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It's not enough that we do our best, sometimes we have to do what's required.

-- Sir Winston Churchill


We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.

-- Wilbur Wright, aviation pioneer


I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle.

-- Vince Lombardi, football coach


A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

-- Duke Ellington, jazz musician


So celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.

-- Mia Hamm, 1996 Olympic gold medalist


Try not to be a man of success but rather a man of value.

-- Albert Einstein

Impulse For Change

From time to time, we get impulses for change. It may be because we get inspired. We might see someone else with something we admire. A new possibility might occur to you. Maybe a flash of insight comes or a friend or colleague challenges you. Most often it's because something has gotten worse than we're willing to tolerate, and so we say: "I've had enough!"

Whatever the reason, this impulse for change comes along at certain intervals in life. But we all know this impulse rarely lasts. Last week I had an impulse to exercise (again). But it's not particularly consistent, and doesn't always come at times when it's convenient for me to exercise. You may have thought: "You know - my relationship really could be better. Surely this isn't as good as it gets?" And the next day the impulse is gone. Or "What would it take to double my profits? I'm really going to make some changes in this business when I get less busy". A few days later your focus is on something else. OR, are you the kind of person who takes on new projects with fervor, to find out that a few weeks or months later it feels old hat, and you follow a familiar pattern of switching to something else?

So IMPULSES FOR CHANGE JUST DON’T LAST. This is why we human beings do not always make many of the changes that are possible in our lives. Without coaching - without a STRUCTURE - our natural tendency is to keep our normal patterns. Go to work. Make money. Keep the same relationships and to keep the relationships the same. Allow the same barriers. We want the same things to change, but don't make any movements to change them. Feel an impulse for change - lose the impulse for change. Staying the same is the natural outcome. We keep doing the same thing and we keep getting the same thing.

But Do We Need to Change?

No. But wouldn't it be wise more often than not? These impulses for change are often signals telling you what is next for you in life. There’s a real drive in your heart and you know that you are missing some opportunities. They are messages (sometimes subtle) about what you would really like to do in your life, what your business needs, the perfect job, or who you should be with right now.

If I may get a little deep for just a moment - they are not only the signals that will help us achieve the goals we are striving for, but the signals that are telling us how to grow as people. If we ignore these impulses, we'll feel restless at a very deep level - knowing something is wrong, but not sure what. Not understanding this restlessness, we must seek ways to quiet it - TV, movies, alcohol, smoking, over-reading etc. OK - I'm getting a little off track but I think you get my point. It's important that these impulses do not get left by the way side. You want the secret to achieving your goals and having an amazing life?



The Coaching Structure

At it's simplest, coaching may be described as a structure. Coaching harnesses your energy for change - those impulses that last from a moment to a few weeks. If you feel an impulse to exercise more you may exercise once - until the next impulse. But if you join a gym for a year and hire a personal trainer, you will get fit! In fact it would be very hard to avoid it having set up this structure.

Coaching is a similar structure for any goal that's important to you. You make a commitment to your goals and to work for a certain time frame with your Coach. This is often 3 months or 6 months, usually with one or more review points to assess progress. Once a week you have a conversation with your Coach, and you commit to specific actions or Bold Movements. Within a Coaching Structure, your natural tendency is to pursue your goals and achieve them. It's hard, in fact very hard to keep your patterns and your life the same when you focus so much consistent attention on what you really want, and you are encouraged by an invested third party.

  • While utilizing a coach, the man who feels an impulse to change careers isn't still thinking about it in three months time. He's hired a Coach, he's found a new career possibility that inspires him, he's got a new resume and ten interviews lined up.
  • With a Coach, the person who wants to organize their business so that they have time for family isn't still complaining about it in six months time. They’ve hired a Coach, created an empowering time allocation, set their boundaries, hired an assistant, and looks obviously happier and is possibly attracting more clients while they are showing up at son or daughter’s game.

So here's the key:

Without a coach, the path of least resistance is to keep your life the same. Impulses for change often do not last long enough to act upon.

With a coach, the path of least resistance is to achieve your goals! Impulses for change are converted to momentum.



So would coaching be a smart investment for you right now?

Are you the kind of person who could benefit?

You decide.

Challenge + Structure = CHANGE

I say it's for people who recognize that coaching is a powerful structure for harnessing your energy for change, and to help you make Bold Movements. If you're content for the next five years to be similar to the last five years, then you don't need any input or help from anyone. But aren't you curious to know what your life could be like in five years time if you harnessed your impulses for change, carried them through, and had fun doing it?


Enrich, Endure, Enjoy,

Michael Carstens

Professional DeepLife Coach