Ask the Coach
Archive of Coaching Articles — 2005
Published in The Saratogian
It is that time of year again when I intensively search my bookshelves and files to present you with something that I feel is truly inspirational. As you are aware, I quote Suze Orman quite often in my column. What follows is from her book, The Courage to Be Rich.
It is that time of year again when we look back at the year that is almost gone and look forward to the year that lies ahead. In the spirit of this process of taking stock in our lives, I thought that it would be appropriate to share some wisdom that has truly been life-altering for me.
In my last column, I explored the three acts involved in becoming successful. In this column, I'd like to focus on Act 3, personal coaching, and explain why this act is without a doubt the most important factor in achieving lasting success.
As a life coach, I am in the business of helping people become more successful and effective in their business and personal lives. Many people ask me how I help my clients accomplish their goals, and I often respond that success is a play with three acts.
We do indeed live in a "culture of condemnation," and in this environment, forgiveness has never been more difficult. Most of what passes for news today could be more appropriately deemed gossip. The media seems to thrive on stories that highlight others' failures, and the public seems to have an almost insatiable appetite for vicariously enjoying the judgments imposed on the so-called "guilty" parties.
Resistance to change is normal and can even be beneficial. Someone once said that the only change people like is the kind that jingles in their pockets. There are many reasons why people fear change, including fear of the unknown, fear of failure or fear of loss.
Summer is indeed a time when the living should be easier and more relaxed. However, relaxation and productivity do not have to be mutually exclusive. Summertime is the perfect time to work "on" rather than "in" your business.
Your judgments don't make you a hypocrite, they make you a human being. Sometimes those of who view ourselves as being "spiritually evolved" struggle the most with being judgmental. From a spiritual perspective, it is easy to recognize that being judgmental is not the best path. However, as human beings, it is almost impossible not to judge.
The greatest challenge for business today is to provide extra value for every customer at the lowest possible cost. However, everyone defines value differently. Some customers want the lowest price, while others place a higher value on reliability, convenience or durability.
Indeed, it is difficult to find the bright spots when viewing the current world situation. But there is hope. The late Thomas Leonard had these pearls of wisdom to offer.
New Year's resolutions are a wonderful concept, but putting them into practice and maintaining them is a challenge for most people. The following are 10 recommendations that I have found help in keeping New Year's resolutions.