Coaching Kitchen #116 Focus and Priorities

This has been a week of good-byes, new introductions, packing, purging, planning, closure, coaching, being coached, celebrating, reconnecting, learning, and contemplating. That is almost too much for one week, but in a way, it has had some exhilaration to it. Sometimes the river is really flowing, and the best thing to do is to pay attention and enjoy the ride.

I have done a pretty good job of staying in each moment, and maintaining some focus. This has allowed me to enjoy most all of it, and to land on some satisfactory results. It’s hard to enjoy an activity if your thinking is darting around to other things, deadlines, and pressures.

Manufacturing such satisfaction has much to do with knowing what is important to you, and where you place your priorities. It may take a little saying “no” or negotiating a later date. It may mean sacrificing perfection in one area to commit the time needed for a more crucial deliverable. It may take some creativity, flexibility, and stretching. But, if done for the things and people you hold as priorities, then it generally is well worth it and leads to greater life satisfaction.

So help your friends celebrate their milestone birthdays (Jon), cheer on your coworkers who are realizing the goals they•ve set for themselves (Namara), purge the physical stuff that is creating clutter, pay attention to the coaching you receive from supportive colleagues (Tammy and Molly), and be open to the new ideas and possibilities that come your way. Whatever your priorities, they should be elevated and paid attention to as you face choices and options. The path is then clearer, easier, more meaningful and joyful.

I am sending a “shout out” to my nieces, Katie and Megan, who each received job offers recently. They are great examples of focus, persistence, and being committed to their priorities. Both have followed their interests, leading them into advanced study and challenging exams. And now, we celebrate!

My step-son, Eric, is visiting us this weekend, and we enjoyed steak on the grill last night, with roasted ears of corn and a healthy salad. Life is good.

Mark’s Grilled Steak

Marinade (Depending on the size of meat you get, you may need to double or triple)
1 to 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
Garlic powder or minced garlic to taste
Onion powder or minced onion to taste
Several twists of black pepper through a pepper grinder

Flat-iron steak • ask the butcher if you don’t see it in the case. It’s lean, tender, and always de-lish • really. Cut it in serving size pieces and marinate for at least 30 minutes, then grill. Brush the remaining marinade onto the meat as it is grilling.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you think about your priorities as the week heats up? Are you willing to stand “by your guns” in deciding what commitments to make? How do you keep your focus in order to give your important projects and activities your full attention? Do you schedule time for yourself and those you hold dear? If these actions are challenging for you, what changes are you willing to make to move in that direction?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Kate Kriynovich (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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