What does it mean to “operate at my highest potential?”

Operating at your highest potential means you putting YOU first – not selfishly, not in a self-centered way – but making choices that reflect your values. It means knowing yourself and taking action.

When you are grounded and centered, you make decisions that work for YOU.

“Operating at my highest potential means I take actions that mirror the way you want I live my life.”

“Operating at my highest potential means getting rid of the thought that I somehow controlled by external forces.”

“Operating at my highest potential means accepting – fully accepting – that I am totally worth it!”

“Operating at my highest potential means making changes that energize me.”

“Operating at my highest potential means changing what drags me down, tires me out, and keeps me busy, bored, or frazzled.”

“Operating at my highest potential means feeling awake and alive for all the hours of my day so I can care for myself and others.”

Where can I begin to make changes in my life?

First, get a coach! I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

The first thing I always tell clients, whether they hire me or not, is to find time each day to sit in silence. Do nothing. Young and old alike will always benefit from silent reflective time. And if you’re really busy, you need it more!

Soon enough, you will relish the time and the insights it will deliver to you, including positive guidance and internal well-being.

Neuroscientist Amishi Jha, director of the University of Miami’s Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, found that “getting as little as 12 minutes of meditation practice a day helped the US Marines to keep their attention and working memory — that is, the added ability to pay attention over time — stable, if they practiced less than 12 minutes or not at all, they degraded in their functioning.”

I always recommend this – at whatever time of day works best – no matter what. It’s an easy model to grasp and a small and important step that everyone can do!

It takes the willingness to stop and surrender for your own good.  When you ask yourself, “What do I really want?” you’ll begin to realize what you want is, in fact, very possible.

Isn’t it crazy that I’m trying to convince you take just 15 minutes a day to think about yourself and your life?!  Taking this time. It’ll take a small bit of discipline, but I guarantee that this time will become a sacred space in time for you.

What’s the difference between a coach, a consultant, and a therapist? 

It sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? A coach, a consultant and a therapist walk into a bar….

A coach is a person who uses and shares their expertise, training, education and life experiences to help others create a life that aligns with a person’s desire and purpose. Coaches, like any occupation, have different specialties in many different areas. My focus is to help people understand how they show up and lead of their own life, every single day.

Martha Beck describes the difference between a therapist and a coach, and I agree to a large extent, like the difference between a doctor and personal trainer. “A doctor gets bodies well, and a personal trainer takes a healthy body and guides it to high performing. A therapist will work with someone who is challenged with their mental state, and a coach takes someone who’s mentally healthy and takes them to top performance.”

The word “coach” is mainstream now, but when I was first certified in 2006, nobody knew what a coach was.   Today, life coach, executive coach, business coach are terms regularly used in our communities. But all coaches use their expertise, their training, education and life experiences to help others become great!

If you have a legal problem, you call a lawyer based on their training in law, and then within their concentration of study. You wouldn’t go to a criminal lawyer for a divorce.

When you prepare your taxes, most of us hire an accountant because they need to stay up to date on the most recent tax codes – which we know change regularly!

If you have health concerns or are sick, you will call your doctor; but if you’re pregnant you’ll choose a doctor that specializes in Obstetrics. And on and on…

So I use all my expertise, training, education and life experience to help you create a life that aligns with your desires and purpose. I know how to do this, and I now use MY life to people and businesses grow!  That’s what you pay for: A coach that will empower and inspire you.

I had the benefit of working with Bryant University students who presented this great snapshot from Harvard Business Review (2009). I think it could help your understanding.