The Coach Approach

By: Diana Kennedy

Yes, you have an inner compass. And it guides you along the river of life. When we pay attention to our emotional responses and our own ‘self’ talk, we are using our inner compass. It’s called living life from the inside out. It’s using our brain for a change. That’s right, use your own mind to create positive changes within you.

Both being aware of how we feel and listening to our self-talk serve a purpose. The inner compass provides us with a powerful feedback mechanism, similar to a navigational system on an airplane. It lets us know whether or not we are on course, how far off course we are, and how much correction we need to make in order to reach our intended destination (and to achieve our goals). Learning to use these tools, we learn the art of coaching our self!

You may have heard the phrase, "It’s not that you got off track that matters, it’s how fast (and gently) that you get back on track." So, when it comes to your goals and intentions, what is important is not whether you fall down, but what how you handle it when you do.

Is your ‘Inner Coach’ doing its job well? Is it helping you get back up again? Or is it beating you up for falling down to begin with?

Is your inner voice helping you to feel inspired and encouraged? After listening to it, do you feel like a winner? Does it emphasize your strong points while gently and lovingly pointing out where you need to do some work? Are you learning anything from it? Train your ‘Inner Coach’ by telling it what you need in order to succeed! You are the foremost authority on yourself.

I’ve begun to dialogue with my ‘Inner Coach’ more often and am getting great results. We do things together too. We took a walk yesterday and we plan to go to the gym later this week. We’re making fast friends and I am achieving intended outcomes in my life. You too, have an ‘Inner Coach’ ready and willing to guide you gently through life. Just imagine, your own personal coach!

If our self-talk was broadcast to the world through a loud speaker, we would ‘get it’. We would be able to hear for ourselves some of the damage we do through our self-talk. Let’s tame our inner critic and form a healthy relationship with our ‘Inner Coach’.

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