Taking The Coaching From Whence It Comes: TV & The Apprentice
By Kristine Carey & Leslie Gebhart, The Lifestyle Catalysts
One of the things we life coaches do is keep our eyes open
for coaching that comes from unusual places, and in this
case it was the final episode of the Apprentice. Certainly
television can be used to provoke intelligent dialogue about
ethics and principles. Did you see The Apprentice the night
Randall was hired and Rebecca wasn't hired? Randall took a
stand. He said, "No when directly asked by Donald Trump
whether Rebecca should be hired the same night. He was
clear. He was living within his beliefs and values. He had
a choice. As do you. We always have choices.
As life coaches we are often asked to support our clients to
make new choices. Often these represent significant changes
from the way they used to do things, and these new actions
may seem awkward or out of the blue, especially to our
loved ones. Yet, when we define our values and personal
standards and chose to make choices based upon those, our
life moves forward with much more ease. That awkward phase
lasts only a short time as we step into the new way of being
Try on these words as you think about the professional and
competent behavior demonstrated by Rebecca and Randall
during The Apprentice:
You have a choice and can decide to adopt some of these
words to describe how you will behave the rest of the
week"the rest of the month, or all year. You can design
your own degree of competency whether visiting a spa for
relaxation and rejuvenation or preparing to deliver a
motivating and inspiring presentation to your colleagues.
The choice is yours; it always is. You are on this earth
to add your unique piece to this puzzle called life and you
have opportunities to turn every obstacle into a chance for
greatness much as you saw Rebecca do during her time on The
Randall was put on the spot, took a stand, made a decision.
It's proven to be a controversial one and probably
responsible for propelling Rebecca into a very desirable
position she wouldn't otherwise have had if Randall's answer
been "Yes." So, bear this in mind when you get a "no from
one of your colleagues or family members. It could be a
"yes in disguise and the start of a fantastic new
Questions to ponder:
"What no can give that is actually a yes?
"Are you willing to ask for support to making a change?
"Do you have something you know you've been wanting to do, yet keep postponing?
"Are you aware that there is a contribution that only you can make?
As coaches, one of our favorite reminders is the following
sentence: "The best way to get somewhere is to let yourself
go." It's time. It's the New Year. You can go. With
support from a coach or this article or your own inner
courage, you, too, can take a stand and design the life of
your dreams. Yes you can!
About The Author
Kristine Carey & Leslie Gebhart, The Lifestyle Catalysts
Lifestyle Catalysts Kristine Carey & Leslie Gebhart are life
coaches who reflect the maxim that despite life's obstacles
you can have a life well lived. Known for their
professional, fun approach, they regularly lead workshops
and coach 1:1.
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