As a coach I work with others to set their goals and move forward. I am excited to announce that I am now creating a course on this process entitled Your GPS (Goal Priority System).
This course will be one that is self paced so you can take it at your leisure and review the steps over and over again. Last year I posted about the SMART method and that will be included in the course. Not only that, I am also launching W.H.E.W. a mastermind/coaching group which is all about Women Empowering Women. I will be offering the online course as part of the mastermind (yep the GPS is included in the price for the mastermind group! W.H.E.W. starts in August and registration is open.
To register for WHEW, go to: http://www.theauthenticitycoach.com/whew.html
What do you do when life happens?
That is what has been going on with me this past week. I have the best intentions to meet my deadlines I have set yet I am also a full time caregiver for my 89-year-young Mom. The best intentions can be derailed by an emergency.
So what can you do?
Get frustrated, irritated? Or as a friend of mine says, "Put your big girl panties on and move on." That isn't always easy and it isn't always the solution. Sometimes in life we just need to experience the anxiety, the worry and the exhaustion. We have to give ourselves permission to breathe, relax, or take a nap.
Take care of your needs and then you can care for others. Yep, that is where I am today.
How about you?
I am going to share my own story about a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) I set for myself over 8 years ago. I was at a place where i felt I needed to create a new challenge in my life. I felt that my purpose in life was shifting. Have you ever felt that pull? That need to make a change, but yet unsure of what that is or even how to go about it?
I began working with a coaching team and that is when the light bulb went off. I wanted to explore a new avenue of helping others. I had worked for over 28 years in one profession I felt I needed to create a new path for myself so I enrolled in my first coaching course Foundations for Coaching. I wasn't sure what that meant for me at the time. I struggled with creating a niche. I didn't know who my target audience was. Yet I continued to take courses. I created my first website, I published it and I waited with baited breath for my first client.
When I began as a coach I didn't have an end plan. I just knew it was what I wanted to do eventually. I didn't plan it out, I wasn't SMART about it. that is why Goal Setting and creating mastermind/group coaching is my passion. I want to work with others to create their own BHAG and to have support as they begin to create their S.M.A.R.T goals to reach that BHAG.
What is SMART? It is a method of creating a goal in such a way that you can obtain it by taking steps each day towards that end goal. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Action oriented, Realistic, Time Sensitive.
Let's look at a goal that someone recently brought up in one of my workshops. They wanted to create a workshop/webinar to present to their client base. Questions I asked to help them get SMART about this goal:
When would you like to have the webinar? Do you have the materials needed for the event? What format are you using? How are you getting registrations? This wasn't to overwhelm them it was to help them focus on the steps and actions they needed to take. Let's say you are offering a workshop in three weeks you should then back track from the drop dead date to what you need to do in two weeks, one week down to what can/do I need to do today?
By taking an action step each day towards your end goal you are no longer overwhelmed and can actually see results. One important step a lot of us forget to do is build in the celebrations or rewards for getting to our goal. Make sure to build those in along the way to encourage your self on your accomplishments! For more information please feel free to set up a call with me.
I attended my first live Tallahassee TEDx event today and was so enthralled by the variety of speakers and topics. I have been a fan of TED Talks for years and always seem to walk away with "aha moments". Today I walked away with the knowledge that I am on the right path with my life.
It was interesting to hear a theme from the speakers about how we grow from what some would define as a crisis or tragedy. I completely agree and identify with this. Every time I have had a life changing event occur in my life I have found my path in life changes. I have grown because I have allowed myself time to heal and yet I have not become stagnate in my healing. I have explored what I could do next. I have made my share of what some would say are "mistakes", I prefer to think of them as my "moments of clarity", without those moments I may have continued in a career or path that was not in my best interest.
Live life in the present, yet plan for the future and don't feel defeated if the plan doesn't come out exactly as you thought. It happened in the manner it was suppose and you are where you need to be at this moment. MeToday
Life is full of surprises. One day we can be totally down on our self (yes even coaches and counselors have "yucky" days). It is what we do with those days that make us who we are: sulk, get angry or frustrated or just roll with all the above and no that even though it is a tough day we are here to learn and grow." What learn and grow?" YEP! for without these days how we would understand that there is something better, that there is a purpose for us on this earth and how are lives is blessing for not only for but for those around us. Take a moment today and just be present in this moment and smile a little smile just for you. You might even make someone wonder what you have been up to :-)
At the end of 2013 I lost my sister Deb and entered into 2014 mourning the loss of my big sister. I suddenly realized that most of my family was no longer on this earth and it was just my mom and I left. When I came to this realization I chose to take the next year to spend with mom, not worry about building my business, not worry about anything, but just be present. 2014 was a year that allowed me to heal, to open up myself to all the possibilities that are out there. I took the time to heal myself. I took the time to listen to my mom's stories from her childhood to adulthood. I opened myself to just be in the moment. I pushed aside all the "what if's", and "how am I going to..." that we are programmed from an early age to have in the back of our head. Instead I gave myself permission to put myself and my mom first. I am still learning to be mindful and will always be open to learning this skill and because I took this time I realized the nothing can replace the time we spend with those we love. We never know when that person will be gone from our life. I encourage everyone to take some time in 2015 to just be present with those you love.
I am now ready to engage and have limited space for coaching clients, you see I am still making the time for myself and my mom, yet I know in my heart that I am ready to have clients back in my life. So if you are ready to challenge your self this coming year and are looking for a coach who encourages you to grow, yet also encourages you to take time for those you love and for your own self care then contact me for a consult.
My wish for everyone is that they take the time to be present, take the time to care for their own needs and take the time to spend with those you love. Here's to a glorious 2015!
As a coach I assist others in achieving their goals and dreams, help them set agendas keep them accountable and make sure they celebrate their achievements!
This year I look forward to meeting my new clients as well as welcoming back some clients I have had in the past. My goals are to expand my coaching/consulting business, continue to speak and train at conferences and finish my second book!
What are your goals and dreams? Are you ready to take the next step if so reach out and find a coach to help you with your journey.
Customer Service for the Elderly
As a caregiver one area that I am hyper sensitive about is customer service for the elderly. Here is an example I have run into while caring for my mother. We were at a restaurant and the hostess took off like she was at the races leaving my mother and me behind. I spoke up and asked her “where are you taking us?” and then asked for a location closer to the front. Next came the glass of water, which was HUGE and loaded with ice she had to lift it with both of her hands just to get a sip! I asked if they could bring her water in a “to-go cup” which was much lighter. Let’s take into consideration that the elderly population is only going to increase as the boomer generation begins to age.
I am guilty of speaking quickly my mom’s favorite saying is “you’re talking faster than I can listen!” Have you ever been on a call with someone and they spoke so quickly you were not able to keep up with what they were saying? Isn’t extremely aggravating? Why are we in such a hurry? Let’s take a moment and breathe. Let’s embrace where we are in this moment.
The nation's 65-and-older population is projected to reach 83.7 million in the year 2050, almost double in size from the 2012 level of 43.1 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A large part of this growth is due to the aging of baby boomers (individuals born in the United States between mid-1946 and mid-1964), who began turning 65 in 2011 and are now driving growth at the older ages of the population.
We have to keep in mind that the boomer generation is aging and situations like this will become more common who is going to speak up for this generation? What about those elderly who do not have someone to speak up for them?
As a society we need to remember that there are several generations we need to cater to. We are aging at a rapid rate in the U.S so let’s take a moment to honor our elders instead of just brushing them aside.
Take a moment today and look at your customer service. Who do you cater to and are you able to adapt to different generations?
Judy Micale MS, ICPS, ICADC, Author, Coach, Speaker
My book "31 Daily Inspirations for Caregivers: One Day, One Breath, One Step at a Time" is on Amazon.
As I look at this year of 2013 I am in awe over the fact that this is the year I turn 50 years young!!! This is a time for me to rejoice and celebrate and to share this adventure of celebration with everyone!!!! I was not raised to mourn growing older. I was raised by wonderful, powerful women who taught me age is a number and that is all it is. I was taught to embrace age, what a great and wonderful gift I was given and yes I know it! Just thinking back over the years and all of the great experiences and opportunities I have had to learn and grow is overwhelming. I have decided that as it gets closer to my birthday I am going to honor this event by offering all of my readers the opportunity to share and experience the celebration of life not just my life but their life as well. I am going to do several different challenges throughout this year and plan on asking my readers to join me in some of them if it resonates with them. The first third of the year January to March was revolving around my exploration of being “freed up” from my previous job (thank you GQ for this term it rings with truth:-) which in turn allowed me to explore and expand my Executive/Life Coaching business as well as challenged me to look at what I want to experience and do in the next phase of my life. Any one out there able to identify with this?
I learned at an even deeper level that I am passionate about working with others (companies and individuals) challenging them to grow, explore what areas in their life they would like to see changes in, asking the powerful questions and in doing so watching them reflect and stretch. I am open to signing on more clients and love meeting new people.
In May I am going to be speaking at several conferences and will begin my Principles of Success group coaching workshop
where eight wonderful, powerful women will meet once a month to support and challenge each other to move to the next phase of their live. It is no coincidence this group will end one day before my 50th!
Keep coming back to this blog to see what else is coming there is so much is happening and I will be sharing it with you over this wonderful, exciting, thrilling year. Holding all of you in my heart and thanking you for allowing me to share this with you. Judy
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MS, ICPS, ICADC
Judy has become known as the coach who has a great “attitude about gratitude!”
Her coaching style focuses on individual strengths; by focusing on our strengths we can positively impact those around us.
She has an extensive background in training 25++ years.
She conducts training around the nation.