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Coaching Kitchen #129 The Power of Positive Acknowledgement

I want to lead off this week’s essay with a warm and very sincere thank you to one of my dear coaching colleagues. She sent a note to me this week to let me know she had connected with my writing in last week’s Provision. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me, and how good it was to feel that connection with her. It was clearly one of the highlights of my week.

This experience demonstrates the power of one thank you, the positive energy that can be produced in a simple act. When I sat down to write today, her words were with me, and I felt encouraged to continue reaching out in this way.

We all have messages, gifts, and unique qualities to express and share. When we encourage and support each other in this expression, we create potential for greater development and contribution from those around us. We help to plant seeds of inspiration and to open the doors of possibility.

Fuller expression of self forms the basis for greater self awareness and fulfillment. By trying things, we begin to find our passions and hone our skills. With the support and active involvement from others, this process is often accelerated. It acts as an incubation chamber to nurture and feed the growth. Without it, we can feel as if we•re in a vacuum, void of feedback and with no infusions of outside energy.

Armed with this reminder of how strong of an impact we can have on each other’s expression and psyche, I ask that you reach out to someone this week. It may be to say thank you for sharing their talent with you•writing, baking, cooking, leading, collaborating, designing, building. It may be to notice something they•re working on that will have a positive impact. It may be to appreciate a diverse opinion they shared that widened the outlook of a group. Whatever the positives or enriching experiences you notice, they are worthy of outward appreciation. And, the appreciation you show will likely help these people and positives grow.

You may think of cranberry relish only at Christmas time, but I contend that it is a great compliment to pork, turkey, or ham anytime of the year. This recipe is easy and very flavorful with orange and nuts. It stores a long time in the fridge.

Jeanne’s Cranberry Sauce

1 package of cranberries
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
• to • cup of sugar
1 12 ounce jar orange marmalade

In a greased 9 inch square pan, mix the cranberries and sugar. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove pan from oven and place walnuts on top of the foil then bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add the walnuts and marmalade to the cranberries. Mix. Serve warm, cold or at room temperature.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you typically notice the contributions being made by those around you? Are you aware of the impact your positive comments and expressed appreciation have made on others? Are there special people in your life who have made a difference by encouraging you and noticing your efforts and gifts? Can you identify anyone you want to speak with this week in order to acknowledge their efforts and positive impact?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.Kate Kriynovich (Kate@LifeTrekCoaching.com)
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH
U.S.A.Telephone: 614-488-4659
Fax: 240-465-5848

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