In life, many things are beyond our control. Upturns and downturns in the economy, natural disasters, the relativity of Internet signals, traffic jams … many things large and small, important and trivial, are simply out of our hands. One of the keys to happiness is to worry about and focus on only the things you can control, and avoid spending unnecessary emotional and psychological energy on things you can not .
When you focus on the things you can control, you will quickly see that the choices you make form the backbone of your own involvement in the shape of your future. You choose who you keep company with. You choose whether you have fried chicken or a salad for lunch. You choose what you do for a career. You chose how to spend your money. These things are all under your control, and making the wrong choices can lead to personal, professional and financial dissatisfaction.
A lot of people make choices far more complicated than they really are. If there are people in your life who are holding you back from pursuing what you want to pursue or becoming what you want to become, then limiting their influence on you is something that will have to happen if you're going to get where you want to go. If your health or weight is not where you want it to be, choosing to invest your time and effort in following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise is something you'll have to do. If you're not happy with your job, remember: you're not stuck in it. If you're not where you want to be financially, you have two choices: earn more or spend less.
Learning to make better choices is an acquired skill, just like any other. Most people are aware that they have choices at their disposal, choices that can help them work towards positive change. They just do not have the plan they need to build toward that change, day by day and choice by choice. That's what can make changing your life seem so overwhelming. You have an idea of where you'd rather be, but you have no idea how to get there.
The first choice you need to make is to commit to self-improvement. Recognize that every choice you make should be a positive choice for you, one that helps you progress towards your goals and exceed the people and things standing in your way. In other cases, especially in the realm of career choices, people are standing in their own way. They'll tell them it's too late to pursue a new career, that things will get better, that they're lucky to be where they are, or that they're already arriving at the best place they're going to get .. even if they do not really believe it.
Change can be scary. In fact, many people will do whatever they can to avoid change. But that too too is a choice, and all too often, it's a choice that leads now.
If you want to build a more fulfilling personal life, enjoy a more rewarding career, become healthier and fitter or realize your full potential, you need a plan to achieve it. Forming a plan requires an understanding of what it is you're really after in life, what you need to do to get it and what's standing in your way. Most of all, you need to understand the power of your life choices, and recognize that every positive choice you make brings you closer to your goals.
This is where a life coach becomes an invaluable ally. A life coach can help you form your life plan and build towards fulfilling it step-by-step. You will learn how to make better choices, where to invest your effort and how to overcome the challenges you will face along the way. Life is not easy, least of all when you try to go it alone. A good life coach is your friend, your mentor and your guide to greater happiness and deeper personal, emotional and professional fulfillment.