Life Coaching Resources Guide

Chapter 24

Leadership and life coaching resources provides tremendous insight on the power of the choices we make and how those choices impact our future success.

Millions of people fail in life because they choose vocations not based on what they love, but what others suggest for them.


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The five conditions of failure”, said H. H. Vreeland, may be roughly classified as:

First, laziness, and particularly mental laziness

Second, lack of efficiency in work

Third, reliance on the saving grace of luck

Fourth, lack of courage, initiative and persistence

Fifth, the belief that the job determines a man’s standing, instead of the man determining the standing of the job.

Ask any successful man or woman and they will tell you that it is more the personal qualities, not the circumstances, that impact the success or failure of a person.

Nothing else influences a career as much as a person’s disposition. He may be extremely capable, knowledgeable, and possess social distinction and money; but it is his disposition that will decide his place in the world.

"Unsuccessful people lack the energy and enthusiasm necessary for each new day."

Show me a person who is, according to his own pronouncements, a victim of bad luck, and I will show you someone who has an unfortunate temperament that only invites disaster. More than likely this person carries a good amount of ill-temper, is conceited, boastful and lacks any real enthusiasm to better himself. He truly is his own worst enemy.

Goethe said that temperament is nine-tenths of genius, and Franklin stated that diligence is the mother of good luck. In almost any history book in any language, successful men and women tell us that a strong work ethic is a prerequisite to triumph in business and in life.

In every business district we see persons who started out with good educations and great promise, but who have gradually slipped into mediocrity. Their early ambition has oozed out of them, their great ideals gradually weakened and eventually dropped to a lower standard.

These people now lack the drive to press forward. Nothing can take the place of instinctively pushing forward. 'Push' means to work and endure whatever needs to be endured; that everlasting stick-to-it-tive-ness.

Whatever you decide to do in life, make certain it is the thing that draws you out the most. Take full advantage of effective leadership and life coaching resources that help to ensure your success. Make every effort to seek out and acquire leadership skills that will serve you well and the people you lead.

Successful men and women make the decision to make their passion their life's work.

Unfortunately, most people do not seek out quality life coaching resources. They don't take the time or make the effort to do the work that is necessary to identify their passion. It's so easy to let life lead you rather than you take the reins and lead your own life.  

When Is Success A Failure?

When you are doing the lower while the higher is possible.

When you are not a cleaner, finer, larger man on account of your life-work.

When you live only to eat, drink, have a good time, and accumulate money.

When you do not carry a higher wealth in your character than in your pocketbook.

When your highest brain cells have been crowded out of business by greed.

When the attainment of your ambition has blighted the aspirations and crushed the hopes of others.

When you plead that you never had time to cultivate your friendships, politeness or good manners.

When you have lost your way; your self-respect; your courage; your self-control; or any other quality of manhood.

When it has hardened you to the needs and sufferings of others, and made you a scorner of the poor and unfortunate.

When your absorption in your work has made you practically a stranger to your family.

When your greed for money has taken over as the chief importance in your life.

Don't be complacent. Don't allow this to happen to you! 

Identify your passion as early as you can. A strong purpose will ensure that you will endure the obstacles and challenges that you will inevitably face. You will endure these things because they are between you and your life’s ambition, your passion, your purpose. 

People who are passionate about what they do are seldom ill-tempered. They treat people well and they see the good in all around them.

"You decide what it is you want to accomplish and then you lay out your plans to get there, and then you just do it. It's pretty straightforward."

- Nancy Ditz

Life Coaching Resources & Activities

Complete the following exercises...

  1. Describe your greatest success. Next, describe your greatest failure.  

  2. Explain what you did in each to cause success and failure. What leadership or life coaching resources did you leverage? How did you plan? Did you execute well? Was your heart in it? Did you have a lot of support in your endeavor? Were you well financed? Are you satisfied that you learned solid lessons from each experience? Do you experience more failures than success?

  3. How might you respond differently the next time you are facing a potential failure? Explain what you need to do differently in order to gain better results in the future. How can leadership and life coaching resources help you going forward?

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