Ask the Coach
Archive of Coaching Articles — 2003
Published in The Saratogian
I am asked frequently at this time of year about what is necessary to help achieve happiness and prosperity in the coming year. I believe the answer to this question is ultimately a spiritual one, and at this time I try to offer my readers spiritual inspiration for the coming year.
The dictionary defines the word mentor as "a wise and trusted counselor or teacher." Another common definition is a "coach." In my experience, very few people experience great success without a personal mentor or coach.
The first thing to do is to clearly define what it means for you to be "financially successful." In her landmark book, The Courage to Be Rich, Suze Orman discusses what is necessary to succeed financially.
As a business coach, I run across this issue quite frequently. As a rule, if all the other necessary ingredients are in place, the main reason why people do not succeed in business or any endeavor is often the result of faulty thinking.
You and your family are not alone in your struggles with fear and anxiety regarding the current world situation. However, there are ways to create a greater sense of calmness and security for both yourself and your family.
George Orwell said it best when he remarked, "Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness." This is indeed a paradox, but as I found in life, most great truths are.
It is indeed true that for most of us, our work is anything but a spiritual experience. In her book Everyday Grace, Marianne Williamson wrote an excellent chapter on transforming the American workplace into a more spiritual environment.
As with most new beginnings in our life, we usually start out by setting goals or making resolutions. Too often, people begin a new year by desperately trying to make up for what has been missing in the past. This approach can keep you tied to the past and result in you feeling badly about yourself. Rather than focusing on correcting what is wrong or missing in your life, it is often helpful to focus on what you've done right in the past year.