What, ME Change?

Change – it’s hard stuff, at least when it involves me! My habits, my accustomed way of doing things…that sweet zone in which I have long operated is like a warm cocoon of security – and to bring change into my comfort zone is like an ice cold shower at 5 AM.

Now, we all want change – of the “right kind” (more money, better job, more alive marriage, healthy spiritual life, stronger body, good relationships) – the kind we object to is the process of change –change that invades my behavior (like changed habits of spending, different ways of thinking about my spouse, new focus on relationships, changed disciplines regarding food and exercise…)

But here’s the thing: the road to the enriched life runs through the construction zone of changed patterns of how I think and feel and behave.

Life coaches are “change experts” – not the sort who tells you what to do and nags you to do it, rather the kind who comes alongside and listens to what you’d really like to see happen, then helps you set goals which will – through change – take you to the change you’ll love!

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Remember What You Want

Discipline, said David Campbell, is remembering what you want.

Most of us don’t relish the necessary actions or new habits that flow out of disciplined and planned new courses of behavior. But, almost everyone values the fruit of that discipline.

The need is to hold up in front of yourself that fruit — and the promise of more!

See, it’s the substance of good vision — a vision which helps you to keep at the acts of discipline when the motivation that started you on the new course is at times absent!

At Catalyst we coach our clients to help them keep doing what they committed to themselves to do, even when the motivation that fueled the commitment is diminished. Another value of having a coach in your corner.

Choose the Path of Most Resistance!

In the book, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy talks about the need to choose the path of most resistance. He goes on with this: “To change your direction you will need to swim upstream, against the resistance of the rushing river, against your habitual tendency.”

“Low Resistance:
* Going along with the gossip
* Surrendering to peer pressure
* Saying yes to needless obligations
* Submitting to the crying demands of your children
* Starting your new program on “Monday” (instead of today)
* Reacting in anger
* Holding a grudge
* Giving the ‘silent treatment’

High Resistance:
* Going to the gym when you don’t feel like it
* Forgiving someone who wronged you
* Feeling the fear and doing it anyway
* Admitting you were wrong and apologizing
* Ordering the salad when you want the burger
* Saying no to (yet another) shot of tequila
* Calling that big, scary big prospect (again and again)

If you want to finally obtain what’s missing from your life, you need to stop always doing what you feel like doing and start doing the things that make you uncomfortable, the stuff you avoid, and the things that you think are hard.”

Adding Value to You

Someone said: “to help others become something they never could become on their own is putting value into that other person.

Adding value to others is the very definition of what a good coach does.

That’s what we at Catalyst are committed to — you unleashed, you pursuing the best, in all the areas of life.

So whether your pressing need is some steady growth in your business, or some great new energy in your marriage, a healthy balance among all of life’s dimensions and priorities — whether it is to finally excel (without excuses) in your physical or spiritual health, or simply to regularly set and achieve goals, one of us can help you get there.

Questions Coaches Ask

Coaches ask questions, the kind of questions that even your best friend might not ask.

Coaching therefore calls for commitment to both honesty and humility. Remember, without the process, you won’t get to the product.

So here are 3 introductory questions you might hear from a Catalyst coach:

  •  What do you really want? (in business, your marriage, spiritual or physical health, etc)
  •  What is it that holds you back? (in other words, what’s keeping you from what you just said you wanted —   here’s where honesty is required!
  •  What is it costing you (and what will it cost you) to continue holding back?

If you tackle the 3, shoot us a private message and let us know how you did with the answers!