It has recently occurred to me now much I enjoy executive coaching. It gives me such great pleasure to work with clients and to gently guide them to whatever outcomes they want from the sessions.
Each client is unique, and this is what makes it so interesting. Everything we share is confidential and I have found that my 65 years of life experience with the ups and downs I have experienced has given me a great deal of knowledge and experience.
Life experience helps
I can address any challenge my clients face, and it is such a joy to see them change in front of my eyes. I am now coaching internationally as well as nationally and locally. I run face to face sessions as well as telephone and internet sessions.
All three styles seem to have an equally positive effect which is very exciting as I am now in a position to coach clients anywhere in the world. Because of the serious challenges I have faced in my life I can genuinely empathise with my clients in the issues we discuss, and this makes it extra special.
Out of interest I’ve identified some of the areas which my coaching helps my clients:
1. Confidential sounding board to help determine goals, strategies and action plans
2. Builds resilience when dealing with change and restructuring
3. Enhances personal leadership vision and values
4. Healthier work life balance
5. Clarity about “what’s next” in the short and long term
6. Clarity about current role: expectations, goals, and measure of success
7. Stronger decision-making abilities
8. Improved working relationships
I’m 65 and just warming up!
As you know I turned 65 last week and I thought I knew a lot of things until I came across this article entitled 45 Life Lessons from a 90-Year-Old. If this doesn’t’ improve your life I will be amazed! I believe that several of these lessons will really speak to you.
45 LIFE LESSONS FROM A 90 YEAR OLD
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don’t forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
Thoughts for the week
1. Which of the 45 lessons really spoke to you?
2. These lessons spoke to you for a reason and are an indicator that you should take notice and change your thinking or actions.
3. Work on these this week and if you only manage to change one thing it will benefit you in the future.
4. Some of the simplest things in life are often the most important.
Well that’s if for this week, have a wonderful weekend and stay positive.
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