"........When Change is the Challenge."
Laurie Weiss, Ph.D.
"I am afraid that I have not made much progress on designing the details of the life plan I have been working on," Candace explained apologetically. Candace had asked for coaching because she was very unhappy with her job and was exploring creating a very different life for herself. She went on to tell me that her boss had just offered her her dream job, without even knowing that she was considering leaving.
When Wesley heard that a new senior manager was about to eliminate his department, he decided to get coaching to cope with a probable demotion. Instead, he got very excited about the possibility of resigning and deliberately making a major change, but he did not think the finances could work. He was surprised by an offer of either an early retirement package or an interesting job in another department.
Roy was also apologetic during his coaching call. He had left his job just a few weeks before, carefully putting into place the foundation for a new consulting practice. Instead of continuing our coaching about launching his practice, he wanted to discuss an exciting, unsolicited, job offer.
Have you ever experienced that when you take steps to move in a new direction, a new opportunity comes from an unexpected source? You wonder if the opportunity would have happened anyway, and if you were wasting your time trying to take control of your life. The experience is common, but the explanations for it vary.
One explanation is the spiritual belief system that on a fundamental level, we are all deeply connected, if not all part of each other. Everything is known to everyone, so your intention is not a secret. Scientifically, Chaos theory suggests something similar. A small shift in one area may have a major and unpredictable effect in another.
Another possible explanation is that dynamic energy tends to interact with more objects than stored energy. People who are deliberately expending energy to learn and grow seem to attract more opportunities than people whose lives are static.
While actively exploring new pathways Candace, Wesley and Roy were sending mysterious messages to the universe that they were ready for change, and the universe responded. They each carefully considered their new opportunities before deciding how to proceed.
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. For boldness has genius, power and magic in it!" - Goethe
Coaching tip: Expect surprises.
Coaching Tip: Life
planning for retirement is just as important as career
planning before retirement.
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Jonathan B. Weiss, Ph.D. and Laurie Weiss, Ph.D. have
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their 40 years of marriage, they maintain a coaching,
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