A Life Coaching Blueprint?

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Yes. I hired someone to create a life coaching blueprint for me.

What is that? I’m not sure, but she asked me to answer the following questions so she can prepare it.

To get started, I want to know as much about you as you want to share. What do you see as the challenges in your life? Tell me about your dreams, hopes and aspirations. What is your family and business life like? What do you want to accomplish on a personal, work or business level? The more you can share the deeper meaning I can provide.

The questions, one by one…

What do you see as the challenges in your life?

The primary challenge is self-discipline. For some reason, I (not so) secretly believe that I should be an exception to so many rules. Lose weight without sacrifice? Other people have to make the sacrifices, but me? Why should I be subject to the same rules? After all, I’m special.

LOL. If it weren’t true in areas of my life – like my health – it would sound pathetic or silly. But it is true. I do act so entitled and my health is suffering.

Other challenges: Oh there are too many to write about:) But so much centers around disciplining myself to do what needs to be done, rather than what I feel like doing.

Tell me about your dreams, hopes and aspirations.

My number one aspiration at this point in life is to become a supremely fit person. I want to value my health and fitness and be willing to sacrifice. I want to be in killer shape!

And to effectively deal with the parts of me – my inner attitudes, perspectives and emotional hangups – that detract from my health.

What is your family and business life like?

I’m in a stable and health marriage. My wife is supportive of me and vise-versa. We work from home as business partners and are very successful in every sense of the word.

What do you want to accomplish on a personal, work or business level?

Well, I already mentioned the issue with my health goals. Beyond that, I think it would be wise to stop looking beyond what I already have to find happiness.

I am one of the luckiest people who has ever lived. The people in my life are wonderful. Plenty of life’s material comforts and pleasures. Work from home lifestyle in a successful business. Meaningful work. Tons of time to do what I want.

I have no legitimate complaints! But I complain. And…tend to look to the “next big thing” or chase new ideas a lot. In reality, focusing on what I have rather than finding new things to have is probably a good idea.

My coach came back with comments and questions….

Some initial thoughts. You’ve touched on a lot actually. One thing I like is your self-awareness. However, self-awareness is great if it allows for positive change. Do you have children? What is your business? Did you start it from scratch? Can I also ask how old you are?

Do you have children?

Yes. Eight children. Blended family. All but two have flown the coop. I am 51 years old. In the next two years, the last two kids will be leaving, My wife and I are looking forward to a quieter house, more travel and who knows what else:)

What is your business?

I actually train life coaches and NLP practitioners for a living. Our business is the iNLP Center.

Did you start it from scratch?

Yes, in 2011, my wife, Hope, and I started it and since then have kept all major functions in house. We now have a small team of trainers and a wonderful community of students who are starting careers as life coaches and adding NLP training to their repertoire.