships.
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One Minute Coach Episode #5: How do you Re-energize?

In this episode, we examine the value of re-energizing activities.
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One Minute Coach Episode #4: Cutting the Fat

In this episode, we look at what things/activities are not really productive and therefore could be cut out of lives.
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One Minute Coach Episode #3: Grab that band!

In this episode of the One Minute Coach, we discuss the power of making small changes that are repeated on a daily basis.
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One Minute Coach Episode #2: The Value of Car Talk

This episode of One Minute Coach discusses the value of car talk, and how to use time traveling as an opportunity to connect.
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One Minute Coach Episode #1: Is Your Vision Clear?

In this episode of the One Minute Coach, we discuss the importance of living a life based on clarity and vision.
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AlignMENt: The Circle of Influence

With a new school year starting, things can get kinda hectic. Is it just me or is there tons of extra night meetings in August and September?
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