“We are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.”
—Napoleon Hill, 20th Century American author of Think and Grow Rich
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Perhaps one of the primary reasons for the rapid growth of the coaching industry is its ability to significantly increase our mindfulness and self-awareness. The phrase “Wherever you go, there you are” is poignant in that we always bring along our minds, which strongly influences and creates our worlds.
The majority of my work with clients focuses on executive leadership and business matters. Nevertheless, I’ve noticed considerable attention shifting to more personal and soulful issues and the idea of living a far more meaningful life.
If you, too, wish to dig deeper into being your own soulful captain of life, I strongly recommend the book Toward a Meaningful Life by Simon Jacobson.
“A talent can be cultivated in tranquility; a character only in the rushing stream of life.”
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 18th Century German writer and statesman
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Reflecting on this Quotable Coach series over the past eight years, I realized that it was the values and character traits of each author that had me select their quotes.
These daily nuggets of practical wisdom are more often gleaned from the rushing streams of life than tranquil self-reflection.
Cultivating our talents in both tranquil and active times provides an added foundation for many of the character traits we most admire and wish to emulate in our own lives.
If developing your own character is a priority, you may wish to read the remarkable stories of less well-known individuals in David Brooks book, The Road to Character.
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Have you ever questioned the benefit you get from worrying? Here are three worry-related posts you may have missed. Click the links for the full message.
“I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened.”
“Worry is a misuse of the imagination.”
“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
“Is the work people pay for the work you want to do?”
—Bernadette Jiwa, global authority on business philosophy
Image of Bernadette Jiwa from thestoryoftelling.com
Today’s quote comes from a blog post Bernadette Jiwa wrote on August 21, titled “The Value Shift.” Check out her insightful work and website.
What is your answer to the question posed in today’s quote?
Are you a yes, a no, or a sometimes? What would it take to be a Hell Yes!?
Yes, we all have our responsibilities and commitments we sometimes feel we have to do, instead of want to do. But overall, to what degree is the work you actually do what you want to do?
What bold, courageous, and creative actions would it take to move the “no” or “sometimes” far closer to the “yes” you deeply desire?
Feel free to reply to this post with the actions you will take to have a far more rewarding life.
“What is the cost of not doing what you say?”
What is your relationship to the character trait of integrity?
How do you relate to others who are more talk and less action?
To what degree can you be counted on in both good and challenging times?
What oaths, vows, promises, and other commitments have you made over the years in which your integrity was impeccable?
What has it cost you and those around you when your ratio of saying to doing exceeds the number one?
One place to look is in the area of trust and its impact on the important relationships in your life.
Please check out my Trust-o-Meter Assessment to explore potential ways you may wish to bolster your integrity and strengthen the trusting relationships you desire.
“If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you’re probably not hungry.”
—Michael Pollan, Harvard University Professor
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I eat an apple every morning as part of my breakfast routine. Honeycrisp and Jazz are two of my favorite varieties.
It is a bit strange to me that I rarely eat apples any other time of day. Perhaps because I am literally breaking my fast from my last meal or snack, 10-12 hours earlier.
What do you notice about you own hunger trends throughout your day?
What percent of your eating is generated by true hunger verses mindless or emotional eating?
Consider creating a hunger/food log to monitor your daily eating habits. What additional strategies can you use in addition to having a few tasty apples on hand to satisfy your optimal nutritional and hunger needs?
“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.”
—Aristotle, ancient Greek Philosopher
No one who has ever lived has led a completely charmed life in which everything went well, pushed along by a kind breeze.
On the surface of things, many people think that celebrities, great sports figures, accomplished business leaders, and even folks that share the highlights of their lives on social media have it made.
When you look even inches below the surface however, we all bear the scars of the numerous lumps and bumps life delivers.
How can you demonstrate and more fully appreciate the dignity and grace in yourself and others as you and those around you make the best of what life presents?
“Electricity is really just organized lightning.”
—George Carlin, 20th Century American comedian
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Imagine early man looking to the night sky during a storm, with all those thunderous bursts of lightning. What wondrous, frightening, and awesome source could generate such power?
As time progressed, great thinkers and scientists saw the potential to harness this power for the benefit of man.
Consider that you, too, are a source of lightning, given your numerous gifts, talents, ideas, and the contributions you’ve made at various points in your life.
How consistently or inconsistently do you experience the flow of energetic expressions of yourself?
In what ways can you more fully harness and express your energy and brilliance, to lead a more powerful and electrifying life?