Make it a Happy Birthday This Year

June 15, 2020
Executive Coaching

It’s only a few days until my birthday. Each year I take some time to think about how things have changed in the past year.


We can always look at occurrences and note whether it’s been a good year or not, but I think a more important question is whether we have grown the past twelve months.


We could all be on our way to “self-actualization” if we want to. This process refers to getting better in every aspect of your life. For my coaching clients, I use a wheel drawing marked with each component of a person’s life so that together we can work toward greater satisfaction.


The areas you might consider are:  Health, Money, Career, Home Environment, Fun & Leisure, Personal  Growth, Significant Other, Friends, and Family


Here are some questions you might ask yourself at  your next birthday.  Consider it a “Birthday Brainstorming”...



  1. Are you happy about how the past twelve months turned out?
  2. Are you happier or sadder than you were a year ago?
  3. Make a Happy List to list all of the wonderful things that made you feel happy.
  4. Then do a Sad List to include anything that made you sad.
  5. After looking at your Happy List, make a new one for the next twelve months, with plenty of things that will make you even happier.
  6. As for the Sad List, come up with a plan for this year that could make the sad GLAD!  In other words, solutions for situations that you could move to a happier place.

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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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