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Dare Greatly! Be a Mountain Seeker!
Dare Greatly! Be a Mountain Seeker!


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Laying down my armour is perhaps the scariest, most difficult thing I ever got and get to do. It is also the most rewarding.
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I find taking off my armour is one of the scariest, difficult as well as most rewarding things I can do for myself. I struggle with it often and don't always succeed, but when I do ... Oh boy, when I do!

When I laid down what I thought was my entire armour, I finally dared to admit to myself at first, but then to the world at large, I no longer wanted to continue in my career in project management. No longer did I want to do what was expected of me.

It was such a relief to finally allow myself to say that.

It was amazing how much strength it had taken to be able to carry the weight of all that armour. My body immediately started to let go off an incredible amount of stress and tension I hadn't even been aware was there.

I don't think I would have been able to go on much longer!

Turns out my armour has been multi-layered and I still discover pieces of armour on me. Laying down those pieces is as scary, difficult and hopefully as rewarding as taking off that first major piece was.

Brené Brown is right on the money:

“I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.

Your armour is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armour could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.

Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen” ~Brené Brown in »PRIME: Reflections on Time and Beauty« by Peter Freed

Ever since I laid down that first piece of armour I've been on an adventurous exploration of life.

So far it has led me to the Austrian Alps, where I've been working in one of my dream jobs as a mountain hiking guide. It had me working briefly as a taxi driver. After which I got to work in another dream job as a ski instructor.

All of those experiences - my corporate career, carrying my heavy armour, the adventurous exploration of life - have been teaching me the lessons I needed to learn to be ready and able to become a coach. To be able to bring the wisdom in those lessons to my coaching practice

I'm sure there are many unexplored adventures ahead of me.

There are still pieces of armour to be laid down.

There are many more lessons I need to be teached.

I'm looking forward to it!


HOW ABOUT YOU? Where are you pretending and performing in your life? What will happen when you start peeling of the armour that has been protecting you? Please leave a note in the section below and thank you for letting others in your network know about this post.

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#itistime #takeofyourarmor #searching #love #belonging #adventures #quotes #BreneBrown #coaching #DareGreatly

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Dare and the world will yield

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I was listening to the podcast 'Happier with #GretchenRubin' when I heard her mention this Thomas Jefferson quote. It got me thinking on all the time I wasted worrying about things that might, perhaps, sometime, possibly happen, when I could just have gone out and done what I was fretting so much about.

All that fretting and worrying sometimes literally made me sick and it certainly caused me to have many a sleepless night.

When I did decide to act instead of fret or wallow in my fear, all those things I worried could happen hardly ever materialized. On those few occasions my actions were indeed hindered or even brought to a full stop because of things I had worried about, I usually found I was more than able to adapt to the changed circumstances.

It took me a while to learn the lesson for me in this:

Instead of worry about things that may or may not happen, I'd rather take action and see where that leads me. I can always adapt!

YOUR TURN: What action would you take when you stop worrying about things that might happen? I'd love to hear it. Please leave a note in the section below and thank you for sharing this post with people in your network.

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#pain #worry #actions #podcast #Happier #GretchenRubin #quotes #ThomasJefferson #coaching #DareGreatly Be a #MountainSeeker

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Dreaming of throwing #caution in the wind? Why not? What if you fly?!

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#dream #quotes #DareGreatly #coaching

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When you choose the frightening, you get the amazing!
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For years my default behaviour when confronted with a difficult choice has been to go for the comfortable and secure route. To not cross the bridge that would lead me to more adventurous but less comfortable and secure trails.
That first started to change when I decided to quit my job as a project manager and consultant in the corporate world. I only knew I wanted a different life; .....


You can find the links in the comment section below.

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#frightening #amazing #fear #spiritualpractice #choices #life #trails #comfortable #secure #quotes #EzraBayda #coaching #DareGreatly Be a #MountainSeeker

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How do you explain to people what it is you do as a coach?
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When people ask me what it is that I do as a coach, I try to explain it to them. Using lots of words I try to communicate how I support people who have a dream they want to realize, who are facing a challenge they don't want to sidestep but instead face head-on, who want to go and seek out their own virtual mountains. I then try to explain to them what process my clients and I go through to realize all that.

And it doesn't work. This way of explaining what it is that i do. I never get across what I really mean to explain.

Then I read this Jack Kerouac quote and realized the basics of coaching are really simple.

Because what coaching is or at least looks like from the outside is this: you and me talking, face-to-face or on the phone.

But here is the kicker: we talk and then your life is going to transform!

There is no way to explain that. That is something you have to experience. So I have decided to no longer try and explain what it is I do as a coach. Rather, I will let you experience it.

We'll have a long, intense talk and you'll experience what it is that I've been trying to explain.

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#coaching #experiencing #transformation #quotes #JackKerouac #DareGreatly Be a #MountainSeeker

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Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living!

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#fantasy #living #life #nonsense #quotes #DrSeuss #coaching #DareGreatly Be a #MountainSeeker

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That's right - Radiant as the sun!

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#quotes #HungerGames #coaching #DareGreatly Be a #MountainSeeker

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When, after I came back from a burnout, a colleague of mine said something like "You've never really gotten back to who you were before, have you?", I could have just quoted Lewis Carroll smile emoticon

Read the post on how I made sure I didn't go back to yesterday, on LinkedIn or my website. You can find the links in the comment section.

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#burnout #stress #preventstress #preventburnout #quotes #LewisCarroll #coaching #DareGreatly Be a #MountainSeeker

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Live in the moment!
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Box breathing helps too .-)

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#boxbreathing #life #anxiety #quotes #coaching #DareGreatly Be a #MountainSeeker
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