Life Coaching: A Career for the 21st Century

Quite recently, an old school friend who I hadn’t heard from for some forty odd years made contact on Facebook. To my surprise it turned out that he had been living around the corner from us for many years.

The ease with which we were able to reconnect after all that time, spurred him on to start and promote a Facebook group for all those who were in our final high school year. Now we have a thriving little community all enthusiastically indulging in a bit of “Remember the time …”

It got me reflecting on a question that I suspect is in the back of many people’s minds.

Is the world becoming a better or a worse place?

“Your life only gets better when you do.”

– Brian Tracy

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The Joy of Serving Others

We certainly live in interesting times!

Confucius would have a very wry smile on his face if he could witness the political, economic and social turmoil of the world we live in today.

This Blog is not an appropriate forum in which to express political views but I have to admit that I find myself shaking my head more and more nowadays as stories of self enrichment, corruption, dishonesty, deception, incompetence and indifference surface from government institutions and those very people who are supposed to have dedicated their careers to serving others.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Being a People Pleaser

Be honest. Are you a people pleaser?

There’s no reason to be shy in owning up to this practice as you would be one among very many.

And as we all know people pleasers are just the nicest of people. They will go out of their way to help – or meet what they perceive to be the demands or requirements – of others and to say what they think others would like to hear.

Viewed from the perspective of those whom they seek to please, nothing seems like too much trouble for them.

So people pleasers are good for the world and we need more of them, surely?

Actually, ‘No’!

“I can’t tell you the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”

– Ed Sheeran

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A Defining Moment

A defining moment is, as the term infers, an event of such importance in your life, that it literally defines or re-defines who you are and what you stand for!

Such a moment or event can be looked at as a fundamental milestone in your development as it causes you to change your attitude or outlook and has the capacity to propel your life in a new direction.

It was surprisingly late in life when I first came to terms with the idea of a defining moment.

“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”

– Albert Einstein

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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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Work From Home Tips

Life coaching is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling careers that there is. It is also one that allows for great flexibility.

Set up costs are very low by average business standards. There is no need to manage a workforce with all the stress that goes with that. There is no stock to concern yourself with and you can pretty much get to choose the type of people you want to coach and the hours that you will make yourself available.

The advent of websites, social media and modern communication technology means that you can market your services nationally and even internationally, constrained only by the difference in time between you and your clients.

Perhaps the best of all, though is that you have no need for swanky, expensive premises with their associated overheads. You can easily work from home if you have space for a suitable home office.

“Home is where I work. And I work everywhere.”

– Alfred Nobel


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