The conflict between who we are and who we want to be is at the core of the human struggle. Duality, in fact, lies at the very center of the human experience. Life and death, good and evil, hope and resignation coexist in every person and exert their force in every facet of our lives. Debbie Ford – The Shadow Effect
For the second time, I’m reading Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield and Ron McMillan. The authors make a very strong case that successful change on the personal (or soul) level like quitting smoking, losing weight, improving a relationship and getting your spending or drinking under control is more than a matter of will power. Successful changers learn new skills and adopt new philosophies that will take them where they want to go.
When it comes to “changers”, I have to remind myself that not all of us are searching souls. For example a quick google search offers this tidbit to substantiate my claim. 33 percent of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college. 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. 57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
One speaker/author I am familiar with estimates that only 15% of the population fall into the changer/seeker category. I can also allow that in life’s journey that individuals may go through seasons of seeking and contentment.
Since my passion is health coaching it’s probably obvious why this subject would be top of mind. My clients come to me seeking to improve their health beginning with reaching a healthy weight. Its common knowledge that two thirds of Americans are over weight and half those are medically obese. For virtually 99 percent of the people I consult with, this is not their first attempt to get their weight under control. The stories I hear are a combination of successes and setback – with setback being the most recent experience before talking with me. As an independent professional health coach with Take Shape for Life, my goal with each client can be summed up in two words, “for Life”. But achieving this goal takes much more than will power. It takes skills, tools, philosophy and community.
A casual glace at my newsfeed on Facebook, candid conversations at Starbucks or a look around the community church uncovers a certain number of searching souls. Searching for God, searching for validation or answers or maybe searching for a solution for their health and weight issues. Since Kerry Patterson already patented “The Science of Personal Success”, I’d like to lay claim to the phrase “Celebrating Personal Achievement”. If you are searching or maybe know someone who is searching to create and celebrate personal achievement, get in touch with me on the form below.