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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Are Your Beliefs Holding You Back?

Your beliefs will have a profound effect on the actions you take and the consequences you expect – and will most likely get – from those actions.

Rather like a pair of spectacles, your beliefs act as lenses through which you view the world and decide on how to react to the circumstances you find yourself in.

If you are struggling to lead the life you deep down desire, it could well be your belief system that is holding you back.

“People have a lot of different beliefs and at the end of the day we all have deeply held beliefs that probably don’t make sense to anyone else.”

– Trey Parker

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Fair Exchange

“Coaches HATE selling” screamed the headline of an advert for an online course that I saw on Facebook recently.

It was clearly aimed at life coaches who, well, find the idea of selling their services difficult, to say the least. And I would guess that that applies to most who take up this career – at least in the early stages.

“The universe is based on fair exchange. What you give you will get.”

– Guruji Sri Sri Poonamji

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Respect for Diversity

Is there anyone who can say, with hand on heart, that they are not in awe of – or at the very least inspired by – the amazing diversity of scenery, climate, trees, plants, animals, fish and even insects that we are so privileged to be surrounded by on this beautiful planet of ours?

I have yet to come across such a person!

Why is it, then, that so many humans struggle to come to terms with the issue of diversity within our own species?

“It is not our differences that divide us.

It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences.”

– Audre Lord

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Life Coaching Opens Eyes

Life coaching can be described or explained in many ways.

Here’s one description that I coined:

“Life coaching involves a programme of sessions or mini-interventions that help empower individuals to grow and develop rapidly through exposure to tools and techniques that assist them to open their eyes to what really is possible for them to be do and have.”

What I like about this particular description is the reference to the ‘opening of eyes’ that takes place during coaching.

Effective life coaching can bring about dramatically positive changes in the lives of people simply by getting them to see themselves and the world around them from bright and exciting new perspectives.

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will’. Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.”

– Charles Dickens

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Ten Steps To a Better You

Just the other day someone sent me an email thanking me for a Blog post that had resonated with them. I was about to send a brief reply with well wishes when I realised there was more to the message.

“Can you recommend ways in which I can better myself?”

“Boy,” I thought, “This is a tough one given that I don’t know the person concerned from a bar of soap!”

My mischievous nature felt inclined to respond: “Read a further nine blog posts” but then I reasoned that this person might not appreciate my taste in humour.

Then I thought: “If I’m going to invest the time to respond with something meaningful I may as well leverage that investment by creating a Blog post!”

So, dear readers, let me share my reply … Ten steps to a better you.

“I think life gives you lemons, and the thing that I’m working on doing is not watering it down, not putting sugar in it. Just drink it straight. The more you can take life head on… it’s gonna make you a better person, and then you have nothing left to be afraid of. And what an awesome way to live. “

– Cam (American musician)

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