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My Life as a Garden Hose

I coach so many people who complain about being “pulled in a thousand different directions”, people whose own goals have consistently been put on the back burner as they run around serving everyone else, saying yes to everything EXCEPT what they really wanted to say yes to. Men and women whose careers and businesses are not where they should be, even though they are “doing all they can do”. People whose children, marriages, health, and friendships suffer because they are spread so thin. I coach them well because I am not only their coach, I am also a member of their club.

You see, my own life was once without direction, focus, and true impact. I was pulled in a million directions, spread so thin I was nearly transparent. Even if I did take the time to carefully plan my day, “things” would happen that would consume my time, leaving my own plans unfulfilled. Pretty soon, I stopped planning all together. I felt that it was a “futile” activity. “Why plan at all?” I would think. I mean, I “knew” that one of the kids would need to go to the doctor, or my husband would forget his keys, or my Grandad would call with a problem with his prescriptions, or another family member or friend would need “a shoulder” for whatever was going on with them. I was a victim of my own days… my own circumstances. Things that simply would not change… Or so I thought.

garden hoseWhen my life was in this chaos, I was living my life not as a person, but as a garden hose. Rather than living as if I had been created with a biological computer capable of creating the results I desired (which I was), I was living as a garden hose with the nozzle turned to mist. I literally “sprayed” my thoughts, my actions, and my effort everywhere, but with little or no power or direction behind any of them. Life flowed out of me, but in an aimless, pitiful “drizzle”. I gave a little of myself to everything and all of myself to nothing, doing so much that I did nothing well.

My essential problem is that I was living as a “victim” of circumstance. I took no true ownership of my days, my plans or my life. Sure, I said that I was committed to this, that and the other. But when it came down to it, I wasn’t. If I had truly been committed, I would have insured that my day was structured and protected in a way that guaranteed the success of my commitment. We say that we want to spend more time with our kids, but instead, we take on another project at work or agree to one more business trip a month or take a promotion that requires even more time away from home. We may say that we are committed to our business success, but we keep “forgetting” to follow up with our clients or can’t find the time to make sales calls. We say that we are committed to our health, but never seem to make it to the gym. We “commit” to going to church, but oversleep every Sunday.

The truth is this: true commitment to succeed in any area of your life is evidenced by a structure to guarantee your success. If you are committed to losing weight, you create a structure that supports and ensures the success of your commitment. You don’t buy junk food, sugared drinks, and other “diet killers”. If you are not doing these things, you are not truly committed to losing weight. The truth is, your not lacking “will power”… you are lacking commitment.

Let’s think about our time for a moment. How many times have you blamed your “rushed” lifestyle on your inability to say NO? Yet, don’t you, like me, find yourself saying NO all the time? No, sweetie I can’t take off of work to go on your fieldtrip. No, honey I can’t meet you for lunch. No, I can’t meet you at the gym to work out. No, no, no. Ironically, the things we say NO to most often are the things we SAY are the most important to us.

So, let’s be real for just a moment, because that is the only way we can turn our “misting” garden hose pattern into a forceful “stream”. The fact is, our ACTIONS (our schedules) will tell us what we are truly committed to, if we will take an honest look. If you are living as a victim of your circumstances, you are still commiting, you just choose to commit by default. You have committed to allow the rest of the world to dictate your schedule. Your day is open to other people’s needs, wants, and pressures. Your schedule is guided by your emotions and your circumstances. As long as you view yourself as a “victim” of your circumstances, you will not experience victory over them. Fortunately, there is another way. I call my little “system” KAD.

KNOW YOUR GOALS AND PRIORITIES. What are you truly committed to? What are you sacrificially committed to? What are your top five priorities in life? Write them down and look at them. If you say YES to these things, people, or goals, it will require you to say NO to other “stuff”. Are you willing to do that? If not, scratch that item off of your list of top priorities. You only want to write down the commitments that you are truly willing to pursue.

ACTION PLAN. Create an action plan to meet your goals and keep your commitments. This simple (and FUN) step takes you out of “wishing” mode (I wish I could…) which is a futile indulgence and puts you into planning mode, which is the skeleton for CHANGE. A goal without a plan is just a wish!

So, what do you need to DO? What action steps do you need to take to make that goal a reality? If you were fully committed to the goal, what would that look like for you? What will you DO? What will you say NO to? This step involves creating a framework for your success. If you need accountability, get some. If you need more time to work, create it. If you need to get to the gym, schedule it (and have someone meet you there.) If you need more time at home, do what it takes to create that “free” time. When you are “planning” your days, look at your current time and energy commitments.

Ask if each activity will get you closer to one of your core goals. If it will, schedule it in. Commit to it. If it will not, it is a “time vampire” and must be slain. So, scratch it off your list of “to dos”, apologize if necessary and move on. This is your path to success.

DO THE THING. Once you create your list of goals and an action plan to meet those goals, all that is left is to “Do the Thing.” That’s it. See, true commitment will always result in ACTION. The best laid plans are useless without action. So, keep that list of goals and priorities. Look at it often. Recommit to it daily. Walk it out in ACTION every day. DO the thing.

This may seem “oversimplified”, but the best things in life usually are. If your life is NOT being lived according to your own goals, values and priorities, don’t stay stuck in guilt, frustration and disappointment. Make a change instead.

You see, if you want to use your garden hose to move a pile of dirt off of your sidewalk, you can put it on “STREAM” and push that obstacle right out of your way. But, if you put the nozzle on “MIST”, you will just weigh down the dirt making it harder to move later. Follow my KAD system and life the life you were meant to live!!


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In a world where there are so many people who are all about hype, all about “making the sale” and all about themselves, it’s extremely refreshing to work with someone who is exactly the opposite… and then some. Michelle worked with me at a very critical time in my business and masterfully led me down View Full →

- Darshan G. Shanti – The 24 Hour Champion  www.the24hourchampion.com

2014-05-01T00:19:16+00:00

- Darshan G. Shanti – The 24 Hour Champion  www.the24hourchampion.com

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In a world where there are so many people who are all about hype, all about “making the sale” and all about themselves, it’s extremely refreshing to work with someone who is exactly the opposite… and then some. Michelle worked with me at a very critical time in my business and masterfully led me down View Full →

Susan Brown

Before I met Michelle I was struggling with two major things that would make or break my business – believing in my value and how to powerfully speak to the needs of my target market. I cannot say enough about how Michelle transformed my mindset and my business. She over-delivered exceeding my expectations and I View Full →

-Susan Brown President, Impact Coaching LLC

2014-05-01T00:20:24+00:00

-Susan Brown President, Impact Coaching LLC

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Before I met Michelle I was struggling with two major things that would make or break my business – believing in my value and how to powerfully speak to the needs of my target market. I cannot say enough about how Michelle transformed my mindset and my business. She over-delivered exceeding my expectations and I View Full →

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Michelle, the retreat was absolutely perfect. Well done! I so appreciated: Your direct style. Your intense desire to support and help. Your keen eye. Your very creative mind. Your ability to name issues / challenges, be to the point, and offer simple solutions. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with you.

- Fondly – Lorin Beller Blake www.bigfishnation.com

2014-05-01T00:21:16+00:00

- Fondly – Lorin Beller Blake www.bigfishnation.com

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Michelle, the retreat was absolutely perfect. Well done! I so appreciated: Your direct style. Your intense desire to support and help. Your keen eye. Your very creative mind. Your ability to name issues / challenges, be to the point, and offer simple solutions. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with you.

Lisa Smith, MHt, CC

Hi Michelle. I wanted to take a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to thank you for your help in building my business success. As part of your first group coaching and MasterMind retreat and 6 months of ongoing coaching, I have received great support and ideas–not only from you, but from the other View Full →

Lisa Smith, MHt, CC LIfe by Design, LLC Coaching and Hypnotherapy www.hypnocoachlisa.com

2014-05-01T00:22:37+00:00

Lisa Smith, MHt, CC LIfe by Design, LLC Coaching and Hypnotherapy www.hypnocoachlisa.com

Hi Michelle. I wanted to take a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to thank you for your help in building my business success. As part of your first group coaching and MasterMind retreat and 6 months of ongoing coaching, I have received great support and ideas–not only from you, but from the other View Full →

Laurie Baggett

Since coaching with Michelle, my entire professional career and life has been completely transformed, Michelle’s out-of-the-box-thinking and provocative questions made me really evaluate who I was as a woman, wife, mother, friend and professional. I have become re- aquatinted with my-self, and my dreams, and unlocked the “present” of living today. My income has tripled, View Full →

- Laurie Baggett, Professional Consultant for Businesses, Chesapeake, VA., USA  lrbaggett@mac.com

2014-05-01T00:23:07+00:00

- Laurie Baggett, Professional Consultant for Businesses, Chesapeake, VA., USA  lrbaggett@mac.com

Since coaching with Michelle, my entire professional career and life has been completely transformed, Michelle’s out-of-the-box-thinking and provocative questions made me really evaluate who I was as a woman, wife, mother, friend and professional. I have become re- aquatinted with my-self, and my dreams, and unlocked the “present” of living today. My income has tripled, View Full →

Beth Barnes

In 2008, my husband and I DOUBLED our income following Michelle’s super -simple guidance and out of the box suggestions. I joined the WOW! Factor Mastermind to at least DOUBLE again in 2009. This was my first time joining a “mastermind group” of any kind. I was both excited and nervous. But, the experience of View Full →

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- Beth Barnes,   www.jbsrattles.com

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In 2008, my husband and I DOUBLED our income following Michelle’s super -simple guidance and out of the box suggestions. I joined the WOW! Factor Mastermind to at least DOUBLE again in 2009. This was my first time joining a “mastermind group” of any kind. I was both excited and nervous. But, the experience of View Full →

Jessica Riehl

Life is good. I am endebted to you forever and I am so excited about all of these developments in my business I can hardly stand it! Thank you so much… where would I be without your support and guidance?

- Jessica Riehl,  “Riehl Stories” Photographer, featured on Good Morning America, www.jessicariehl.com

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- Jessica Riehl,  “Riehl Stories” Photographer, featured on Good Morning America, www.jessicariehl.com

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Life is good. I am endebted to you forever and I am so excited about all of these developments in my business I can hardly stand it! Thank you so much… where would I be without your support and guidance?

Steve Chandler

Michelle lights up the room with her energy, but she does something even more important: she directs your focus to results, performance and taking full, joyful responsibility for their success in business.

- Steve Chandler, author of 9 Lies Holding Your Business Back

2014-05-01T00:25:30+00:00

- Steve Chandler, author of 9 Lies Holding Your Business Back

Michelle lights up the room with her energy, but she does something even more important: she directs your focus to results, performance and taking full, joyful responsibility for their success in business.

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Michelle has given us the much needed boost our team needed. She brought a fresh perspective that invigorated us and propelled us to profitable action. Not only is she exceptional at what she does, her practical insights are immediately applicable and her absolute commitment to our success is invaluable. Using her always unconventional – yet View Full →

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- Lea & Rolfe Carawan    , www.carawanglobal.com

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Michelle has given us the much needed boost our team needed. She brought a fresh perspective that invigorated us and propelled us to profitable action. Not only is she exceptional at what she does, her practical insights are immediately applicable and her absolute commitment to our success is invaluable. Using her always unconventional – yet View Full →

Melanie McGhee

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-Melanie McGhee, LCSW  www.peacefruit.com

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“One of the many benefits I’ve received from working with you is aligning and re-aligning with authenticity in marketing. No hype, no BS? Neither work for me. Yet, that was all I could find as I struggled with learning about this end of business in this tech age. Suffice to say, I’m thrilled to be View Full →

Tara Brengel

Michelle Pippin was a breath of fresh air for my business. Her emphasis on RESULTS rather than EXCUSES turned my thinking, and that of my employees, around dramatically. If you are looking to create UNREASONABLE results, bring Michelle on board.

- Tara Brengel, CONTOURS EXPRESS, multiple locations in NC; USA

2014-05-01T00:26:56+00:00

- Tara Brengel, CONTOURS EXPRESS, multiple locations in NC; USA

Michelle Pippin was a breath of fresh air for my business. Her emphasis on RESULTS rather than EXCUSES turned my thinking, and that of my employees, around dramatically. If you are looking to create UNREASONABLE results, bring Michelle on board.

Tory Johnson

“Michelle Pippin is my favorite business coach. She’s great at two very specific things: Michelle can help anyone develop the ATTITUDE that’s necessary for success…and then she swoops in to target the ACTION steps that are essential for achieving whatever you dream for yourself.”

– Tory Johnson, Workplace Correspondent for Good Morning America, Founder of Women For Hire, and Best Selling Author of Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash – Without the Commute.

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– Tory Johnson, Workplace Correspondent for Good Morning America, Founder of Women For Hire, and Best Selling Author of Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash – Without the Commute.

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“Michelle Pippin is my favorite business coach. She’s great at two very specific things: Michelle can help anyone develop the ATTITUDE that’s necessary for success…and then she swoops in to target the ACTION steps that are essential for achieving whatever you dream for yourself.”

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Michelle’s WOW! Factor Retreat (held in the OBX) was the best investment I’ve ever made for my business. I would have gladly spent 5 times what it cost – it was that valuable to me! Michelle’s enthusiasm and bold thinking helped me to embrace an even bigger vision than I ever thought possible, and we View Full →

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- Alyssa, www.vintagebodyspa.com - “Indulge Your Body.”

Michelle’s WOW! Factor Retreat (held in the OBX) was the best investment I’ve ever made for my business. I would have gladly spent 5 times what it cost – it was that valuable to me! Michelle’s enthusiasm and bold thinking helped me to embrace an even bigger vision than I ever thought possible, and we View Full →

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Michelle Pippin is shear genius. Her brain is crazy good and she can find money for your business where you didn’t even think to look:)) With just one suggestion she made, I’ve been able to triple my income.

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2014-05-01T00:08:49+00:00

- Amy Volk, www.amyvolk.com

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Michelle Pippin is shear genius. Her brain is crazy good and she can find money for your business where you didn’t even think to look:)) With just one suggestion she made, I’ve been able to triple my income.

Dina Beimler

Motivating, engaging, and clear. Michelle exceeded our expectations and I would recommend her to any organization needing a truly inspirational, results-driven speaker.

Dina Beimler, Human Resource Leader, NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

2014-06-07T01:24:18+00:00

Dina Beimler, Human Resource Leader, NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Motivating, engaging, and clear. Michelle exceeded our expectations and I would recommend her to any organization needing a truly inspirational, results-driven speaker.

Ana Marie Marin

Thanks to Michelle’s business strategies, my business has double the revenue from last year so far. Michelle is the kind of person that takes the time to know who you are and what your business is all about. I consider this is one of the reasons why she is such an effective business coach. She View Full →

- Ana Marie Marin, www.a-zssolutions.com

2014-05-01T00:12:40+00:00

- Ana Marie Marin, www.a-zssolutions.com

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Thanks to Michelle’s business strategies, my business has double the revenue from last year so far. Michelle is the kind of person that takes the time to know who you are and what your business is all about. I consider this is one of the reasons why she is such an effective business coach. She View Full →

Lisa Claudia Briggs

After working with with my share of the high-profile online marketing coaches with disappointing results,I wanted and needed something really different.Quick story- I had a very bad month last Fall. The bottom dropped out very suddenly. I emailed Michelle who was available immediately to help me look at options that would create income faster than View Full →

- Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW, LICSW Mentor and Psychotherapist, Founder IntuitiveBody.com and WorkingInBeauty.com

2014-05-01T00:14:18+00:00

- Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW, LICSW Mentor and Psychotherapist, Founder IntuitiveBody.com and WorkingInBeauty.com

After working with with my share of the high-profile online marketing coaches with disappointing results,I wanted and needed something really different.Quick story- I had a very bad month last Fall. The bottom dropped out very suddenly. I emailed Michelle who was available immediately to help me look at options that would create income faster than View Full →

Gretchen Gunn

Michelle is an exceptional business coach and mentor for entrepreneurs leading organizations both big and small. Working with Michelle has been an enriching and above all else, an enjoyable experience. Michelle doesn’t waste my time dancing around areas that need improvement in my business, specifically when it comes to writing business proposals, Requests for Information, View Full →

- Gretchen Gunn

2014-05-01T00:15:03+00:00

- Gretchen Gunn

Michelle is an exceptional business coach and mentor for entrepreneurs leading organizations both big and small. Working with Michelle has been an enriching and above all else, an enjoyable experience. Michelle doesn’t waste my time dancing around areas that need improvement in my business, specifically when it comes to writing business proposals, Requests for Information, View Full →

CindyWMorrison

Michelle Pippin has truly changed my bottom line in record time. She’s doesn’t beat around the bush to tell you what you want to hear. Instead she tells you exactly what you need to do to take your business to the next level and produces results. Combine all that with her southern charm and witty View Full →

- CindyWMorrison.com

2014-05-01T00:16:53+00:00

- CindyWMorrison.com

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Michelle Pippin has truly changed my bottom line in record time. She’s doesn’t beat around the bush to tell you what you want to hear. Instead she tells you exactly what you need to do to take your business to the next level and produces results. Combine all that with her southern charm and witty View Full →

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