Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2014-18 - Your dream...

My life has not followed a straight-forward path. I had no special connections or opportunities handed to me. Being an entrepreneur did not come easily. Growing up, nobody around me worked for themselves. Learning to listen deeply, (a major skill of coaching) was not something that came naturally to me. Yet, the most challenging thing I had to overcome was a deep fear that I was just a dreamer in the lowest sense of the word - someone who had beautiful visions, but no long-term follow through.

After college, I bounced from job to job, quit acting, walked away from medicine and left the most lucrative job I could ever hope to have at the time. I constantly asked myself, "Who am I to start a business? Who am I to coach others about how to have a meaningful, fulfilling life?"

As a coach, I know what it feels like to live day in and day out with the constant nagging of an unrealized dream in the background. I know how it feels to be at such a low point that ending my own life felt like a viable option. I know what it feels like to be absolutely paralyzed at the precipice of a life-changing decision for months, years or even decades.

I know how it feels to know the truth and to be too scared to act on it.

That's the reason I love coaching now. I had to learn the hard way. Had it all come naturally, I wouldn't have a clue how to lead others down the path of their Wild & Precious Life.

~ Author Unknown

"All coaching is, is taking a player where he can't take himself."

~ Bill McCartney

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014-17 - Results will come...

Though each effort does not bring an immediate result, keep going. The results will come.

Every achievement requires many efforts. Those individual efforts combine with each other to bring the desired result.

So keep going. Keep adding one effort on top of the ones before it.

And all the while, learn. Learn what works and what does not, and adjust your efforts to become even more effective.

Keep going, keep learning, keep working and keep getting better. Every day, every effort brings you closer.

Persistence is the way you prove you really want it. Persist, and you will have it.

~ Ralph Marston

"Energy and persistence conquer all things."

~ Benjamin Franklin


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014-16 - Why prove to a man he is wrong...?

Is that going to make him like you? Why not let him save face?

He didn't ask for your opinion. He didn't want it. Why argue with him?

You can't win an argument, because if you lose, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it. Why? You will feel fine.

But what about him? You have made him feel inferior, you hurt his pride, insult his intelligence, his judgment, and his self-respect, and he'll resent your triumph.

That will make him strike back, but it will never make him want to change his mind.

"A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."

~ Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

"We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves."

~ Vauvenargues

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014-15 - Attitude...

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.

~ Charles Swindoll

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

~ Winston Churchill

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014-14 - Gift Of The Seagull...

A lonely seagull flies the winds
Majestic... soaring...gliding wings
A single screech sounds from the sky
Come fly with me... come here and fly

My spirit floats to be a part
I feel the beating of its heart
My soul, one with this bird of sea
Now knows the meaning to fly free

I feel the winds caress my soul
And soar the streams without a goal
My being trembles of delight
A treasure I received tonight

The seagull's flight of soaring high
The gift of what it means to fly

~ Munda Schram

"Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will."

~ A W Tozer