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Through her ACTION process, author and speaker, Sarah Beth Aubrey, leads organizations and individuals through change. She believes in the value of coaching, peer advisory groups, and networking to position farm business for the next level of growth, efficiency, and success.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller
As a little girl I read a lot. Growing up in a large family, I enjoyed the solitude and being lost in stories about people and places I could only imagine. One of my favorite topics was Helen Keller, the woman who was blind and deaf and yet became an author and earned a bachelor’s degree. I read her memoir Light in My Darkness in early grade school was impressed with her determination and creativity. Keller certainly had vision! Don't forget though, Keller, like all of us, had limitations and she needed a guide. She credits teacher, Anne Sullivan. What about you? Do you have a guide to support you in accomplishing great things?
Recently, I’ve been reading Lifestorming, Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life by powerhouse consultants, Alan Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith. Both authors do a lot of coaching, high-level masterminds, speaking, and the like, so its natural they would advocate executive coaching, but I really value their statement as a truth: “There is a reason that coaching has grown by leaps and bounds in the corporate world over the last few decades. Instead of a sign that a person’s career is faltering, having a coach is now most often a mark of prestige.”
A key point the author’s make is that we are constantly evolving and as such our professional needs will change, too. They advise in Lifestorming “Without a conscious evaluation of our beliefs, they can become sclerotic. We just assume they are true and shouldn’t change.” That’s a wake up call to some of you reading this right now. Ask yourself: What old beliefs am I still holding onto that actually don’t define the person I am today? That’s an important question, isn’t it? Weiss goes on to add: “None of us is the same person we were a year ago, let alone five years ago…I am constantly surprised by how stupid I was two week’s ago.” I love that line – true!
ACT Like a Pro out there!
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