No, not that kind of a coach, a lifecoach.
Cuz I'm turning 52 next month and there are a few things I'd still like to accomplish (such as deciding what I want to be when I grow up) in the next, oh 50 years or so, and I was having a hard time making a decision. ANY decision. About anything.
So enter the lifecoach. I found one who offered a special online deal at a reasonable rate, and I decided to go for it.
This required a serious suspension of cynicism, along with the disabling of my ever present, ever ready b.s. meter.
Done, and done.
First thing this coach had us do (she's coaching a bunch of people, individually, but with the same assignments, if that makes sense) is brainstorm goals in all areas of our life: career, fun/creativity, fitness/health, relationships, home, personal/spiritual growth, money and self-care. And for each area, we had to pick one "thrilling" goal.
OK, this is all very familiar, no rocket science here. Still, I'm paying for it, so I'm doing it.
At the end week one, we were to winnow down our lists to the TOP TEN GOALS we wanted to achieve in 2009.
I wrote the coach for clarification: Were we to pick practical, actually achievable goals, or pie-in-the-sky goals? The answer came back:
If a magic genie popped out of a bottle and said:Cynical self suspended, CHECK!
"I'm here to instantly give you ten goals from your list. Which ones
do you really want the most?"
What would your answer be?
So here ya go, my top ten thrilling goals for 2009!
1. Make $1 million dollars
2. Live overseas (uk) for part of the year.
3. Find my ideal neighborhood and move there.
4. Meet my soulmate.
5. Be at my ideal weight.
6. Become financially secure for life.
7. Write a book that makes the NYTimes bestseller list.
8. Run 9 min mile pace.
9. Get a degree from Oxford University.
10. Always look well-put together.
Of course, I could knock out #1 if #3 happened and he happened to be a millionaire. That could potentially take care of #6, too. Number 7? That's the big, never-actually-vocalized goal that I've probably been dreaming about since, oh, birth. Ditto for number 5. Number 10 I can manage most of the time already, so maybe I wasted a wish with that one. Number nine? Well she said dream BIG. Number nine could happen, and would knock out #2, and possibly #3!
See? It's all coming together!
I have a funny feeling, though, that there's going to be another assignment very soon, requiring, like, ACTION.