It is always so exciting to think about going somewhere different. An adventure; a road trip. I call shotgun!
Sometimes we just need a break from our daily routine. Sometimes we want to get away from the predictability of our thinking and being in the world.
Mike Viola, in his song, "My Monkey Made a Man out of Me," describes doing drugs as "looking for a cure without a disease." I've also heard it called, "taking a trip without leaving the location."
Drugs are a tragic way of escaping from, or coping with, one's life. But even for those of us who would never use such measures, the impulse to change the mental and emotional scenery is familiar. And yet, I assert that without recognizing it, what we often strive to escape from is our fixed attitudes, perceptions, judgments, and beliefs that have us at odds with, and at effect of, our schedules, jobs, partners, families, finances, etc.
As a Personal Development Provocateur, my job is to help you access your "higher self," your "inner wisdom," your "essence," or whatever special name you use to describe that part of ourselves that already knows the answers we seek, that part of us that has us acting out of love, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, gratitude, appreciation--in short, our true humanity.
As a life and leadership coach, I help you to gain clarity about who you are, gain altitude on the troubles you're experiencing, find new awareness around your behaviors, create actions that support your highest good, and have you work to create and realize your dream future.
It sounds almost too good to be true, doesn't it? But all this journey requires is commitment, integrity, and a willingness to begin. Take this kind of trip and leave your old stuck patterns behind forever!
If you're ready to be the leader in your life, I'll happily extend a complimentary 30-minute phone session to determine if coaching is a good fit for you.
Email me, Dr. Tim, at firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Rebecca Rubin
Young women are often told, “Get a mentor.” But what happens when mentors are in short supply? Where should a Gen Y woman look for support in her next big career leap?
Enter professional coaching.
In recent years the coaching industry has grown by leaps and bounds, as entrepreneurs and young professionals alike increasingly turn to coaches to take their relationships, health, leadership ability, and income to higher levels. More action-oriented than therapists and possessing greater objectivity (and often availability) than traditional mentors, coaching has become a popular option for women go-getters looking to advance.
Have you considered hiring a professional coach to increase your business’s bottom line, make a job transition, or help you land that big promotion you’ve been eyeing? Here are 5 benefits to working with a professional coach.
1) Clarity around what is and is not working in your career
“It’s vitally important to periodically take stock of your work life and ensure what you’re creating is aligned with your values and goals,” says Katie DePaola, Life Coach and CEO of women’s empowerment community, Inner Glow Circle. “One of the biggest advantages to working with a coach is clarifying what it is that you really want, assessing whether or not your current actions are aligned with that vision, and if not, figuring out how to course correct,” she says.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we often don’t take the time to reflect on how satisfied we are with our careers or contemplate bigger picture goals. Coaching provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.
2) Support breaking big goals into bite-sized action steps
Do you yearn to start a business or spend a year travelling the world, but get stuck on the “how”? You’re not alone. Student loans and other responsibilities can make larger endeavors feel out of the realm of possibility for many young women.
“When you’re faced with obstacles and no one around you is pushing past the norm, it can be hard to see what’s possible,” says Gen Y life coach Amelia Hoge. “One of the benefits of working with a professional coach is having someone to help you create an action plan for how to get started working toward your larger goals now.”
There’s a reason that gym memberships spike in January and then level out the rest of the year. Inner motivation and passion often come in waves, and aren’t always sufficient to support sustained changes. One of the major benefits of working with a coach is the sense of built in structure and accountability it provides.
“When you’re literally paying someone to help you grow your business or achieve a goal, you’re inclined to follow through on commitments in order to make the most of your investment,” says performance coach Alison Graddock. “Coaching the best way I’ve seen for people stay motivated and on-track.”
4) Rapid acceleration
It can be hard to recognize our own blind spots until someone points them out to us. Often times what we think will take years could only be months or even weeks away with the right guidance and expertise.
According to success coach Gina Devee, “Coaching helps people collapse the timelines they’ve set for themselves and take quantum leaps forward. Anyone who is serious about creating results requires access to a coach who can support them to reach their fullest potential and embrace what is truly possible.”
5) The ability to maintain a positive mindset.
Possibly the biggest benefit to working with a professional coach is that it helps you maintain an “anything’s possible” outlook on life. We all have fears, limiting beliefs and insecurities that have the potential to dramatically hinder our progress and coaching helps us push through when we’re feeling uncertain or the chips are down.
According to Performance Coach Alison Graddock, “All too often we give in to our fears, judgments and self-imposed limitations, and a coach is there to help us break past all that and create the lives we really desire!”
Rebecca Rubin is a marketing coach for women entrepreneurs looking to stop being their industry’s best-kept secret and start getting visible online. Download her free e-book, “How to Go From Hidden Gem to Hot Commodity” at www.thepursuitoffabulous.com.
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I get so much out of opening myself up to the world, really being a part of this big round globe of amazing people. On this journey, I’m really inspired by Tatum. She is such a cool, honest, real, fun person who I got to know a little before she took off on a road trip around the country teaching yoga and writing and blogging about it.
I want to be more like her when I grow up. Because my heart can’t seem to get enough sharing. I'm just imagining all the people she's meeting and touching.
Humans—homo sapiens—my peeps--we are pack animals. We survive and thrive in community. Our feelings of aloneness are a desire for connection, for being heard and seen at a deep level. To be embraced by our tribe.
They say that friends help you move, real friends help you move bodies.
Do you long for more real friends? The ones you can tell your secrets to, the ones that listen and support you when you’re frustrated or crying, and are always there to celebrate your successes?
The ones that know how to make fun of you but it still feels like love.
Or maybe you’re seeking a new love relationship. How awesome to find that special someone to share your life with! The person who gets you, is there for you, and sees your greatness without you having to constantly prove it.
Even if they complain about the toilet seat thing.
How is it that we live on a planet with billions of people, and yet we can still feel like we’re all by ourselves? If you’ve ever felt alone, the irony is that you’re not alone with that feeling. Our modern world puts us in closer proximity but with less connection. We can communicate with thousands, without relevance. We can share a world of information without ever sharing what lies in our hearts.
We can smell others on the subway, but there's no back story to give it meaning.
Ever walk into a coffee shop and everyone is texting and no one is talking to each other? My brother owns a café, August First, in Burlington, Vermont where he has banned laptops and tablets and cell phones. He thinks people are better served by talking to one another. What a concept!
Some of us have enough trouble expressing feelings face-to-face. Instant feedback in the form of a smile, encouraging words, a touch of the hand, can make it much easier. But online, I don’t know if you’re nodding, or getting ready to hit the delete key. I’m taking a chance putting it out there into the void
Being willing to be vulnerable in this way, technology pushes me to grow emotionally. As I flex my digital feelings, I learn to share for the sake of sharing, and not for what I might receive in return. It's not about validation. It's about the need to express, and the gratification of doing for the sake of doing. It's about authenticity.
However, I still enjoy your responses. Comment, write me, type your heart out loud. Come join the party!
And when you want to cultivate your heart, when you want to create relationships with velocity and power, consider hiring a coach. It gets boring on the sidelines.