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Fall: A Season for Gratitude

Fall: A Season for Gratitude

As summer ends and we transition into fall, it is not uncommon to hit a panic button with thoughts like, “I’m not close to hitting my goals”, “How am I ever going to get ahead this year”, or “I can’t believe I’m no further than I was last year”.

However, it is also a great time to look at all that we’ve accomplished.


When I see the leaves being to change, that’s the message I see.  The oaks, elms and the soon-to-be glorious maples are thanking Mother Nature for their re-birth in Spring and the activity and growth of summer.

They aren’t looking at what they didn’t accomplish, instead they are basking in all that they are.

I want to say thank you to all of my family, friends and colleagues who have, once again, provided me with the energy and enthusiasm that I’ve enjoyed so far this year.

For all of you reading this—whenever you see a red-orange flash of color in the trees – remember …

Fall is not the beginning of the end…of the year.  It’s a time to be grateful for what we have and what we’re experienced so far this year.

Finding the Right Coach Training Program

Finding the Right Coach Training Program


JoyCropped-1A few years ago I decided to exhibit at a national coaching federation conference. I was excited to have my business on display at this national event, since I was also putting the finishing touches on my Speed-to-Advancement’ (STA) Coach Training and Business Building Program.

What I discovered when I arrived was that there were a lot more coaching company exhibitors than I expected.  And even more unexpectedly, a large percentage were coaching companies offering coach training.

Now although I love having colleagues, and I have certainly gotten use to a lot of colleagues in my industry, I was surprised at what I noticed was included in other training programs.

There were many helpful systems like newsletter templates or email marketing campaigns for online training purposes, yet these tools are not enough, and frankly contribute to the cause of so many coaches closing their doors.

Coaching template systems are not going to help you grow a business – they are not enough!

Where is the business foundation in these systems? Where are the fundamentals? Where is the total package?

Why is it that so few coach training companies actually help coaches take their business to the next level?

Coaching companies and marketing companies from all over the world market their products to coaches. Why? Because coaches are seekers. Coaches are always looking to educate themselves or find the best ways to make their business a success. They are looking for the shiny objects, yet what they find often disappoints.

That’s why STA was created!

I was trained in 3 different coaching modalities, and then looked around and noticed that most of my classmates decided to take a j.o.b.  It took me a while to figure out that while they may have learned coaching skills in addition to online templates, they had no idea how to run a business.

STA helps take the guess work out of creating a successful business.

And as a successful business coaching company since 2002, we train you in what we’ve learned are the most important knowledge, skills and abilities to acquire.  You’ll work directly with Joy.  We don’t complicate it.  We train on both the skills of coaching, and the art of entrepreneurship.

You learn how to grow a business, make money, and find support. You have it all – value creation, marketing, sales, delivery, and high profit margins!

If you are interested in becoming a coach,  here is the complete system that gives you what you need:

We would love to have you join us!

Many Moods of Transition

Many Moods of Transition

Can you believe that it is September already? Where did the time go?

Fall seems to be a time of transition; whether it’s going back to school, or moving forward with the decision to start your business, or maybe saying joy kidsgoodbye to your kiddos as they move on and leave after college…

These transitions are often accompanied by an array of moods. From excitement to anticipation to melancholy – the fall season often feels like a roller coaster ride.

What got me thinking about these transitions and moods …

A few weekends ago I said goodbye to my youngest son as he headed to Colorado to join his sister. He’s very excited about the move – and has a bit of anxiety as he hasn’t checked off ‘finding a job and a place to live’ just yet.

His sister is thrilled to show him the ropes. It sure is nice that brother and sister WANT to, and are excited to be together!

For me, saying goodbye to my kiddos as they begin their future adult life from another state – well that brings up all kinds of emotions, especially because that is 3 for 3. All three kiddos have officially left the nest and decided the cold MN winters just aren’t for them.

So for now I’m feeling melancholy.  Guessing I did a good job raising smart, independent young adults – yet wishing they were a little closer to home.

And I’m also curious…wondering what’s next on my life and business adventure, while being open to feeling the many moods that transition brings.

How about you – what transitions are you noticing taking place as you head into fall?