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January 11, 2017  -  Issue #39

Stopping Can Lead To Working Happy

If you go as fast as you can, you succeed, right? Not always. Speed has its place, but so does stopping.

Speed has its upsides and downsides. Some of speed’s upsides are: you get somewhere faster, you engage and align your best traits and make them work for you and you cover more territory. Some of speed’s downsides are: what’s around you gets blurred, you may stumble if you don’t pay attention and you can wear yourself out.
When you are in your “zone” speed can work well for you. When you sense you are losing your center (you are making mistakes, wearing yourself out, not thinking clearly) one of the best things you can do is to make a “hard stop”.  Making a hard stop is to create a space and time to let go of everything you are doing and look at where you are. By doing this, you regain your center and can decide what needs realignment and what is okay.
Runaway trains often end up crashing. Make sure that you don’t crash by making hard stops when you need to!
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Q: I know it is the new year and I should be excited and ready to go, but I feel sluggish and unmotivated. I can’t seem to shake this feeling. How do I get myself going for 2017?

A: First, get rid of the “should” about how you are feeling. You are where you are and that is the best place to start from. “Shoulds” can hold you back and stall you.
During times of change, which the new year is, you can experience any of a range of feelings and emotions. Allow your current feelings and, from there, find ways to get in motion. Here are a few ideas:
  • Acknowledge what you accomplished in 2016.
  • Give some thought to what from 2016 you want to let go of and leave behind.
  • Identify 3 things that can make you happy in 2017.
  • Do something new this week to get your energy up and motivate yourself.
  • Until you get in motion, commit to doing one thing a day towards a great 2017.
  • Make sure you are taking care of yourself physically. If you are tired, it can be hard to get motivated. 
Just by writing to me, you are getting in motion. Keep going and you will create a great year!

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  • Let 2017 truly be a new beginning. Start 3 new practices to begin this year.
  • It is always good to be looking ahead. See my Blog Post, What’s Your Next Move? 
  • Name one thing you can do to astound yourself in 2017.

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Meet Ann Vanino
“The power of Definition is amazing. For years I felt myself wanting vague things that seemed so distant.  Once I discovered how to define what I want through coaching – getting them comes naturally and daily.”
Ann is a career and new directions coach whose passion is supporting people as they create the life they want to live and working in organizations to increase managers’ skills and self-confidence. Ann’s journey has taken her from a childhood in New York City, to an environmental career working for government in Washington DC and New York City, working in the private sector and founding her own business in Los Angeles. Subsequently, Ann embarked on a second career as a coach and now lives in the High Mojave Desert of southern California, where she continues her coaching and is inspired every day by the solitude, beauty and silence of the desert and mountains that surround her.

Ann is the author of four books: Chrysalis: Personal Transformation From The Inside Out, Power Stories, Leadership On Trial and Coaching Corner Volume 1. Visit her at
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