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The Kick-in-the-Pants Contraption

I just received the following e-mail from Melinda, who owns a unique invitation and engraving store in Islip, New York.  She is a graphic designer and does beautiful work right on her premises.

Melinda had sought out my help on a project that we went on to complete successfully.  Toward the end of our work together, we arrived at the conclusion that she needed to hire an assistant to ease her daily workload going forward.  At that time, she made the commitment and promised she would do so immediately.

But last week, I called her to see how she was doing and to invite her to an upcoming talk I’ll be giving in her area.  You guessed it: she was still swamped with work and hadn’t yet hired anyone to help her.  Let’s just say I…expressed my concern that she hadn’t followed through on her agreement.

A few days after that, Melinda wrote me the email below.  She also gave me permission to use her message—and her real name—in this article.  While there is a testimonial element to it—which is something I generally try not to include here—it’s also a message about keeping your commitments, and, about the power of coaching:


I invented this the other day after you called…NOW we’ll all be rich.  It’s the:
“Sandy Schussel Kick-in-the-Pants (When He’s Not There) Contraption!”
Yes, you too can be the proud owner of this device.  Simply turn it on, and it makes you do things you SHOULD have done when Sandy was coaching you – but – you – were – too – busy – procrastinating and WAITING for the last minute when you’d be up a stream with no paddle in sight.

ACT NOW and we’ll send you 2 for the price of 1!  Because you know you know someone else that needs a good butt-kickin’.

“Well, now that I used my device, in only 2 days (count ’em) I interviewed AND hired a great assistant to start next week.  I recommend this for all!” –Melinda Cantor, Only You Gifts

Try it today!  CALL 888-289-5551.


Coaching is about helping someone past his or her self-imposed limitations through several related personal services, one of which is holding a client accountable for what he or she has agreed to do.  If that means you need the occasional “kick in the pants”, a good coach won’t be afraid to give it to you.

It all starts with you choosing to make it happen.  Then, you have to be open to having someone help.  Left to our own devices, we are most likely do what we’ve always done—not enough.

There are only a few Kick-in-the-Pants Contraptions left in my stock for the next month or two.  If you’d like to test drive one, contact me today.  In the meantime, keep REACHING…

16 Disciplines

I suppose it would have been more fun if I called them 16 “hot tubs” for advisors, or less intimidating if I called them “practices,” but after 17 years of working with and observing how the most successful advisors, it's clear that there are branches of knowledge involved. 


Practice these simple 16 disciplines daily and watch how quickly and easily your practice grows.

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