Do We Act or only React?

Do we own the power of our actions? Are we acting or reacting? Are our actions aligned with our values? Do we act according to our moods or according to our principles? Our actions represent us. We were born with the freedom to choose. To live happier lives, we need to make better choices regarding our actions.

Coaching Teenagers – Labelling

My heart is aching. Yes. It is aching. Exploring with the teenagers I coach the obstacles they face and which catch them from moving forward in life I feel devastated. Labelling. Whether it’s done by a parent, a family member, a teacher or a trainer. Labelling is one common factor behind the teens’ struggles. It starts with a label an adult uses, hoping to let the teenager perform or behave in a better way. ‘Stupid’, ‘Slow’, ‘Ugly’, ‘Fat’, ‘Impolite’ are just few examples. The teenager, trusting the adult figure, starts to believe this label and considers it as a part of his identity. With repetition, the label gets reinforced in the subconscious and the teenager starts to act accordingly.

Labelling. It breaks my heart seeing real gems struggling in life and living with poor self-confidence because of labelling.

Coaching Teenagers

Many teenagers struggling at school and with formal education. Unaware of themselves, their needs, their learning styles and their meta-programs they jump to general conclusions such as “I’m lazy”, “I’m not smart”, “I’m irresponsible.”

It’s one of the very enjoyable journeys to witness how teenagers expand the way they see themselves and develop effective strategies to reach their future goals.

Planning to Nurture the 4 Dimensions

Planning for a happy vacation while having the 7th habit of highly effective people in mind made all the difference in my life and my children’s life. Since we learned about the 4 dimensions from Stephen R. Covey’s best selling book, we focused on planning balanced vacations in which we nurtured our human parts; the heart, the mind, the body and the soul.