Extraordinary Self-Care as Daily Practice? Yes. Really.

Why Practice Self-Care? Really. - Life Coaching with Teresa Young

We all want the lives we want, right? The lives we’re working for and deserve. So how exactly—and why—does the daily practice of extraordinary self-care matter in a culture chock full of ambitious individualists? Get ready for this news flash, friends:  because the nose-to-the-grindstone success model you may be sweating is… well… history.

To get in on what’s possible in 21st century life, it’s truly time for a new kind of superpower:  truly extraordinary self-care, routinely. Now stay with me while I break down my take on what that means, toward everything you intend to be and do. Continue reading “Extraordinary Self-Care as Daily Practice? Yes. Really.”

Why in the World Would You Want (and Deserve) Life Coaching?

Why Life Coaching - with Teresa Young

First, some truth from me to you:  there was a time when I regularly asked myself “why life coaching?” Because, honestly, I cringed at the term. Despite my passion for the profession, I tap-danced all around that particular phrase when describing what I feel privileged to do. It was funny, really. Life coaching just felt cliché somehow.

But then one intense day, a very special lady in my life, my elderly mother, unexpectedly ended all that. She got down to the essence of things the way moms do, saying, “Why beat around the bush? You’re a life coach.”

Great big wave of her little hand. Great big emphasis on life while—more truth here—at the end of her own. So, instead of feeling annoyed by her opinion, it was instant goose-bump city for me. Long story short, cut to now:  I’m a life coach.

So what is life coaching, really?

A few weeks ago I happened onto an insightful article about coaching. The author provided short definitions for different types. But her take on life coaching felt narrow to me. She described it as being about personal change, with niches within it like youth, addiction, and divorce. Continue reading “Why in the World Would You Want (and Deserve) Life Coaching?”

On Positive Mindset: Rock These 8 Fun Steps for Maximum Badaddness

Rock a Positive Mindset - with Life Coach Teresa Young

Ready for your daily jam to feature maximum enjoyment and badaddness? Then your positive mindset is the ticket. And excuse my French, as we said back in the day. This topic just gets me going.

Because the truth is that you, despite all the parts and pieces of you that can be quite a cast of inner characters, can be your own personal cheerleader-in-chief on the daily. You can in fact allow only helpful thoughts, with a clear call to take a hike to all else that may want its negative say.

What’s more, it can be fun, yo! Ready to play? Just say yes. Off we go.

1.  Sniff like a bloodhound for negative voices.

You may not have a natural ability to notice “voices” inside you, thoughts that are discouraged or fearful for whatever reason, or that are just plain struggling to trust that the life you want is possible. But like any skill that you work at, you can learn to do this. Let’s go there.

First, work to notice those “you can’t” or “the sky is falling” voices when they strike. The “what does it matter, it’s all bullshit anyway” variety. What else do they say, exactly? Listen closely.

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You’re Afraid. So What? Now Just Befriend Your Fear to Loosen Its Grip.

Befriend Your Fear - with Life Coach Teresa Young

Say what? Befriend a fear? I know. I know it sounds crazy. But stay with me here. Because the truth is, that fearful voice in you may be for you in a way.

Think about it. Imagine it. Then step on into the game this friendly neighborhood life coach is encouraging you to play.

Yes, befriend your fear. Try it here.

After all, we each have our own version of Aunt Agnes Who Made Us Nervous, Professor What’s His Name who demanded perfection, or that jacked-up little league baseball coach whose rants you internalized. So let’s get strategic. Continue reading “You’re Afraid. So What? Now Just Befriend Your Fear to Loosen Its Grip.”

Ready for Some SuRpriSe? Time to Invite the Unknown Into Your Life.

Invite Surprise with Life Coach Teresa Young

When’s the last time you got a surprise from someone, or from life itself? And I do mean in the good kind. Can’t remember? Ready to change that? Well, then it’s time to invite some surprise into your life.

Because the truth is that often, for all our talk of wanting more of this or a different that, we tend to travel the same well-worn paths over and over. We “soldier on”, acting out habits that have grown stale. And those habits can include putting off casual daydreams—or rich fantasies—of adventure or change. Instead, we stay in our well-worn lanes.

 

We tend to travel the same well-worn
paths over and over, acting out habits
that may have grown stale.

Continue reading “Ready for Some SuRpriSe? Time to Invite the Unknown Into Your Life.”

My New Crush: The Work of Dr. Joe Dispenza, Part 2 – Essential Concepts

Dr. Joe Dispenza

As a busy life coach always working to keep my own head on straight, the well-validated work of Dr. Joe Dispenza inspires and energizes me big-time. In fact, I say he’s doing some of the most important teaching on the planet these days. It’s changing me and my work with my coaching clients.

So while encouraging my clients to read his books, download his meditations, and more, I also wrote Part 1 of my own introduction to his work. Then I let Part 2 steep a bit while diving deep into his concepts and methods. My goal here is boil all that down to what’s most essential for you to get in this transformative personal power game! If you’re brand new to him, I encourage you to start with Part 1, then meet me back here. Continue reading “My New Crush: The Work of Dr. Joe Dispenza, Part 2 – Essential Concepts”

My New Crush: The Work of Dr. Joe Dispenza, Part 1 – Introduction

You Are the Placebo - Life Coach Teresa Young explores Dr. Joe Dispenza's work

Anybody who works with me knows I’m fascinated by the brain. By how it works, and how to train it. So it makes sense that I would eventually find the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza.

Dr. Dispenza’s name popped up in my YouTube feed sometime in 2018, while my family was in the midst of some intense challenges. And I was instantly intrigued. For one thing, I’ve long been a fan of his colleague Gregg Braden‘s work at the crossroads of science and spirituality, and of his colleague Bruce Lipton’s important contributions to the new science of epigenetics.

Then I saw the title of Dr. Dispenza’s second book, You Are the Placebo. And boom! Lightning-strike. I had to get down into it and find out exactly what he’s up to. Continue reading “My New Crush: The Work of Dr. Joe Dispenza, Part 1 – Introduction”

The How of Happiness: Capacity is the Secret Key

Life Coaching with Teresa Young - Defending Happiness

Ah, happiness. It’s one of life’s holy grails, right? The truth is that we often seek happiness like distant treasure we’re determined to find. Someday, somewhere, off in the hazy future, where the grass is greener, all our wishes and dreams will be fulfilled. Then we’ll “be happy.”

But what do we really need to be happy?

When my oldest son went off to college, I realized that my dream for him was the capacity for happiness. Indeed, as I was letting go of my first little guy who had grown into a fine young man, nothing else I could want for him even came close.

So what thoughts do you have as you consider these questions: Continue reading “The How of Happiness: Capacity is the Secret Key”