Discussion
  • Hello Jeff,
    My first thought is you are way too young to have such an insightful perspective on life. My second thought was thank you for sharing. Words that ring true in my soul. Thank you.

    From Jean Barden
    September 18, 2011

  • Hey Jean, Thanks for leaving a comment and for admiring my perspective. You are very welcome for the share and you should certainly look into reading Neil’s book. What insight that we all can relate with! Looking forward towards our next race together Jean :) Regards, Jeff.

    From Jeff
    September 20, 2011

Coaching Corner: The Three A’s of Awesome

Wellness CoachingI blame Fitness Director Adam Martin because recently I’ve been watching a bunch of “Ted Talks.” What’s interesting about the video series is that no matter what your goals are or what’s going on in your life, the videos provide a fountain of applicable perspective. About two weeks ago, I watched a talk given from Neil Pasricha, creator of the “1,000 Awesome Things Blog,” and it really impacted my thinking.

As a wellness coach, I’m consistently providing perspective. Whether it is on nutrition, fitness, self or another topic, it is an integral part of my job. Every situation is different, but most of time it involves going back to the positives and finding new strategies to grow one’s self. Adapting Neil Pasricha’s three A’s of awesome will assist in both departments.

Watch the video below, but here is what I took from it:

Attitude – having a good attitude is about looking at the lumps and bumps as things that we can’t control. What we can control is our decisions when things don’t go exactly according to plan. As hard as it may be, we have to make the conscious decision to grieve – move forward – and then face the future.

Awareness – maintaining perspective in our lives is important. As Neil says, we have to embrace our inner 3 year old and go back to appreciating the things we saw for the first time. When we find excitement in our daily lives, even at the simplest of all levels, it really allows us to look at the world around us in the right state of mind. Curiosity and gratitude become inevitable.

Authenticity – this one really hit me. Be who you are, and be cool with it. We have to follow our hearts in life and find passion in what we do every day. If we place ourselves in satisfying experiences and situations that we love and enjoy, how could life get any better? Do what you love, love what you do and always stay true to that.

Your only as young as you are right now … How can you use the Three A’s to grow yourself?

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