|Welcome to Ultra Life Tips.
These monthly tips are designed to provide support
and serve as a reminder that the power to be great is
within all of us.
I hope that you find them timely and
Jeanne Giddens, M.Ed., CAGS
Ultra Life Coaching
Maybe you remember
sitting around the Thanksgiving table with your family
and before you were allowed to eat you had to say what
you were thankful for. You might even
continue to practice the tradition with your family
advice is to engage in this behavior not only on
Thanksgiving, but on a regular basis whether you are
already on your path or are trying to figure out your
direction in life.
Why Looking Back at Your
Accomplishments Keeps You Moving Forward.
For those who have a
direction all mapped out, congratulations! You probably
already know that it takes a lot of work to stay on the
path. It's kind of like going to college, getting into a college is
good but the trick is to maintain your grades to be able
path that you are on is not always straight or flat
there will be twists and turns, hills, obstacles and
distractions. It will be very important for you to take an
honest inventory of what you have and what you have done
to get where you are today. The answers may
hold clues to what you need to be doing to maintain your
progress or get ahead.
I had a client who
decided that one of her goals was to lose weight. She worked hard
at eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones
and she incorporated more physical activity in her
two months of consistent weight loss she hit a plateau
and became very discouraged and negative. I coached her on
various weight loss processes and asked her to recount
her progress, detailing what she had done to date to get
where she was at that point. I also asked her
to take a look at some secondary gains that she achieved
as a result of losing the weight.
Once she was able to
acknowledge her secondary gains such as gaining muscle
tone and strength, increasing her mental and physical
energy levels and stamina, learning about exercise and
nutrition, and setting a good example for her children,
she was able to move past her plateau.
Taking Stock - Just How Do I Do
are a person who is searching out your path,don't give
have all been there and all the great leaders,
inventors, entrepreneurs, movers and shakers would agree
that the greatest failure is not trying at all.
Look for the things
that you already have going for you. How do you
identify those things? Good
question! Ask yourself: What gives me
energy? What areas of my life do I feel most excited
positive aspects of my life do I find myself talking
about the most?
This is exactly what
I did with a client who came to me because she was
experiencing severe anxiety, but couldn't pinpoint the
source. Once we figured out that her symptoms were
stemming from a career she hated, we went to work
figuring out what she really wanted. Her advertising career was putting so much
pressure on her, that little by little she stopped
enjoying anything she did that was related to this
job. Part of her dilemma was that she had been doing
this job for so long that she wasn't sure what else she
could do to produce an income.
It turned out that
she had a passion for several alternative medical
treatments, many of which she had certification to
practice. She was also a talented artist with big dreams
from her past that she didn't pursue because she got
caught up in the career that was currently causing her
so much pain. As she explored her new possibilities she gained
courage and strength to make her move, and guess what,
her anxiety disappeared.
What Do You Have To
So as the
Thanksgiving holiday comes and goes, remember to give
thanks for what you have. Do this whether you know
your direction or not, because you never know where this
way of thinking will lead.
Remember, going back
in time is not an option so as you move forward through
life why not keep your head up with your eyes, mind and
heart wide open.