Life coaching

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June 7, 2021

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Do you feel like you have changed at all in the last 6 months?  I totally have, I am a new person!  This feels like a really extreme statement and even as I am writing it, I wonder if I am being dramatic.  But when I look back to where I was last spring and where I am now; I really have changed.  I am a new and improved version of Kathy.  I think differently; I manage my thoughts and my feelings in a new way, I respond to contention calmly and I absolutely feel totally different about myself.

Six months ago, I found a Life Coach. To say this has been a spiritual journey is completely accurate.  I had been praying to find something in my life that I felt excited about.  I was definitely not looking for self-improvement, but just for a way to be more anxiously engaged in life. In the February, my sister recommended a podcast of an LDS life coach and I started listening for pure entertainment.  It focused significantly on motherhood and because I am an empty nester, most of the content wasn’t applicable to me.  For some reason, I continued to listen, and ever so slowly I started to learn concepts and principles that were totally new ideas to me.

One month later, I signed up for a life coaching program.  Never having done anything like this before, I was nervous.  Self-help and self-improvement had never been interesting to me before.  But this was different; it felt safe.  The program involved me watching other people get coached online.  And I did this over and over again until it really started consuming my life.  I found that as I watched a variety of people, with an even larger range of problems get coached, that I actually was being coached myself.

I learned that thoughts are what create my feelings.  The situations I find myself in and my circumstances can be neutral; the way I choose to feel about them is what creates my feelings and also my results.  If I have thoughts in my head that are discouraging, or not serving me, I don’t have to keep them.  I have the power within myself to change those thoughts. 

So how is the new Kathy different from the 6 month ago Kathy?  I am choosing to be “all in” in my life.  I am choosing to not indulge in thoughts of what I look like or comparing myself to others.  I am choosing to be in my own head, and not worry about controlling the thoughts of others around me.  I am exploring new ideas of what I am capable of and how I can make a difference in other people’s lives.  I can’t even imagine where the next 6 months will take me.

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