Stuck In a Rut?

Life coaching is particularly effective for those people who, though mentally well and fully functional, are simply ‘stuck in a rut’!

Let’s face it, we all have that stuck feeling at some stage of other in our lives. But that’s not to say that it isn’t hugely frustrating and debilitating while it lasts.

So what’s the cause of it and what’s the best strategy for getting out of a rut?

“When we are stuck in a rut we are being invited to grow and expand.”

― Dana Arcur

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How to choose a life coach

Life coaching, when done professionally, by practitioners who are well trained and properly equipped, is remarkably effective in transforming lives because it works from within.

That message seems to be reaching more and more people nowadays. With increasing regularity, I find myself receiving enquiries from people asking how they should go about choosing a life coach.

Being in the business of training people to be great life coaches, I find it very gratifying to know how the demand for high quality personal coaching services is growing.

Frankly, it’s hardly surprising, given the state of our world today and the huge toll that it is talking on people’s sense of personal freedom, self-confidence and ability to grow and develop.

But life coaching has been around for a while now and potential clients are, quite rightly, becoming more choosy about who they entrust their coaching to. After all, someone who is going to become a trusted partner in helping you to achieve your goals and dreams, has to be someone you can connect with and work with naturally.

“Coaching is all about having someone believe in you and encourage you, about getting valuable feedback, about seeing things from new perspectives and setting your sights on new horizons.”

– Author unknown

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Reinvent yourself

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Over the last two weeks I have also learnt that crisis is the mother of reinvention!

Don’t be alarmed. It’s not as if I have been beset by any affliction or tragedy.

No, fortunately nothing like that. But I have spent the vast majority of the past ten days wrestling with the effects of a systems crash that left New Insights without access to desktop based email, calendars and a host of crucial information needed for operational purposes.

Of course we rigorously back up our data on a daily basis. However, this brought me little comfort when I realised that the backups had been corrupted by the very same virus or digital gremlin that eventually precipitated the crash!

I’m pleased to say that with the assistance of a wonderful lady guru from the West Coast of the US (her remote location requiring us to put in some early mornings and late nights) things are slowly returning to ‘business as usual’ status.

As the light slowly appeared at the end of a very scary tunnel, and my breathing began to return to normal, I indulged in some serious reflection about what positive messages could be taken out of this little ‘crisis’.

Perhaps the biggest lesson that was rammed home to me is the need to constantly reinvent what you do, how you do things – and, by implication – who you are as a person or a business or both.

“The reinvention of daily life means marching off the edge of our maps.”

– Bob Black


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On Becoming More

A very happy new year to all readers of Life Coaching Insights. May it turn out to be a very special one for all of us!

Over the weekend that just passed I began thinking about what might be appropriate as the first blog post of the new year when into my inbox popped an unsolicited message from one of our trainee life coaches – who is close to completing certification – titled: ‘On Becoming a Life Coach’.

What followed was one of the most beautiful and inspiring pieces of its kind that I have read … and it immediately crossed my mind to share it with you.

So with sincere thanks to Hanlie van Tonder and with her permission, I have published it here.

I hope it may inspire you to embark on your own journey to ‘becoming more’ (whatever that may mean for you) over the course of the year ahead.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

– Henry David Thoreau

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Why Life Coaching?

Those of us in the industry are regularly confronted with the question: “Why life coaching?”

The reason why people hold such different – and often poorly informed – views about what life coaching really is, no doubt has much to do with the rather generic and non descriptive nature of the term ‘life coaching’.

All the more important then, that those of us in the industry can do justice to this great profession when we are called on to verbalise what it is all about.

“There are three types of people in this world. Firstly, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, what happened? Which do you want to be?”

― Steve Backley


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