“Leave the familiar for a while. Change rooms in your mind for a day.”
—Hafiz, 14th Century Persian Poet
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One of my favorite quotes is, “When patterns are broken, new worlds will emerge,” by Tuli Kupferberg. In a nutshell, it points to a primary reason the coaching process works to support all kinds of professional and personal change initiatives.
Unfortunately, this can be quite difficult due to entrenched ways of thinking and acting that have become habituated over many years.
The good news, supported through today’s quote, is that we all can begin to grow and change by taking baby steps rather than quantum leaps, to better our worlds.
Experiment today by intentionally deviating from the familiar in your thoughts and actions. Please consider replying to this post regarding what occurs when you change things up a bit.
“Speak to people with love and compassion, and you have the ability to create change in them.”
—Matt Valentine, founder of Buddhaimonia
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I feel very honored to be a business and personal coach. To kick-start each new relationship, I spend an entire day with my new client. This helps us establish a trusting and supportive partnership.
The level of transparency, openness, and connection that develops over time is often significant and meaningful to myself and to my clients.
There is very often a sincere caring and compassionate connection which mobilizes most clients to break habits and behavioral patterns to realize many sustainable changes they seek.
How and where can you bring greater love and compassion to selected people in your communities, to enhance their ability to create lasting positive change in their lives?
“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”
—John Wayne, American film icon
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When you settle under the covers and reflect on your day, what factors bring you satisfaction and put a smile on your face? What represents a day well spent to you?
Most people would say learning something new, and making a positive contribution are keys to living a meaningful life.
What do you intend to learn and contribute today, to make for a much brighter tomorrow?
“Make sense out of change by plunging into it, moving with it, and joining in the dance.”
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As we move through the stages of adult life, most of us become a bit more set in our ways. There is nothing particularly wrong with that. We often find comfort in our rituals, habits, and routines.
Without a direct invitation from us, however, the world increasingly knocks or, in some cases, pounds on our doors, bringing all kinds of change into our personal and professional worlds.
What if, instead of bolting our doors or barricading ourselves into our comfortable worlds, we opened ourselves to more opportunities and adventures by moving, plunging and dancing with these changes?
Where would a more open, welcoming, “try it on” approach to the changes around you make the biggest, most positive difference? Consider opening this door, or better yet, stepping right out there and joining the dance!
“Powerful indeed is the Empire of Habit.”
—Publilius Syrus, ancient Syrian writer 42 BCE
I wonder if Publilius Syrus was an influence in the creation of Yoda in the Star Wars series. Today’s quote sure sounds like a Yoda-ism!
Take a moment to examine your personal and professional empires. How satisfied, fulfilled, and generally happy are you in regards to what you have built through your daily habits?
How are things looking regarding your health, relationships, career, finances, community engagement, and spiritual pursuits?
If you are falling short of the mark, examine your current habits, which are the key to over 90% of our lives.
Daily microresolutions can help set you on a more successful course. You can learn about microresolutions through the work of Caroline Arnold and her book, Small Move, Big Change.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
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The world is a pretty big place, and we are each but one of over seven billion passengers on this beautiful blue marble.
Given this perspective, it is common for most of us, on many occasions, to feel small, limited, and maybe somewhat insignificant. Who am I, or who are we, as individuals, to make a lasting and significant change or difference? Yet that is exactly what we do each day in our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our extended communities.
How can and will you create more positive ripples in your communities in the future?
“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.”
—Grandmother Willow, in Disney’s Pocahontas
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Take a few minutes to go back in time to your high school and college years.
Identify the teacher and the course that made the biggest difference.
I’ll bet that in many cases the lessons learned or the impact gained still influences your life today.
What was the level of effort required to excel and achieve the benefits?
How significantly were you challenged to go beyond the path of least resistance and conventional thinking, to reap the reward you experience to this day?
Where in your personal or professional world are you taking the easy path that just doesn’t feel right?
Where would summoning your courage, boldness, persistence, and tenacity on a path you know is right make all the difference to your future success and happiness?
“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”
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Has anyone ever told you they get some of their best ideas while taking a shower? It turns out that a change of scenery or venue is often just the ticket to get your creative juices flowing. Even the relatively new phenomenon of using a standing desk versus sitting all day has been touted to produce significant boosts of focus and productivity.
What changes can you introduce into your day to shift your perspective and open up new levels of innovation and creativity? Consider taking a walk and letting your angels whisper a few suggestions.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
—Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Activist/youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
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At some point in life, we all ask ourselves: What is the meaning of life? Why are we here?
Many of us find great satisfaction and meaning realizing that our lives have purpose, that it is to make a difference, and in some way—big or small—to change the world.
What books have you read recently? What letters, emails, or blog posts have you written?
What child’s life have you impacted or touched in some meaningful way? How have you taught, mentored, or coached others in your life? How have you benefited from those around you sharing their life lessons?
How and in what ways do you intend to change your world or the world in 2017?
“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.”
-Rick Godwin, Megachurch Pastor
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Where are others in your personal or professional worlds experiencing modest, or even significant change?
Take the time to look deeply into their reasoning—on the surface, and at a deeper level. What negative or undesirable future will come about due to the changes? What do they expect to lose as a result? What feelings and emotions are associated with such thinking? Where would greater understanding and empathy be helpful?
Where and with whom would the recognition of the potential impact of change become a first step in looking at what gains may come from the situation?