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Hi, 👋 I’m Clay,

writer of the Coach’s Notes. I’m a long time learning and development specialist: leadership, self-development, self-management, and emotional intelligence are my passions. Best self; Best team is how I serve.

I host the Wisdom Experience Radio Show and Podcast and share my stream of consciousness thoughts on the soulcruzer diaries.

Most recently at:

Fitness Worx, Southam, United Kingdom

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How does fear shape your limits?

Fear shapes our limits I’ve read somewhere that we are born with only two fears…the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. All other fears are learned. And what that means to me is, if you can learn a fear, you can unlearn a fear as well. I think the first step in that is to uncover your fears. In what ways does fear show up in your life? What is fear? I like the acronym version: FEAR…False Evidence Appearing Real… Don’t get me wrong, fear is a useful device. It’s part of our survival mechanism where we

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Just a thought about imperfection

Today is one of those days where my mood is as grey as the sky outside. Watching the rainfall, my mind drifts from thought to thought without rhyme or reason. I settle on the thought of imperfection and how much time we spend trying to correct our imperfection. Personally, I’m inclined to go with the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi which is concept that: motions us to constantly search for the beauty in imperfection and accept the more natural cycle of life. It reminds us that all things including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect. Perfection, then, is

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The only thing people like more…

The one thing people love more than a hero is to see a hero fail! The Green Goblin I couldn’t pass on sharing this story because I see it play itself out in the workplace so often. You can do 99 things right and no one will say a word. But the one time you do something wrong, people will surely let you know. One day Albert Einstein wrote on the blackboard: 9 x 1 = 9, 9 x 2 = 18, 9 x 3 = 27, 9 x 4 = 36, 9 x 5 = 45 9 x 6

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Do you have a plan B?

I like the idea of having no plan B.  I often tell the story of Gen. Grant and the siege of Vicksburg. Vicksburg was a strategic city on the Mississippi River during the Civil War. He who commanded Vicksburg commanded the Mississippi River and the supplies traveling up and down it. All of the Union generals before Grant had failed to take Vicksburg. The Grant came along. He was known for doing things differently. He didn’t play according to the standard war-fighting playbook.  Warfighting at the time was heavily dependent on having clear lines of supply. Your army lived or

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Are you a certainty junkie?

How do you tell the difference between the voice of reason and the voice of excuse? So you know how when you have this big dream that you want to accomplish. In your heart, you want it so bad. You want it so bad you can taste it. But your head has other ideas. In your head, you start hearing what you think is the voice of reason telling you all of the reasons why now is not the time to pursue this dream. You know the reasons, classics like: But what if I do this and it goes horribly

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What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

The Coach’s Notes #33 Do you know, even with a map, you can still get lost.  Even after 20 years in the game, I still have moments of doubt and feel the cold hand of despair squeezing my heart. Fortunately, I’m prepared for these moments. You see, I hold this mindset, this belief, this confidence that I know what to do when I don’t know what to do. I love the concept: of knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. And it all stems from having a compelling vision, something that inspires me, that motivates me,

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Considering quitting your job? You’re not alone!

An incredible 40% of workers globally are considering quitting their job this year. If you are one of them, here are some questions to ask yourself before making a move. Listen, if you’re in career transition mode or just about to shift into that space and need help sorting through the fog of uncertainty, schedule a free coaching session with me. I can help you gain clarity about your next move.

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Do you think you could go 3 days without telling a lie of any kind?

It’s interesting how intricate lying is to our everyday life. Of course, we tend to gloss over the lies by calling them white-lies or quibbles (not telling the whole truth), or lies omission; plus there are the polite lies we tell to spare someone’s feelings, or to keep the peace, or to not track the boat and be a team player. In all honesty, how many lies, of any kind, have you told so far today? (Think: “how are you doing today? Oh, I’m fine…kind of white lies). As a consultant, I see it in companies when I’m working with

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Goal Setting in Perspective

I’ve heard it said before that a goal without a deadline is just a dream. Now Tiago Forte has added a new perspective for me. “A project without a goal is a hobby; a goal without a project is a dream.” Tiago Forte

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The Social Clock Is Ticking? Are You On Track?

[LISTEN] The Coach’s Notes podcast is back! As before, I’ll be sharing with you things that I am curious about, or that I’ve been working through in terms of my personal development journey. I’ll also be interviewing other coaches and personal development experts to get their views on what’s trending in coaching and development. The sociologist Bernice Neugarten pointed out that members of society hold expectations of what people should have accomplished by certain points in their lives and if you meet these checkpoints, then you are considered to be living a successful life – you’ve “made good”. Sociologists call

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On Expectations

Transcript Gretchen Rubin is probably most famous for the Happiness Project, which is a book she wrote a while ago. The book that she’s been pimping around of late, which I heard on a podcast that she was a guest on, was talking about the four tendencies. Now I am all into psychometrics and personality tests. I always like to give these a shot because it gives you another piece of the puzzle of YOU. As I was listening to the podcast, I thought, okay, these four tendencies sound interesting. Essentially, the four tendencies cover a framework that describes how

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Is LQ (learnability quotient), the new cornerstone of career success?

Learnability quotient (LQ) is a term I stumbled upon this week Learnability is being cited as a key skill to have in 2022 and beyond. The accelerated pace of change in the modern world of work continues to render certain skills and knowledge obsolete. This is forcing many in the workforce to have to acquire new skills and knowledge in order to stay relevant. As Chris Gray points out: As technological innovation accelerates the pace of change, there is growing awareness that individuals who seek learning opportunities will be better positioned for career growth. Today, professional success is determined both

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hard reset

I’ve gone and blown up my website, which is something I am often prone to do from time to time. I wanted to reclaim the claylowe.com domain for my training and development work. I’m also not one for waiting to have the site fully developed before making it public, so this will very much be a living work in progress and will evolve over time. For now, I’ll lead with the blog. If you’re looking for my professional info, you can check out my LinkedIn profile. If you’re after more personal stuff, check out my soulcruzer.com blog or my latest

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