For the past 14 years, I have had the honor to coach some amazing individuals. When I decided to go into the field of personal/career coaching, I knew that it was what I was destined to do. I also knew that I had the opportunity to share some of my wisdom with others as well as learn from my students how to be a better coach. In order to teach, one has to be willing to learn. The journey has been nothing short of amazing and I’m not too proud to say that I’ve been taught many things from the people I coach. One of the lessons that consistently jumps out at me is the necessity to evaluate the ingrained or subconscious thinking that holds us back in life and business. My coaching sessions are designed to get people thinking about the core values that either stagnate or propel us. If you’re considering making some changes towards personal development, these tips can help you take those first steps. Evaluating your current position in life will make it significantly easier to make a clear path to your goals.
1. Keep a Journal. When you write down what you plan to accomplish in your life, you can then take the necessary steps to achieve what you plan. Write down both personal and career-related goals, then reflect on these goals daily to see how your actions in the past week have brought your closer to your goals.
2. Visualization. Whenever possible put a picture of what you want in an area that you will see every day. If this option doesn’t work, you can maintain that picture in your mind. A picture of a flat stomach on the fridge will help steer you towards healthy food choices, while a picture of a vacation destination will help you save money.
3. Envision Success. If you can see yourself succeeding within a reasonable range, you are more apt to succeed. Imagine yourself celebrating your success. During the envisioning process, make sure that put yourself in the vision and see the final outcome. Avoid the temptation to consider anything but success. Failure is only possible when you make it an option.
4. If you want to be a better you, it is so important that you help others. Whether you do community service or simply help someone you see walking down the street, your good deeds will never go unnoticed. In the words of Maya Angelou “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
5. Express your gratitude to the universe for every blessing that you receive, no matter how small. We receive 86,400 seconds in each day. If we spend just a few of those seconds saying “thank you”, imagine the possibilities that will open up for you.
Personal development requires a customized approach. Your path to your personal achievements will only succeed if you respect your own world view. By utilizing the above tips and staying true to your personal character, you can take the first steps to creating better habits and building a Bolder, Bigger, and Braver YOU!