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More than anything, Steve Borek gave me a soundboard to speak out loud some of the things that were rattling around in my head. I was on a treadmill without a clear direction. You’re probing, inquisitive, and non-judgmental questions helped me to clarify and explore various avenues and tackle key issues.
In the end, I came away with a plan of action that gave me something concrete to work on. I feel better that I’m more productive and working towards a more clearly defined goal.… Read more
Coaching was not what I thought it would be. Steve has a way of getting me focused on what’s important. I drove the agenda of where I wanted to go. The weekly coaching calls has honed my leadership skills and job performance.
I would recommend Steve Borek to anyone as an Business/Executive Coach. I have been nominated, I have won awards and I’ve been acknowledged for my contribution and work in theatre and art. There is no reason to hide it. Steve Borek led me to this understanding and it has freed me up.
Steve is someone I greatly admire as a coach and respect for his desire to understand beyond the surface information. He takes personal accountability for his client’s success and is 100% committed to using all available resources to support his client.
Our coaching calls gives me one hour a week to hit the pause button and focus on what’s really important. Things have taken off for me and my company. Steve, you rock!
This coaching was most helpful. The sessions helped me greatly in clarifying goals and learning more about the direction that would be best for me to head in. The coaching experience was terrific.
Mr. Borek was a great coach. Never directing, but being supportive in my desired efforts and outcomes. He made himself available to me if ever needed and that was very much appreciated. I would refer him to others without hesitation. Thank you so much!!!!
Working with Steve on “Now What” was a fresh approach to tackling that burning question, “what is next for me?” The twelve week process was exceptional and intentional. It took me from a place of feeling like I was grabbing at anything I could get a hold of to a place of standing from above looking at my options and intentionally picking and/or going for what I want based on what my passions are. Since I have completed this process I feel free and focused and see the results of this proc… Read more
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have been able to work with you through the Now What program. At the end of the process I am a much different person than I was going in! I now have a much clearer vision and more positive outlook for my future. I am very excited to experience the person I get to be as my career moves forward thanks to your expert guidance!
Steve has help me be committed to get better. In the time that we’ve spent together, it’s given me an internal tool set to help the other person I’m talking to. Steve gets Gen Y’rs. We care about larger goals that help others. We want to change the world for the better, not just to have better things. I want to create an impossible future by shaking industries, communities, cultures, and the world. Steve helps me to believe I can create an impossible future.
Steve is one of the most energetic professionals I have had the pleasure to work with during his time as a Director with the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce. He continually thinks outside the box, consistently presenting innovative ideas and thoughts. One of Steve’s finest attributes, in my opinion, is his incredible gift for public speaking. He is remarkably engaging, as well as fun to watch and hear! Paired with that is a sincere desire to listen and learn from and about his peers.
I have had the pleasure of working with Steve in a coaching relationship. Throughout my career I have a variety of great mentors and superiors who have given me wonderful advice and guidance but working with Steve was an incredible experience that will stay with me for a long time.
Everyday in business we face problems, look to set goals and look to improve both ourselves and our working environment. All to often that day-to-day becomes very repetitive and mundane and we lose an edge that keep… Read more
Steve was an excellent coach. His attitude was laid back, honestly interested in my success, and held me accountable every step of the way. His counsel helped me follow through on a paradigm change fostering personal growth & direction. As an individual with many options and talents, it can be hard to pursue a path that leads to genuine satisfaction within a career. Unhappy with where my choices had led me, Steve challenged me to not view my education & employment history as restrictions, but to… Read more
Steve was an amazing resource who helped me to focus and make major changes in my life in the “Now What – 90 Days To A New Life Direction” program. After focusing more on my unrecognized strengths, I created a business plan and made an intercontinental move. I was able to keep my fears under control and Steve helped me stay accountable to my goals.
Having a coach to help and encourage me with my plan was an investment that made all the difference and I realized things about myself that are inv… Read more
Steve is an authentic energetic coach. We met as coaching students several years ago and have continued our professional relationship as coaching colleagues. I have coached Steve and been coached by him. I have been a guest speaker in his Coaching SIG (Special Interest Group) & played substitute host for him on one occasion. No matter the interaction, Steve shows up 100% whether as a friend, coach, leader, etc. His warmth and humor are always a plus but especially when one is navigating challeng… Read more
At the beginning of each session Steve Borek first established what my goals were for the conversation. During the course of our conversation he would make me come to the realization of how I could attain the goal that I was seeking. Although I would often beg him for his opinion or ask him to give me an answer, he managed to lead me to find the answers which fit my personality and situation which helped build my confidence. At the end of the conversation, Steve would then ask me what I could ac… Read more
The assessment proved to be a valuable tool in helping me understand my behaviors, values, talents, and acumen. Steve Borek leveraged the results of my TriMetrix HD report to fast track the goals of my business. The ROI for the assessment alone was one month. My coaching sessions with Steve are getting me focused on taking my business to the next level.
It’s comforting to have Steve in my corner, he’s always listening to pick me up, set me straight to achieve the desired outcome. Steve’s unique perspective helps me achieve the unthinkable.
My title can be “Seeing the big picture.”
I hired Steve to mentor me as I pursued my ACC certification through the ICF. Steve is a gifted coach and brings his considerable talents to his mentor coaching. As a mentor coach, he provided me with a framework to review the ICF competences in a way that was safe, educational, and inviting. I would highly recommend Steve to anyone who needs a coach.
I recently worked with Steve on an area important to my long-term growth and development and found him to be professional, focused and very adept at effectively helping me devise my own strategy. Needless to say, I had a successful outcome and would recommend him without reservation to any other small business looking for a coach and mentor.
I worked with Steve and his focus and goal system, mPwr10. Being a Type A sales rep, I was looking to get a daily focus and crush my goals. I’ve purchased other systems that were four times the price yet fell short. Steve’s mPwr10 system delivers. Eighteen months later, Steve’s system has me on track and it takes only 10 minutes a day. Steve’s knowledge and ability to unleash my dormant potential and reveal what was holding me back shined through. Inside the first two months, it was evident that… Read more
Just wanted to share my good news with you.
I recently passed all four of my CPA exams. So now I’m in Louisiana with my boyfriend working at a small CPA firm until I’ve gotten a year of experience and can get my license. Good Steps in the right direction.
Thanks for your help, I wanted to pass on good news!
Steve Borek’s approach gave me an immediate and accurate assessment of the things that blocked my way, and helped shine light on positive and productive steps to take me where I wanted to be. Thanks Steve.
When I initially contacted Steve Borek, I was having trouble relating to my Gen Y coworkers. Steve helped me look at my leadership style, develop an action plan and stick to benchmarks I set for myself. I went from feeling like Eore in Winnie the Pooh to being more dynamic and authentic in my workplace.
I grew my business 600% within one year! Steve helped me to figure out for myself what needed to be done to get my business rolling. He helped me to think about my victories in the week to continue into the next week. I looked forward to my weekly coaching call. Highly recommended!! Thanks Steve.
Tip of the Day
“The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.” ~ Julia Cameron >>> As their coach, I get my client to love their authentic self.
I wasn’t poor back then, I just didn’t have any money. Mary Carillo’s commencement address, to the Elon graduating class of 2014. >>> It’s all a matter of perspective.
A coach is the mirror to your blind spots.
If it looks good, you’ll see it. If it sounds good, you’ll hear it. If it’s marketed right, you’ll buy it. But… If it’s real… you’ll feel it. ~ Kid Rock >>>
I’ve never sold a single coaching engagement. The prospective client enthusiastically enrolls because I’m real and they feel it.
Sometimes a change will do you good.
Meditation relaxes the mind. Until a few years ago I wasn’t a fan. Jerry Seinfeld practices Transcendental Meditation twice a day. He says it’s like your phone charger. TM gives him energy.
“Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.” ~ Joyce Meyer >>> Take ownership, take action, and make it happen.
Great leaders inspire a shared vision.
“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful…“ Billie Mobayed
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill >>> Keep going.
“We all are manufacturers in a way – making good, making trouble or making excuses.” ~ H. V. Adolt >>> What kind of a manufacturer are you?
Why not you? Huh?
You were going to make a change last month, last year, etc. though you put it off. How’s that working?
Be real. There’s a reason Brad Pitt gets huge bank to be someone else. It’s hard to do. Just be yourself.
“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.” ~ Albert Einstein >>> Be more childlike; in a state of curiosity.
Cause I need to move, I need to wake up… I need to change, I need to shake up. ~ Melissa Etheridge > >>When clients hire me, things start to change. Their energy is different. That’s what it’s about. Changing your energy.
Usually, I don’t have the I Dream of Jeannie solution. Meaning, in one or two calls you’re totally transformed. Not usually the case. Change takes time.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller >>> Feelings is where it’s at.
Your intuition and your intellect should be working together… making love. That’s how it works best. ~ Madeleine L’Engle >>> When was the last time your intuition and intellect had a loving moment?
Complacency is death.
The wider the gap between who you are and who you want to truly become, the more unhappy you’ll be.
You can’t help everyone, but you can help someone.
You can never be ready. There’s way too much information to know.
A river never pushes. It flows in a natural direction. Effortlessly. Where are you pushing? What needs to happen for you to flow?
The brain is neuroplastic and has the ability to change. Coaching really helps in this regard.
If you’re dissatisfied with your current life, ask yourself what your current life is a metaphor for. ~ Steven Pressfield >>> Well?
I admire a person who’s willing to do whatever’s necessary. ~Jack Sparrow >>> Are you willing?
“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.” ~ Ernest Hemingway >>> Early on, this quote helped me feel more confident about my blog writing.
71% of the workforce are disengaged with their jobs. I partner with these people to find a job, career, or transition to a new business that pays the light bill and lights them up.
To be a real entrepreneur you always have to be looking forward. The moment you rest on your laurels is the moment your competition overtakes you. ~ Richard Branson >>> Most biz owners do enough to stay afloat.
Be intentional about who you want to become.
Life is to be lived. ~ Katharine Hepburn >>> Are you living or simply surviving?
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” ~George Bernard Shaw
I love working with entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, etc. because they’re full of life, cooking a half dozen meals at one time.
Are you the orchestra leader of your own life or are you allowing society and its institutions to dictate you how to live? Are you playing by someone else’s rules or creating your own? ~ Steve Siebold, Author, FAT LOSER! Mental Toughness Book for Dieters
What’s the story you’re telling yourself? Are you describing your past or present or feeding yourself a script that will change your future?
Believe it then you’ll see it.
People don’t resist change. They resist being changed. ~ Peter Senge >>> People also resist the work required to change.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ~ Paulo Coelho >>> What you want is on the other side of the fear wall.
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. ~Steve Jobs >>> Consistent action is the key.
What’s your endgame?
Change is one step away if you’re willing.
If it’s important enough, you’ll find a way. If it’s unimportant you’ll come down with excusitis: all the reasons why you can’t do it.
Stop shoulding all over yourself.
You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him. ~ Lou Holtz Translation? Let it go. You’ll feel lighter a lot quicker.
What’s your life been about? Personally? Professionally?
Take a look at how you run your business, your life. What are you modeling for your kids? My Ahha moment during an interview with a client.
“Loosen up; you’re not going to convince them anyway. Speeches aren’t about turning archenemies into cheering supporters. Presentations are mainly opportunities to reassure those who already agree with you that you’re a horse worth betting on” ~Tom Peters
“Too often, we put up with mediocrity, telling ourselves that later in life we’ll do what we want.” ~ Daniel >>> Most people land on the island of mediocrity. Ho hum.
To change your results, you must change how your world is wired. What are you doing to improve your wiring?
Would you like a different outcome? Let’s board a new train with fresh useful baggage.
What’s the story you’re telling yourself? Don’t like your results? Change your story.
Whatever makes you weird, is probably your greatest asset. ~ ~Joss Whedon >>> What’s your weirdness? 🙂
Leaders are always being watched.
I coach 98% of clients by phone and/or Skype in a half dozen countries. What’s your endgame?
In Paul Johnson’s biography of Winston Churchill, he describes an early encounter with the Prime Minster at the age of 17 in 1946. Paul asked him what he attributed to his success. “Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. Never sit down when you can lie down.” The Prime Minister then hopped into his limo.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” ~ William Blake
When you immerse yourself in the things you love, and I mean actually love, something happens. You begin to get excited and inspired. ~ Tom Wittlin >>> Focus on clients, projects, etc. that get you jazzed!
What’s the cost of not starting today?
Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher >>> Consistently doing just one would be an achievement for many.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. ~ Samuel Johnson >>> What new habits are a permanent part of you?
Sometimes you’ve got to just get out of your own way.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. What signs are you ignoring that can potentially cook your business like a charred hot dog? p.s. I put mustard on my hot dog. Ketchup? Sacrilegious. ;-p
Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. ~ Steven Pressfield >>> Like the time I danced the runway in front of hundreds of strangers to raise money for charity. Scary! But I did it!
Average is over. Be memorable to those you serve.
What if your customer could look inside your business. What would they see?
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!” ~ Hunter S. Thompson
Waiting for everything to be perfect is paralysis through analysis.
“Magic happens when you tell the Universe what you want it to do for you. Miracles happen when you ask how you can be of service to the Universe.” ~ Marianne Williamson >>> Too woo woo for you? I once thought the same. No longer. Try a sip of the Woo Woo Kool-Aid. No need to gulp.
Spinning wheels or traction? My clients live in the latter.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. ~ Margaret Mead >>> Show the world who you are.
Leaders are learners.
You get to choose.
Keep on keepin on. You’re almost there.
“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.” ~ Alan Alda >>> When’s the last time you cleaned your windows?
OK, keep thinking about it. At some point, you or your idea will become irrelevant.
“The only way around is through.” ~ Robert Frost >>> Does it feel scary? Great. Watch what happens when you get to the other side of fear.
No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important ~ Mary Kay Ash >>> Ahem. Stop looking at your electronic device.
A coach helps you to get where you want to go, faster. The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. ~Confucius >>> Actions speak louder than words. Easier said than done.
Being authentic requires courage. Been there. I have the T-shirt.
What’s holding you back?
The hardest part is taking the first step. Then taking another and another. Each successive step is easier than the previous one.
“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be your only sustainable competitive advantage.” ~ Arie de Geus >>> The competition isn’t standing still. What are you learning?
In what way are you different from one year ago?
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” ~ Coco Chanel >>> Average is over. Set yourself apart so people notice. Otherwise you’ll blend with the masses in the land of mediocrity.
Nothing gets me more pumped than giving oxygen to my client’s dormant potential.
One small crack does not mean that you are broken….it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart. ~ Linda Poindexter >>> Just keep moving.
Creating sustainable change in your business requires sustainable behavioral change. A qualified coach can help you with both.
Celebrate every W.
Accept where you are at this moment. Don’t make it better nor worse. Just be honest with yourself.
Desperation can cloud your thinking process. A coach can see what you can’t or aren’t willing to see.
Saying things will eventually get better is a hope strategy. How’s that workin for ya?
As I pulled into the environs of Asheville, I saw a homeless person standing on a corner, holding his proverbial cardboard sign. It read, I’m dreaming of a cheeseburger. I’ve never seen a more innovative message from a floater. This man has dormant potential. Anyone that creative has the ability to turn things around. I hope he does.
You lost the deal, client, job, etc. Feeling bummed about it? Don’t waddle in the muddle too long. Otherwise, you risk not seeing the next opportunity.
Is your glass half empty or half full? Whatever your answer, put it all in a bigger glass! 🙂
“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be your only sustainable competitive advantage.” ~ Arie de Geus >>> The competition isn’t standing still. What are you learning?
Success is inevitable when the plan aligns with your who.
Your days are numbered. This is not a dress rehearsal.