Common Life Coaching Myths

Life coaching … it’s not the most descriptive term, is it?

Perhaps it’s for this reason that life coaching is often misunderstood – and why many people who would benefit tremendously from being coached, don’t give it enough consideration.

So, by exposing a few commonly held myths, I’d like to try and set the record straight as to what life coaching is, what it is not, and who would benefit most from seeing a coach.

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”

– Socrates

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Thriving in Times of Uncertainty

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”

So said Benjamin Franklin in a letter he wrote back in 1789.

In the twenty-first century Franklin’s reflection still holds true – except that there is now a new addition to his list … uncertainty!

It’s human nature to find times of uncertainty disconcerting. After all, we cannot prepare for what we cannot safely predict. So, how can we best adapt to this ‘new normal’, not simply to  cope … but to thrive?

Here are five pieces of advice that draw on good life coaching practice:

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”

– Margaret Drabble

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2018. Year of Suppressed Dreams or Infinite Possibility?

2018. It has a good ring to it don’t you think?

The number eight has something of an exciting quality to it, shaped, as it is, like a vertical rendition of the mathematical symbol for infinity.

Infinity denotes an infinitely large number. You could also think of it as the symbol conveying boundless possibility.

And that is a highly appropriate topic for the first post of this new year!

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

– Jamie Paolinetti

 

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Time to Reflect

Wow! It’s almost time to wave goodbye to yet another year. As I look forward to a few weeks break from writing, I offer you a final post for the year – one that could honestly change your life. 🙂

Depending on your hemisphere, you may be preparing for the summer holidays and some outdoor fun and adventure … or looking forward to cosying up to your family and friends around a log fire and a hearty roast dinner or two!

Either way, I hope you qualify for some much deserved time off work and that you’ll be able to relax and find time to reflect.

You may be surprised to know just how vital such reflection time is.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

– Viktor E. Frankl

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The Golden Rule of Life

One thing we try hard not to do at New Insights is to be overly rigid about expecting our trainee life coaches to embrace the principles that we advocate. After all, one of the foundation stones for effective life coaching is having a deep tolerance and appreciation for the different values and beliefs that people may hold.

That said, there are a few important principles that underpin our philosophy.

One of these is that all of us were born into this world with a two-part precious gift, namely an open mind and a free will.

But this wonderful gift comes with a ‘condition of use’ – and that is what I like to refer to as ‘The Golden Rule of Life’.

“We know what we are but not what we may be.”

– William Shakespeare

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Ways To Manage Your Time Wisely

Understanding how to manage your time wisely is highly relevant, whether you happen to be a life coach or just about anyone else for that matter.

Time management is a subject close to everyone’s heart nowadays, given the hectic lives we tend to lead in these interesting times!

Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to writer and blogger, Jack Milgram, who has done some useful research on time management and come up with what I think is a very well constructed and helpful summary that I’d like to share with you.

Read on to hear what Jack has to say, before accessing his excellent 15-point infographic.

“Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.”

– Carl Sandburg

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Five Simple Things That Will Change Your Life

If you’re like most people, you would probably love to be able to change your life for the better … but it just seems so hard, right?

Actually, though it may seem hard, it’s really rather easy once you understand and can apply a few simple yet powerful concepts.

“You change your life by changing your heart.”

– Max Lucado

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