Little Things Done Often…

SMALL STEPS MATTER IN LONG JOURNEYS

I love my fitbit and I am becoming quite a sales person for the concept. What I love about it is that every day I can see an accurate account of a whole lot of small steps I have taken. On their own, each small step means very little to me. But when they are all added up at the end of the day they mean a lot to me. The record of those small steps let me know if I am on track to reaching my large goals of increasing my fitness and physical well being.

SMALL STEPS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

Life is a long journey. When I was young I didn’t have any real concept about maintaining my fitness because overall my body ticked along fine as it was. But as I’ve aged I’ve grown to realise that all the tiny things I did to help or hinder my well-being in the younger years have added up to a substantial influence upon my health decades later. It is the small steps I did take that have created large strengths in later years. And it is the small steps I didn’t take that have meant aggravating weaknesses in later years.

WE ALL HAVE TIME – PLAN YOURS WELL

To take a lot of little steps over a long time requires some degree of planning. When our parents taught us to brush our teeth – they were helping us to learn to plan for our future. A little cleaning each day meant less visits to the dentist years down the track. So what are the things in your life right now that could use a little planning so that you don’t turn up to your 80’s regretting you hadn’t thought through the small steps to well being when you were younger?

WHAT ARE YOUR SMALL STEPS GOING TO BE?

I’d love to hear your feedback on this – what are the small steps you plan on doing today that will make a big difference for your life in the years ahead?

Coaching Tips

COACHING IN THE WORKPLACE

By Jenny Sharkey

If you are a team leader in the workplace, inevitably you will be coaching the other team members in some form or other. Important things to remember when coaching people at work:

¨ Have a plan: a clear action plan gets everyone on the same page and means the team aligns and calibrates their efforts, while allowing you to easily adjust their behaviours to meet the end goal.

¨ Make the most of “teachable moments” – those moments when something has happened with the one you are coaching that make them open to what you are trying to get across to them.

¨ Practice. People will become good at what they do repeatedly. Practicing the behaviours needed to reach the goals decided upon helps the whole team to be effective.

¨ Align people in roles that match their aptitudes. Motivation increases when you make sure goals are achievable for people

¨ Keep learning. Even though you are the coach and supposedly the expert, make sure you keep learning yourself. Learners learn best from other learners. Keep humble.

¨ Praise achievements and celebrate milestones. Let the ones you are coaching know they are valued and appreciated. Everyone performs better in a positive environment. Fun is a huge motivator.