Rod's 5 fundies
I am very curious by nature. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to learn more and know more about everything and everyone. The subject never really matters, I want to know. My curiosity does go off the charts when a person is explaining something with passion and purpose, I automatically become obsessed with wanting to know everything about that subject. It rubs off on me and I become fascinated and almost as passionate about it as them.
I always have another question ready to fire off.
Empathy is deeply rooted inside of me. As a coach, I need to be able to relate to a client, without judgement and without any assumptions. I listen and empathize with whatever it is the client is going through and the obstacles they are facing. Ego is not your amigo. Putting yourself in the person’s shoes and asking thought-provoking questions are two of the many keys to a successful coach and coaching session. The incredible bond you can create with your client becomes unbreakable and a trust factor is established so that the client holds nothing back. A life coach cannot be effective if they do not have empathy.
This value is ingrained to my very core. I believe that everyone is born kind, it is one of our superpowers. People should always be treated with compassion, empathy and kindness equally. We never know what that person’s going through or been through, so don’t judge a book by its cover. I do catch myself sometimes making an assumption and quickly notice it and rewire my thinking so that I bring back my attention to that person. In coaching, kindness is the key to gaining the client’s trust and building a long-lasting relationship. If we take just a moment to say hello to a random stranger, you never know just how much you can impact their lives at that very moment. It’s that important.
A life without courage is not a life. I based my life on jumping without a net. Some call it courage and some call it crazy. We all know that our time here is limited so there is no none of it to waste to get to where it is you want to go. Courage is a state of mind. Once you are “really” clear on what it is you really want for your life, courage follows, because your purpose becomes too strong to avoid any longer. I always find the courage to let go of fear and accept failure as a piece of the puzzle. I don’t give it any more importance than it deserves. Follow your purpose with courage, it is the key to living a fulfilled life.
Don’t give up and you won’t fail. It sounds so simple but actually, it is. When you have clarity on what it is you really want in life, the universe starts conspiring to give it all to you. It’s a question of patience, hard work and inner-work, believing and never ever giving up on your dream, passion and purpose. Only when you are truly tested that you realize if your purpose is strong and healthy. That’s how we measure where we are with our journey. Because always remember, if it was easy, everyone would do it. I have been knocked down too many times to count, but perseverance is about moving forward even when obstacles get in the way. It’s about getting up when you are down for the count. The important is to always learn, grow and move forward one step at a time towards your goal, it might seem slow, but you are 1% closer to your goal.