My Journey through Coaching – Blog 4 of 12

Part 1: A Reluctant Coaching Client by Brandi Alvarez

Beginning the next coaching session, I realize how hard it was to pull me from the negative into the positive and create a productive conversation.  It is difficult for me to look forward instead of back.  I need to find my voice, clear, concise and confident.  What does it take?  I was shocked to hear that according to Jack Canfield 77% of all information that we hear after age 11 is negative.  It takes 21 days to change a thought, 30 days to develop a new habit, and 6 months for that new habit to stay in place.  That is a lot of work!  These concepts of affirmations, positive information in and application out, focusing on what you want, are new to me.  I have always heard about it; I never knew anyone who practiced it.  Does it work?  Does listening to your goals and your wants in your words help produce results?  I guess I am going to have to wait on that — it sounds good.  A daily positive reminder can’t hurt.

Now as this session has ended I have found myself taking what I wanted and focusing it into goals and action steps.  Once again today proved to be difficult; putting goals into steps that were manageable was a first.  Until today I thought of goals as pie in the sky.  On one hand I am wondering how I managed to get through life and on the other I now know why being a student is so easy for me: the goals are set.  I think back and wonder ‘if only’.  On to the next step of prioritizing.  How am I going to do that when all I can think about is what can hold me back?  Is there any way to move past this?

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