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See You Around, Maya. . .

May 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Maya

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Categories: Inspirational, WellBeing

Emotions, Body Heat, & Emoting

May 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Body Heat & Emoting

Simply Astounding!

May 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Reading - Astounding!

Life Coaching: The Road to Joy

May 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Fun!

(Photo: The News-Press)

by Mary Lynn Ziemer

When was the last time you felt happy and free? The last time you really had “fun?” When was the last time that nagging little voice in your head stopped talking incessantly about all of your daily responsibilities and your “to do” list?

If it’s been awhile, then maybe it’s time to start thinking about it from a different perspective — like you did when you were a child! Because that old and habitual type of thinking takes away far more than it gives. I recommend that, starting today, you give the topic of fun some serious thought and action. Why? Well, of course, because fun is — fun!

It’s really that simple. When you are having fun, you feel good. When you feel good, you are creating more of what you truly desire in your life. Remember, it’s all about how you feel!

How can you get back to those childhood priorities of having fun every day? Here are five simple steps to get you started:

  • Be fully present. It’s where fun always begins.

Children live in the present moment, just going from one fun thing to the next. They don’t think about the past or worry about the future. When a part of you is getting lost in the concerns of your past or anxieties of your future, it’s impossible to be fully present. This “mind chatter” gets in the way of fun.

  • Meditate. Although you may not think of “fun” when you think of meditation, it will eventually get you there. By clearing your mind, you are able to live in the present, and living in the present is the ticket to fun! Meditate once a day to get out of the endless monkey mind of narrating, reviewing and rehearsing the events of your day. Find a quiet place to meditate, or just sit quietly for several minutes listening and observing your thoughts. Time alone in nature or walking is always a helpful way to slow down and bring your mind, body and spirit into alignment.

Meditation will help you become calm so you can recognize and attend more mindfully, gratefully and enjoyably to whatever you are doing. Be in the moment, no matter how small they may seem: driving, eating, chatting with someone, etc. Be “present” in all of it without multitasking.

  • Smile and laugh — a lot. For years we have heard about the link between happiness, laughter and your health. Not to mention, everyone loves being with happy fun people! Scientific studies show that people who smile feel better than those who don’t. It is physically easier, using fewer muscles to smile than to frown.

And, just by the physical act of smiling, you change how you feel. So, just imagine how you would feel if you smiled all the time!

  • Incorporate things you are lovingly passionate about in your day.

Sometimes we forget to make joy a priority. We get caught up in the things we think we should do, or “need” to do, and neglect our need for fun and joy! Create a list of things you love to do. Commit to doing at least one of them for even a short period of time every day. Even if it’s only 15 minutes. When you are doing these activities, be fully present. Be in the moment and have fun with it. Enjoy living your life with joy, and without thoughts of fear or worry. Maybe it’s practicing your golf swing, dancing, singing, doing a puzzle, reading a good book, playing a game, taking a stroll, soaking in a bath, or playing with your pet. Maybe it’s traveling or trying something new and adventurous. It can be small or big. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, have a smile on your face and feel the joy of the moment.

  • Make everything you do fun. If there are things in your life that you don’t like to do, but you know you must, it’s time to rethink them and reframe them. There is always a way to have fun doing what you do, even if it’s not your favorite thing. Start by choosing your state of mind. No matter what activities you are doing, if your state of mind is one of joy and gratitude, you can take control of your day and make it amazing! Empower yourself by knowing that the outcome is always contingent on the choices you make and your own state of mind — not external factors or behaviors of others.

How do you choose your state of mind? Start by expecting your day to be fun! Expect your day and activities to flow easily and effortlessly.

Say to yourself: “I am so grateful that today is the best day of my life!” Repeat this over and over again until you begin to feel it is possible. When it’s time to engage in something that you typically procrastinate over, say this to yourself: “I am so grateful this project goes well. I am clear and focused, and easily complete it successfully.” When you do this, you are always positive and you will have so much more fun.

Remember, fun is at the heart of love. When you are truly having fun, and living in the moment, feelings of love will always prevail. You know this is where you truly want to be. You can be here every moment of your life if you choose — like a child feeling the lightness of life.

— Need help finding more joy and fulfillment in your life? Visit CoachingforExtraordinaryLiving.com or call Robert Eugene Miller at 770.367.2327. Robert is a certified master life coach, business consultant and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of coaching experience and as an entrepreneur.

Life, Career Coaches Provide Valuable Service

May 8, 2014 Leave a comment

by Danielle Braff, Chicago Tribune

Life and career coaching is a $1 billion-a-year industry, according to the Harvard Business Review.

Here’s what you should know about the business of helping people make the most of their careers and their lives.

RULES OF THE ROAD

While the International Coach Federation offers an independent coaching certificate, and there are various schools that offer credentials, anyone can call him — or herself — a coach.

COMMON PRACTICE

A 2009 study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development found that 90 percent of organizations use coaching in some form.

That’s because it could be a good financial investment, said Kathy Hankard, a Wisconsin-based certified financial planner.

FOOTING THE BILL

The cost of a life coach varies greatly by location and by the coaching structure, said Julie Melillo, a life coach in New York. She said that most coaches offer sessions that range in price from $100 to $300 per hour, but new coaches who are trying to build their portfolio or gain experience may charge less. Some coaches have packages for which you pay one price for a number of sessions, with specific activities per session, or there are others who have you pay per hour and individualize everything, she said.

THE RIGHT FIT

“A good coach is always worth the investment, because they can help you move past roadblocks to faster success, which will pay off,” Melillo said. “Otherwise it’s easy to let months and years pass by idling away and lacking clarity on what you should do next.”

Gerry Fisher, a Baltimore-based life and career coach, agreed. He said that those looking for career counseling need to find a life coach who specializes in that field.

FINDING HELP

Some people, however, may have deeper issues, “Coaching does not address profound grief from the loss of a loved one, nor overindulgence in any form, nor does it pretend to meet the needs of trauma brought on by a critical life changing event.  I regularly counsel clients facing these and other significant challenges to seek appropriate professional help”, said Robert Miller, a life coach from Alpharetta, Georgia.