Do I Keep Going?
It’s a question I’ve asked myself almost every day for the past 18 months as I have pursued this new career. And then I ask my wife what she thinks and she says, “Honey, I will support whatever you decide to do but only you know what you should be doing. I just want to know you’re trying your best.”
The battle in my mind is ongoing with small victories along the way. The most important victories I’ve discovered are the things I learn about myself.
The decision to take your life in a different direction requires both a shift of the mind and a shift of the will. Of course, it also requires some luck and providential influence but that’s for another discussion.
The shift of the mind is relatively simple. It either comes as a unexpected vision or a carefully developed idea. And yet no matter how it comes into being, it’s still just an idea.
To shift your will in the direction of an idea is much more difficult. It requires developing ideas for what to do next and uncovering the will to follow through with them. This is against our own nature. Our brains are wired to resist change. We automatically believe we can’t.
Now, here’s the irony. I’m a coach. That’s what I do for a living. I engage my clients in customized adult conversations designed to take them from where they are to where they want to be – helping them see that they can. This is my profession of choice and a vocation where I have received a lot of training, education, and proven success with my clients.
So how have I managed to keep going while traversing this new career of feast of famine? My own coach has been the key ingredient.
Each time we engage in a coaching conversation he expands my thinking, opens up my senses to new possibilities, makes me recall times of success, and helps me discover clarity that reveals my next step. He also applies his knowledge of me and what I want to accomplish to approach me assertively when I avoid tough decisions.
That’s what coaching does. Wherever you want to go – in life, in career, in relationship – it helps you shift your will and actions to match your vision.
I cannot imagine taking this journey without a coach.
So, the answer to my opening question is “Yes, I will keep going. And I will help others do the same.”
What will help you discover the steps toward your next pursue your next career? What will you do to uncover what it will take to have a satisfying life? What are you doing to make your relationships have greater value?
There is a coach out there ready to take that journey with you. Will you reach out to them and make a commitment to shift your will?
Time to make another shift and move to the next peak.