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Good Communication Starts by Changing Three Things

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field or endeavor. ~ Vince Lombardi I really like this quote – it reminds me that to be excellent in an area of your life you have to choose excellence and be totally committed to it.  Like the kid kissing the pig, you have to be all in. Most relationships struggle with communication in some way.  Quite simply, when we are communicating well with someone, things go so much better than when we aren’t. A personal commitment to strive for better communication is

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Improving Relationships: Just Ride the Wheel

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

When my husband, Ken,  asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, I new what I wanted – to spend the day in Seattle and take my first ride on the Big Wheel. So, the morning of my birthday he had compiled a fun itinerary for the day which included lunch at the market, dinner with my kids, and yes, a ride on the big Seattle Ferris wheel, also known as The Great Wheel, (though I prefer Big Wheel). What made this gift even more special is that Ken went with me.  He is afraid of heights and a bit

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Effective communication starts with looking up

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

I was in an airport magazine shop standing in line, when I overhead a frantic question from a women to the sales clerk: “Do you have note pads?” The clerk quickly replied, “No.” I looked up and saw panic in the woman’s face.  I stepped up and  asked her if she just needed a piece of paper. She exclaimed “Yes!” I tore out a few sheets of paper out of my notebook and handed it to her. Then she said, “Now I just need a pen.” I dipped in to my purse and pulled out one of many I had collected and handed

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10 Communication Tips for Creating Memories that Last

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

One Christmas, when my kids were very young, we left a small gift for them in their room that could open us as soon as they woke up.  The idea was that it might slow them down enough to give us a few more minutes of sleep. What happened was that the minute they awoke they screamed with delight. They ran into our bedroom and exclaimed, “Santa came!” They opened their gift on our bed – a Polly Pocket and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – and squealed with joy.  I turned to my husband and declared “We could have

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Do You Have a Pile That Needs Shoveling?

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

COMMUNICATION TIP #5: Shovel while your piles are small   When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~ Viktor Frankl   Don’t wait for a crisis to communicate.  A small issue can turn into a really big one if you don’t deal with it sooner rather than later. The longer damaging or uncomfortable things are left unspoken, the longer they remain damaging and uncomfortable and the bigger the pile gets, until one day – Kaboom! You have a really big issue or problem to deal with. Rather than avoiding issues that come up

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Go ahead, Smile!

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

The truth about smiling: communication at it’s best Smiling can be a powerful communication tool. And, many studies have concluded that smiles come with lots of unexpected benefits. Here are a few smile facts you may not know: Smiling has been proven to make you appear more friendly, approachable, confident and competent. A genuine smile is contagious.  When you are smile, you’ll instantly make 25% of your friends happier and 10% of their friends happier. Your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live – an average of 7 years longer than non-smilers. We were born to smile.

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Improving relationships | Start with your day with a dose of positive

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

It’s true – starting your day with a positive thought and a smile will set the tone for your day, and for those around you. Studies have proven that when you are positive you improve how well your day goes  – and it’s contagious. Your positive actions create a “brain reaction” that changes the mood of those around you. It sounds simple, and yes it is.  But think about it. Do you start your day being positive?   How did you start your day today? Were you positive or grumpy.?  Easy to be around, or a frustration for others. If you need to

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You can only change you

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. – Alan Cohen I’ve been married for 34 years and, believe me, I have tried to change my husband to be more like me, or at least to get him to do what I want him to. Guess what I’ve learned? It’s not going to happen. But, I can work on me. I can learn to communicate better and I can practice what I already know. Although it takes two people to allow a relationship to work, it only takes one to change it for

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