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WHEN THE TIME COMES TO …CHANGE TIRES!

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Coaching retirees is about coaching people in transition, perhaps one of the last important transitions in a person’s life. It is important that it be done successfully.

In the coming years, the demographic bulge of baby boomers will be retiring en mass: changing tires …re-tiring as it were!
The main issues for a person considering retirement are:

  • The financial issue is a key one of course. It is not satisfying lacking resources at this point in life. Planning is key.
  • Ending or continuing as a professional or career person; if I continue, on what basis?
  • Time management issues. You are not driven by anyone else’s agenda anymore; you set the agenda from now on. Some people are not comfortable with this new responsibility.
  • What will I do during my retirement years, what’s the vision, what’s the plan? It is a good idea to begin planning this new phase while still in the professional phase, the same way financial planning should begin before retirement.
  • Becoming mindful of a new ‘identity’.  The more one’s identity is tied up in his or her work and career, the more challenging the transitional phase will be. The rituals and routines surrounding one’s professional life will begin changing. Habits, schedules, contacts will come to an end, sometimes abruptly. This psychological transition takes energy and it is worth doing it thoroughly. Take the time to experience and to integrate the three facets of a transitional period:
  1. An ending, what some people call the mourning phase or the letting go phase.
  2. The closing the gap phase, the crossing of the Rubicon phase: a feeling of disorganization but also a time for the creation of new habits, beliefs, and ideas.
  3. The beginning of a new phase, (construction, invention).

Retirement represents the last major transition in a person’s life.  It is a time to realize personal passions, dreams, bucket lists. What people decide to do will reflect their personality, just like it did during their professional years. Outdoor people will probably take up outdoor activities, travel, exploration, living in the country. Those who love sports will get to play golf four times a week if they wish or take up a new sport. The sky is the limit really. Retirees start businesses, take up painting, go back to university, do gardening, meditation or cooking classes. They spend more time with their children, grandchildren and friends. They make new friends. Some spend more time giving back: working with other less fortunate seniors, children, or perhaps overseas in developing countries. There are many possibilities. Some people use their expertise to help others by joining a board of directors, acting as a consultant with young startup companies, teaching in less developed neighborhoods of the city.

Pre-retirees make interesting and challenging clients for coaches. A massive number of Boomers will retire in the next five years. Coaches can accompany their mature clients to help them get in touch with their values and passions, assisting them to open their minds to new possibilities and in designing their dream life!

Written by Coaching MCL

December 8th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

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Byron Katie

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Her book Loving What Is…a must read if you are attracted to finding more personal satisfaction…

Written by Michel

August 19th, 2013 at 9:37 am

INFOCOACH Printemps 2013 Spring

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Bienvenue à l’I N F O C O A C H du printemps!

Lors de cette saison de renouvellement, nous désirons tous voir une fin rapide à la récession économique et surtout à la corruption dans nos institutions publiques. Plus nous nous concentrons sur le positif, plus il se manifestera rapidement !

Le coaching est une excellente manière de trouver le renouvellement et d’établir de nouveaux objectifs et plans d’action. Les derniers mois chez CoachingMCL ont été particulièrement occupés à développer de nouvelles activités de coaching.

Bonne lecture et n’hésitez pas à transmettre cette infolettre à vos collègues, amis et membres de votre famille.

Welcome to Spring I N F O C O A C H newsletter.

In this season of renewal, we all wish to see a quick end to the economic recession and especially an end to the corruption in our public institutions. The more we focus on the positive, the faster it will happen!

Coaching is a great way to find renewal and establish new goals and action plans. In recent months, Coaching MCL has been particularly busy developing new coaching activities.

Enjoy the reading and do not hesitate to forward this newsletter to your colleagues, friends, and family members.

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Coaching is a great way to find renewal and establish new goals and action plans. In recent months, Coaching MCL has been particularly busy developing new coaching activities.

Enjoy the reading and do not hesitate to forward this newsletter to your colleagues, friends, and family members.

 

 

 

Written by Coaching MCL

June 10th, 2013 at 3:39 am

How to stay motivated?

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Motivation and success are directly connected. Clients often face challenges getting motivated as they work towards new success goals. I’m not talking about rah-rah motivation. Being motivated is getting your brain and emotions to work for you. The secret? Get very clear on your core values. Motivation shows up and grows as soon as you connect with what is truly important to you. Ask yourself, what do I really want presently?

Get in touch with that and you’ll see your motivation grow tremendously. It really comes down to leveraging your deepest values and connecting them to your goals. That’s what successful people do.

Another secret to staying motivated: focusing on what you want, never on what you don’t want…

Every successful person I know use their mind to stay focused on the outcome they want. Focusing your attention on what you want is the key.

When you focus your mind on the outcome you want, you’ll discover new ideas you can use to reach the goal; it makes you more aware of the resources at your disposal.  It creates motivation to act and it helps you develop the necessary qualities such as imagination and persistence.  Finally, you’ll find yourself attracting people who can help you in attaining your goals!

Suggested reading: Thresholds of the Mind by Bill Harris.

Written by Coaching MCL

June 10th, 2013 at 1:58 am

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Summertime: a perfect season to begin meditating

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On-going research has revealed all the benefits of meditation. As well as creating a space for ourselves, it refreshes us, helps us see what’s happening now; it makes us more compassionate, and helps us to do better. Meditation is a great stress reliever. Most importantly, meditation creates expanded awareness which contributes to our overall mental and physical health.           

One of the hidden powers in meditation is learning new pathways which resist our old conditioned and autopilot reactions to things and events. Developing new thoughts, feelings and behaviors consciously will eventually determine our success.

Suggested reading: 18 MINUTES by Peter Bregman.

Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review columns, Bregman’s book clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find means of focusing on aspects which are truly the top priorities. With time, meditation enables us to create new and more resourceful pathways in our minds.

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June 10th, 2013 at 1:55 am

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Greater awareness means creating more choices and possibilities

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The coach helps clients to discover for themselves the new thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, emotions, moods, etc. that strengthen their ability to take action and achieve what is important to them.”     ICF Competency 8

One of the best ways to learn something is to teach or to mentor another individual. I have had the pleasure of acting as a coach leader in a coaching institution as well as having mentored coaches for the past years from the coaching program at Concordia University – and am still actively involved in doing so. As coaches, we all have competencies that we favor – and creating awareness is one of my preferred competencies.

Why create more awareness? Awareness is a power. It is an ability to observe how we create something and then seeing the consequences as they happen. It is a practice of slowing down thoughts long enough to experience them from a different point of view. With new perspectives, we begin to see what is prohibiting us from moving forward. When we break out of our routine thoughts, feelings and emotional patterns, we can use our conscious mind to objectively create new pathways forward as well as new choices. It has an amazingly liberating effect. We choose how we want to feel, act, who we want to attract into our lives and the meaning we confer to events and things.

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June 10th, 2013 at 1:53 am

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Préparer la retraite

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80 millions de boomers aux É.-U. commencent à prendre leur retraite. Il y en aura environ 8 millions au Canada dans les prochaines années.

Selon les statistiques, la retraite vers a lieu vers l’âge de 58 ans, ce qui fait qu’il peut rester 30 années de vie étant donné que l’espérance de vie pour les hommes est de 79 ans et 81 ans pour les femmes. Il y a une bonne nouvelle!  On vit plus longtemps mais la mauvaise nouvelle c’est qu’on doit payer pour cette retraite prolongée.

Par contre, très souvent, les individus planifient leurs finances mais non pas les autres aspects de leur vie. On oublie la dimension psychologique : notre relation avec le travail, notre relation avec le temps, les aspects identitaires. Le grand défi à relevé : la résistance au changement…les transitions.

La retraite…c’est une des dernières grandes transitions dans une vie. Voici quelques questions pour explorer votre démarche de prise de retraite…

  1. Qu’est-ce qui est le plus important pour vous présentement?
  2. Quelles sont vos forces? Durant votre carrière, quels étaient vos  plus grands talents?
  3. Quelle serait une semaine idéale pour vous? Que faites-vous? Avec qui? Dans quel environnement?
  4. Qu’est-ce qui vous procure le plus de passion et de plaisir?
  5. Que faire pour être plus en santé? Plus équilibré? Avoir plus de plaisir?
  6. Quelles sont vos options?
  7. Quelles sont les ressources à votre disposition?
  8. Quelles sont les plus grandes barrières présentement dans l’accomplissement de votre ‘vie idéale’?
  9. Qu’allez-vous faire? Vos premières actions?
  10. Quand?

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June 10th, 2013 at 1:52 am

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Using difficult times to our advantage…

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Successful people know that, if used productively, adversity will bring about new and good things. The secret: knowing how to ask the correct question. What do I want? And begin answering the questions until you arrive at a new understanding of the situation. A new perspective. Think of things in a new way. Focus your mind on the possibilities instead of the disasters…Find ways of drawing on your inner resources (and you have many) and then take action.

Napoleon Hill in ‘Think and Grow Rich‘ writes: In adversity, “Look for the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit”. When you look for the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit and work on germinating it, good things happen. What seemed like a terrible outcome can contain the very thing that will propel you to success because you will have unleashes positive forces inside of yourself, which include motivation and imagination. Then get on with it.

Written by Michel

June 6th, 2013 at 8:50 am

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