A Life Transformed

This week, I would like to demonstrate the power of life coaching – when administered by a passionate and caring coach – to transform lives.

I am privileged to have received an inspiring and beautiful account from a lady who, just yesterday, we featured on our Facebook page for having achieved New Insights certification as a life coach.

Whereas most trainee life coaches expect their coaching efforts to start bearing real fruit for their clients only after they become qualified and start coaching for reward, Carli Clark was able to experience the fulfilment, that comes with seeing someone grow and develop through coaching, long before achieving certification.

I’d like to thank Carli and her client Zanele for submitting this story and giving me permission to share it here on the Blog.

“Those who hunger and thirst after the right use of prosperous ideas shall find their lives filled with abundant blessings.”

– Catherine Ponder


 
a life transformed

Zanele Mabaso

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Change is as Good as a Holiday

My thanks go to everyone who commented on the ‘Dream Big’ post written while on holiday in China – and to those trainees and coaches who put up with slight delays in support over the past two weeks or so.

Now it’s back to business as usual again … except that, after recuperating from a very long and eventful return journey, I feel a sense of renewal!

In life coaching we advocate frequent change as a means to ensure personal growth and development. I realise now after foregoing a proper holiday for far too long, that I needed some of my own medicine more than I cared to admit.

China is so different, culturally and historically, from what I am used to that it represented a substantial change to the status quo and with that has come a great deal of refreshing reflection.

As a result, I thought I would use this post to commend to you the value of making a change in your own life, whether that be an extended holiday, a week-end break away, a career change or simply a change in your daily routine.

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

– Lao Tzu


 
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Break the Cycle

As the year slowly draws to a close, I appreciate that reading personal development style blogs starts to slip down the priority listing for many people.

And yet, as we prepare for a temporary interruption in our day-to-day routines, this is without doubt the very best time to sow the seeds for positive, meaningful change in our lives.

For many, the end of the year brings with it an almost obsessive focus on trying to complete unfinished tasks and a sudden rush to put right the effects of procrastination earlier in the year.

It’s also a time when many, particularly those in the southern hemisphere where the summer holidays beckon, start their preparations for taking some time out from work and their normal obligations.

For those who desire more than just temporary relief from the ‘rat race’ this time of enforced change is the perfect time to plan to break the cycle!

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”

– Thomas Fuller

 

Break the Cycle

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Listen to your inner voice

Let’s face it. Most of us have been brought up to believe that the answers to life’s challenges lie ‘out there somewhere’.

“Someone out there will have come up with a solution, it’s just a matter of finding it,” is a common way in which most of us respond to the issues and problems that we face.

After all, that’s how marketing works. “Find a need and fill it,” is the fundamental philosophy we are taught in Marketing 101.

People will pay good money to find a solution to their problems and, nowadays we are so stressed and time poor that we’re easily tempted by anything that offers a short cut or a ‘quick fix’ to get us what we want.

“Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.

– Henry Winkler

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Handling Procrastination

I remember well the sleepless nights of a student desperately trying to complete a major assignment due in  a few days time, silently cursing that I hadn’t started on the project many months ago when it had first been issued.

Procrastination is deliberately delaying taking action, even though you fully expect such delay to hold negative consequences for you.

How strange that we would even consider it! And yet almost all of us indulge in procrastination at some time or other.

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”

― Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)

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