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Goals vs. Valued Direction

kflood | February 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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As part of my quest for always looking for new information as a coach and to improve my own life, I ran across an article that talked about having “Valued Directions” vs. outcomes/or goals.

With my background in leadership and management, this was a real “AHA” moment for me!  We always tell people to set goals, and make them measurable.  There have been tons of books out there related to goal setting so you can be successful.  I was on that same band wagon, until today.

I am now a recovering goal setter.  I have fully embraced the idea of having Valued Directions instead.

There are some similarities to goals and directions, however there are also some very important differences which have led me to the 100% embracing of Valued Directions.

Valued Directions and Goals are both visions.  Both I believe are an important part of life so you have a plan and a direction to head.  I truly believe that we as humans need TIME, and probably more of it to sit and think and dream and decide what we really want our life to be like.

In coaching people and being coached when you ask someone “What do you want?”  A common answer is to be happy!  I wish I had a magic wand to wave and say make it so!  However, that wand unfortunately has not been developed yet for me.  In addition, everyone has a different idea of what they think will make them happy!  This wand will have to be extra super fantastic to accomplish that.

As a coach, it is my job to help my client decide what their happy would look like.  What steps they need to take to reach that happiness.  However, as we all know happiness does not instantly occur when you suddenly meet your goals.  In fact there have been people out there who believe that their happiness is possible only when they reach that end of the rainbow (achievement of their goal).  In most cases, these people are usually disappointed.

Happiness is a state.  A state that we can all choose.  A state that if we just decide to be happy and positive that we can actually “fake it until we make it”.

I do believe that our happiness hinges on living our life purpose which is very similar to what Valued Directions is all about.

Valued Directions are not black and white.  For instance, you may set a very black and white measurable goals such as “I want to be able to run a mile in 10 minutes or less.”  Or “I want to lose 100 lbs.”  These sound wonderful, however life often hands us little bumps in the road that we do not anticipate.  What if you are in an accident and lose a leg?  You probably won’t ever run a mile in 10 minutes or less!  This is where valued directions come into play.

What I did for myself and would like everyone of my clients, my friends, and family to do is sit down and decide what values will direct your life!  Keep it simple and open for all the possibilities, and  not necessarily so black and white.

My Valued Directions as of today are the following:

  1.  I want to LOVE all people and find the best in them!
  2. I want to offer my talents and love to all people I come in contact with.
  3. I want to be as healthy and fit as possible and keep a youthful mentality.
  4. I want to live in the MOMENT.
  5. I want to experience FUN and explore and enjoy life everyday.
  6. I am open to finding relationships that creates connectedness, passion and fun.

I realize these are not black and white or measurable goals.  However these concepts will truly serve me and guide me in the direction that is congruent with my values, my life purpose, and success.  I truly look at these and say, how can I not be happy or successful if I stick to this pathway that resonates with my soul?

I realize, it may be difficult to follow all these all the time.  However if I focus on this daily and live it, then I am happy NOW, today, every moment.  If I create a bunch of goals are eventually reachable, I am waiting for my happiness to occur at some end point.

These valued directions I have set for myself will serve me well in relationships, work, friendships, challenges and more.  I want people in my life who can mesh with me as I live these concepts.  Based on these values I want to hang out with people who enjoy fitness, like to have fun, and live in the moment.  Yes, that will definitely  help me to be as happy as possible!

Take a moment today, look at your own life goals and tweak them a bit to fit in your valued direction.  I believe I will always have goals too, however most of my goals are encompassed in the valued directions I have embraced anyways.  When life throws me a curve ball, I won’t be too distraught, I hope!

If you would like to take time to explore your goals and your valued directions and need some coaching assistance, please contact me and as your coach we will get you started in the direction that resonates with you!

Happy Friday!

Kristin

 


Resolutions or Brussel Sprouts?

kflood | January 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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It is the beginning of a new year.  January 1st marks a time for new beginnings, New Year’s resolutions, and a time for reflection.

I look back on 2015 with both joy and sadness.  Joy for all the blessings that occurred in 2015.  Sadness because I always wish I had more time, more moments, more memories to take away.

I am excited for this new year!  I have loudly and stubbornly announced that 2016 will be MY year!  Not that I won’t share this year and all of it’s promises with the rest of the universe, however I intend to make this year one of the best ever!

There are many articles out there addressing New Year’s resolutions.  Should I set them, yes or no?

I don’t believe there is a black and white answer to this question despite all the research, data, and input of many.

For me, a New Year’s resolution is something very personal and individualized.  Some people are motivated by them, some feel like they are a noose around their neck which does nothing but drowned them in misery and failure.  They are just like brussel sprouts.  Some love them, some hate them with a passion.

It is really up to the individual to decide to embrace them or not.

As a Professional & Personal Success Coach, I love resolutions.  However I don’t feel they have to be saved for the first of January!  Resolutions are intentions, dreams, goals, guides on how to direct your life towards the path that will allow you to find personal, professional success and happiness.

Just as resolutions, the paths are many and very individualized.  What makes me joyous may be despair for you.  Once again, just like brussel sprouts.

I believe the problem with resolutions is not that we make them, the problem lies in that we don’t always achieve them.  Thus the naysayers of resolutions begin to chime in.

As a Coach I can help you with those lofty resolutions.  First, start BIG.  Dream, imagine, set those goals high.  This is where most people start, however they fall short in the implementation of these goals.  Lofty is great, it is motivating.  However, it also has to be realistic!  “Rome was not built in a day!” Neither can all your dreams, goals, be achieved in a day or maybe even a year.

The most important piece is to set dreams that are achievable, and plans that are realistic to move you step by step in the direction of the future that you so desire.

So you have the goal, and a plan.  Easy enough, right?  Not really.  Most of us have great intentions, however life gets the best of us.  Remember by sadness?  I was sad because I didn’t have enough time in 2015 to do everything I wanted!  Although we have a plan and a dream, we begin to move our focus off the path and get side swiped by this crazy thing we call life!  The car broke down, I am so tired, I can barely keep up at work, the kids are sick, the boss is demanding, I can’t even get my own house cleaned!  The list goes on and on.

The way to achieve those resolutions is to keep your focus on them.  HOW?  This is the best question ever!

I have found only two ways to accomplish this:

  1.  Schedule 1/2 hour a day on your calendar for yourself.  During this time, you will be alone and you will reflect on your goals, monitor the progression of your plan, and reassess the value of your final goal.
  2. Hire a Coach.  You will have an appointment with the Coach.  The Coach will help you do all of the above and then some.

Time, focus, reassessment are all important in making your dreams come true.  Resolution making is not nasty, its our struggle with staying focused, on task and motivated that gets in the way.

I encourage you right this very moment to start dreaming of those huge resolutions, have fun with it!  If you get stuck, call me!

Try it, you may like it….just like brussel sprouts!

Happy New Year to All

Wishing you joy, happiness, laughter, fun and great memories in 2016

Kristin

 


Transformational Coaching

kflood | July 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

 

I looked up the dictionary meaning of the word transformation and this is what is said-change in form, appearance, nature, or character.

As a Personal and Professional Success Coach, I would clearly say that people truly do TRANSFORM within the coaching process.  Coaching helps individuals tap into the recesses of their soul to allow this transformation to occur.  It is not only tapping into their inner knowledge, but tapping into the HOW to change their life into on that is authentic for them.

This change or transformation has the power to help people lose weight (change in form and appearance), get FIT (change in form) in addition to changing their life, their job, their career, their relationships.

When I think of true transformation, the picture of a beautiful butterfly comes to mind.  As a child and to this day, I am amazed how an ugly little creature, the caterpillar can crawl into a cocoon and emerge as a different and radiant creature!  I always wished I could do that!

What I have found is I can and I have, and so can YOU!  We all grow and learn each day in our lives.  We are faced with challenges, struggles, joy, pain, laughter and more.  What I have found is each individual is unique and beautiful within.   The true life transformation comes when you begin to find that person from within that is the beautiful radiant creature you were meant to be.  You have to believe in that person, that beauty and love and embrace that unique being called YOU.

I will be turning 50 in a few days and although I hate the number, however I truly love and embrace the person I am inside.  I have found my inner voice and am listening to it.  I have accepted myself for who I am and I love that and who I am becoming!  It is so exciting and peaceful to have that inner confidence.  I don’t know exactly where I am going or what exactly my final butterfly wings will look like, however I know they will be beautiful and they will be uniquely mine.  I know I will feel secure in my butterfly wings and I have no doubt I will live my life’s purpose!

This transformation is not easy!  It does take work.  It does take time and thought.  Many people see their grave before they get to their cocoon.  We are so busy with the tasks of life that we don’t take the time to carve out that cocoon for ourselves.  How sad that the world doesn’t get to see more butterflies emerge.

I would like to change that.  One person, one caterpillar at a time with Transformational Coaching.  By working with me you will begin to get in touch with your inner self so you are working on that cocoon.  Don’t miss out on getting your butterfly wings!

Contact me or schedule your first appointment.  What are you waiting for?  Do you want to wander around on a million little legs or do you want to fly?

Kristin


What Inspires you?

kflood | May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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As I sit here on this sunny day, I am thinking about my clients.  As their Coach I want to inspire them, motivate them, help them to be successful.

Inspiration for individuals is as unique as fingerprints.  As a Coach,finding what it is that inspires the individual can be tricky but not impossible.

As a Coach I don’t have to have the answer!  The person intuitively can tap into their own inspiration, motivation.  All I have to do as their Coach is to be 100% present.  Listen to what they are saying, listening to their body language, their tone, the subjects that seem to transform them without them being aware. Once the client can hit that zone it is all uphill from there.

Who Inspires you?  What inspires you?  What sounds exciting?  What resonates with you?  There are a million questions I ask my clients and suddenly we are tapped into that greatness from within them.  All the answers are suddenly clear, their confidence surges, their heart settles in peace.

How wonderful the Coaching Process is!  I am blessed to have the opportunity to be present as someone  finds their inner voice/self where all of lives mysteries are suddenly evident.

What Inspires me?  People, my clients, my faith, synergy, human compassion, strength, empathy.

Nothing is more beautiful.

I can’t wait for the next client moment.  I can’t wait to meet my next new client and see how coaching suddenly transforms them.

I am truly blessed.

Kristin


Dream BIG with a Coach

kflood | February 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

Everyone has dreams.  Dreams come in all shapes and sizes.  Dreams cover all aspects of your life.  Dreams about personal and professional success. Dreams for our future, our loved ones.  Dreams that cost money, dreams that cost only our personal investment and time.

Many people die before they have the opportunity to achieve their dreams.  Why?  Because dreams are often BIG and take time and energy.  Our lives are busy, stressed, overwhelming.  Who has time to live out a dream when they are just trying to live through each day?

So what do we do with all these dreams?  Do they just stay a dream, something that we would like to have but it is only a fantasy?  Or do we go after them and make them a reality? Is that really even possible?

As a Professional and Personal Success Coach I can 100% tell you that your dream is possible and can become a reality.  Dreams, however can not be achieved with the wave of a magic wand.  Like most things in life, it requires some work and focus.  As a Coach I have seen clients change their lives, start living their dreams simply by spending some time focusing on what they want and how they can get there.

What if I told you that you could begin living your dreams if you would commit only 1/2 hour three times a month to focus on that dream?  Would you be willing to schedule that time in your busy schedule in order to move in the direction you want to go with your life?

If the answer is YES, then let’s begin tomorrow!

All you have to do is schedule three one half hour coaching sessions with me.  I will utilize this time to help you identify your dreams, create achievable action plans, and then help you stay accountable on that pathway.  I will support you 100%, help you get unstuck by utilizing various NLP processes, and inspire you to get to your final destination.

Don’t let that BIG dream remain in your heart, mind and soul as a figment of your imagination.  Get started with me ASAP and let your heart and soul soar with happiness!

Trying to achieve your dreams?  I provide coaching to individuals, couples, and teams on issues that can make or break your professional and personal success.  Sessions in-person or by telephone.  Your initial consultation is free.  www.kristinfloodinspired.com


Why Dream, Believe, Inspire is my tag line

kflood | January 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

 

2015 Photos 008   Keenan (age 11) and Shrek

When I opened up my business, Kristin Flood Inspired, LLC the words dream, believe, inspire seemed to fit my vision as a coach.  Those three simple words spoke to me not only as a professional but personally.

Working as a coach, it is my role to support my client 100%!  It is not about me, it is about the client.  It is not about the coaches dreams but the clients dreams.  Dreaming is the first step of the coaching process!  As a client you get the time, space, and assistance to help you get to those dreams and visions locked away in your head and heart.

This world is in constant fast forward motion.  Who has the time to sit down and think about what you want, need, and can do both personally and professionally?  Even if we have 1/2 hour of uninterrupted time, we really don’t use it to think, dream or get our minds tapped into “vision”.  Realistically when I have anytime at all, I find something to do.  Clean the bathroom, go to the grocery store, make a few lists, call a friend, sort mail, take a bubble bath, take a nap, and the list goes on and on.

The beauty of hiring a Coach is you truly schedule an appointment to DREAM!  The coach is the facilitator of those dreams.  As a coach I will stop your mind from wandering to all the things you should be doing right now and help you focus on your dreams.  Let’s tap into your soul, your heart, your mind and quickly get you to that place that you can start to dream of what you want.  In one half hour coaching session we can start to open up your mind and soul to the all the possibilities.  If you never take the time to slow down, you will never find access your dreams.

Believe.  Believe is word that encompasses so much.  So much that I did a crazy thing recently and got the word BELIEVE tattooed on my right foot.  Most people who know me were sure I hit mid-life crisis.  Maybe I did.  However believe is one word that speaks to my soul personally, spiritually, and professionally.  So I put it right there in my line of vision to remind me that all things are possible if you just believe!

As a Coach I see talented and passionate people who not reaching their full potential at work or at home.  First of all they are too busy to take the time to dream and tap into that unused passion and talent.  Even if they identify their dreams they often fall short of success because they do not truly BELIEVE that it is possible.

As humans we are experts in the EXCUSE business.  We can come up with an excuse to fall short and cover our guilty feelings by believing in the excuse.  We all have those excuse gremlins that attack our subconscious minds and tell us we can’t do something.  Those gremlins are the creators of the excuses and they love it every time you succumb to on.  The gremlin wins and you lose every time.

As a human, wife, mother, friend, peer, and Coach I wrap myself in belief.  I believe in people, I believe in a higher power, I believe in myself, I believe in my family, my friends and I definitely believe 100% in my clients.  I support them, believe in them until they can and do believe 100% in themselves.  Without that belief, your dreams will never become reality.  When I forget to believe all look at my foot and focus on BELIEVE.  We always get more of what we focus on.

INSPIRE.  I stumbled on the word inspire quite by accident.  People have always described me as positive and motivating!  As a Coach I want to motivate people!  Then I realized, no one ever motivates me to do anything.  I have to motivate myself.  Motivate to me is putting one foot in front of the other and only I can motivate myself to a forward moving direction.  In fact, I can motivate backwards at times just as easily!  However, I have had people who inspire me.  They inspired me to become a better person, a better mother, a wonderful RN, and to become a Coach.  Those people didn’t motivate me really, they put some inspirational fire inside my soul and inspired the passion, talent, and abilities I already had within to get me moving forward full steam ahead.

As a Coach I love to inspire people to find a life that is truly theirs and speaks to their heart.  We are not all made from the same simple cookie cutter!  Everyone in this life is cut from a very unique mold.  We all have different passions, talents, weaknesses, abilities and even disabilities.  What works for one won’t work for another.  My idea of what happiness is may be nothing like the next person’s vision of a happy life.

One of my greatest inspirations is in the picture above smiling ear to ear as he finally met Shrek for the first time!  This is my 11 year old son, Keenan who happens to have Down Syndrome and is somewhere on the Autism spectrum.  In 11 short years, he has taught me more than any non-disabled human being!  He dreams daily.  He believes in himself and every human, animal, TV character, and angel without any doubts.  He is naturally inspired to just live life.  He lives daily without taking along the baggage of every day.  He truly lives life in the moment!  He is by far the happiest person I have had the pleasure to meet in this lifetime.

He is an inspiration.  Not only to me but to countless people and family members.  His infectious personality is a joy to others.  Watching him I’m am inspired as he struggles to talk, to read, to fit into this world where he really is a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. If he can overcome the challenges having an extra chromosome have given him, then heck so can I and so can everyone else.

We think we are the only ones with struggles.  It is easy to have a pity party.  Sometimes we believe we need so much to really be happy.  Looking through his eyes I see that we are sometimes unhappy because we make it too complicated.  He simply is happy 99% of the time.  Yes, he has moments of anxiety, frustration, sadness, fears, insecurities just like the rest of us.  He just doesn’t dwell on it.  He doesn’t have those nasty gremlins talking in his ear. If he does, he must ignore them and thus they don’t exist.  Yes, it is that easy.

My hope for all of you today is to begin to dream.  Keep it simple at first.  Maybe you really just dream of meeting Shrek the big green ogre! Don’t close your mind to your dreams.  Life offers many possibilities.  We often believe windows and doors are locked to us, when they are just one little push away.

Believe in YOU!  If you don’t have the strength or have barriers in your way, find someone to help you believe in yourself.  Your family, a friend, a counselor, a peer, a Coach.  If you need me, I am just an appointment away!

Inspire-find inspiration in this life.  People are inspired by many things.  Faith, God, meditation, people, nature, fun. Tap into inspiration.  Inspire others anyway you can!  In inspiring and serving others I am truly internally inspired and blessed.

Wishing you all peace, health, happiness, and the start to finding your life’s dreams and purpose.

Sincerely,

Kristin