Took my dad to the dentist this morning. Dad is 87. On the way home dad mentioned G. W., a former employee of his who he’d taken to a rehab center, back in the day.
Dad said the day he took GW in, the guy at the front desk said:
“Look at the door…There are no locks on that door. You can leave the same way you came in. On top of that, if you’re not interested in dealing with your problem, you might as well leave right now, and not waste any more of anyone’s time. Real change has to start between your ears .”
The guy checking GW in, was himself an former alcoholic and knew what was what.
That conversation made me think about some thoughts I’ve had rumbling around in my head the past month as we’ve begun a new decade.
This past year, I had two different people suggest to me I would make a great “life coach.”
To be honest, after the second conversation, I did do a little looking into that idea, because it did stir something inside of me.
After doing some reading, I decided I am not interested in jumping through all of the hoops that would get me certified. I love my current job too much to give that up completely, not saying I wouldn’t be open to doing a little coaching on the side.
Heck, in an informal sort of way, I have been doing “life coaching” for years anyway.
Just for fun, I decided to identify areas of my life I have had to work on, and would feel comfortable working with someone else with…
Dealing with a low self esteem.
Dealing with crippling shyness.
Dealing with poor boundaries.
Living a balanced life and living with margin.
Marriage and relationship issues.
And finally, I have presented several workshops on identifying and pursuing your life passions and interests…
Wife has told me multiple times she could see me being a motivational speaker.
I’ll close with this thought:
One of the secrets to
a (my) happy life is coffee. That’s right, coffee. It’s from the vegetable family, it’s full of antioxidants, and doesn’t leave you with a hangover the next day.
If someone were to approach you and ask you to deal with certain life situations..which areas of life would you feel comfortable giving input?