Who Do You Really Want to Be?

Henry David Thoreau quoteWhen we’re little, adults are constantly asking up what we want to be when we grow up.  Now that we ARE the adults, I think it’s just as important to continue asking ourselves that question.  It is never too late to follow your dreams, to learn something new, to discover your passion in life!  Whether you are 22, 28, 35, 40, 48, 55 or above and reading this blog today, I want you to know that I have full faith in you!  I’m convinced that if each one of us had a personal cheerleader, a constant supporter or life coach at our side, we would all achieve great things.  What would be even more incredible is if we all had that sense of confidence in ourselves!  Determination, follow through and self-confidence are a powerful force and most of the world’s great discoveries, cures and acts of social change were brought about by ordinary people who simply believed they could do extraordinary things.  Rosa Parks, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, Eleanor Roosevelt and even lesser well known people like Sarah Breedlove Walker, the daughter of a former slave who was orphaned at 7, widowed by 20, yet invented a series of hair products, the Walker Schools and became the first American woman self-made millionaire.  

Here’s 5 ideas to help you be your own best life coach:

1.  Set a clear vision.  You need to be clear about what you want and hold fast to your vision.  When you have a clear vision, you are able to communicate that clearly with others.

2.  Be persistent!  Persistence triumphs almost everything.  The most persistent people tend to achieve their goals because they do not give up after an initial failure, mistake or misstep.

3.  Be positive!  Positivity is incredibly attractive.  Positive people have a charm about them that draws others toward them, that attracts supporters, volunteers, even angel investors!  Even if you were not born with an inherently positive nature, you can make small steps towards becoming more positive and embracing a positive outlook on life.

4.  Break down your overall goal into smaller, achievable steps.  Having a big goal is great and I believe in setting high personal expectations but it’s also nice to be able to check smaller goals off a list along the way!  It feels good to know that you’re accomplishing something, even very small steps along the path to get you where you want to go.

5.  Think of life like a distance runner–not a sprinter!  Long distance runners know that sustaining speed over time and endurance is the key to winning a race.  Realize that there is a season for everything–for studying, for hard work and for investing in meaningful relationships and family.  Time and energy management are your friends!  There is enough time for everything you want to do but you have to take action to create the life that you want.  No one can do this for you.  It’s incredibly empowering to realize that you alone have the power to change your life or to create the life of your dreams!

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