Maintain a ‘Clear Space’ Each Day

July 27, 2020
Executive Coaching

In the past months, it’s been hard to turn anywhere and not hear where we’re at with the Coronavirus. We hear what other countries are doing, what other states are doing and what other individual communities are doing.


My former profession was newspapers, so of course I understand wanting to know the latest news-- yet there’s something else that’s important to do in times like these.


Here’s an idea that you might be able to adopt so that amongst all of the noise of media correspondents and people around you, you can take time to think about what’s next for your world.



  1. Designate a time of day and a place when you aren’t listening to anything else but your own thoughts.
  2. Consider downloading an app like “Calm” or something that will give you environmental sounds that stimulate your thinking.
  3. These moments of thinking should be set aside for positive, uplifting, bursts of thoughts about all the opportunities you could take advantage of.
  4. If you like a visual approach to thinking, you might consider using a diagram approach, where you draw a circle in the middle. (That’s your main topic.) Now draw a line and a small circle from that main thought. Keep doing this until you have several circles drawn out from the big one. It will show you all the directions you can go to fully develop your thought.
  5. You may even have even smaller circles drawn from the smaller circles. Go as deep as you wish.


Soon you will learn to love this time of day when your mind can think creatively, thanks to the quiet environment with no voices but your own.

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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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