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Recognizing the Gifts From God in Your Life by Coach Mackenzie Pearce

I was watching Joel Osteen today and was taught a very good and important lesson I am going to share with you, that hopefully you will use in your own life and empower your clients to think about.

It happens quite a bit that people ask me how I got where I am- a professional coach, an academy owner, overcoming illness or even how I get a high search engine ranking. I have always been quick to list the books that helped me most, or the advice that I take to heart, but I often forget a very important premise:

1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am…”

I am nothing but for the grace of God.

It is because of God that I am blessed. Period.

God has given me (and I am thankful for) all my talents, skills, ideas, gifts, dedication, inspiration and on and on. He leads my way to the knowledge He wants me to know (to the books I read for example). He gives me the passion to follow through on the ideas He sends me.

Further more, He made me sick so I could get well- better then “well”, actually.

He has brought me down when He wanted me to learn important lessons, even if I did not know what the lessons were at the time (sometimes I am convinced that the lessons occured just so that I could overcome them and let others know how).

As I go through my day today I will now be sure to thank God for all the small and large gifts He has give me. From a smile from a stranger to an amazing parking spot, to a new student or client.

“Promotion doesn’t come from people, it comes from God.” Joel Osteen.

Thank you, God. I am what I am because of you and for that I am grateful.

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What All Good Diets Have in Common- Which Diet is the Right Diet?

Everyone knows someone on some type of “change your life” diet. This person swears by this diet. They love the health, energy and vitality this diet has provided for them.

As a coach the decisions for which diet to follow is 100% your client’s. Period.

But it very helpful to have some information on hand for your client to think about.

So which diet is the right diet????

There is the Atkins (low carb) diet, the Gluten Free diet, the proper Food Combining diet, the Maker’s diet, the South Beach diet, the Raw Food diet…. And so on.

So which diet is the best?

Well, first of all, we should do research before starting any new eating habits. But the reality is that all the above mentioned diets all have the following in common:

Reduced intake of processed foods (breads, pastas, grains and sugars) and an increase in fruits and vegetables. This may seem simple enough to incorporate in to your diet, but let me give you some tips:

1. Have fruit or a salad for breakfast (yes, you really can have salad for breakfast- I have done it many a time.)

2. Have a piece of fruit before every meal (this also follows food combining principles)

3. Aim to have your plate full of 70% fruit and vegetables and 30% either meat or starch (potato would qualify as a starch)

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Taking Yourself Out Of The Conflict by Coach Lynnette Vetsch and Coach Mackenzie Pearce

Conflict by definition is a state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash. And boy is it hard at times not to shoot back at the other party involved in a situation like this with you.

Below is a technique you can use that will help you calm yourself in that situation and allow you not to buy into perhaps the stinging remarks that maybe flying your way…


Purpose: How to accept criticism without letting it bring you down.

Technique: Act like a fog! Imagine you are fog. When someone throws a stone at you, you absorb that stone without throwing the stone back. This is a very easy and effective technique to use against people who keep criticising you repeatedly.

Examples. Suppose someone accuses you like this:

  • “You just don’t understand”
  • “You are lazy”
  • “You are always late”
  • “You don’t feel responsible”

You should simply accept the criticism, true or not, and then repeat it back to the person who criticised you.

  • “Yes, I just don’t understand”
  • “Yes, I am lazy sometimes”
  • “Yes, I was late”
  • “Yes, I just don’t take responsibility”

Keep doing this and the person who is throwing the stones at you will eventually run out of them. This is an elegant and simple method to avoid a back and forth argument and just let the other persons rage flow out of him.

Practice this with someone you know well, by telling them to criticise you rapidly and follow the fogging technique and see how it feels.

Use wisely and in appropriate circumstances.

Other Tips For Dealing With Criticism

Empower yourself and your clients by making them aware of other options when dealing with insults and offending behaviour:

1. Know as well that you (and God) are the only judge you have to face and that your worth is not determained by what others think of you (whether they like you or not)

2. Understand that the very insult the person is flinging to you may be the very flaw they themselves possess, causing them to be hyper-sensitive to it in others (AKA- causing them to over-react to it)

3. Accept that not everyone has to get along with or like us. People have that right and that is okay (even if it does not feel okay).

4. Raising your self-worth will decrease your sensitivity to others critism and help you recognize and appreciate constructive comments.

5. You have the right to tell that person (respectfully as they are God’s child) that you do not appreciate being spoken to that way.

6. Extricate yourself from the situation.

7. Have compassion that they feel they need to speak that way to feel okay.

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Goal Ideas For Coaches by Mackenzie Pearce

If you are in the trainer program (or a graduate of the Open Your Own Coach Training Company program) feel free to copy and use this resource with your students.

  1. Respond to all business emails within 1 business day.
  2. Layout a detailed marketing plan (see resources inside your student center for help).
  3. Complete the main page of your website. Tell 3 people.
  4. Add 3 free resources for potential clients onto your website (view your student center for resources you can add).
  5. Submit 2 articles per month to online data banks (a list of these sites are also located in your notes and student resource center).
  6. Create an article bank online here.
  7. Speak at 1 community meeting or event per month.
  8. Perfect your personal mission statement.
  9. Perfect your business mission statement.
  10. Set up a bookkeeping system (documents/ software available through your student center).
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16 Ways to Avoid Failure by Mackenzie Pearce

Let me get right to it: There is no failure, only an unwanted result.

That being said, at times I know that unwanted results can feel like failure. To make matters worse, if you continue to try the same method you will risk getting the same result again and again.

Examples of an unwanted results:

  • Low test mark
  • Undesirable outcome when you approached your boss for a raise
  • A disagreement that lead to an argument
  • Weight gain (which was not what you were shooting for)
  • Loss of a potential new client
  • A contract was not signed that should of been

Have faith though: All that is stopping you from success is a new something…

So what does one do when they want a different outcome from the situation? Try something new:

  1. Talk to your coach

  2. Brainstorm ideas for new actions

  3. Learn something new

  4. Use new communication (words, voice tone and body movements)

  5. Take a step back and think about it from the another perspective

  6. Get a new perspective from someone unbiased

  7. Get a second opinion

  8. Google your desired outcome to learn new tips

  9. Read a book on the topic

  10. Get feedback: From your coach, friend, coworker or the person directly involved

  11. Ask: What do you suggest? What have you done? What would you do?

  12. Change your behavior to get the outcome you desire

  13. Find a new way

  14. Learn a new skill

  15. Model someone who has what you want

  16. Self coach: What can be changed? What can I do differently to get a better result?

Above all: Persevere. Someone once started with less than you have right now and got what you wanted. You can too.

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Signs You (or Your Client) Suffer From Low Self Worth by Mackenzie Pearce

As all our students and graduates learn (or already knew), your outside circumstances (or those of your clients) are merely a reflection of your internal makeup (which is your self worth/ self esteem).

So how do you know you need to increase self worth? The “how to increase your self esteem” is covered through your lessons with us.)

Below are the top 5 signs you have low self worth:

1. You are messy. When a person has internal struggles, they will tend to have a messy environment. Why is this? Well, for one thing they tend to hold on to things longer then necessary due to indecisiveness.

2. You are in a poor relationship. This is probably the most obvious sign that one suffers from low self worth.

3. You tend to get into a fair bit of disagreements with people, or know people who do. Yes, people with higher self worth do not seem to attract or get bothered with petty squabbles at work or home.

4. You are a people pleaser. You say “yes” more often then “no, thank you” and you continually worry that people are mad at you or think negative thoughts about you.

5. You have low or inadequate income.

Yes, it all ties together. Low self worth= difficult life.

But the good news is that when you raise your self worth to a correct level (the level it was meant to be at) you will notice a huge improvement in your life’s circumstances. This does take time but I am sure you will agree that it is worth the effort.

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10 Steps to Having a More God-Focused Life

When working to become closer to God remember that the most important rule is that practice makes perfect. Your faith needs to be reaffirmed on a daily basis.

Ask you clients when they feel closest to God and work from there creating a plan to incorporate faith based activities into their life. You may want to try some of the suggestions below. 

  1. Make thanking God a priority everyday day.
  2. Remember that you work for God. At work and at home. Do what you think He would want from you. And be thankful you have the chance to do so.
  3. Pray. Not just when you need something, but everyday. Write it on your daily “to-do” list.
  4. Read the Bible. It might be easier to set the goal of reading Luke. This will take about 30 days. Jesus speaks to us through the Gospel of Luke and has some wonderfully inspiring things to say.
  5. Practice (repeatedly) doing your part and putting the rest in God’s hands. Every time you start to doubt your future or begin to worry repeat to yourself “I leave it in Your hands God. I thank you for all.”
  6. Forgive those who have sinned against you. Luke 17:4 “If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” It is not necessary to forget or to even feel good before forgiving. But forgive anyway.
  7. Forgive yourself if you mess up. Remember that tomorrow is a new day to try again. God is very forgiving. He will only not forgive those who do not want to be forgiven.
  8. Smile. Be happy with and take care of what God has given you and He will grant you more.
  9. Hang out with other Christians. Go to the movies, have a BBQ or listen to some Christian music. You do not always have to be talking about God, but where two or three are gathered in His name…
  10. Help out non-Christians. Not to “convert” them, for no other reason then just to help them.
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Why Every Coach Should Write a Book

This is actually going to be a shorter resource than most, but the purpose of this resource is still very important.

Why should every coach write a book?

If you have faced a challenge and come out the other side, you are a model to others of how to accomplish what you did.

Whatever your struggle or challenge was, how did you move over it, through it, past it and into the great place you are now?

If you are not in a great place right now then you need to take the Become a Certified Coach program more than anyone else. Why? You need to know how to change lives- yours included.

But I digress. :)

Back to the topic at hand- authoring.

This includes books, ebooks, DVDs, audio and more. There are many, many avenues at your disposal to get your word out about how great and amazing life can be. Luckily as a student with us we will cover them. (In easy to understand language and steps.)

The only thing that really separates people is our mindsets. So let people into yours. (I mean this in a non-creepy way ;)

Mindset determines habits.

Habits determain actions.

Actions determain outcomes.

Outcomes determain your life.

(As we all know.)

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Recommended Reading: Change Your Life Knowledge

A must read: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

A must read: The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

A must read: The Gospels by Jesus (and Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)

A must read: Never Be Sick Again: Health Is a Choice, Learn How to Choose It by Raymond Francis (Author), Kester Cotton (Contributor)

A must read: Your Natural Diet: Alive Raw Foods by T. C. Fry, David Klein

A great read: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L Hay

A great read: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield