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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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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From Existing to Living

Politically and socioeconomically speaking, the world is pretty unstable right now. I doubt many readers would disagree with this.

Although New Insights is proud to have trainee coaches and certified coaches all over the world, our main markets are the UK and South Africa.

And right now both countries, in particular, are currently experiencing a level of political and socioeconomic uncertainty not felt for a long time.

As we citizens struggle to make sense of the upheaval, it is tempting to point a finger of blame at our leaders, whinge and complain amongst ourselves and then sit back and hope that the whole mess sorts itself out soon.

But that would amount to simply existing … when we really should be living!

“The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”

– Louis E. Boone

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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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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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Build Our Country

I write this week’s post from the land of the long white cloud, where Jenni and I are enjoying a brief holiday with family.

New Zealand’s weather is notoriously changeable, and after a few days in which we experienced all four seasons in a day, the weather has now given way to solid overcast skies and light rain providing the perfect opportunity to take a break from sightseeing, hole up inside and put ‘fingers to keyboard’.

The other night I lay in bed in the early hours of the morning in a state of what can best be described as ‘semi-consciousness’ as my mind and body tried to come to terms with the recent radical shift in time zones.

Perhaps brought on by my sense of relative calm and unity of purpose of people in this far flung corner of the planet, I started to reflect on the dramatic political, social and economic upheavals evident in most of the rest of the world at this time.

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

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