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"A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - it has the ability to give us an escape from our mundane existence." 

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Training4Success: The Fear of Speaking

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Power Breakfast: The Potential You

11.03.14
Training4Success: The Power of Persuasion

20.03.14
Power Breakfast: The Personal You

05.04.14
Rotary Rodeo Night of Fun

17.04.14
Power Breakfast: The Practical You

22.04.14
Training4Success: TBA

 

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Volume 13, Number 1 - February 2014

Hello,

Happy New Year: The Year of the Horse
In Chinese astrology, the Year of the Horse commences on January 31st 2014.

One of the many legends around the Chinese Lunar New Year proclaims that Buddha asked all the animals in the universe to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and for each, he named a year. Buddha then announced that the people born in each animal's year would display aspects of that animal's characteristic traits. Those born in the year of the horse are typically cheerful, skilled with money, perceptive, witty, talented and dexterous. 

Today the Chinese associate the horse with travelling and consider it a reliable indicator of success to follow. The spirit of the horse prompts unremitting effort and drive towards improvement.

New Year is usually a time when people make firm resolutions in the hope of bringing about effective change in their lives.

Chinese New Year offers you a unique opportunity to identify your goals and learn about the strategies you can implement to achieve them – and continue to develop them.

The spirit of the horse prompts unremitting effort to improve yourself; may it help you make 2014 the year when you see those firm resolutions through to a rewarding and sustainable end.

Let's harness the spirit of the Green Horse to improve ourselves, our lives and our world in 2014.
 
 
Karin Genton L'Epée

The Power Breakfast Winter/Spring 2014 series

Using the spirit of the horse, the Winter/Spring 2014 Power Breakfast series, entitled Your Destination for 2015, aims to present you with insights on how best to empower yourself and reach your goals. You will also gain new tools for personal and professional development. 

The first breakfast event focused on financial and career aspects of our lives, using the first quadrant of an integrated life matrix as a starting point. In this way we were able to discover what it was we wanted to achieve in our professional capacity over the next 12 months.  

The second breakfast, taking place on February 27th2014, will address the second quadrant of the matrix: The Potential You (Self-Development & Creative Expression)
 

Rotary Rodeo Night of Fun

Please mark Saturday 5 April 2014 on your calendars, for a night of fun like no other you have yet ever experienced in Prague. That word “rodeo” is a great hint about the food and the music (barbecue and country). Unlimited food, beverages and entertainment will be included for one very reasonable price, and we’ll have a few surprises, too.
Save the date: 5 April 2014
Proceeds go to fund Rotary Club Prague International’s charitable purposes in Prague and around the world. More details to come. Tickets will be limited. Email me to reserve yours before they are all gone!
 

Making Your New Year's Resolutions a Reality

You probably made several New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of this year, whether through casually thought, joking about them during a social gathering, or diligently writing them down - with every intention to keep them. Unfortunately, it often takes only a couple of months for these resolutions to fall by the wayside and old habits to return.

If you are truly determined to follow through with your goals and make them a reality in 2014, the following coaching tips will help you succeed.

Be committed

Are you intellectually or emotionally committed to your aspirations? Unless you have a real emotional attachment to the achievement of a goal – knowing, deep in your heart that you have to make a change – it won’t happen. 

For example, if you want to work fewer hours, you need to know exactly why leaving work by 6pm three times a week is important to you. You must also attach yourself to the pain you will cause yourself, your family, your colleagues, your customers and your organization if you don’t allow yourself adequate time to rest and recharge.

Assess each of your New Year’s resolutions honestly and with a critical eye. Give each one a score from 1 to 10, based on your level of commitment to its achievement, with 10 being totally committed and 1 being not at all committed. If any of your resolutions have a commitment score of less than 8, ask yourself if there is anything you are willing to do to push the score higher. Unless your commitment scores are 9 or 10 out of 10, it is doubtful that it will last past spring.

Be clear about what you want

Being able to clearly envision what your achievements will look like helps you follow through with your resolutions. Remember the acronym SMART. Goals should be: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. Note down, in detail, next to each of your resolutions how you will know when you have achieved your goal. What will you see, hear or feel?

Be practical

Practicality in this context means committing to a realistic number of resolutions. It is better to have 3 achievable goals than 10 idealistic but ultimately unrealistic ones. Overwhelming yourself with too many goals will result in you spreading your energy in too many directions – leaving you with no energy to complete any of them to the desired standard. I suggest that you focus on a maximum of 3 goals or key themes with specific sub-goals under each theme.

Take action

Psychologists tell us that it typically takes 21 repetitions before something becomes embedded in our psyche as a spontaneous habit.  Be aware of this fact and make sure that you give yourself at least 21 opportunities to take action and ingrain the desired habit.

Ask for support

Evidence shows that even those with the best intentions and highest motivation still benefit greatly from the support of others when trying to follow through with their resolutions.

By sharing your goals with a friend (one person for all 3 resolutions, or 3 separate people holding you accountable for one resolution each), you will be far more likely to stay the course and persist until you succeed. After choosing the appropriate person for each of your resolutions, speak with him/her about your commitment, sharing how you’ll know that you’ve been successful, and tell him/her that you will need their help to hold you accountable to your ‘21 opportunities to take action’. 

May 2014 is your opportunity to break new ground and make your dreams come true!

This article was published in the Business Woman Magazine
 

2014 - Year of the Horse

About Karin

Karin Genton-L’Epée is a business coach with 30 years of extensive professional experience in the United States, France and the Czech Republic. Based in Prague since 1995, for the past 15 years she has developed a range of coaching and training programs for mid- and top-level managers, focusing on leadership development, cross-cultural understanding and effective communication in a global environment. By providing a structured environment that supports people in clarifying who they are and what they want, Karin enables her clients to devise more effective strategies to achieve their personal and professional goals. Thanks to her knowledge, skills and range of international experience, Karin is in demand as a speaker at business conferences and educational institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. She is also a regular contributor to business journals and magazines. She works in English and French and can be reached at karin@coaching.cz.

 
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