Friday, June 17, 2011

19-B Where are you Going?

The topic for next week will be Creating your Life Plan.  What do you want from your future?

Hopefully you read the blog from Monday and have decided on a few big goals for your life.  It doesn't matter how long it takes you to reach your goals or if you zigzag along your path as long as you are focused on the goal or goals and are working towards that.

Earlier in the week, I was talking about a run on the beach and how it gave me the inspiration for this weeks topic.  At the halfway point of my run, there was a shell bed and I really wanted to stop and collect some shells to take home to my kids.  At that point, I had to decide which goal was most important and whether stopping progress on one goal was worth it to accomplish a secondary goal.  I had to be clear on what was most important for me at that time.  I continued my run and found some shells later.

By setting my goal and not letting the obstacles prevent me from accomplishing what I had in mind, I was able to feel good about my progress.  Just setting a goal and reaching it without having to work for it could have been a little boring, but by having the streams and shells in the way, it added some excitement.  Sometimes the obstacles that show up in our life are there for a reason and if we are able to embrace them, it can allow us to get more out of our goals.  By the end of my run, I was taking more chances with my path and it definitely added some excitement to what could have been just another run on the beach.

- What goals are most important to you right now?
- What are you willing to put aside if another opportunity shows up for you?
- Why do you think obstacles show up for you sometimes?
- What can you do to embrace any obstacles?
- What will your journey be like if you embrace everything life throws your way?

What obstacles have you overcome when working on a goal?  How did they show up for you?  Think about how the obstacles enhanced your journey and what they offered you.

Bonus Challenge:
Think outside of your normal comfort zone and push yourself to set one goal that will be a big stretch for you. Believe you are going to achieve this and make it happen!

Paul Coelho- Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he will never move.

Enjoy the journey!
Coach Gaye

Monday, June 13, 2011

19-A Where are you going?

Happy Monday!  I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your week.

I was at the beach this past week-end and went for a run on the beach one morning.  While I was running, I was thinking about my next blog topic and inspiration hit.  It was low tide but there were streams of water coming up the beach towards the dunes and I had to either run around them or jump over them.  I began to think about how those obstacles could have waylaid my plans if I did not have an end goal in mind and if I was not willing to change my original course.

These obstacles could have caused me to turn back or get discouraged if I was not set on reaching my goal but I had to be flexible to be able to succeed.  If you don't know where you are going, any obstacles can veer you off your path or send you in another direction.  You have to have an idea of where you are going if you want to get there one day.  You may not have direct insight into the path you will take, but by setting your goals, you can begin to head in the right direction.

If you are just going through life with no idea of what you want in the future, you will have a harder time figuring out the path to take.  By setting some clear short and long term goals, you can begin to create the life you want.  Just remember to always enjoy the journey while you are trying to reach your goals.  The path toward the goal is sometimes as exciting as reaching the goal itself.  Where are you going and what path will you take??

Either journal about these questions or spend some time thinking through your answers.
- What do you want from life?
- What are your short term goals?
- What are your long term goals?
- What is your realistic time frame to accomplish each of your goals?
- How will you handle any obstacles that come your way?
- What will help you stay on course until you reach your goals?
- What can you do next to help you begin working towards your goals?

Come up with 3 goals for yourself and start your path towards the life you want to create.  Determine where you are going and find a way to get there!

Enjoy the journey!
Coach Gaye