For a lot of people, the idea of living your best life is a fantasy. The hopes, goals, and dreams they once had have become distant memories as they’ve settled for far less than they wanted.
My rock bottom hit when I applied for an entry-level non-profit job in Portland, Oregon. I had worked part-time for a non-profit in San Diego for 6-months, so I thought that I was a shoo-in for the role. During the interview process, the Director asked me questions about the organization…I was ready, but when she flipped the script and started asking me questions about myself, such as:
-What’s your passion?
-Why do you want this job?
-What’s your purpose?
-What is leadership?
I was stuck…I mean literally, STUCK! I didn’t have an answer to any of these questions. After about 10 mins of questions like these she finally told me, "Alex, I suggest you do some self-development and find out exactly who you are before you go on any more job interviews". She walked me out of the building, I went to my car and I cried my eyes out!!! This lady who just met me told me that I didn’t know who I was….and she was correct!
I started looking back on the good coaches & teammates as well as the bad ones during my journey in football and I peeled back the layers that I felt were important. When I filtered everything through the lens of my old defensive back coach (Willie Shaw’s) formula of coaching… it made perfect sense to me. I also realized that I needed a coach to help me with my overall development. It was one of the best decisions I ever made…it wasn’t cheap either (50K) but the knowledge that I now had given me the confidence to be a better coach to my high-performance athletes and I soon began to coach executives as well as get on stage and motivate and inspire people from all walks of life. Needless to say, it was a very good investment w/ a high ROI.
Imagine knowing, with certainty, what you want to make of your life and the impact you wanted to have. Imagine how it would feel to wake up each day with that clarity. How would you carry yourself? How would you treat those around you? How would you view the world? What character would it take?
Now imagine that you not only knew what you wanted, but you were making it happen. You were motivated, each and every day, to make progress toward your goals, no matter what stood in your way. Imagine having that type of ability for the rest of your life. With a coach, with a plan, it’s all possible.
Know exactly what you want to be, do, and have in every area of life
Tap into that same inner drive and confidence that you had as an athlete
Live a life of meaning and fulfillment
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