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Finding Your Calling January 19, 2011

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Finding Your Work-Life Calling
“Where talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation.”  Aristotle
This week, we’re again exploring the world of work, specifically the idea of finding your calling.  In ten years of Coaching, I’ve had many, many clients struggle with this issue – as young adults, at mid-life, and, yes, even at retirement.  Finding your calling is actually a multi-faceted undertaking, but this week I invite you to at least get started.   How do you do that?
First, I believe it’s important to gain access to your imaginative, creative self, that wonderful part of you that exists in the right side of your brain.  To do this, sit and breathe deeply and quietly.  Feel yourself becoming relaxed.
Now, calmly and gently, ask yourself these questions:
As a child, what did I love to do that, when doing, I lost track of time?  Did you like to play with friends, put on “shows,” write, run, work in the garden, ride horses or bikes, draw, play games, fiddle with the computer, play grocery store, help work on cars, play with animals, clean, listen to music, dance?  What was it that really brought you joy?  If you’re not sure, ask a parent or sibling – someone who knew you before you started school.
What do you do now that, when doing, you lose track of time?  Do you garden, go to shows, enjoy museums, talk to friends, play games, exercise, cook?  What is it that currently brings so much joy that you enter the flow – that space where you lose track of everything around you?  (You do know the answers to this question.  If it isn’t immediately apparent, that’s okay – ask your significant other, your children or a friend.)
Next, find paper and a pencil, crayons, markers, stickers, pens, or any type of writing implement.   Begin to sketch or write or create in some way the images you’ve called to mind.  Keep at it until something appears on paper. 
Now, consider this:  How might these images be representative of my calling?  What are they saying to me? 
If you’d like support in exploring your  calling, take your first step by entering a comment below, pick up your phone and give me a call at 817.929.9599, or visit my website at www.franciecooper.com.
If you’re interested in listening to more information on this topic, tune in to this week’s podcast on TapaPalapa.com.  Your ideal work-life is calling to you!

Learn How! August 4, 2010

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“Learn how to do what?” you’re asking yourself. Well, that’s exactly the topic of the month. What have you always wanted to learn to do, but haven’t yet gotten around to? I’ve been doing some research and the things people want to learn range far and wide: play guitar, speak Spanish, draw, cook and meditate. Others want to learn to create their own website, budget, play golf, belly dance, fence, play pool or poker.

Why is the quest for learning something new so pervasive and why is it important to the quality of our lives? I’ve come to believe, through my own life experience and through my Coaching practice, that…

• Learning across a wide range of subjects gives us a range of perspectives which are broader than our own narrow day-to-day areas of specialization.

• Learning helps us more easily and readily adapt to new situations.

• A broad knowledge of unfamiliar situations feeds innovation by inspiring us to think creatively and providing examples to follow.

• Learning deepens our character and makes us more inspiring to those around us.

• Learning makes us more confident.

With the entire world just a few mouse-clicks away, it’s never been easier to learn something new and unexpected every day. Here are a few simple ways to expand your horizons every day:

Subscribe to Wikipedia’s “Featured Article” list. Every day, Wikipedia posts an article selected from its vast repository of entries and sends it to your inbox at no cost.

Read The Free Dictionary’s homepage. The Free Dictionary has several daily features on its front page, including Article of the Day, In the News, This Day in History and Today’s Birthday.

Subscribe to great free art at http://art.jerryandmartha.com which was formerly Your Daily Art. Every day you’ll be treated to a classic work of art to contemplate, along with a few notes about the piece.

Watch videocasts on TED. I personally think this is the coolest collection of ideas on the internet.

Now, take some time to think about what you’d like to learn how to do next. Send me an email to coach@franciecooper.com and we’ll discuss your ideas over the next few weeks.

– Francie Cooper