Coaching from a whole-life perspective involves creating vision and plans for all areas of your life. For me this includes Adventure. I’ve enjoyed many adventures over the years and my next will be mountaineering in Nepal. Please check out Red Panda Expeditions to learn more about the company I will be climbing with and the ways in which they serve in Nepal.
Preparation is a significant part of any adventure. For help to anyone planning a trip to Island Peak or interested in a future adventure in Nepal, I’ve compiled a list of the gear I will be taking:
In 2015, I attended a StandOut strengths assessment certification training with The Marcus Buckingham Company. I connected immediately with the description provided on my own strengths. Since then I’ve been incorporating the assessment into my training and coaching. I love helping people see just how awesome they are and helping them leverage their innate strengths to make a greater positive impact in their work and life.
I recently had the opportunity to serve a young leader through coaching and team development. We spent part of our time discussing the very real challenges faced by her and her team and then spent the other part focusing on her strengths to lead the team forward. The most stretching part of our conversation wasn’t discussing the challenges but rather the struggle to accept the positive feedback.
We are not just people with careers, families, or finances to manage; we are whole people in which each area of our lives is interconnected with the others.
This perspective can help us do more than create balance between areas of our life; it can help us discover wholeness. This wholeness starts with our Core. It is what we believe to be true about the world, others, and ourselves. It is where we discover our purpose, define our values, and develop our character.
The areas of our life encircle our Core and can be viewed through the following 8 Dimensions:
Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. I must listen for the truths and values at the heart of my own identity, not the standards by which I must live – but the standards by which I cannot help but live if I am living my own life.