Successful Life Coaching & Leadership Development

eNewsletter #5, May, 2008

This month— What’s holding YOU back?

1.  Understanding risks and risk taking.

2.  Diet tips.

3.  Favorite websites.

Welcome back!

This month we continue to look at how to make successful changes in our lives.

The focus of this month’s newsletter is risk-taking. All change involves some degree of risk and the bigger, more important the change, the greater the perceived risk.

Over a lifetime we face many opportunities to “take a risk” and do something to change the course of our lives. Far too often we choose to do nothing…and let opportunities pass us by.

Some of us seem to take risks easily and naturally while others agonize over the smallest decisions.

In their book, Take a Chance: Risks to Grow By, the authors Joseph Ilardo and Carole Rothman identify four important reasons to become a risk-taker:

·      Increased autonomy

·      Heightened self-esteem

·      A more positive attitude toward life

·      An increased sense of personal power

Say, for example, you want to change jobs but you have been with the same organization for many years. At first the task may seem daunting but if you break it down into small steps (see e-newsletter #4,April, 2008 for three steps to help you move forward) you will be amazed at how easy it is to change.

With every psychological risk you take you are choosing personal growth over stagnation. Each time you take a risk and achieve your goal(s) you will feel more confident and positive.

In addition to following the three steps in my April newsletter, the website below (www.coping.org) offers a number of techniques, including visualizations &  positive affirmations. These will help you overcome the fear of risk taking.

Risk Taking is Free

·      To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,

·      To weep is to risk appearing sentimental,

·      To reach out for another is to risk involvement,

·      To expose feelings is to risk exposing true self,

·      To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss,

·      To love is to risk not being loved in return,

·      To live is to risk dying,

·      To hope is to risk despair,

·      To try is to risk failure,

·      But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

·      The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

·      He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.

·      Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he has forfeited freedom.

·      Only a person who risks – is free.

                                                       ….Author unknown

A Few Diet/Exercise Tips:

Did you know that drinking cold water burns more calories than drinking warm water?

Strength training (lifting weights) AND aerobic exercise (exercise that gets your heart rate up) both fire up the metabolism in different ways. Doing both will help you burn more calories, faster. Try doing them on alternate days.

Think you’re too busy to walk? New research now shows that walking 10 minutes three times a day has the same benefits as doing it all at once. Now you have no excuse!

This month’s favorite websites:

http://www.coping.org/growth/risk.htm

Check out the section on becoming a risk taker. The above poem was taken from this website.

http://www.flatbellydiet.org

This is a Prevention Magazine site. The site provides nutrition planning and motivational support for women who want to lose weight and flatten their bellies (sorry guys). The diet is “science-based”. One of the site’s features is the virtual belly flattener. You can upload a picture of yourself and they’ll send it back showing you what you’ll look like at your goal weight. Oh, the wonders of technology!

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