Keep Growing, Interesting Ones, On the Wild, Wonderful Journey

Keeping Growing - Life Coaching with Teresa Young

 

Are you one of those folks who are still and always naturally focused on growing? If the truth is “not so much”, check out this bit of sung wisdom from Bob Dylan:

 

He [and she who is] not busy
being born is busy dying
.

— Bob Dylan

 

In fact, “aging gracefully” is more doable now than ever. The days when young folks had all the fun are over. Days when they had all the freedom. Now it’s totally possible for us to have multiple phases of life that are in fact age-neutral.

Changing the game: from existing to growing

These days, people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, even 80s and 90s are living radically different lives from what was once the norm. And of course many still do act out beliefs that a certain age means it’s time to be tired. Unhealthy. Overweight. Maybe even done with real self-care.

But many, many others are focused on growing, still and always jamming away at their dreams and goals way past the old put ’em out to pasture days. They exercise, eat smart, and practice self-care strategies like examining unhelpful beliefs and exploring an empowering mindset toward truly changing the aging game.

A growth mindset is win-win

Yes, our efforts to always continue growing are absolutely win-win. Because when we stay “busy being born”, the wisdom of our elder years has maximum space and time to develop. That’s one win. The other is that then we get to share that goodness in all kinds of satisfying ways.

And as a busy life coach heading toward my own golden years, I say that matters. I say you matter, interesting ones! Because we have our own difference to continue to make. Traditional societies have always known this, with revered elders holding court on all kinds of important parts of life. But modern culture forgot. These days it’s time to change the game back again.

So I say the early 21st century is an amazing time to be “maturing.” What’s possible is up to us.

As birthdays accumulate

And of course no amount of self-care negates everything forever, no matter how much yoga we do. :) In truth, we all need ever greater inner fortitude as our birthdays accumulate.

We also all eventually experience painful times. Dark times. Times of inner or outer conflict. It’s all part and parcel of the journey of being human. Given the reality of the yin and yang of all things, a continuous growth mindset helps us claim and express that fortitude—and even the holy grail of happiness—in the ways we live the 4th quarter of our precious lives.

So bravo to all who are jamming on beyond all kinds of old boundaries. As you walk your own wild, wonderful 21st century path, remember to keep continuous growth and daily self care in the mix.

And do share your own brand of mature wisdom and beauty with the world. Make the difference that’s uniquely yours to make. And along the way, reach out for the expert support you deserve.

Teresa Young

Dare to Change Those Hand-Me-Down Beliefs for New Possibilities

Dare to Create What You Want - Life Coaching with Teresa Young

What do you believe, anyway? About life? About love? And work? How about money? And kickass contribution to life? And how about growth past midlife? These are in fact the questions, right? I’m here to tell you that you can dare to examine—and then change—your beliefs as one part of your approach to accomplishing your goals.

Yes, as a life coach who cares, I know this truth can truly change your life. Because consciousness of your beliefs, of what drives you, and stops you, is in fact an incredibly powerful creative act! You can dare to examine your beliefs. Question them. And make choices that change your life.

Clean out the closet

One big test of any belief is whether it’s fear-based, or focused on growth. Like believing that “love always fades to quiet boredom.” Maybe it’s been your experience so far, or you’ve seen it play out in the lives of others. Or you’ve heard that in long-held family knitting-circles or good ol’ boy logic.

 

Dare to examine your beliefs
as one part of your approach
to accomplishing your goals.

 

But does any of that stuff that’s been piling up challenge you to keep risking for the juice you want in relationship? Or does it just let you off the hook, ready to justify your own lack of heart due to, well, fear of heartache?

Most importantly, are you really free to choose? Consider that any reason why not is another belief, rather than some universal truth. One actual truth is that we’re living in an amazing era. You and I are in fact free to choose our beliefs if we’re ready to do this important inner work. And make no mistake about the fact that it’s work that will catapult us forward in the ways that matter most to us.

Now dare to change those old beliefs. Go forth bravely casting off the hand-me-downs that no longer suit beautiful you! And reach out for expert support. After all, you deserve the life you want most.

Teresa Young

 

Stop Squandering Your Energy Now. Today. Really.

Stop Squandering Your Energy - Life Coaching with Teresa Young

Stop squandering your energy. For real. Now, the truth is, I started with the negative to get your attention. But you know just what I mean. Right? 

Now let’s talk about conserving, containing, and consciously utilizing your energy to create what you want most. Oh, and to be crystal clear, I don’t mean with long-lasting light bulbs or by powering down your electronics at night. :)

I mean by making the best use of your most precious commodity, your life force, toward everything you want and deserve. Are you with me?

Track your use of life force

By the way, I’m a life coach with a particular passion for the body/mind/spirit as an energy system. And I say that one powerful way to begin is to actually log your energy usage for a day, in four sections:

  1. Important (in service to your goals)
  2. Fun
  3. Unimportant
  4. Counter-Productive

First, in this moment, as you consider keeping this kind of data, what do you think you will see? Next, try it out. Check your predictions after 24 hours. Even this simple action will begin to change the game.

What do you see? Where does your usage spike? What times of day or night are you genuinely productive in the ways that matter most to the wisest, clearest, most goal-oriented part of you?

 

What times of day or night are you
genuinely productive in the ways
that matter most to you?

 

Next step, expand the game. Track your energy usage for a week.

Which days of the week are you really playing the grand game of your life in the ways you want to, if at all? And what about plenty of self-care, and lots of rejuvenating fun in the mix, without being either “all work and no play” or all play and no work?

Balanced energy usage is key. In what ways do the power combo of your inner life and your outer lifestyle support the you who you most want to be?

You’ve gotta spend some, but on what?

Yes, you do want to stop squandering energy. But there’s another intriguing possibility: are you an energy miser? Not naturally wired for focused output?

Now we’re just getting this primer started. Read more at http://oneideaaway.com. And reach out for the expert support that you deserve.

Teresa Young

How to Rock the Life You Want (Spoiler: Be Beautiful You)

Life Coaching with Teresa Young

As a musician who became a coach, I often ask my clients a question something like this one: So, are you ready to rock life? And at the end of a session I’ll hear myself say spontaneously, rock on!

If your answer is hell, yes!, then the classic Zappa quote here may interest you. It states the fact of the uniqueness of each of us. And those who know about Frank will tell you he was a man who walked his talk.

Frank Zappa walked his talk.

Yes, as a musician/composer and provocateur during the Vietnam era and beyond, Zappa did most assuredly rock life. He created a legacy of compelling original music and acerbic social commentary. From genre-busting musical styles and types of ensembles, lyrics that took down all manner of sacred cows, and a lifestyle that was part of his art, he lived his truth. His own unique creative life.

Enter… you.

Enter this season of opportunity in your beautiful life. Are you stepping off the beaten path? Marching to the beat of your own drummer?

I’m having fun with cliches to drive home the hook: you living in ways that are uniquely you. Read more of this scoop at www.oneideaaway.com.