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A Winning Strategy

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I opened my newspaper today and was immediately attracted to the sports page.  A local Westport, CT team had squeaked through to win a semi-final game in the Little League World Series.  They’ll play today for the U.S. final.  Chad Knight, AKA Mr. Clutch, not only an impressive pitcher, was also credited with starting a rally in the fifth inning when they were down 13-6 and with the game-winning RBI in the final inning.  His post-game comments say a lot about his maturity and calmness under fire.  “Going to the plate I was a little nervous, but I realized it was just like any other at-bat.  Just go up there and try to put the ball in play.”

The next sports article was about the New Haven Open tennis tournament.  The four-time defending champion, Caroline Wozniacki, missed “a crucial shot” that “99 times out of 100 I would have hit,” and went on to lose quickly to Simona Halep.  Did she lose her confidence?  Was she reliving that shot for the rest of her time on the court?

We can all learn a lot from this 13-year-old boy and this professional athlete.  Our success is often determined by being present and calm in the moment.  If we let our emotions or our inner gremlins take hold we will surely not be at our best. 

After doing a little more research on Chad, I found out that he has been doing yoga since February!  Yoga for a 13-year-old boy, now that is progressive thinking!  To quote his dad, “(Yoga) has taught him breathing, taught him how to be focused, taught him to relax.” Said Chad: “I think it helps a lot. I can control myself.” I am reminded of the stories about Tiger Woods and what his dad used to do with him as a kid to help him develop a calm focus on the golf course.

I am now even more convinced that our inner thoughts can do more to help us excel or fail than anything else.  It’s a good thing I am just finishing up a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course filled with instructions on meditation, yoga, and being mindful!  If I channel my mind like Chad did, I’ll succeed for sure!  The winning strategy?  Be present, Be in the moment, Think positively!

 

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Monica came to the field of coaching and consulting after pursuing diverse jobs in teaching, business, and healthcare while also raising her family.  When Monica took a coaching class in 2006, it started a new chapter in her life.  Monica took her years of experience and passion for helping others and combined it with a career that allows her to empower others.  After training and certification in Life Coaching, Monica continued her studies in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching, giving her the understanding, tools and experience to handle the sensitive, emotional, and deeply satisfying work of relationship building for personal and professional relationships. 

In 2011 Monica became certified as a coach and trainer with Peoplemap™ System of personality, leadership and conflict resolution assessments and tools.  This helps her clients understand themselves and others better, and facilitates team building and the ability to communicate effectively and skillfully with others.  Monica continues to learn new tools and concepts in order to empower her clients, including the work of David Emerald (The Power of TED), John Gottman, PhD, Wayne Dyer, and Byron Katie.

Monica works with individuals, couples, and teams as a coach, a small business consultant, and a facilitator of personal and professional growth.  Through one-on-one coaching, presentations, and workshops, Monica helps people create a master plan full of personalized goals, strategies, winning perspectives and the inner strength to take the challenging or more rewarding route, and to master the tough conversations. She has a passion to motivate her clients to see beyond the ordinary or expected, and to pursue all the possibilities without fear or doubt.  She acts as their accountability partner and works side-by-side as an equal partner, ready to coach and challenge her clients to excel and succeed.

Monica’s primary clients are emerging entrepreneurs, executives, and work teams who are stressed, stuck, dealing with conflict, or trying to create something better in their future.  From coaching they find clarity of purpose, confidence in their abilities, improved communication, personal awareness and growth, and professional satisfaction.

Over the course of her adult life, Monica has spent more than 20 years as an active volunteer and board member of a community service organization, earning the Trumbull, CT Humanitarian of the Year award in 2004 for her leadership and passion for conservation. Monica is an avid photographer in her spare time, as well as wife, mother and very young grandmother living in Shelton, CT.

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