Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Are you feeling challenged by obstacles?

Are you feeling challenged by obstacles? Are you clear as to what that "thing" is that is preventing or hindering your progress?

I view any obstacle that gets in my way as an opportunity to learn something new. It's not always an easy lesson. And sometimes the learning of the lesson takes time, patience, and reflection.

Changing the way we think about obstacles effects our success rate for as the Zen Buddhists say, "The obstacle is the path." To begin, we have to identify the type and source of the obstacle. Ask yourself: Do you view the obstacle metaphorically as a pebble, a rock, or a boulder? Is it external or internal?

External obstacles are those things outside of your control, such as environment, money, physical limitations. Yet, because they are external does not mean you should give up. What is always in your control is how you choose to respond (cognitively) not react (emotionally) to the challenge.

Internal obstacles are things such as fear, self-doubt, and what I call your Habitudes -- Patterns of thought and behavior affecting our attitudes towards life; habitual ways of thinking and acting that may or may not serve you.

Our beliefs and thoughts about a situation affect our reaction to it. The way we think about things can actually give things more meaning than they actually deserve. By giving meaning to things, we give them power in our lives. That's why I asked you to think metaphorically about the obstacle. What is its size? How easily, based on that size - pebble, rock, boulder -- can you remove it from your pathway?

"Obstacles don't have to stop you," said Michael Jordan. "If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

Friday, January 5, 2024

If you have been thinking about working with a coach, the time is right.

 "Rita helped me identify areas of improvement and gave me guidance on how to develop resilience within my own life."

Strategic personal and/or professional development coaching is customized specifically to your most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs. 

The goal of private sessions is to offer insight and assistance that will guide you towards actionable, positive changes that will affect all areas of your life. 

Armed with this insight, you will develop a workable plan to manage the challenges that come your way.

I incorporate the Tony Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention (also known as SI) practices, which extracts the most practical and effective forms of strategic action and communication from a variety of disciplines.

Invest in Yourself TodayContact me for an initial consultation. 774-230-5670 or e-mail rita@ritaschiano.com.

Sessions are held in-person in my Sturbridge office or via Zoom or FaceTime, based on your preference.