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The Tax Man Came

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Every once in a while, something happens to me to affirm that I know of what I speak. It seems that the more passionate I am as a coach, the more the principles of Frame of Mind Coaching affect my life in the most delightful ways.

Here is what happened …

The Tax Man Came
By Kim Ades

I had back-to-back group coaching calls all day. I was coaching people on emotional resilience and how to change their thinking patterns and it wasn’t until 4:30 p.m. that I was able to pick up my messages. 

“Kim, my name is Daniel and I am calling from the City of Vaughan Tax Department. I am calling you about the taxes for your home. I will be at the office until 3:30 p.m. today. Here is my number; can you please call me back today or tomorrow?”

The tax department? What did I do wrong? Did I owe them money? Did I miss a bill? Did my taxes go up? It was too late to call him back that day. I left myself a note near my computer to call him the next morning. That night I went home and got swept up in the hectic pace of regular life; dinner, curriculum night, homework, journal reading, tuck-ins, and bed. I forgot about the tax man.

The next morning, within two minutes of arriving at the office, the phone rang. 

“Oh hi, I’m glad you called.” I replied when I understood that it was Daniel following up.

“You are? Why?”

“You were on my list of people to call today and you called me instead. Thank you.” I think he was shocked.

“I am calling about the taxes for your house.”

“Okay, what’s up?”

“You gave us instructions to go ahead with pre-authorized payment…”

“Yes, I did, is there a problem with my credit card?”

“No, not at all. In July, you sent us a check and now we have this extra $2100. What would you like us to with it?”

“Are you saying that the tax department owes me money?

“Yes, Ma’am.”

I was floored. It was like winning the lottery. The sky had suddenly opened up and dropped a gift on my head. 

“How would you like us to take care of that for you, Ma’am?”

“Would it help if you sent me a check?” I asked, still in shock.

“Yes, that’s what I’ll do; I’ll send you a check.”

In all my life, I had never heard of the tax department calling anyone to send them money. Talk about needing to change my thinking! All day long, every day I tell people that what you focus on grows. In fact, I even wrote a book with that title! Here was a classic example of my own coaching techniques coming to life in my world—and I was still blown away!

Here’s how it works … when you expect good things to happen, they do. When you welcome incredible gifts, they show up. When you glow with appreciation for everything, more things that are easy to appreciate suddenly appear. What’s it all about? Your Frame of Mind. There is no other more powerful tool for creating miracles in your life.


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