Are You Living In Purpose?

gotpurposeDo you know what your calling in life is? How are you making a difference in the world? In other words do you know what your purpose is? If you do not, then how can you authentically lead from who you are – your core purpose?

Perhaps you have had an opportunity to participate in the creation of your organization’s mission statement but have you ever thought of developing your own personal mission or purpose statement?

Developing and living your purpose statement are very powerful and important actions you can take in order to be in control of your life and lead from your authentic self.

According to Bill George, author of Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value, your core purpose will act as your “true north” that will keep your career and life decisions in harmony with your authentic talents, values and meaningful contribution.

Living in purpose means that you are driven by something internally rather than allowing external influences to hinder you from living your life more clearly.

 

Purpose is not:

  • a goal to be set
  • something we create or
  • a great idea we come up with.

 

Purpose is:

  • something we discover inside ourselves
  • our role in life
  • what we have been prepared to express.

 

According to Stephen Covey, a mission statement is developed with a focus on:

  • what you want to be (character)
  • what you want to do (contributions and achievements) and
  • the values or principles upon which your ‘being’ and ‘doing’ are based

 

Discovering your purpose and developing a purpose statement requires you to do some introspective thinking about your priorities in a deep way. To do this, you may want to reflect on some of the following questions:

  • What is my life about?
  • What do I want from my life?
  • What do I stand for / believe in?
  • Whom do I value?
  • What is my reason for being?
  • What is important to me in my life?
  • What will I contribute to the people in my life?
  • What are my talents?
  • At the end of my life, what do I want to have accomplished?
  • What do I believe in?

 

So how will you make a difference in all aspects of your life? How will your gifts and strengths serve something bigger than yourself? How are you expressing your internal sense of purpose in all of the many different roles and life circumstances? As a leader, how are you showing up?

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

Marielle’s new group coaching program, Up Your Game! Propel Your Career or Business to the Next Level will help you get clear on your values, strengths, vision, mission and much more to propel your career to the next level.

 

 

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation. 

To receive updates about Marielle’s coaching program, training and webinars or for more information on coaching services contact Marielle at (306) 955-3205, marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.redworkscoaching.com. She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Are Your Core Values in Action?

core-values[1]Our personal values are deeply held beliefs of what is truly important in our lives. They are the guiding principles that form the foundation of our personal standards and guide our decisions and behaviours in our day to day lives as individuals and leaders.

Each of us has his/her own personal set of core values that are usually instilled in us at a very early age. Influencers include our parents and family, friends, peers, teachers, coaches, religious leaders, education, and our own life experiences.

Subconsciously or consciously, our core values impact every aspect of our lives. If you truly know what you stand for and what you value, you will be more focused and able to make decisions more quickly, and with clear direction. If you don’t know what your values are or if they are ambiguous, you will struggle in making decisions in your life.

Our values are in action through our personal and work behaviours, decision making, contributions, and interpersonal interactions.

Do you know what you stand for as a person and as a leader? Have you thought about what is truly important to you?

Kevin Cashman, author of Leadership From the Inside Out,  says that many of us could automatically recite a list that would include family, working hard, making a difference, serving others, etc. But are they really your most important values? Or, have you blindly adopted them from your family, organization or the latest business book? Cashman states that:

…our authentic values and sense of meaning are deeper than this. Authentic values are forged in the traumas and privileges of our unique life story.

In other words, what is important to you is based on the lessons from your life experiences.

What are the top five values from your unique life story? What is truly important to you based on your life lessons? What gives you the greatest meaning in life or work?

Once you know your top three to five core values, think about how you are expressing them in the various areas of your life:

  • In your personal life with family?
  • Friends?
  • Intimate relationships?
  • In the community?
  • At work?

How will you make your core values a more present part of your daily life? What will you do to put your values in action every day at home and at work?

“Your beliefs become your strengths. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” –Mahatma Ghandi

Marielle’s new group coaching program, Up Your Game! will help you get clear on your values, strengths, vision, mission and much more to propel your career to the next level.

 

 

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation. 

To receive updates about our coaching programs, training and webinars or for more information on our coaching services contact Marielle at (306) 955-3205, marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.redworkscoaching.com. She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Sharpening the Saw – Are you Taking Enough Time to Ensure Your Tools are Performing?

How sharp is Your Saw?

Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree.

“What are you doing?” you ask.
“Can’t you see,” comes the impatient reply. “I’m sawing down this tree.”
“You look exhausted” you exclaim. “How long have you been at it?”
“Over five hours,” he replies, “and I’m beat! This is hard work.”
“Well, why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?” you inquire. “I’m sure it would be a lot faster.”
“I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,” the man says emphatically. “I’m too busy sawing!”

– Stephen R. Covey

This anecdote is from Stephen Covey’s, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ and identifies ‘Sharpen the Saw’ as habit number 7. https://www.stephencovey.com/
So what does ‘sharpen the saw’ mean? Well essentially this habit is all about YOU! It is meant to preserve and enhance you by focusing on renewing the four dimensions of your nature – physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional.
You have to give these four dimensions time, energy and attention in order to feed them for a healthy and balanced life.
In today’s very busy world, attention to these dimensions are very important for our well being. Like the saw that doesn’t get sharpened, if we don’t focus on these four dimensions, we will struggle to perform at our best. We will expend much more energy which will potentially lead to precarious levels of exhaustion and stress.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the dimensions:

1. The Physical Dimension

This dimension involves caring for your physical health – eating well, exercising on a regular basis, and getting a great night’s sleep.
How are your eating habits?Are you skipping meals? Are you eating nutritious food or are you living on a diet of coffee/soft drinks, high fat, high sugar and high salt foods? Are you experiencing stomach and gut issues? We often think that we eat better than we do, so for one week, log your eating habits. At the end of that week, decide if you want to make any changes to what you eat, when you eat, how much you eat, and how you feel after you have eaten. Speak with your doctor, nutritionist or dietician to make safe and effective nutritional dietary changes.

Exercise
According to Participaction, to achieve health benefits, adults aged 18-64 years should accumulate at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. You also want to include muscle and bone-strengthening activities at least two days per week. You can get more information at http://www.participaction.com/get-informed/physical-activity-guidelines/
If you’re not exercising much, consider what you can start doing for a few minutes a day, gradually working your way to the recommended amount of physical activity. Make sure you’re having fun doing the activity as it will help you to stick to it. Do speak to your health practitioner before starting to exercise.

Are you getting enough Z’zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz?
Good quality sleep is super important for us to be able to function at our peak. Are you waking up refreshed or are you hitting the snooze button a couple of times before you drag yourself out of bed? Does it take you a long time to fall asleep? Are there distractions in your bedroom – lots of light, cell phone on the nightstand, TV, etc.
There are a lot of things to consider for good sleep so if you’re experiencing sleep issues speak to your health practitioner. Mental Health Canada has great information about the importance of sleep. http://www.mentalhealthcanada.com/article_detail.asp?lang=e&id=28

 

2. The Spiritual Dimension

The spiritual dimension is your core, your commitment to your value system. A person’s spiritual dimension is a very personal and private area of life. What do you believe in that brings peace and strength within you? Are you living on purpose and is it aligned with your value system? Do you have a personal mission statement?
Our spirituality draws on sources that inspire and uplift us. We each have our own ways to renew our spiritual selves. Some will meditate, read a scripture, or attend a religious service. For others, music, literature or spending time in nature will support someone to feel renewed.
What do you do to renew your spiritual self?

 

3. The Mental Dimension

This dimension is about life-long learning, organizing and planning. Honing and expanding the mind is a vital mental renewal. The world is changing at an incredible pace, so what are you doing to keep up? What new skills are you learning? How are you planning and organizing your future?
As per Stephen Covey, writing is “another powerful way to sharpen the mental saw. Keeping a journal of our thoughts, experiences, insights, and learning promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context.”
Keep on learning!

 

4. The Social/Emotional Dimension

This dimension centres on the principles of interpersonal leadership, empathic communications, and creative cooperation. Covey states that “the social and the emotional dimensions of our lives are tied together because our emotional life is primarily, but not exclusively, developed out of and manifested in our relationships with others.”
It requires exercise to have effective everyday interactions with people. We need to practice active communication to effectively listen to others – especially when they don’t agree with us. That is how we achieve a win-win outcome. Listening with intent will also help us understand each others’ points of views.
By focusing on renewing the four dimensions of your nature on a daily basis, you will live a healthier, more productive, rewarding and balanced life.

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation. Using brain based models, she holds coaching conversations with clients to help them gain clarity, generate insights, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and develop new habits to improve individual performance and become more effective leaders. She also coaches teams to improve their group performance and achieve corporate goals with measurable results. For more information on coaching services contact Marielle at (306) 955-3205, marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.redworkscoaching.com. She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Setting Goals that will Change Your Life (Part 4)

A Snappy Goal Statement

Stay motivated and excited about your goal and write a goal statement that is short, snappy, positive and memorable using around seven words. Think of it as your personal bumper sticker or the slogan on a t-shirt.

Use a visual and / or emotional element in the goal statement. For example

  • My line of credit at zero
  • Hosting a mortgage burning party
  • To break ground
  • As much energy as I did in my ‘20’s
  • Fit into my favourite black dress.

 

Needs a Measure

Your goal needs a measure so you know when you have achieved it. The measure can be linked to dollars, time, a person or an object:

  • Generate $5,000 profit a month
  • Increase sales by 10% in the second quarter
  • Increase the number of clients by 5% in 2014
  • to fit in my ‘benchmark’ jeans
  • to be as fit as I was in ‘20’s

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Setting the right goal for you will change your life because it will change how you feel, think and act on a daily basis. Dream big and stretch yourself into a new life!

This article focused on setting the right goal statement for success. However every goal needs a strategy and a plan of action including regular check-ins, mid-course corrections, rewards and celebrations along the way. Without a plan a goal is just a wish.

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Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation.

Using brain based models, she holds coaching conversations with clients to help them gain clarity, generate insights, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and develop new habits to improve individual performance and become more effective leaders. She also coaches teams to improve their group performance and achieve corporate goals with measurable results.

For more information on coaching services contact Marielle at (306) 955-3205, marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.redworkscoaching. She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Setting Goals that will Change Your Life (Part 3)

Challenging and Achievable


New Year's resolutions

The goal you set however must be achievable within a 90-day period and you need to truly believe that you can achieve the goal within this time period. Ninety days is a long enough time frame to create new habits but short enough to continue to be motivated and excited about the goal and committed to doing the work to get there.

If you think the goal is too big then break it down into smaller goals that can be realistically achieved in 90 days. Once you have achieved the first goal, then you start working towards another, and then another ultimately working towards achieving the over-arching goal.

For example, Patti owes $25,000 on her line of credit and $175,000 on a business loan and she would like to be debt-free in six months. It took her longer than six months to get to this point so it may not be a realistic goal to be debt-free in six months. However, if Patti sets a smaller, more achievable goal such as reduced her line of credit balance by 25%, this goal may be more achievable within a 90 day period.

Once she achieves this goal she develops other goals to chip away at the debt level to eventually reach her ultimate goal of being debt free. It might take her a little longer but by setting and achieving smaller goals she is making progress towards achieving the big goal. Also, by seeing the progress she is making she will remain motivated and energized to continue working towards the goal. What smaller goals can you set?

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Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation.

Using brain based models, she holds coaching conversations with clients to help them gain clarity, generate insights, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and develop new habits to improve individual performance and become more effective leaders. She also coaches teams to improve their group performance and achieve corporate goals with measurable results.

For more information on coaching services contact Marielle at (306) 955-3205, marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.redworkscoaching. She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Setting Goals that will Change Your Life (Part 2)

Visionary and Inspiring

David Rock, author of Quiet Leadership and founder of the Results Coaching System, says “you want to develop a goal that is visionary and inspiring to pull you forward and draw the best out of you.” To have a real change in your life you need to define a goal that would make the most difference for you.

imagesFor example, Sandra, a solo entrepreneur, has been in business five years and she is very happy with her success so far. However in pursuit of her business goals she was neglecting her health – she rarely exercised, she made poor food choices, she was not sleeping well, she gained weight and her blood pressure was on the rise.

Rather than focus on a weight loss goal she needs to focus on her vision and what she wants in her life. Her vision then is to become healthy by leading a healthier lifestyle which includes regular exercise, eating a nutritious diet, and getting better sleep so she has more energy for herself and her family. The goal which will have the biggest impact for Sandra is ‘to have as much energy as I did when I was in my ‘20s” rather than ‘lose 30 pounds’ or to ‘exercise five times a week.”

By focusing on a goal that is visionary and inspiring Sandra is more passionate and determined to achieve it because there is so much more at stake – her health and overall sense of wellbeing. Also, by focusing on what she does want her brain will start creating new neural pathways and start to create a new habit. It will be easier for Sandra to create a new habit rather than change an old habit because by focusing on changing the old habit the neural pathways of the old habit become further entrenched making it more difficult to change the behaviour.

Questions to help you develop an inspiring goal are: What is your vision in this area of your life? What would you like to be different in this area? If you could have could have anything in this area what would it be?

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Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation.

Using brain based models, she holds coaching conversations with clients to help them gain clarity, generate insights, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and develop new habits to improve individual performance and become more effective leaders. She also coaches teams to improve their group performance and achieve corporate goals with measurable results.

For more information on coaching services contact Marielle at (306) 955-3205, marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.redworkscoaching. She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Setting Goals that will Change Your Life (Part 1)

New Year’s Resolutions – Will you achieve yours?

The holidays are fast approaching, and many of us are going to be thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. More than 40 % of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Despite our best intentions, however, only a small fraction of us keep our resolutions. According to the University of Scranton, their research suggests that just eight per cent of people achieve their New Year’s goals.

I have written a four-part blog series on setting goals that will change your life and some tips on how to achieve your goals. Keep an eye out for more information about goal setting!

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Setting Goals That Will Change your Life

Do you set New Year’s resolutions? Are they the same as last year? If so, are you frustrated that you can’t achieve them?

Let me ask you a few questions: How do you really feel about the resolution you’ve made? Are you excited and passionate about it? Are you inspired and motivated to action? Is it achievable in the timeframe you have set? Have you made too many resolutions?

Goal setting is a very powerful way to achieve your vision for the future. Goals help to focus your attention and energy on what is important to you. You want to set a goal that you really value and will make the most difference for you because it will change how you feel, think and act on a daily basis.

So to achieve your New Year’s resolutions or personal and professional goals you need to think differently about the actual goal.

Click here to read my next article about Goal Setting.

 

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation.

Using brain based models, she holds coaching conversations with clients to help them gain clarity, generate insights, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and develop new habits to improve individual performance and become more effective leaders. She also coaches teams to improve their group performance and achieve corporate goals with measurable results.

For more information on coaching services contact Marielle at (306) 955-3205, marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.redworkscoaching. She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.