The Coaching Way

There’s no doubt about it. Coaching is currently a hot topic as celebrities, leaders, business people and the general public like you and me begin to appreciate the true power of professional coaching to improve performance and life in general.

The term ‘coach’ originates from the 1830s and is believed to have been used, first, by Oxford University as a slang term for a tutor who ‘carries’ a student through his or her exams.

Sports coaching is the branch of coaching with which we are all most familiar and in that sense the term implies responsibility for developing strategy, giving direction, training and motivating.

Most sports coaches are chosen because of their previous personal success in the sport and they therefore end up acting not only purely as coaches but also as advisers and mentors to their charges.

No doubt because of the breadth of responsibility assigned to sports coaches, most people wrongly assume that life coaches offer a form of personal consultancy, advisory and/or mentorship service to their clients.

And that’s where they are wrong.

“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.”

– Bob Nardelli (CEO, Home Depot)

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Heal Yourself – the Vagus Nerve

One of the most fascinating niches that some life coaches choose to work in is that of health and wellness.

There is a great contribution to be made purely through improving clients’ levels of self awareness about how brilliant our bodies are at healing themselves … with a little understanding and application on our parts.

One of the downsides of the frenetic lives that we live in today’s world is the impact on our health.

Ironically, while the treatment of various medical conditions is improving in leaps and bounds, more and more of us are succumbing to common problems that relate directly to the high stress, low activity lives that we live.

Chronic inflammation is likely the root cause or many of the ills that we experience, ranging from hay fever, eczema, migraines and arthritis to depression, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke – and a lot more in between.

“Before healing others, heal yourself.”

– Lao Tzu

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The Comparison Trap

We are all totally unique individuals.

Even though more than seven billion of us coexist on the planet, no two people are identical. And even if it were possible to create two genetically identical human beings, they would develop unique characters in response to the unique environment, upbringing and events that they would be exposed to throughout their lives.

You might think that because of this, we humans would relish our unique identities and life tracks and be not only tolerant but appreciative and graciously admiring of the paths and achievements of others.

And yet, we humans are prone to a condition that clouds our thinking, detracts from our vitality and saps our ability to enjoy the uniqueness of our own lives.

That condition is envy or jealousy.

“Comparing yourself to others is an act of violence against your authentic self.”

– Iyanla Vanzandt

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The Purpose of Life

On our Facebook page we proudly proclaim support for Robert Byrne’s classic uttering: “The purpose of life is a life of purpose”.

It’s such a lovely phrase, simple, yet rich in meaning. After all what can be more meaningful that living a life of purpose?

But, if you have no idea what your purpose in life is (and, believe it or not, that is true for most) then you may find the statement to be somewhat confusing and frustrating.

It may therefore help to look at the purpose of life in a different way.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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New Insights on Life Coaching

During my twenty-seven plus years working in the corporate world it struck me many times how people in big companies love to take simple concepts and wrap them up in complex terminology and jargon to impress others.

Having attended all manner of training programmes and workshops in which complicating the simple seemed to be a recurring theme, my first exposure to life coaching was an invigorating breath of fresh air!

I like to think I have always had a pretty open mind, but no matter who you are, enough years of the corporate dog-eat-dog world is bound to inject a healthy dose of scepticism, if not downright cynicism into your DNA. So when the bubbly voice of my young lady life coach first poured through my Skype headphones, I couldn’t help wondering what someone with a lot less life experience and minimal understanding of the corporate world could do that would help improve my life.

Just four or five sessions into the New Insights life coaching programme, however, and I was beginning to see the great beauty of it … how vital, everyday life concepts were presented in a way that was truly simple and yet astonishingly powerful.

“The best vision is insight.”

– Malcolm Forbes

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Think Yourself Happy

How often have you taken time out to reflect on just how incredible your mind is?

We humans have somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day, or around 40 thoughts every minute. That’s quite staggering isn’t it!

Each thought is really a little impulse of energy. With over 7bn people on the planet processing come 60,000 thoughts each day that adds up to an awful lot of ‘thought energy’! Just imagine if there was some way to harness and direct it. Talk about a sustainable energy source!

Thoughts are the source of all creation. Nothing comes into being without somebody thinking about it first. But, as we have learnt from the Law of Attraction, it requires consistent, focused thought in order to manifest what is being thought about.

Most of us take our minds – and the constant stream of seemingly random thoughts that they dish up – for granted as we go about the business of keeping our heads above water in our frenetic day to day lives.

But what if we could learn to harness the power of our minds and bring more focus and intention to our thoughts?

“Every thought we think is creating our future.”

– Louise Hay

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200 and Counting!

It would seem that this is a time for milestones!

Today I’m truly proud to announce the publishing of the 200th article on this Blog. To recognise this milestone I have selected and summarised the 20 most popular (as judged by the number of your comments).

You can read (or re-read) any post that takes your interest simply by clicking on the title. When done, click on ‘Home’ in the menu bar on the left to return to the most current post.

“What can be a more noble and important pursuit than inspiring other people to live their very best lives?”

– New Insights life coach training

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