EmpowermentCoachnet Page on Facebook

A new post was just added to the EmpowermentCoachnet Page on Facebook.  Rather than repeat the entire post, I’ll summarize it a little. Empowerment is something we’d like to see and lots of people around the world have been disempowered for a long time.  One of the tragedies of disempowerment is what happens to senior citizens, many of whom are very well educated, have been pillars of their community, active, making a positive difference for everyone they contact.  As they age and as their bodies and mental processes slow down, they become disempowered–sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually.  In their disempowered state their quality of life starts to decline as well.

We can make a difference for them.  The post goes into more detail and there is a workshop available that can help caregivers, families, and others who need to be empowering (teachers, medical staff) to learn to help themselves and, by extension, to help others.

Look at the post for more detail.   Joel Montgomery

Empowerment–a hot topic

Empowerment is a hot topic today.  I was doing research for an article and found lots of comments about “empowerment.”  Some focused on empowering women, teachers, schools, students, the poor, the under—whatever.

In my own reflections, I began to look at my intuitive scale regarding empowerment.  Situations, cultures, even individuals can be “empowering” or “disempowering.”

How can we tell?  How do we feel when we’re around them?  Are we lifted up?  Are we feeling (honestly) good about ourselves?  Can we do more/better/different in the world around us because of being around them or learning from them or learning something that they are teaching us?

Do we feel weaker? Do we feel more isolated, alone, judged, incapable of movement or change?  (We’ve been in a “disempowering” situation.)

I’m coming to realize that empowerment is similar to the concept of life.  When something is alive, it is constantly growing.  If it is not growing, it is in the process of dying.

When we are working on empowering ourselves and the people around us, we are alive and growing.  When, for whatever reason, we find ourselves “disempowering” someone, we are disempowering ourselves and have stopped growing and lifting toward the Light.

Food for thought.   Joel Montgomery



Project, Tools, Service, and Results

Today was interesting. I redid one blog to put all squeeze pages in a separate folder. That worked well so for. I redid a video and have only one format though one is housed on Amazon S3 and the other on YouTube.

At 11:30 I met with the Chaplain at Delnor Hospital about a new service project I’m starting next Friday (July 4th). It should be very interesting.

At 2:00PM I got on a “Go-to-Meeting” Webinar (that must have started earlier) and learned about some software that helps generate traffic. I need to do that both for my own sites and when I’m working with the network program, so I took advantage of the offers on the webinar. Now I need to generate some content and to see some revenues comeing in in the next 7 days. I have the vehicles in place to take payments, now I need to see if I get the right kind and quality of traffic coming to those sites.

A big conference started today in Charlotte, NC, and runs through Sunday. I spend quality time with my 99-year-old Mom every evening and couldn’t do that from Charlotte. The video will be great and I may be able to catch some online programming from the conference.

My near-term priorities are to get as much automation as I can to help me generate traffic-producing content, then to take some time to consolidate my storage units and reduce my storage fees. One of my first goals for the new Internet systems is to generate rent for my apartment, for my storage units, and for all my Internet expenses. A second short-term goal is to pull together the investment required to make the network offer both realistic and powerful. We’ll see how much I can get done over the weekend.

Changing Daily Snapshots–Life in Perspective

Today was very interesting.  I started the morning watering flowers at a friend’s house while she is on a trip.  Then I was able to do an hour of water aerobics.   I did a little work on the computer, then drove to a job interview where I could think about strengths, weaknesses, and what I like to do when working.

The interview was finished just in time for me to pick-up my 99-year-old Mom to an appointment with her podiatrist.  When I got to her assisted living apartment, she was sound asleep and wouldn’t wake-up easily.  I’ve been through this before with other doctor visits and I went the most streamlined way today–I called the doctor and switched her appointment for a day early next month, then I left her to sleep.

I went home and got on the computer, adjusting the voice mails on some magicJack telephones.  Along the way I found a message from one of my Internet hosting companies about the need to upgrade my account to a more robust server.  I had been wanting to speak to someone about this for some time, so his call was well timed.  (I’ll speak with him tommorow after I attend a volunteer orientation at Delnor Hospital, the local hospital in Geneva, Illinois.

When I finished that call, I went back to visit Mom at her Assisted Living unit–arriving around dinner time. Mom is very accomplished.  She earned her master’s degree in residual neuromuscular programming and was an educator for more than 33 years.  When she retired from education, she was a realtor for 14 years before moving to a continuous care retirement community in Illinois with my Dad.  Today, when she woke-up, she felt that she couldn’t do anything.  (Temporary snapshot)–Today she couldn’t read or listen to a book being read to her. She was having a problem eating–she has 9 of her own teeth left and needs a new lower partial.  She is able to eat M&Ms just fine.

Snapshots change from day to day.  This was not one of Mom’s best days and it wasn’t too bad.  My day evolved and, at the same time, I found myself working on several areas I had planned to work.  Each day is full of surprises and the snapshots don’t stay the same.

Keeping Websites Current–Content and Infrastructure!!








Whew!  Keeping websites current with both content and infrastructure is very time consuming. (The image above is from one of them.) I’m almost finished upgrading all of my websites.  I’m having a few challenges with some of my mobile sites and a few have problems with a new caching plugin that will make the sites work faster.

I’m way behind in content.  On some sites I use articles I found interesting from other people.  I need to be writing my own and can’t seem to make the time to do that.  I started a project like that today and that’s as far as I got, a start.

The overall purposes of my websites are to share information people will find to be of value, to get some people who want to be my clients or to purchase something that will monetize these sites (they really need to pay for themselves).  I also want to create a source of steady income that helps me live a “debt-free” lifestyle allowing me the freedom to take on projects that I enjoy and to be available for my family–my 99-year-old Mom at the moment.

I’ve been relying on these websites for Internet marketing and haven’t been doing enough with them for the marketing to actually happen.  That will be part of the next phase.

Several of my sites are tied to Facebook and I need to rework them to make them more attractive and useful.


“How can I help you?”

Last night I received an email from a new friend who has a role as a performance coach.  Her question to me was, “How can I help you?”

It was a good question.  I need to learn more about her and to reflect more on what kind of help I need.  Since I offer similar services for clients, I need to be thinking about how I can ask them for what kind of help they might need as well.

Today I was upgrading lots of web sites–adjusting code, etc.  I am a “heavy user” of websites without being a programmer.  The websites are to help me communicate, so I need to make them where people want to go there and communicate.

Sure, I need help with the code and things.  Later I’ll pay someone to help and, at the moment, I’m learning as I go so that I can explain what I want to someone else.

I also need help attracting paying clients.  While I’ve offered my services over the web, that’s not how clients have been finding me.  Today was the next to the last day of school for the K-12 school district where I’ve been substitute teaching (Kaneland School District).  I enjoy the work with the students and, beginning this summer, I want to do more with adults.

I started working with K-12 students after 9/11/2001.  My earlier background had been as an organizational development/change management consultant for more than 30 years, with a masters and a doctorate designed to help me help adults and organizations learn and change.  I did get a post-doctorate masters in teaching as part of Illinois certification process, though my real gifts lie in helping teachers develop new and more productive strategies to help their students learn.

I need help getting contracts to work with teachers–probably with the help of a grant writer.  In the past two years, in my own continuing education, I have become certified as an advanced hypnotist, an NLP (neurolinguistic programing) trainer, and additional specialty trainings focused on helping people achieve their goals.

I need to “monetize” what I know so that I have the financial resources to do the service work I also enjoy.  I need help with all of that.  Know anyone who can help me?  Even better, I’m looking for ways that we can help each other.





Reflections on a Sunday

Today I went to a Bible Study to explore what we are reading during Episcopal Sunday services in more depth.

The Early Christians and the early years of the Christian Church were hard on its believers.  Most were devout Jews until they were thrown out of the synagogues for following the teachings of Jesus.  Before they were thrown out, they workshop in the synagogue, then met in Christian fellowship on the first day of the week.  Once they could no longer go to synagogue, they were on their own to create their Church.

The Bible as we know it did not exist then.   The stories initially passed down orally and were only later put into writing.  This kind of turmoil and challenge continued for the first 300 or 400 years after Christ’s resurrection. In 325 AD, Emperor Constantine, of the Roman Empire (headquartered in Constantinople, Turkey) was facing a crisis in the Church and convened the First Ecumenical Council in  Nicaea (now Iznik) in Turkey.  The agreement created in Nicaea was actually adapted at the Second Ecumenical Council held in Constantinople in 381.  The agreement was formulated into a statement of belief (creed) required of all church members.  It is codified now as the Nicene Creed and is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Asian Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and several other protestant churches.

The Nicene Creed is a statement of belief that reflects the group-nature of the people who created it.  It’s still a fundamental statement of belief for Christians.  It is very good to build on a solid foundation–including a foundation of belief.







May 30th–“The Real” Memorial Day

May 30th is the “Real” Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day).  It’s a time to honor and to respect those who have sacrificed for their countries, their families, their beliefs.  My Dad was a WWII veteran (Army Captain in the Chemical Corps).  He passed away on “the real” Memorial Day 19 years ago today.  He had turned 85 the month before he passed away.  He and Mom were celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary in June of the year he passed away.  Mom is 99 years old now, and has lived without Dad for the past 19 years.  Dad had cancer and his passing took him out of pain.  (His bones on an X-ray taken shortly before he passed away showed his bones looking like lace.)

Mom is well–no cancer.  She’s doing fine for her age, though she only weighs 97.4 pounds.  (I want her to get to 99 pounds–same number of pounds as years.)  It’s fun to be able to be with her and to have quality time with her.

Lots of people have sacrificed for us–given their lives in support of countries, families, beliefs.  It is important to continue to honor and respect them in the choices we make and in the service we provide.  Memorial Day is a day to remember and to reflect.