Patrick Donohue

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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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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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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 #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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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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AlignMENt: Freedom to Change
Fathers need to let their children grow and change in order for them to prosper.
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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: 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 #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 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 #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: 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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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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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 Dream Releaser or Dream Killer?
Great Fathers are dream releasers not dream killers for their kids.
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AlignMENt: Charles Tillman & the Power of Focus
What we focus on will grow.
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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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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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AlignMENt: What the @#$*#%! are you thinking? Part I
What we think is actually more important than how we act, because our thinking will long-term shape our actions.
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AlignMENt: What the @#$*#%! 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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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: 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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One MInute Coach: Episode #11 Catastrophizing
How to avoid having small irritations or problems ruin your day.
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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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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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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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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: 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: 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: Are we there yet?
The Nike Fuel Band teaches us a great lesson about the motivation of mastery.
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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: 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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AlignMENt: Feedback from our Kids
Feedback and feedforward from our children can move deepen the bonds of our relationships.
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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: Most people are not bad, they are afraid
Most people are not bad, they are just afraid.
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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: 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: 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: 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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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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AlignMENt: Helping someone who is depressed
Listening, listening and more listening is the key to helping people with depression.
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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 - Teachable Moments from Richard Sherman
Watching the end of the Seahawks-49ers game yesterday was thrilling and instructive for fathers.
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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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Launch Time: One Step Forward
Taking one small step forward can help us get unstuck and fully launch.
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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: 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: 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 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: 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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One Minute Coach: Opportunity
Opportunity is all around us and it takes courage to embrace it.
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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: Next Step
We often procrastinate because we are not sure of the "next action".
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 #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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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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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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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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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: 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: 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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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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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: 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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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: 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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