Dress For Success: Put Some Armor In Your Armoire

freeimage-1206353knightLife is a battlefield.  There will always be challenges and obstacles to overcome.  But how we prepare for these challenges makes all the difference in our ability to achieve success. It’s the difference between having a dream or a fantasy.

I love movies about knights: Knight’s Tale, First Knight, Camelot—I’ve watched these all too many times to keep count. And with results reaching much further than entertainment: I’ve learned a life lesson about dressing for success.  I’ve come to discover things one needs to “put on” to have a victorious life: funds, humility, attention to details, flexibility, strength/endurance, an awareness of one’s uniqueness, and the courage to more forward. This, then, is some of the armor I put in my armoire and how I came to realize its significance.

First off, there’s funds needed. Seems obvious. If you’re going to school, starting a business, etc. you will need to have required money to start. The knights were part of the nobility and the only ones who could afford the expensive armor required to be a knight. The other positions were foot soldier or archer. So, wanting a certain career demands finances, or resources to obtain them.

A second characteristic, humility, came to mind with the knowledge that knights needed a squire to prepare them for battle. The knights could not dress themselves. How many times do people not get where they want because they do not develop a good support system for themselves— something paramount to success in my field of coaching. And then there’s the attention to detail: cover all your assets. Ever spend so much time focusing on one area that you left out that important minor detail you needed to make things happen? A knight’s armor had a lot of parts that all worked together to protect him.  Going into battle with a beautiful strong breastplate wouldn’t be so good if armpits were  unprotected.

And this might be a good place to bring up the “flexibility” trait. To be prepped for victorious living, we must be able to change with the requirements of the time.  After all, there was a time when chain mail was sufficient gear for a knight. Then came the longbow and crossbow.  Plate mail became necessary.

What change have you been resisting that could spur you on to success?  For me, it was all this tech stuff.  But it is necessary. I can’t think I’ll succeed without being equipped in some tech knowledge and skills. Nor can I expect to take on the world if I don’t take care of myself first. It took a strong body to support fifty pounds of armor. It takes healthy habits of diet and exercise to help you stand up under the pressures of today’s world. And the emotional fortitude and courage to push forward and go for one’s dreams in the midst of obstacles is greatly empowered  by self-awareness of one’s uniqueness.

The knight was literally wrapped in self-awareness of his own uniqueness, as a knight’s armor had to be customed made.  No other knight could fit another knight’s armor. How does it make you feel to know that there is no one else in the world who can fit the purpose you are designed to accomplish?  What do you need to get wrapped up in to gain the confidence to overcome obstacles and move forward to pursue the life of your dreams?

God has designed you for a unique special purpose, and, as your coach, I would consider it an honor to help you discover and fulfill that purpose as only you can by assisting you with putting on your armor and helping you climb back on your horse, as I’ve so enjoyed with others (see testimonials,  AND IT WORKS:)  And, don’t forget to stop by on your crusade for some refreshing at the soul oasis

Because Life Happens.   Quality Life Doesn’t™   ~Creators Life Coaching

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Breaking The Mold: So Your Life Isn’t Moldy

freeimage-1376545moldedBreaking the mold. How many times have we heard that expression? But when you stop and really think about what it means, there’s something really powerful going on here in this expression?  And, for all that matters, what’s in a word?  Sometimes, all the difference in the world.  Let’s use my quote in the photo for an example: “The human soul should be molded by love and hope, not molded from dark thoughts and tears.” (Click on image to enlarge)  The words “by” and “from” were not used randomly.  To mold something is to shape it, form it by environment, circumstances, teaching, parenting, etc.  To mold, on the other hand, is a consequence that takes place from being in a damp, dark place. So, in other words, if our lives have been molded by bad circumstances, we’d better find a way to keep ourselves in the light if we don’t want to end up with a moldy life.

Great, so much for the lesson in semantics. But now, let’s apply it to designing a quality life and get ready to empower and enlighten yourself.  Your life doesn’t have to be moldy!  That’s right— no matter how long you’ve been sitting in that damp, dark place. You can break out of that moldy life mold and start shaping your life and living your dreams.  Even if it means learning to dream again, finding a new vision for your life.

Are you ready to move forward in life? No matter what your life has been?  Then you are a coachable person. You are ready to break out of the mold of the past and start shaping, or molding, a good future for yourself and your loved ones. And a great coach can help you shape up— physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, etc.   Well how, you might ask.

Coaching increases your self-awareness and helps you discover what’s really important to you, what your unique gifts are, your core values. It helps you create opportunities for yourself, find balance, and gain insight and vision. It helps you set realistic goals, create support systems for yourself and accountability partners.  (For more info, click on my FAQs)

So here’s to breaking the moldy old mold of the past and molding the life of your dreams.  Say good-bye to being molded “from” and hello to being molded “by” what you most desire.  Design Your Life- Build Your Dreams.  Because Life Happens.  Quality Life Doesn’t. ~Creators Life Coaching       (For more inspiration, visit the soul oasis)

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Reframing Valentine’s Day: Love Isn’t Just For Lovers

Have you ever had a picture that you really didn’t like and then, one day, you decide to put it in a nice frame and VOILA: the picture now looks great to you?  This is called reframing in coaching circles and it works much the same way. Since today is Valentine’s Day, let’s use that for our example.  For many, the thought of a “romantic” holiday is almost unbearable.  The whole flowers and candy thing is just a spotlight on their loneliness and longing to have a relationship with that special someone, when they don’t. So how, then, do we change this?  How do we reframe our negative feelings about the big LOVE day and begin to see it in a better perspective?

What if we were to think of Valentine’s Day, not just for couples, but as a day to celebrate love, period?  A day to give some little token of affection to those around us, those we work with, go to school with, worship with, play with. Remember how much joy it was to give valentines to all your friends in grade school?  It wasn’t about romance— except for the school boy/girl crush. It was about giving a whole bunch of your classmates a fun greeting just to let them know they were liked and appreciated.  And there was always that one special valentine reserved for teacher.  Bet you couldn’t wait to give it to her, right?

So how’d we get so far away from allowing ourselves to revel in the joy of such a past occassion of fun?  And what could be better than another excuse to eat candy— especially chocolate?  At what point did we allow ourselves to be defined—framed, by the candy, flower, and greeting card industries, instead of love?  And what we do about it to change our perspective?  Whose day can you brighten today?  What can you give to someone or do to let them know they are appreciated?  And, what could you do for yourself to celebrate your own worth?  I am fortunate enough to have a loving husband and son to buy me chocolates but, guess what— I bought myself a heart this year. Yet my favorite thing was making a slideshow of love quotes to inspire and encourage others in a world desperately needing love.  In fact, four of the slides were written because of the Sandy Hook tragedy— the slides starting with the double rainbow over the empty playground, up to the kids building a sandcastle.  Check it out, and pass on the love: love of our children, love from our creator, love of friends, and, yes, couples too— but not exclusively.  Because love isn’t just for lovers.   ~JT/Creators Life Coaching

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