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December 31
, 2001                                                


Dear Readers:

On the last day of the year, we're featuring an article about a CoachVille project called "For the Rest of Your Life". The developer of this concept, Thomas J. Leonard, feels it's a compelling alternative to the practice of New Year's Resolutions.

The article comes with a worksheet that can be put to immediate use with any of your Coaching clients, regardless of the time of year, but I encourage you to consider sharing it this week when the impact is likely to be the strongest.

Also in this issue is information about the latest features at CoachVilleReferral.com.  As of today, more than ten thousand searches for coaches have been done at this site.  Are you listed yet?  Find out more, below.

My best for a perfect 2002,


Andrea Lee
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Feature Article

Had enough of New Year's Resolutions?

by CoachVille 2001


If you've had it with New Year's Resolutions, maybe it's because you haven't been playing a big enough game.  Or so says Thomas J. Leonard, founder of CoachVille, the leading network of coaches, and the developer of the "For the Rest of Your Life" concept.

"As we all get older, I believe it becomes easier to look at the rest of our lives instead of just the next 12 months, says Coach Leonard.  "It becomes easier, and even exciting, to embrace the 20, 40 or even 60 years we have left on this earth by asking ourselves "Hey, what's so important to me that I want it for the rest of my life?"  Or, "What have I had enough of in my lifetime that I'm ready to move on from, for the rest of my life?"

Leonard, who is 46, believes that when one reaches a "tipping point" in their life, they are much more open to looking further ahead, and that the choice of what to keep and what to toss for the rest of one's life becomes an appealing one.   

"I found myself making a list one day of the 10 elements of my life that I wanted around forever, and the 10 elements of my life that it was time to say goodbye to.  Instant life plan.  Took me 20 minutes.

"I decided that my work (as a coach and writer) was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  And enjoying my 3 best friends.  Having a dog, (currently a Maltese named Fringe).  Being a nice person forever, no matter what someone says or does.  Constantly experimenting with new ideas and creative mediums.  Being nourished by my relationship with God.  Waking up each morning with nothing on my to do list.  And maintaining a healthy reserve levels of time, money, opportunity and support.  Adding value to others just for the joy of it. And finally, to always follow my whims, no matter how little sense they make at the time."

Aren't these just examples of goals or more New Year's Resolutions?
 
"Not at all," says Leonard. "These are life elements and themes that you want with you forever.  Specific, and changing, goals may well come from these 10 elements.  But I believe there is value, and comfort, in knowing what's going to be with you forever, no matter how life changes.  Call it a virtual reality check if you will."

Leonard helps his clients identify these life aspects by asking them these two questions:

Question #1.
"What are the 10 aspects or elements of you or your life that you want to enjoy for the rest of your life?"

Question #2.
"What are the 10 aspects or elements of you or your life that just don't fit any longer, for the of your life?"

He says that his clients, while at first surprised by the "long term" nature of the exercise, quickly understand the power of the questions because they can look ahead and decide what they most want, and equally, if not more telling, what they don't want.  "This exercise makes prioritizing the rest of your life a breeze because it's easier to prioritize anything when you take a long term view."

And what about the "life elements" Leonard says that he's ready to let go of? 

"Those took a bit more work, because I had to alphabetize them," he responded.  "Seriously, I didn't think that there was much to let go of in my life but I did come up with 10 valuable ones, including not being consumed by my creativity, not promising something until it's ready to deliver, not emotionally reacting to any situation and not talking about others, a.k.a. gossiping."

And how is he doing with these "to let go" items?

"Don't ask.  I've got some work to do."

For a lifetime, apparently.
 

Bonus Free Resource:
The "For the Rest of Your Life" worksheet is available in PDF format at http://www.fortherestofyourlife.com/forrestworksheetpdf.pdf.



For the Rest of Your Life is a project of CoachVille.com, the leader in coach training.

 

 
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