Living Without Limits; Coaching Scenario 31/05/2011
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Living Without Limits
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Welcome
Welcome to Edition 148 of Coaching Inspirations! This edition’s main explores the three keys to living without limits: clarity, competence, and concentration.
 
Also in this edition: job opportunities; a coaching scenario; LCI's Health & Wellness Coaching Specialty Stream; Live to Coach updates; upcoming TeleClasses; plus much more.
 
Enjoy your reading – and don’t forget to forward this to your friends!
 
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Institute News
 
Now comes an important Question.
Can you be a Life Coach?
The answer is ‘YES’ you can!
 
Life Coaching is a skill that you can master just like any other.
 
Coaches today come from all sorts of professional and personal backgrounds. Health, Education, Business, Finance, Management, Marketing, Sales and Administration just to name a few.
 
If you’re a person who people come to for help, support and guidance you’re probably already ‘coaching’ at a certain level. You can now take your ‘natural’ mentoring, leadership and communication skills and develop them into a structure to ‘coach’ people professionally.
 
What do YOU want out of Coaching?
 
That’s a question worth reflecting on. You see, a person becomes a professional coach primarily for one reason and one reason only...
 
To have a positive, profound and enduring life changing effect on another person's life! That desire is at the fundamental heart of what coaching is all about.
 
And that’s what makes coaching such a powerful and rewarding profession.
 
As a qualified coach, you’ll also...
 
-       Expand your natural skills in mentoring, leading and assisting others into a formal qualification.
 
-       You’ll be able to utilise your coaching skills to create an extremely rewarding self-employment opportunity.
 
-       You can Fast-Track your career by giving yourself great options for career advancement in the future.
 
-       And as a parent or grandparent you’ll be able to further develop the careers and life choices of your children and grandchildren as you become more effective role models and leaders in your family.
 
Find out more! Visit www.lcia.com.au/lz to find out how you can become a Life Coach with Australia's leading coaching educator (and receive a free 10 Lesson eCourse on Building an Effective Coaching Business).
 
You can also click here to request additional Course Information or click here to download a Course Prospectus.
Job Opportunity
 
Markers Required for LCI
 
The Life Coaching Institute (LCI) requires casual Markers to mark workbooks for Certificate IV and Diploma of Life Coaching students.
 
The position is based at home and involves collecting and returning workbooks twice a week from the Institute's Head Office at Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
 
Duties of the position include:
 
-       Marking student workbooks in accordance with established assessment benchmark requirements.
-       Providing relevant and constructive feedback to students on their assessments.
-       Making accurate assessment decisions.
-       Completing marking paperwork accurately and clearly.
-       Completing at least 10 hours of professional development per year.
 
The successful applicant will have:
 
-       A Certificate IV or Diploma-level qualification in Life Coaching (or equivalent).
-       Approximately two years’ experience (or equivalent) working in roles involving life coaching.
-       Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (or willingness to obtain).
-       Positive disposition and attitude.
 
Payment rates per assessment will be discussed at interview.
 
Applications will be assessed on a first-in basis.
 
Please send application including CV to:
 
Anel Hough
LCI Training Coordinator
Locked Bag 15
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Or email: anel@lcia.com.au
Living Without Limits
The starting point of great success and achievement has always been the same. It is to dream big dreams. There is nothing more important, and nothing that works faster to allow you to cast off your limitations, than to begin dreaming and fantasizing about the wonderful things you can become, have, and do.
 
When you begin to dream big dreams, your levels of self-esteem and self-confidence go up immediately. You feel more powerful about yourself and your ability to deal with what happens to you. The reason so many people accomplish so little is because they never let themselves lean back and imagine the kind of life that is possible for them.
 
A powerful principle that you can use to dream big dreams and live without limits is contained in what Elihu Goldratt calls the “Theory of Constraints.” This is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern thinking. What Goldratt has found is that in every process, in accomplishing any goal, there is a bottleneck or choke cord that serves as a constraint on the process. This constraint then sets the speed at which you achieve any particular goal. But if you concentrate all of your creative energies and attention on alleviating the constraint, you can speed up the process faster than by doing any other single thing.
 
Let me give you an example. Let us say that you want to double your income. What is the critical constraint or the limiting factor that holds you back? Well, you know that your income is a direct reward for the quality and quantity of the services you render to your world. Whatever field you are in, if you want to double your income, you simply have to double the quality and quantity of what you do for that income. Or you have to change what you are doing to make it worth twice as much. But you must always ask yourself, “What is the critical constraint that holds me back or sets the speed on how fast I double my income?”
 
A friend of mine is one of the highest-paid commission professionals in the United States. One of his goals was to double his income over three to five years.
 
He applied the 80/20 rule to his client base. He found that 20% of his clients contributed 80% of his profits. And that the amount of time he spent on a high-profit client was pretty much the same as the amount of time he spent on a low-profit client.
 
So he very carefully, politely, and strategically handed off the 80% of his clients that only represented 20% of his business to other professionals in his industry. He then put together a profile of his top clients and began looking in the marketplace for more clients that fit the profile. In other words, clients who could become major profit contributors to his organization and whom he, in turn, could serve with the level of excellence his clients were accustomed to.
 
And instead of doubling his income in three to five years, he doubled it in the first year!
 
So what is holding you back? Is it your level of education or skill? Is it your current occupation or job? Is it your current environment? Is it the situations that you are in today? What is setting the speed for achieving your goal?
 
Remember, whatever you have learned, you can unlearn. Whatever situation you have gotten yourself into, you can probably get yourself out of. If your real goal is to dream big dreams and to live without limits, you can set that as your standard and compare everything that you do against it.
 
The three keys to living without limits have always been the same. They are clarity, competence, and concentration.
 
Clarity means that you are absolutely clear about who you are, what you want, and where you’re going. You write down your goals and you make plans to accomplish them. You set very careful priorities and you do something every day to move yourself toward your goals. And the more progress you make toward accomplishing things that are important to you, the greater self-confidence and self-belief you have, and the more convinced you become that there are no limits on what you can achieve.
 
Competence means that you begin to become very, very good in the key result areas of your chosen field. You apply the 80/20 rule to everything you do and you focus on becoming outstanding in the 20% of tasks that contribute to 80% of your results. You dedicate yourself to continuous learning. You never stop growing. You realize that excellence is a moving target. And you commit yourself to doing something every day that enables you to become better and better at doing the most important things in your field.
 
Concentration is having the self-discipline to force yourself to concentrate single-mindedly on one thing, the most important thing, and stay with it until it’s complete.
 
The two key words for success have always been focus and concentration. Focus is knowing exactly what you want to be, have, and do. Concentration is persevering, without distraction, in a straight line toward accomplishing the things that can make a real difference in your life.
 
When you allow yourself to begin to dream big dreams, creatively abandon the activities that are taking up too much of your time, and focus your inward energies on alleviating your main constraints, you start to feel an incredible sense of power and confidence. As you focus on doing what you love to do and becoming excellent in those few areas that can make a real difference in your life, you begin to think in terms of possibilities rather than impossibilities, and you move ever closer toward the realization of your full potential.
 
[Ed. Note: If you're not spending most of your time doing what you love, and you're not making the money you know you deserve, chances are you're not exploiting your natural talents. You'll learn how to do just that when you read Brian Tracy's FREE special report, "Discovering Your Talents."
 
In this report, success expert, coach, and bestselling author Brian Tracy reveals the exact strategy he uses to produce more income, more leisure time, and more fulfillment and enjoyment in his life.
 
Whatever you're doing today, it's nowhere near what you're really capable of. So download Brian's free special report NOW to unleash your FULL potential!]
 
© 2011 Early To Rise
 
 
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-       Neuro-Linguistic Programming
-       Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
-       Solution Focused Therapy
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-       Coaching Strategies
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Coaching Scenario
A client approaches you with the question below. As the coach, how would you assist this client? Below is a script from Zahava Starak, LCI’s Master Coach.
 
What can I do to be more confident that taking a new direction in my life is the right thing to do?
 
This is a good question for a client to be asking if they are on the verge of making a life change. It is only natural for an individual in such a situation to have second doubts and want a bit more certainty that they are heading in the right direction.
 
As coach in this situation, you can ask a series of questions so both you and the client have a clear picture of this new direction. You can then act as a sounding board upon which your client can voice their concerns and in turn, you can provide feedback with your understanding, enabling your client to hear how another person perceives what they are doing.
 
What I suggest you do to get the ball rolling is to implement the WDEP acronym which is central to the Reality Approach. The core premise to this approach is the idea that regardless of what has happened in our lives in the past we can choose behaviours that will help us meet our needs more effectively in the future.
 
This approach helps individuals direct their own live, make more effective choices and develop strength to handle stresses and problems. The procedure below relates to the letters of the acronym WDEP in which:
 
-       W stands for wants and needs and reflects the inner world of wants that the client desires.
 
-       D stands for Direction and Doing in which the focus is on what the client wants and what they are doing about getting that want fulfilled.
 
-       E stands for evaluation. Here the client needs to assess whether their current behaviour will get them what they want and so they must evaluate each component of their total behaviour to assess the consequences of their actions.
 
-       And P stands for Planning and Commitment. The client can now explore specific ways to fulfil their wants.
 
By asking our client the questions relevant to each letter in this acronym, you may be able to validate that the client has isolated an appropriate need to be met, has determined the behaviours to meet this need and has decided on the right strategies to satisfy it.
 
I would suggest that you begin by asking your client some specific ‘want’ questions such as “What would you be doing if you were living how you wanted to? Do you really want to change your life? And “What do you want that you don’t seem to be getting?” 
 
To flesh out the answers to these questions, your client can be encouraged to paint a picture of a day in their life when they are living their ideal. They can tell you what they will be doing and how they will be feeling. Who will they be talking to and where will they be. How will they be experiencing any changes and what their intuition tell them about the place they are in.
 
If at the end of this discussion your client has a smile on their face and has indicated that they have sensed what they want in their entire being - and believe it to be a true reflection of their innermost want - then you have clarity that the direction the client has chosen is the correct one for them.
 
To build your client’s confidence, it is important to work through the rest of the WDEP acronym and ask the remaining questions. You can now explore what your client is doing to get their want met and pose such questions as:
 
-       “What are you doing about this?”
-       “What could you do as your first step?”
-       “What would you do if you had unlimited resources?”
 
These questions will help your client to either acknowledge that they have taken the appropriate steps to reach their objective, or that they need to give more thought to what they could be doing.
 
This then easily moves unto the next set of questions which aim to determine if what the client is already doing is actually working for them and is realistic to begin with. So you can ask your client upfront “is what you want realistic?”
 
To further evaluate the situation you could continue by asking “is your behaviour working for you?”; and to really get your client thinking ask, “is there a healthy congruence between what you do and what you believe?”
 
By this time your client most likely will know one way or another whether the direction they have chosen is the right one for them and if so, they can confidently move unto the last stage that of planning and commitment.
 
Here questions are directed at determining whether your client’s plan is appropriate and helpful and how willing is the client to do what it takes to reach their goal.
 
Chances are that if you were to ask your client to rate their level of commitment on a scale where 0 was no commitment and 10 was yes - I’m going for it - you client would say 10.
 
If along the way, while using the WDEP process, it has become evident that your client has been right to have doubts; you can now use the answers to the questions to find the client’s true direction.
 
But if this is not the case then with your client confident and committed you can take steps to action their goals. To build up your client’s confidence even further you can assure them that together you will be exploring any obstacles that stand in their way of goal attainment and therefore may be creating fragments of doubt in their mind.
 
It is not a bad thing for a client to have doubts when approaching a new direction and challenge in their life - and it is certainly exciting and exhilarating when a double check has resulted in the “right” way forward.
 
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Specialty Streams: Health & Wellness Coaching
Wellness, with its focus on achieving balance in life, is an important and growing area of concern for many of us. This stream addresses the five dimensions of health and wellness: mental, social, emotional, spiritual and physical. Specific areas of negative impact behaviours are investigated, and strategies for achieving optimal health and wellness are explored. You will learn techniques for health and wellness coaching and also the importance of your own health and wellness in your role as a life coach.
 
On completion of this stream you will be able to differentiate between the issues of ‘health’ and ‘wellness.’ The importance of a positive outlook and positive self-regard in achieving optimal wellness is discussed. This stream also covers the topic of stress, how it impacts on health and wellness and provides strategies for stress management. Specific techniques to assist clients change behaviours that have a negative impact on wellness are also included. Finally, you will become aware of your own ‘wellness’ level and its impact on your role as a coach.
 
The Health and Wellness Specialty Stream addresses:
 
-       The dimensions of health and wellness.
-       Understanding the difference between 'health' and 'wellness'.
-       The importance of a positive outlook and positive self-regard in achieving optimal wellness.
-       Negative behaviours that impact a person's health and wellness.
-       The nature of stress and strategies for the management of stress.
-       Nutritional principles and the benefits of an active lifestyle.
-       Strategies for achieving optimal health and wellness.
-       Techniques to help clients change behaviours.
-       Becoming aware of your own 'wellness' level and its impact on your role as a life coach.
 
Are you ready to become a Health & Wellness Coach? Then contact your Local Student Fulfilment Centre TODAY!
 
Brisbane: 1800 108 000
Regional QLD: 1800 102 202
Sydney: 1800 683 882
Victoria: 1800 683 883
South Australia: 1800 683 880
Western Australia: 1800 683 881
Live to Coach (LTC): Update
Live to Coach (www.livetocoach.com) is LCI's official Blog. It's packed with great articles and information for coaches, personal and business development enthusiasts. Here is a review of the latest posts:
 
Business Planning Tips
 
Well, you’ve no doubt heard the cliché dozens of times… if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail. This cliché has stuck around for so long because it’s true!
 
It’s simply staggering the number of business owners that don’t plan. It’s not limited to coaches, it’s prolific throughout small business, and possibly most prominent in service (as opposed to product) orientated business.
 
It may be that business owners: don’t know how to plan; don’t place a high priority on it and hence apply their time elsewhere; or they just don’t see value in it.
 
Whatever the reason, the number of business owners that actually do plan is extraordinarily low. Maybe that’s a contributing factor to the reason so many businesses fail.
 
As a coach it’s imperative that you recognise and respect that you’re operating a business, and plan accordingly. And we’re not talking about ad-hoc planning. We’re talking about thorough, considered and consultative planning. Below are a couple of pointers to assist you with this process.
 
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Quote of the Fortnight
"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
 
~ John F. Kennedy
Student Notice
The following Teleclasses are scheduled for the second quarter of 2011. Click on the link to retrieve the complete timetable along with booking information:
 
REMEMBER: To access TeleClasses you must make a booking.
 
 
Thursday, 02/06/2011
7.30 - 9.30 pm: Workbooks 1
 
Thursday, 09/06/2011
7.30 - 9.30 pm: Workbooks 7-9
 
Thursday, 16/06/2011
7.30 - 9.30 pm: Workbooks 4 & 5
 
Thursday, 23/06/2011
7.30 - 9.30 pm: Workbooks 2 & 3
 
Thursday, 30/06/2011
7.30 - 9.30 pm: Workbooks 14
 
 
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