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"You have taught me to believe in myself and to take things slowly, one step at a time, keep sight of my goals, both short term and long term.

Your coaching style was both nuturing and motivating, you seemed to intuitively know some days what I needed most. Your caring and understanding was so appreciated and it came from the heart."

-Holly C.

I would recommend the Simplicity Course as an easy, practical way to start simplifying one's life. I especially liked the segments on Tolerations, Wardrobe, and Office and Paperwork.

Each day focuses on only one task, which is helpful to people who feel overwhelmed by the complexities of modern life and hardly know where to begin downshifting.

-Joan, New York

Beth has an uncanny way of, "reading between the lines" to see a person's heart. I appreciate how genuine she is.

I have already begun implementing her suggestions, and am dumbstruck at how well they are working. I am feeling so much more secure, and feel I am finally put onto a life path that will bring me joy for many years to come."

-Sue Halpern

I feel more focused and have an objective instead of aimlessly filling up the day.

-Shelli Segura



52 Tiny Changes

You've done it before. Tried to change your whole life in 30 days. Only to fizzle out at day 10 because it take too much time. Join me in making a small change each week and by the end of the year you will have made 52 improvements to your life!

52changes@encouragingcoach.com with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #15: Visualize the day you want to have while taking your morning shower

I had read all about visualizing the future-picturing what you wanted to happen, how you wanted to act and seeing yourself making your dreams come true. But, I didn't know when I was going to practice visualization.

That's when I thought about the shower. It's usually early in the day or right before bed-great times to do internal things. Most of us can shower in our sleep and it doesn't take much concentration. We can use that brain power to see in our mind, the day we want to have.

Begin with picturing the attitude you want to have today. Are you smiling? Picture a smooth morning routine and ways to combat situations that put you off track. See a healthy you, well-groomed and out the door. Picture a calm commute to work or taking the kids to school. Even if there is traffic you left in plenty of time and are listening to your favorite music in the car.

Now go through the rest of the day. Do you have a tough meeting you need to handle? Visualize yourself being assertive, yet likable and getting what you need. Visualize how you want some difficult projects to go, what you will say to that person you need to talk to, or how you will control your online time. See yourself being gentle and affirming with your kids. Picture a clean house and a happy chore team.

See yourself float through the evening hour, handling everything that comes up. Visualize something to look forward to this evening. And finally settling down for a good night's sleep.

Now, visualization isn't a genie in the bottle type thing. You don't visualize and wham everything turns out just like you saw. But, seeing a picture in your head will help you and your brain become more attuned with how you would like things to be. And your brain tries to work out ways to make it happen.

For more visualization resources for you:

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain The classic book on visualization

Soulful Living Articles on visualization

Creative Visualization As a source of strength

Making Creative Visualization a Part of Your Life excerpt from Shaki Gawain's book

Creative Visualization When You Don't Have the Time More ideas on fitting in visualization

What do you want today to look like?


52 Tiny Changes Archive


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