Reflections

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."

I love that quote. It reminds me of our greater purpose - after all, what kind of life would it be if it weren't intended to be lived to its fullest? We tend to get caught up with the mundane repetitiveness of our everyday lives - sometimes conveniently staying small and avoiding any new experiences.

How often has a major event occurred, such as a birth or a death, jolting you right into the present and reminding you of what really matters? Now, I'm not necessarily advocating that we should be living that consciously 24 hours a day - I think it would exhausting to be constantly thinking about our mortality as human beings. Nevertheless, the occasional reminder of our finite lifespans can be helpful in spurring us into thinking about what we really do want out of life.

A pertinent question to ponder: if nothing else mattered, and you only had 1 year left to live, what would you do in that time? Would you really just repeat your daily life for another 365 days? Or would you seek to accomplish more, under pressure of the ticking clock?

I challenge you to consider the question at a level that matters to you - would you really spend a fortune on a lavish holiday, or would you aim for something with a wider impact... a legacy of sorts, perhaps?

How great can you really be?
Here's to you. - Andrew

Why coach?

People often ask me: Why coaching? Well, life in the 21st century is causing many people to re-examine their roles and desires, and asking questions about themselves and their businesses: what value do I bring? Am I fulfilled by what I do? What do I want my impact to be? Am I making the most of my skills?  Is this right for me? How can I raise my game?

You get the picture... It happens to most of us at some point. And it happened to me, in the midst of a banking career, and I followed the urge to know more about the answers to those seemingly elusive questions. And I happened upon a friend who was training as a coach, and offered to help her out in her training by being a test-client, and well.. that was about 8 years ago, and here I am.

Coaching is about exploring outside of the everyday parameters of doing the same old thing. It involves challenging the status quo and being authentic about who you really are and what it is about YOU that is unique and powerful. It's about improving productivity. About bringing about change in a positive way, and not at the expense of others.

And importantly, it's about taking responsibility for your life and being intentional about the outcome and the impact you want to create. Sounds full-on? Well, in a way, it is: when we live life through choice, it can be a handful. And: I wouldn't change it for anything. Because at least I know I can choose to have it another way if I want to. And that, I like!

So, why coach? Because the process of change starts with an awareness that something needs to shift up a gear. And I love working with people who care enough about their lives to consciously choose to do something about it.

Here's my promise to you. If you are willing to show up and be responsible for where YOU are going in life, then I will hold you and your goals in the highest place of integrity as you make that journey of choice. I will challenge you, celebrate you, and support you as you go about uncovering the richness and authenticity of your own powerful self.

Here's to you. - Andrew

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