Merry Christmas

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A little discussed part of the Christmas Story is Joseph’s dilemma with Mary becoming pregnant before they were actually married. Maybe that would be totally ignored in our culture today but it was different 2000 years ago and particularly in the Jewish culture. 

What Was Joseph Thinking? (Let’s read the story)

Matthew 1:18–21 (NLT): “18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. 

20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.

How embarrassing! The whole town will know (according to the culture and customs of the time) that Joseph either had cheated and slept with Mary before their marriage or worse maybe Mary had slept with another man. Then Joseph had a dream and had the faith to believe it was from God. He went ahead and married Mary. He did the right thing no matter what others might think. 

I don’t know about you but I can have a tendency to protect my self image and might question whether or not I can trust the dream. Do we miss the most important God opportunities because of concerns about what others might think? I have done so in the past. 

We live in this “cancel culture” time where social media, national TV media, and other opinion shaping media try and silence all discussions around miraculous faith. People that don’t want the truth of Jesus to shine a light on their thoughts, affairs (sic), or desires to steal their fun and, unfortunately, miss out on the chance of a lifetime. Of course the real truth is, the one and only begotten Son of God, Jesus, has the ultimate answer for any one of us but we miss it when we manage our self-image in a way we think others will approve of. 

How about you, will you enter into a 2020 Christmas with the faith of Joseph, believing God is still doing miracles and wants to do one for you, and in you?

After a scary and challenging year, what would you like God to do for you this Christmas? I believe, together with you, that this could be the year God wants to do a miracle for you. Will you, by faith, trust in God and not be swayed by what others may think?

Starting a new venture, a new career, step back and do a fun work that you feel passionate about, or whatever else you may be hesitant to do because of fear of failure or what other people may think. Dare to be different, separate yourself from the herd, step out and go for whatever you have always dreamed about doing. THIS IS YOUR YEAR, IT IS YOUR TIME, DON’T MISS IT!

A 2020 Merry Christmas,

Larry Anderson

Entrepreneurs Beat The Lockdown!

talk about ingenuous

While visiting East Berlin in February earlier this year, 2020, I was absolutely blown away with a young German entrepreneur and his portable business. Imagine a totally portable hot dog stand complete with umbrella for advertising and rain protection. He takes his business to the people, right where they are at. Here he was in a busy square outside a large mall, train station, and busy tourist attractions. Why couldn’t this work to overcome COVID lockdown regulations?

What do you do well, that you enjoy doing, that you would love to share with others as well as earn money in the process? Are you using your talents and gifting to, both, benefit yourself and others? When we do what we love to do, every day is an absolute joy and we convey that feeling to those we serve. I frequently say, I’ve never worked a day in my life, just loved what I do every day and earned income in the process 🙂

2021 will be the year of new beginnings with COVID on its way out. I have been learning to treasure what is uniquely me and my style not allowing myself to become distracted by all of the negative naysayers. The United States of America still offers the most robust system of capitalism and free enterprise. I wonder sometimes if as a people we understand how blessed we are to live with the freedom to make our own choices about our livelihood, where to live, and what to pursue for interests. I have learned how to tune out all the negative vibes that populate FB, Twitter, news media, etc. and only allow in good wholesome stuff. I will not allow others to ruin my day.

How about you, are you looking for the rays of sunshine?

Coach Larry

BE COURAGEOUS

WHAT HOLDS US BACK?

Frequently, I remind myself of the Bible story of Joshua where God says to Joshua “Be strong and very courageous” . From this I take away resolve and strength to handle any large project ahead of me.

There have been moments in my life when I have had to choose to leap out into the frightening unknown if I was to realize my full potential. It was all about whether I would continue to live a life of growth and adventure which required “guts” to continue! How about you? What holds you back from pursuit of the most exciting dream you could possibly think about for yourself?  Are there other people telling you that your idea is impractical? I just came off from a coach call with a young couple who are building a beautiful family and at the same time building an exciting business, what excitement they have and how inspirational their story is. I remember when they first embarked on this adventure and they both had very good safe jobs. Many family members and friends were very discouraging about them leaving safety and security for a wildly ambitious dream about having their own business. Today 5 years later, I am so thrilled to see their success and maturity which comes from daring to go for it against all the naysaying.

I love to coach people who are unsatisfied with average and good enough. They are people who embrace realizing their dream and they overcome the fear that would keep them from being all they can be and all they desire to be with their lives. I have no desire to coach around a survival mentality when there is so much more available.

What have you wanted to do with your life but keep postponing for a better time? People, there will NEVER be a better time than right now, what is spoiling your ability to have it? Do you need a lift to just consider whether your dream has legs or not? If so, I’m your resource in times of confusion or intimidation. Why not try a few coaching sessions to see where it can lead? I’m offering 3 free coach sessions just to determine if coaching could work for you. This offer will close on November 30, 2020.

After these 3 free sessions you decide whether you want to continue or not. Absolutely no obligation to continue beyond the 3 also no guilt if you choose my coaching isn’t for you.

Coach Larry Anderson, ACC

 

More Than Business

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Even while coaching entrepreneurs or business people, the opportunities and benefits for a client have become far more reaching than just business success. I hear stories from clients about what started out to be me coaching someone around a business project or business problem but has actually gravitated into surprising benefits on the home front.

Coaching at Along Side Coach is available for much more than business issues only. Whether it be family relationship issues, teenagers trying to decide on a college, or dealing with COVID generated problems, coaching is a tool that guides through to satisfying results.

Have you considered hiring a coach for a one off issue or just to identify an issue? I am here and able to help contact me here

Larry Anderson (Professional Coach)

Frustrated With Status Quo?

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Amy was ready for a change, ARE YOU?

What could I do from a coaching role to help you kickstart that change you have been wanting to make but have felt too fearful to begin?

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Is It Time?

No Procrastination!

In these unique times, are you tired of waiting for something to happen? Maybe you need to take the initiative by trying different opportunity doors. Waiting for the environment to improve anyone can do, it is what is called procrastination.

What opportunity have you been waiting to open up? Is it having your own business, a job change, embarking on a fresh new career. How could the timing be any more perfect? Anyone, even with low initiative, can wait around for something to happen. People that will be truly successful don’t wait for the right time, they get on with it and specifically when it is difficult for the masses.

Would you like help exploring your opportunities or help with an idea you have been contemplating?

If this resonates with you, I am offering for a limited few people and for a limited time, a three session coaching package to be used over a 60 day period. These will be 60 minutes per session at $20 per session or a total of $60 for the package. Contact me here

God Keeps Promises

Taken In South of France March 2020 (by Larry)

QUARANTINED IN FRANCE

Gail & I arrived In France January 10, 2020 for a 3-month visit with family. Who would have imagined our British Air return ticket for March 31, 2020 would be invalidated. We were unable to return home to the United States until 5 weeks later on May 5th. We were put into a 7-week lockdown in Toulouse, France because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Our situation was a reminder about how out of control we can feel when we are facing the unknown and without full control of our options, or at least it seemed. It is a similar feeling to when you want to change the course of your destiny but there seems to be no way forward.

What Can You Do?

Maybe you feel that you have very few options when attempting to start a new business venture or make a job or career change. Dear reader, we will come through the coronavirus pandemic, this isn’t the worst thing mankind has faced since Noah and the rainbow promise. You can make the change you want to make in your life but you must refuse having the “victim mentality”. What have you been dreaming of changing but have been fearful or timid to rock the boat? After the threatening changes we have been witnessing daily I’ve been wondering how many of us will muster up the faith to pray about and act upon making a radical change? There may not have been a more opportune time in my lifetime for a person to venture out into that change. I see a time absolutely ripe for retraining into a trades career such as becoming a plumber, electrician, welder, EMT, nursing, etc.

Are you able to envision yourself having fun everyday while working hard and making a living? Someone asked me once what I did for work in my life and I said I did nothing just had fun every day of my life. I have always tried to be operating in my “sweet-spot”. Would you like that? Then don’t wait another day, do something about it. You aren’t a victim of anything but fear. Your future doesn’t depend on another person unless you allow them to have that over you. Your future doesn’t depend on the government either, we still live in a free market-place capitalistic society. I see many speaking on TV that they need something from the government in order to succeed. How sad that they have bought into a manipulative political system that makes one feel they need a politician to help them. It is time to standup for yourself and walk through a door of marvelous opportunities to take care of yourself. Avoid watching too much TV, or looking at too much social media it will sedate you in a similar way as drugs do.

The fantastic rainbow photo, above, was taken in March 2020 while we were experiencing quarantine lockdown in France. I don’t know if I have ever seen such a vivid rainbow in my life. I am reminded of Genesis 9:

14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life.

After several weeks of lockdown and not knowing when I could return home, finally I decided not to leave my fate in the hands of airlines, money, or any other person. Reacting negatively to me feeling like a victim of circumstances, I took the bull by the horns and found flights that worked and we came home safely, boldly and without incident. Don’t succumb to any lies or fear-mongering being done by and through the mass media. Be wise, be bold and move out by faith, you will be pleasantly surprised.

I want to encourage you, God is still ruler over everything and none of these events like coronavirus, rioting and looting take Him by surprise. He is still a sovereign God over all things, this too shall pass. Real opportunities await those with vision and courage.

Coach Larry Anderson

YOU CAN DECIDE!

What is holding you back if it is time to make a move?

COVID19 is interesting in so many ways, mostly negative, but we can learn positive lessons. My wife and I have just returned from France where we were caught in lockdown confinement for 7 weeks. We went for a family 3-month visit which turned into 4 months. We are now home in Arizona and doing the last few days of a mandatory 14-day home quarantine.

Before we could travel back home I had to make a decision to not let circumstances dictate my possibilities. British Airways had cancelled our original returning flight and they couldn’t properly reschedule an acceptable and timely alternative. One of my choices was to wait until British Airways could find an eventual suitable replacement flight from Toulouse, France to Phoenix, Arizona, which didn’t look hopeful for anytime soon. Another choice was to walk away from the bought and paid for flight and purchase a new ticket with an airline that could provide a reasonable timeframe and routing that was comfortable.

I could have let the already spent money and British Airways dictate when we could return to our home, but I chose to make my own better decision.

What keeps you from making that so highly desired and longed for job change or from following that dream to start a new self-owned small business? Are you allowing fear around issues like money or uncertainty of success make the decision for you? The details of process are to be worked out with any problem but those details come into play after a decision is made. The details of process is what Emelia Earhart is speaking to with the word tenacity in the quote leading this posting.

As a professional coach I help you with arriving at your own appropriate decision but I don’t stop there. I also help you with all of the minutia around processing the all important detailed actions, this is where tenacity will be required.

My original question stands what is holding you back?

By the way, if you currently own a small business and find yourself struggling in these complicated times, I can help you navigate through this. I am currently helping other business owners in pioneering their way forward out of this complicated business environment.

Whatever, your specific situation, I offer free consultation to determine if my coaching might be helpful for you.

Larry C Anderson, ACC

Profit from COVID-19?

Does GOD have your attention yet?

How shall we come out of this coronavirus stuff? I will leave any thoughts about the national response to this question with the responsible authorities. But, how shall you and I come out of this drama?

What an opportunity for a business mindset, everything is going to be different than before the crises. How can you use your personal vantage point to leverage a profitable enterprise coming out of this mess? What are you personally good at? How could you make a business out of a product or service that you are uniquely qualified to develop and offer to customers or users?

The door of opportunity has never been so wide open as it is right now in 2020, how exciting. Many types of services and businesses have totally failed their customers, have you experienced that, I have. This opens the door for businesses with INTEGRITY!

As a business coach I can help you discover and launch a new enterprise. Business capital is readily available and is cheap. All one needs is a unique product or service and any of those that makes the customer first, will win.

How about you, would you like to explore this further in free coaching session? No strings attached. No commitment just exploration.

Want to find out more, contact Coach Larry here…