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Happy New Year everyone!

As we start off a New Year, I think most of us take the time to ponder and envision the things that are important to us.  Some call them resolutions, or goals, or plans – whatever resonates for you – but they are all about what and where we want to put our focus and precious energy this year.

Recently, I was in the company of a group of amazing ladies as we discussed life, what works, what doesn’t and what makes us feel better and how to make that happen going forward!

We all had common complaints: lack of sleep, waking up in the night and trying to solve all of our challenges – real and perceived (and realizing the list is very long!); wanting everyone in our lives to be well and thriving, and the lengths we will go to try to make that happen, sometimes to the detriment of ourselves.  And the realization that we can be pulled in many different directions, while not being fully present for any of them.

But one of the biggest aha’s from the gathering was how much we all loved the connection with each other – the feeling of community and support with like-minded beautiful spirits.  We all said that we can feel that we are alone in our quest to “make everything okay, get everything done”, but to laugh, joke, share, listen, be heard in any situation, on any day, is very precious,

So, for me, I am heading into this new year with a vow to be more present – not get caught up so much in worrying just about the “doing” – but instead, capturing all of that energy and redirecting it to being present to the people and the situations in my life that are important and precious.  Because – they matter. And as I am practicing this I am aware and truly surprised how much time I actually have – it’s not just speeding past me.  I would recommend giving it a try.

I also wanted to also share an article I came across called “Micro-Inequities: Little Things that Make a Big Difference”– and it is all about communication and inclusivity (community).  Some of this may make you feel a tad uncomfortable –and that is because we can recognize patterns and behaviors we do ourselves!  And also, because we all could to do better when it comes to treating people like they matter (because they do).

Below are a few excerpts from this article, but please do click here to get the whole story – the good news is that by the time you’re done reading it, you’ll have some great information and tools to make your daily experiences richer.  Enjoy!

“Let’s play a game! Ready? Have you ever…

  1. Put your phone on the table while having a meal/meeting with someone?
  2. Texted or emailed during a meeting?
  3. Checked your phone while someone was talking to you?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, keep reading. If you answered yes to all of the questions above, get comfortable. There’s something you should know.

These acts or behaviors are micro-inequities. Micro-inequities are acts that demoralize, marginalize, or demean a person. They may or may not be intended, but regardless they carry weight and have significant impact. 

Micro-inequities aren’t always blatant or noticeable. A lot of times they can be subtle, and the truth is you’ve probably done it or had it done to you – most likely both.

Micro-inequities are usually displayed through the use of gestures, words, treatment, and/or tone of voice. Why do we use them? Well, it typically comes from our own internal biases. Think you’re unbiased? Think again. The truth is we all have biases. But it doesn’t mean those biases excuse or allow an unfavorable behavior.

Here are a few more examples of micro-inequities:

  • “Harmless” jokes (that aren’t really harmless)
  • Greeting one co- worker more enthusiastically than another
  • Showing up late to a meeting or leaving early because of your schedule
  • Disregarding someone’s comments during a group discussion or meeting

Any of those sound familiar? You’re not alone. But now that you know, you can be more aware and improve the behavior.

How? By using micro-affirmations. What are micro-affirmations? Here’s the simplest definition: Treat people like they matter. 

That’s it! Small inclusive gestures can change a person’s entire experience and perception for the better, and it’s such a small investment on your part with an extremely high return on investment. Why? 

Because when you see how your behavior impacts someone’s experience for the better, it does the same for you.

Here are three examples of micro-affirmations you can implement immediately:

  1. Make supportive comments when others share comments in a meeting or discussion.
  2. Take the time to truly listen. Eye contact is a bonus. (However, staring is creepy.)
  3. Address people by name. Let’s pretend you’re talking to Kate. Instead of, “Hey!” try, “Hi, Kate!” 

Why do micro-affirmations matter?

Micro-affirmations boost morale and improve relationships. In the workplace, it also increases performance. See? Little investment, big reward. It spreads from one person to the next. 

Whether you work on your own or with a team, why not make a positive contribution? Before you know it, you’ll notice how your daily experiences become more pleasant, engaging, fun, and even easier. And really, who couldn’t use a little more of that?”

www.Kate Northrup.com

Micro-inequities: Little Things That Make A Big Difference

Catherine Munro is the Chief of Staff and Joy Facilitator at Change My Life Coaching and Change My Business Coaching.  Catherine’s role as Chief of Staff is to give Executive Support to our CEO and Chief Value Officer. She is the go-to resource for the senior team to lead key corporate initiatives and to get special projects done which promote and support our corporate goals, mission and vision, as well as managing the day-to-day of the executive office. Catherine’s role as Joy Facilitator is to lead, support and articulate the culture of Change My Life Coaching and Change My Business Coaching and to be there for our clients, from their first initial contact and as they move through their coaching journey.  You can reach her at cmunro@changemylifecoaching.ca

In addition, Catherine is a Master Reiki practitioner with In Quiet Company (www.inquietcompany.com

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I have been a participant in the Healthy Transformations Program this year – starting on January 9, 2018.

I recall being back and forth in my decision about committing to the program. Good intentions and hope were definitely there – but strong doubt and reservations crept in and drowned those thoughts out.  Old, ingrained thoughts played over in my mind – “Could I do it?” “I’ve tried lots of other programs and failed” “I’ll be so ashamed if I’m not successful”.  Essentially, I felt disappointed in myself before I even started!

The notion of succeeding felt like a huge and daunting task, and given past attempts I truly had doubts that I would have the “willpower” to stick with it.

But the Universe stepped in and gave me a big nudge.  I had a serious health scare with my heart.  My two beautiful daughters sat me down and gave me a talking-to – about how they wanted and needed me around for a long time to come…and that I needed to make some changes to ensure that happened.  Their loving but stern, concerned words impacted me deeply – so… I decided to take the leap.

I had seen a quote long ago that stuck with me “A Year from Now You’ll Wish You Had Started Today”. It’s been almost a year now since I DID start – and words cannot express what an impact this year with Healthy Transformations has had on my life.

What Was Hard

  • Stepping on the scale the first night. Feeling shame that I allowed myself to get to this point and knowing that someone else “knew” this information.  Christopher was so awesome and kind – and reassured me that they never remember or look at that number again during the year.  You only have to weigh in that one time – and after my wave of shame subsided, I could let it go…and look forward, rather than constantly beating myself up. Win #1!
  • Being so raw and concerned about my heart issue – I wanted to be sure I wouldn’t be aggravating the situation. In hindsight NOTHING could be further from the truth!! Dr. Breen was awesome and kind…and so patient…as I ran my concerns past him, and he gave me solid medical advice, reasons and reassurance not to be concerned.  I am tearing up as I write this as I am THRILLED to announce that my recurring heart issue has not only subsided, it has stopped!  And I am off the 4 medications that were prescribed to me a year ago.   My body is VERY happy about that! I am truly in awe.
  • Eating out the first few times – going for meals with friends when everyone was having drinks, and delicious creamy or fried items – and I had a salad. That was early on in the program but as the course went on I learned more and more ways of successfully managing social situations and not reverting back to old habits.  You begin to feel REALLY proud of yourself for sticking with it, rather than feeling like you are missing out on anything.

 What Worked:

  • Right from the first class, you feel so supported, engaged and encouraged.
  • The second class you already start to see changes in those around you –and the momentum builds each class as we all looked around the room and celebrated in each other’s successes! That in itself was a huge boost, as you left each session armed with more wonderful information and fresh resolve to stick with it!
  • Feeling your clothes get loose – that never gets old J
  • Feeling your clothes get too big – I was in disbelief actually – could this be happening??But when your pants just about fall off in Co-op, you need to pay attention. Haha
  • Immense pride as you realize you actually DID stick with it, it was not as hard as you conjured up in your mind, the whole experience is eye-opening, incredibly educational and you truly want everyone you know and love to have this information so that they can have this experience and live their very best life!

 In closing, I talked a lot about the weight loss aspect of this program, but it definitely was not just about the weight!  The way I move and my energy has improved immensely – no more sore knees.  My thoughts are so much more clear – no more brain fog!  But I think the best part of all is that I had felt anxious and worried a lot in my adult life – but with the changes in my diet and body, that has subsided 95%.  Life still throws things at you – but emotionally I feel more steady.

If you or someone you know are struggling with weight, inflammation or health issues– please get them to register for the next complimentary Healthy Transformations Information Session on November 17, 2018.  You’ll get great info to take away and use right away, and it’s a great opportunity to get all of your questions answered.

Just click here to register:  www.healthytransformations.ca

I hope to see you there!

Catherine Munro is the Chief of Staff and Joy Facilitator at Change My Life Coaching and Change My Business Coaching.  Catherine’s role as Chief of Staff is to give Executive Support to our CEO and Chief Value Officer. She is the go-to resource for the senior team to lead key corporate initiatives and to get special projects done which promote and support our corporate goals, mission and vision, as well as managing the day-to-day of the executive office. Catherine’s role as Joy Facilitator is to lead, support and articulate the culture of Change My Life Coaching and Change My Business Coaching and to be there for our clients, from their first initial contact and as they move through their coaching journey.  You can reach her at cmunro@changemylifecoaching.ca

In addition, Catherine is a Master Reiki practitioner with In Quiet Company (www.inquietcompany.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Phone: 844-910-7111

Email: info@changemylifecoaching.ca

CALGARY, AB – September 21, 2018 Change My Business Coaching and Change My Life Coaching proudly congratulates Kyle Kalloo, CEO and Business and Leadership Coach, on his appointment to BNI Ambassador – BNI South Alberta Region.  The BNI South Alberta Region offers support and guidance to the Leadership Teams and members in the region, which are made up of business professionals.

With two decades of experience in senior management positions, Kyle has established a robust record in leadership, people skills, communication, innovative problem-solving abilities and capacity to develop high performance habits.

“I love systems that work. And BNI is all about proven systems, procedures and protocols. Every week our members pass referrals to other members that end up turning into closed business. Who doesn’t want to grow their business from referrals? In fact, 83% of my business is from referrals”, says Kyle Kalloo.

BNI South Alberta Region encompasses 18 chapters in total across Lethbridge, Calgary and Red Deer.  Each chapter offers a weekly 90-minute meeting and they span over breakfast, lunch or dinner periods. The meetings provide a positive, supportive, and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals.  BNI the largest business networking organization in the world and offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals.

“Kyle is well regarded as confident, approachable, transparent and hands-on and goes well beyond the status quo in every task he undertakes.  In short, his measure of success is through results.” says Moji Ajele – Executive Director/Franchise Owner of BNI South Alberta Region.

Kyle Kalloo is the Chief Executive Officer, Business Coach with Change My Life Coaching and Change My Business Coaching. Through his management training and experience with McDonalds, Famous Players (Paramount) and WestJet, and all of the ongoing learning and development he’s completed, Kyle has refined and perfected skills and processes and is eager to share how to execute them efficiently to help individuals and companies achieve even more of their dreams.

 

About the company:
Change My Life Coaching and Change My Business Coaching are a team of professionals who believe anyone and everyone can experience fulfillment. We dare to redefine the expression and achievement of success. We coach, train, facilitate, and inspire change in ourselves, our clients, and our organization. We use a variety of proven tools to help clients reconnect with their own resources of purpose, power and creativity.

For more information about Change My Life Coaching or Change My Business Coaching, visit https://www.changemylifecoaching.ca  or https://www.changemybusinesscoaching.ca

Contact Person: 

Catherine Munro, Chief of Staff & Joy Facilitator

info@changemylifecoaching.ca

403-910-7111 | 844-910-7111

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