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What is Life Coaching?

God has a purpose for everyone, he knew you a million years before you where even born. He chose your parents and gave you specific gifts and talents for reaching your full potential. But for some reason, He did not send along a instruction manual. God talks to each one of us, the problem is most of us don't understand the message or know His voice. That is why we are here!

Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in a persons life. It is a relationships that examines what is going on right now in your life. It is purpose is to discover what your obstacles or challenges might be, and helping you choose a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.

We are here to help you discover your next step / direction / path, by helping you see the areas you need to change. We are not here to tell you what you must do, we are here to guide you and help you discover that direction on your own. No one knows what you are suppose to be doing, but God. I can certainly tell you, no one at Shenandoah Mountain Anglican Chapel is God!

If you ever had a coach in sports, it is just like that. You have to be the one that makes the plays, you play the game. But the coach helps you get ready for the game and helps you improve on the skills you need to be successful in the game, then helps you keep focus during the game. Like playing for a team, when you commit to play, practices are not always easy and the coach is not always going to pamper you. But in the end, you become the past you can be in that sport for that year.

Who is Life Coaching For

Life Coaching is really for everyone and we can help anyone. But we really focus on two areas:

Food for thought

By Father Patrick

First and foremeost, there is no such thing as luck. luck is when preparation and opportunity meet. Are you preparing for the opportunities?

Thomas Jefferson wrote “It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which gives happiness”. This is one of my favorite quotes, because it really summarizes the essence of what we are all looking for, happiness and contentment. You first have to be happy about yourself and second your life.

Tranquility comes in many forms, but it all boils down to two things. Are you happy with whom you are and where you are in life? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then it is time to do some soul searching. This is not an easy task, and certainly will not be answered in ten minutes. This process is never ending. As we grow and discover more about ourselves, in terms of strengths and weakness. We have to waken to a more satisfying life. To find fulfillment in life, a personal and Christian evolution needs to take place, we must have the ability and the want to change.

This applies to all aspects of our individual growth. But for any change to happen, we must be first willing to try. Finding out about our self is even a harder task. As we are moving though life, we experience so many different things, and constantly change the way we reacted to those things. Many of theses experiences are negative. So we constantly build up shields around our heart to protect ourselves from pain. This puts up stumbling blocks in our way for finding out our life's direction, our purpose. We don't take action, because we are afraid of failing or being hurt. This also blocks out God and the chance for positive experiences.

 As you know the hardest part of any journey, is the beginning. Self confidence is the hinge upon which turns the gate of individual achievement. When your self confidence becomes unlimited, you will be able to realize more of your potential, then you could under any other circumstances. Doubt, questioning self worth, self criticism comes from the evil ones. God loves us unconditionally, he is the best Father ever, because He never puts you down and will always be encouraging.

To move forward we must sit goals to help move us forward. As we reach the end of one set of goals. We sit another set of goals, which are a little bit harder. As we accomplish one goal, our self confidence grows. Eventually, you will reach a point were nothing seems impossible, because nothing is impossible with Gods help. True self confidence does not come from positive wishing, hoping, or thinking, but comes from positive knowing, based on having proving to yourself over and over again. That you have what it takes, to get from were ever you are, to were ever you want to go. Your thoughts create the level of self confidence you have. When ever doubt enters into your thought, pray and ask God to help you by giving you strength.

 You must stand up and fight for yourself. Many can help, even God, but you must be the one that wants a different life. There is nothing in this world that has brought you to where you are, then you. If you want to change your future then it is up to you and no one else. It always seems that we are running away from our problems. We think the answers lies somewhere else, but they don’t. There are two quotes that come to mind. First, if you can’t find the answers at home, then you will not find them elsewhere. Second, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.

Everybody always wants somebody to help them, give them the answers. No humanly person can help you, but it is for you to discover with God’s help. The door is before you. The question before us: Are you willing to open it. I will tell you this, the answers you seek are not from anyone else or anywhere else in the world. There is only one place that has the answers, that is were ever you are.

I asked you, what to do want to do with your life, but many will say: "I don’t know". We all have had a dream of what we want to do, since we were little. This dream probably has changed a little, the older we get, but it still basically the same dream. You may not remember it. You may no longer believe in it. But it still is in your heart. Life throws many obstacles in our way. These are not obstacles, but opportunities to help you toward your destiny. The dream giver is ready to give you your dream.

Give Fr. Patrick a call at 301-343-7979 or email at brothers@shenmtnchapel.org

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