Five Steps to a Great Life

Thank you for being a loyal reader of Life Coaching Insights.

The year is winding down and this will be the final post for 2014. Even my keyboard deserves a break!

I thought I would leave you to enjoy the festive season with something to contemplate as you consider the prospects for a brand new year ahead.

In the life coaching business one of the questions I get asked regularly is: “So what does it take to lead a great life?”

Here follows five bits of the best advice I know…

five steps to a great life

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Thoughts Create Reality

School holidays are about to start in the UK and are entering their final week in South Africa, so for many of you, there will be a little more time to think of something other than work and the daily routine!

This week’s article, Thoughts create reality, is inspired by a recent newspaper article in which the journalist interviewed Dr John Demartini.

Demartini is one of many leaders in the field of human motivation and empowerment that played an inspiring role in the creation of the New Insights Life Coach Training and Certification Programme.

“You don’t have the potential to create, you are always creating.”

– Jack Canfield

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Keep an open mind

One of the questions most frequently asked by those keen to consider life coaching as a career is “What does it take?”

My answer is always the same. You simply need to have integrity, a real desire – I call it a passion – for working with people, a willingness to learn and an open mind.

It’s the ‘open mind’ part of my stock answer that I suspect gets taken less seriously by aspirant life coaches than the other parts … but it is crucially important.

“When I read a script, I try not to judge the characters. I try to have an open mind and really see what it makes me feel.”

– Penelope Cruz

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Live for Now

One of the great things that my exposure to life coaching has taught me is the power of living in the moment – or living for now.

If you don’t know what this means, hearing people talk about it may well irritate you. It did me.

Being a person more inclined toward rational, logical thinking, I used to ask myself:

“What on earth do they mean by ‘living in the moment’? After all, life has a past, a current and a future and surely all of these are equally relevant and deserving of our consideration?”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

– Buddha

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Why Be Realistic?

My son, who is quite a deep thinker for someone who is barely legal, recently drew my attention to the blog of one Nicky Hajal.

Now I’m afraid I’ve never heard of Nicky but I have to admit to being rather taken by a post that he titled: ‘Being Realistic Does Not Make Sense’.

I guess it attracted the contrarian in me as well as that part of me that knows how self limiting we can be, especially those of us who are prone to prioritising advice from others over the urgings of our own inner voices.

I’ve published Nicky’s post below, completely unedited, in the hope that some readers may find it – if nothing else – at least thought provoking!

“Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity.”

– Will Smith

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