Welcome friends to Episode #91 of the Own Your Best Life Podcast. As we reflect on the last year and our intentions for a new year, it’s normal to wonder if we are fully living up to our potential. We look around us as the pandemic has changed our lives and wonder if our emotional, physical, mental and spiritual practices are truly serving us in navigating this uncertainty. What should we focus on and what’s really going to have the most impact for us across this next year of our life? If you’re going through the same thing or trying to understand where you are on your path, I want to encourage you to reflect on how what we’ll discuss today around self-coaching and Spiritual Achievement ™ Leadership can have an impact on not only your life but the lives of those around you.
We’ll do a breathing meditation today.
Start by closing your eyes, taking a deep breath in through your nose and exhaling out through your mouth.
With each breath, just count in one. And exhale one. Inhale 2 and exhale 2, inhale 3 and exhale 3, inhale 4 and exhale 4. Inhale 5 and exhale 5. And keep going on your own to 10. As you do so just training your mind in this moment to stay with the present moment, the breath. Breathing in naturally and releasing. As you finish counting to 10 I want you to release any expectations of all that you’re holding onto and instead set an intention. Set an intention for how you want to feel, what you want to do and what you want to receive in your life. Set that intention now knowing that your desires are safe and that they matter. Release and open your eyes.
In today’s episode, I’m going to walk you through the Spiritual Achievement™ Leadership coaching model that works in your personal and professional life.
What is Spiritual Achievement™ leadership coaching? You’ve heard me talk about my experiential group coaching programs and 1:1 programs, but I want to share with you what this really means when you spiritually achieve and how that works with coaching.
Years ago, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next in my life, I had no idea that coaching was a real thing. All I knew was that I wish there was someone who I could talk to who was as passionate about the spiritual world of meaning, purpose, and self-discovery as they were about real daily life. Who could understand what it looks like to have to pay the bills but also want something more. I’ve always had the question of how to bridge the two and I was finally at a crossroads in my life. After I confronted another unexpected death once again, firsthand, I realized that life was short and I wasn’t truly living it full-out. I had a job that I was good at but didn’t light me up. I was in essence hiding from life. I realized that this strategy work that I was good at wasn’t what I was gifted at. I wanted to have more impact in this world and really utilize my gifts. Even though I was spiritual, I didn’t have a consistent spiritual practice that served me. I didn’t have new, big goals that I was striving for – I had gotten the job I wanted, the education I wanted and now what?
But I didn’t even know at that time what I stood for and what I wanted. I didn’t know what I wanted next, or what it would look like. To everyone else, I was doing great. Inside, I was slowly dying. Life shakes us up and there’s no other way around it but to feel it and see that this was a path I had to take on my own. But I discovered so much along the way that I wanted to share and this is what I call Spiritual Achievement™ Leadership Coaching.
It’s the bridge of 4 things. Spirituality, Achievement, Earth Energy, and Harmony.
Spirituality is in essence the understanding of who you are, your gifts, what you bring to this world. It’s the creation of and believing in your meaningful and purposeful goals. It’s also understanding your values and what you care about. It’s about developing your own spiritual practices that are unique to you and the way you see the world. It’s also about understanding how energy works and how you bring your visions to life. At its core, it’s about developing self awareness and the tools to manage your spiritual energy so we reduce the impact that fear has on our decisions and lives.
Achievement is the ability to understand what success means to you at this point in your life and how you relate to your results. It’s about understanding the levers that work for you to create and hit your goals so that you can be successful and fulfilled along the way. We answer questions around, “How do we think about time?” and “How do we achieve this goal without burning out?” We create maps for success and dream impossible, possible goals.
Achievement is also about creating from a place of deep trust and working on that muscle of deciding every single day how we want to show up. From there, we can truly live out our dreams without fear that we’re on the wrong path and wasting our time.
Earth Energy – mind/body
Earth Energy is about creating a deeply sustainable way to live. It’s about coming to terms with our human existence and looking under the hood at the ways we use our bodies and our mental, physical and emotional health to help us live out our purpose.
Earth Energy is also about grounding ourselves to reality instead of wishing our circumstances away. It’s how we become truly whole by accepting what is and moving forward towards radical change anyways. This work has radically transformed my relationships with others as well as my ability to tend to my health and live in physical alignment to my values. Whether it’s intuitive eating, cooking, – becoming a vegetarian – all of these are personal choices but ones that we sometimes never define for ourselves until something happens.
This is where we start to heal aspects of ourselves that are rooted to our very human existence. We answer questions like, “Why do we over-eat, over-work, over-drink?” and transform our lives so we embody what we know to do with new patterns, habits, and routines that serve us.
Harmony is about bringing all the parts together into a whole. Seeing that with every type of creation, we may have different levels of expansion. Why are we feeling whole in some parts, but not in others? Where is our power and it’s asking and answering the question of self-leadership – how do I assess where my power is and is not so I can live in greater harmony in my life? How do we address our relationships with ourselves and others so that we live a life in a healthy connection and as a community with others?
We also decide how we want to create power and mastery in our lives – the strategies for making decisions that help us take actions. Harmony is all about relationships with ourselves and others.
These 4 topics are the Spiritual Achievement™ Coaching model – one that doesn’t remove real life concerns yet asks that you still commit to living at your next level despite these concerns. This is about a reimagination and then a transformation process that never ends. These are tools and processes that you will work and work at each level of your life.
Every time I’ve expanded into a new level of what I’m able to hold and receive, I do this work again. Every time I feel limited in my beliefs to have a different type of relationship, to have my health in top shape, to have my abundance flowing, to dream a bit bigger each time – these are the practices that I use to help me shift and realign. The work is never done. But I’ll teach you how to enjoy the process and grow through it the entire time.
To wrap this up, the 4 parts of the model are:
- Spirituality: Understanding what that best version of you looks like and who you want to be. Developing a practice that sustains your intuition and ability to listen to your highest self.
- Achievement: Deciding to use your power of choice towards the things you most want in life.
- Earth: Realizing how the tangible world around us is created from the intangible and use it to our advantage and for the highest good.
- Harmony: creating a whole from the parts so that you have a thriving relationship with yourself and others. Not letting yourself divert your resources of energy so that you are a self-leader in all areas of your life.
If you want to learn more about these topics, and how you can experience this in your own life, schedule a free coaching consultation today.
No matter what success means to you, coaching will help you get there faster and more sustainably. We work towards results in every area of your life. Time management – spending more time on what’s most important. Creating a mix of work and personal life that is sustainable. Career and Business – deciding what you want next and how to achieve it – whether it is more flexibility, purpose or deciding to start your own business. Energy management – improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health so you build confidence in designing your own life. If you’ve got some changes you want support in thinking through, book your free consultation at www.mayempson.com/contact today.