Thoughts On Success — Congrats Alana…YOU Made Clarity Happen for You!
Alana has been one of those coaching clients who has really experienced true success. Even more, she continues to live it forward and experience more and more success with each passing day.
She, along with her husband Josh, have been the type of clients who continue to impress me. Of course, like most clients, they wish they were further down the road, yet I’ve worked with enough clients to know they are MUCH FURTHER down the road than they think. They are experiencing, and will continue to experience, real success in the most important roles of their lives because every day they are taking little steps that are moving them towards the big things they want in their lives.
Alana sent me this video yesterday, which I greatly appreciate! In it, she shares her thoughts on success and talks about how the live it forward coaching process brought clarity, content, and confirmation to her life. Yet truth be told, her thoughts on success are not completely accurate. She leaves out one very important detail. Josh and Alana were the ones who discovered their own clarity, content, and confirmation; I simply guided them along their journey.
From the “Authentic Appreciation” Page:
This is one of the best investments I have made for my future and for my family’s future. Kent’s tools and style of coaching help to eliminate all the scary “what ifs?” I use to fear when thinking about my vocational future. I can now state in one sentence my Vocational Calling, and I have a clear vision for how to fulfill this purpose. I can’t imagine continuing through life knowing that life could be better, but not knowing how to change it. Kent’s coaching gave me the tools I needed and the courage to change my course. —Alana Mokma
7,361 Emails Couldn’t Be Wrong! (Another in a series of Success Stories)
As you know, Live It Forward exists to help people make the move to the life and work they love. We share a lot of success stories here, as well as talk a lot about career objectives and career goals…setting goals and achieving goals…what is success and keys to success in both life and work.
What you might not know is that while I blog here, I’m very involved in other places online. If you’ve been following this blog somewhat, you’ve probably heard me mention my two other websites: www.speakitforward.com and www.kentjulian.com. However, I don’t talk too often about my involvement in www.48days.net, yet I spend as much time there as anywhere else online.
Why do I spend so much time on 48days.net? Because it’s a community filled with amazing people who are well-informed and committed to creating the life and work they love. People who share both their success stories and what they’ve learned from their failures. In fact, it’s a community where people take an honest look at their career objectives and career goals, they constantly talk about how to be set goals and achieve them, and they are working hard to define what is success for them and what the keys to success are in both their life and work.
And to top it off…all of this is absolutely FREE!
In fact, one member of 48days.net who has become a friend of mine over the past year is Cam Ross. Check out what he recently wrote about the impact 48days.net has had on his life:
Success Stories — When Winning Involves Losing
Here’s another one of those success stories that I love to share. This one really connects with me because I also love running.
Josh Ripley ran the race of his life, yet placed 211th out of 261 runners.
Even more amazing, the coach and team members from a rival team greeted him at the finish line with clapping and cheers, yet they were not mocking his near dead-last finish. Instead, they were thanking him.
I’ll let Josh explain what happened during this high school cross country race in suburban Minnesota:
“I had heard this scream, and as I rounded a corner, he came into view. He was against a fence holding his ankle, and it was bleeding pretty badly.
“I picked him up and ran with him in my arms. I asked if I could say a prayer for him, and he said that was fine. And I just tried to reassure him that everything would be OK.”
As abcnews.go.com reported:
It was quite a sight when the two runners finally rounded into the view of their coaches. There was the 6-foot-5, 185 pound Josh, from Andover High School, cradling the 5-foot-5, 100 pound Mark, a freshman at Lakeville South H.S., in his arms.
I speak all around the country to educators and students. Additionally, Kathy (my wife) teaches kindergarten. When she showed me this cartoon (we have no idea where it came from), I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard.
There is no real point to this “just for fun” blog except that I think the world of educators, so I like to encourage them to keep serving with excellence whenever I can. If you’re an educator, I hope this will put a smile on your face.
Additionally, we all need a good laugh from time to time.
In case you cannot see the note below the picture, it reads:
Dear Mrs. Jones,
I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, on exotic dancer.
I work at Home Depot, and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out of every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn’t show me dancing around a pole. It’s supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot.
From now on I will remember to check her homework more.