Finding Time to Think about YOU

May 18, 2020
Executive Coaching

One of my new professionals I am coaching is so stoked about being a new leader in his organization that he thinks about it all the time. He works hard and smart and his CEO notices it.

He hadn’t taken anytime to take a break in months, though, and felt the need to do so. He selected his favorite thing to do— ski in Colorado. He loves the beauty of the mountain sand the thrill of skiing, so it was perfect.

The part I especially liked, though, was when he said he just wanted to get a way and be by himself.He wanted time to think about life. I commended him and told him I’d talk to him after vacation, but he said that he wanted me to call him so that he could tell me “where he was at”.

I told him I call those times my “Away Days”. You truly get away to do some careful thinking about you and your life.

I did call him during his trip and verified that he really wanted to be coached while he was on vacation. He has a great sense of humor but was especially witty on this call.He also seemed very relaxed. He talked slower than normal and told me that the time away was very good for him.

I don’t think we realize what time away does for us. We tend to think differently since we are in a different location. It sparks us to think about what we’re seeing around us, as well as think differently.

Not everyone can afford regular vacations, but you can still pick a day, time ,and spot where you will get away to be more mindful. Many people say they are too busy to do it, but if you are only a “doer” and not a “thinker” you are likely to stay stuck doing what you’ve always done.


1.    Pick a day that is less busy for you

2.    Try to get away for the entire day

3.    Make sure someone else can handle everything that comes up

4.    Set your e-mail message so that people know you are gone

5.    Choose a spot that is the most beautiful you can find

6.    Make sure it’s a calming atmosphere

7.    If you can be outside,that’s an extra bonus

8.    Let your mind wander in any direction it wants

9.    Think positively and stay away from work issues or challenges

10. Write down a few thoughts and number them, if you are so inspired

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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