Thursday, July 21, 2011

Revisiting The Sixties?

The piece I've selected to accompany this post is a work on paper titled "Reflection".
It seems that I am increasingly involved in conversations about aging these days, and it started me thinking about offering some coaching to help get us prepped and in gear for the future. Let's face it, a lot of us are turning 60 and above, and we never imagined ourselves to fit the definition of (excuse the term) "old". Now, when we look at our reflection it's impossible not to notice a change in our jaw line, the elaboration of lines around our eyes, and if we haven't fought like an Olympian to stay in shape, there's a little paunch around the waistline!
Whether we are ready for it or not the future is going to make us older! There will be a future, you know. What will your future look like? And what kind of person will you be in the future?
                                       It may be time for a little, uh, Reflection.

I love being a coach because it allows me to companion clients in their reflection and move them forward through our joint process. A coach is trained to ask the best questions to take you from where you are to where you want to be. Now, just for the sake of transparency, I'm going to guess that you might be thinking, 'oh she's trying to sell me on coaching.' Well, if that means that I'm trying to sell you a happy future, then you're right. If it means I'm trying to sell you a good night's sleep, right again.
 Coaching doesn't sell you anything but your best life. And when it comes to this issue of aging, well, some days may make us question whether the best part of life didn't already happen. But we don't have to be afraid to look at that, when we are set to make the future the best part of our life.
What is true is this: your life, at any age, is determined by the choices you made or make in each life situation. You can reflect on your youth, or any period of your life and think about the choices you made. Some of them led you to some of the best things in your life, and some of them led you to things that were less than optimal.
So think about tomorrow. Think about next week. What choices will you make? And what future will they lead you to? Honestly, I'm always amazed how much coaching helps me (yes, coaches have coaches). It's like laying your thoughts out on the table and perusing them with a smart friend. No advice. Just good questions and meaningful discussion all about you.
Unlike therapy, coaching doesn't last for years, but its effects are lasting. If you want to know more, or want to try a sample session, write me at Let's make the second sixties as great as our first!