Your Life Your Choice

You just have to read the papers or listen to the news and you’ll probably agree that it’s one crazy world that we live in!

But what if you made a conscious decision not to tune into the media? How would the world seem to you then?

The point here is that our perceptions of the world around us are heavily influenced and shaped by groups of other people and the norms and standards that these groups choose to promote and apply.

“The world is a complex place, and the influence of the media in its representation and its power of communication and interpretation is a remarkable amplifier of emotions, and of illusions.”

– Tariq Ramadan

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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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Six Key Questions to Ask Yourself

One of the critical skills of a life coach is knowing the right questions to ask and when to ask them.

A common request I get from our trainee life coaches is to share what I believe are the most powerful questions to ask of clients.

The New Insights Life Coach Training Programme incorporates a lot of material on this subject and the fact is that there is no set group of questions that work well for every client. Also, questions that may be appropriate during the more advanced stages of the coaching programme can be completely inappropriate during the early rapport building stage – and vice versa.

Nevertheless I do have a few favourite questions that I believe go to the heart of the principles we espouse in life coaching.

I’ve chosen six here that are intended to make you think deeply about who you are, what drives you and how you relate to the world around you and to your authentic inner being.

“The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.”

– John A. Simone Sr.

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Just the One

We live in what seems to be an immensely challenged and challenging world.

The vast and growing number of people living on earth today pose an unprecedented challenge to the ability of our planet and its environment to sustain life as we have always known it.

At the same time, despite quantum advances in technology life, for most of us, is more challenging than ever before.

We are living in a time when it is easy to contemplate these issues and conclude that we are, individually, of little or no significance or relevance in the greater scheme of things.

A simple glance skywards on a clear night might be enough to reinforce the perception that each of is no more important than a tiny ant in a huge anthill or a grain of sand in the desert.

“I am just one human being.”

– Dalai Lama

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The Six Human Needs

Abraham Maslow developed what is now commonly known as ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’.

He postulated that human needs are arranged in a hierarchy starting with our most basic physiological needs for food, water and air, to safety, to love, to esteem and finally to our highest need, namely self actualisation.

The hierarchical arrangement suggests that only once the most basic need is met can we aspire to the next level of need, and only once that need is met can we aspire to the next highest need, and so on and so on.

 

“To deal with individual human needs at the everyday level can be noble sometimes.”

– Jimmy Carter

 

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