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Every year, we gain a clearer understanding that without positive change, decline is inevitable. Still it's easy to lose hope: barriers to change seem to be everywhere. We work in organizations that aren't much fun. We fail to gain work/life balance that is so important to us but so difficult to sustain. Looking ahead, the challenge is to recognize that what we are now tolerating can be reinvented. We can take revolutionary steps to achieve the evolutionary goals that are important to us.

The 5-Day New Habit Week helps you replace unproductive work habits and old ineffective approaches with new work habits that leave you more productive, satisfied and fulfilled. During five consecutive days of 1/2 hour telephone coaching conversations, we work together to create the foundation for a self-directed learning experience---to move you to a new specific habit of the way you want to be from where you are today.

The 5-day program is the launch pad where you select one new habit you would like to create within a strong image of your ideal self, as well as take an accurate picture of your real self--who you are now. During our 5-day conversations, we help you reach a better understanding of how change happens--including paying closer attention to our own powerful pull not to change. By being more aware of the underlying resistance to change, we can become more effective in generating positive change and meaningful growth.

It is very hard to bring about significant change without changes in behavior. It is very hard to sustain significant change without significant change in the underlying meanings that give rise to our behaviors. By recognizing and paying attention to the powerful countervailing motion that maintains a remarkable balance, we begin to understand the power of this equilibrating process that continuously manufactures immunity to change. We become less embedded in our immune system (that protects us from change) when we can see and deeply appreciate the power of entropy (which is what happens when we stop using something--'what you don't use, you lose' ) and dynamic equilibrium (which is the tendency in nature for things to stay the same or to balance out).

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How the Brain Works to Power Lifelong Learning

Learning new habits involves circuitry that runs between the brain's executive centers in the prefrontal lobes and the brain's limbic system, which governs feelings, impulses and drives. Skills based in the limbic areas, research shows, are best learned through motivation, extended practice and feedback.

Compare that kind of learning with what goes on in the neocortex which governs analytical and technical ability. The neocortex grasps concepts quickly, placing them within an expanding network of associations and comprehension. The thinking brain can comprehend something after a single hearing or reading.

The limbic or emotional brain, on the other hand, is a much slower learner--particularly when the challenge is to relearn deeply ingrained habits. This difference matters immensely when trying to replace old habits with new habits. Reeducating the limbic brain for new learning, therefore, requires a different model from what works for the thinking brain: It needs lots of practice and repetition. That is why new habit "rituals" must be self-directed and practiced every day to allow the limbic brain to make the new habit part of the 'new you' over time.

The good news is that the brain's ability to sprout fresh connections continues throughout life. It just takes more effort and energy to learn in adulthood lessons that would have come more readily in our early years---because these new lessons fight an uphill battle against the ingrained patterns the brain already has in place. We have to undo habits that do not work for us and replace them with new ones that do.

The person being coached will have to work harder and longer to change a habit than when s/he learned it in the first place. The sincere desire and concerted effort expended after the 5-day program will be important to make the new habit happen. The 5-day program will only set the foundation for change because new habits can not be learned through a brief seminar or coaching program. Because the limbic brain learns more slowly---and requires more practice---than the neocortex, it takes effort beyond the 5-day program to create and practice the rituals necessary to make the new habit stick. And because the kind of limbic-brain learning just described takes more time and practice, it's also much more likely to be retained.

Once the person being coached has become aware of how to improve during the 5-Day New Habit Week Program, s/he continues to develop new strengths on his or her own.

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Guided Self-Directed Learning

The results of practicing the new habit over time are that they become part of your new real self. Often, with changes in your habits, come changes in your aspirations and dreams, your ideal self.

During the 5-day coaching program, the person being coached goes through the discovery of uncovering an ideal vision of him or her self to feel motivated to develop the abilities to create and sustain the new habit. That is, you see the person you want to be---living with the new habit. This becomes the source of the energy required to work at the difficult and often frustrating process of change.

Now that you know where you want to be, the next step is to look in the mirror to discover who you actually are now--how the current habit is making you act, how others view you and what your deep beliefs comprise. Some of this reflection will represent gaps between who you are and who you want to be.

The realization of the gap(s) prepares you for developing an agenda or plan of action needed for the detailed guidance on what new rituals to try each day to make the new habit sticky--building on your strengths and moving you closer to your ideal.

Others help us see things we are missing, affirm whatever progress we have made, test our perceptions and let us know how we are doing. They provide the context for our practice of the new rituals. Although the model is called self-directed learning, without others' involvement, lasting change can't occur.

The 5-day New Habits Week program, helps the person being coached to visualize the new habit, reflect on where s/he is today, develop an action plan to move from here to there and to determine who can be of help to allow the lasting change to occur. The person being coached has complete responsibility to lead and manage the self-directed learning process. The 5-Day New Habit Week only provides the form in which to pour the foundation for change.

5-Day Coaching Program

Purchase the 5-Day coaching package for yourself or someone you care about to participate in this intensive New Habit Week Program telephone coaching experience for only $495:

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5-Day New Habit Week Program & Personal Coaching Terms of Service

Coaching Relationship: In the 5-Day coaching relationship, the Client sets the new habit goal and the Coach helps to clarify the vision, functioning more as a partner than as an expert. The Client has been made aware that the coaching relationship is in no way to be construed as psychotherapy, psychological counseling, or any type of therapy. In the event the Client feels the need for professional counseling or therapy, it is the responsibility of the Client to seek a licensed professional.

Call Procedure: The Client will call the Coach at the prearranged time and telephone number as scheduled. Please remember that rescheduling or cancellations of calls must be made 24 hours in advance. There will be no refund or credit for cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to a scheduled session.

Payment Schedule: The Coach is paid at the beginning of the agreed to 5-day period of coaching services to be provided on behalf of the Client. The first coaching session will begin once the 5-day schedule has been agreed to by the Client and Coach. The client may pay for 5-day program online with a VISA, MasterCard or American Express credit card.

Termination: The Client may cancel at anytime. Cancellation must be in writing by email message. Client is responsible for any unpaid outstanding coaching services performed up to the date of the cancellation notice.

Confidentiality: The Coach recognizes that the Client may share future plans, business affairs, customer lists, financial information, job information, goals, personal information, and other private information. The Coach will not at any time, either directly or indirectly, voluntarily use any information for the Coach's own benefit, or disclose, or communicate this information to a third party. While the Coach will do everything in his power to keep communication confidential, the Client is aware that there are certain exceptions. For example, communication by email can potentially be intercepted or email archives can be subpoenaed from Internet Service Providers or other parties in the event of a lawsuit.

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