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Daily Insight Video

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Happy Monday everyone!

Today, I want to share with you an insight I gained during my conversation with Marshall Goldsmith last week. He is the author of Triggers and an incredible coach himself.

Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith

We spoke Friday morning, and discussed many of the details about the book that we will be writing together. During our conversation, Marshall told me to repeat after him and say, “ I am cowardly and lazy.” I was shocked by the turn in our conversation, but it made me realize something very important. I think I can do it all on my own, be a hero, and have all the self-discipline in the world. However, I need to realize that I am just a human being.

Through all my years of wrestling in high school and college, I thought I knew self-discipline, and I used this skill to build up the Academic Life Coaching company and my own coaching career. But Marshall was telling me to accept that I am human, with all my faults.

I have been working on this, and let me tell you, it is hard. As much as I thought I was, and as much as I try, I am not self-controlled. Today, I am recognizing this, and opening myself up to being vulnerable as a human being. I am going to revisit the structures in my life that will allow me to keep doing the actions that I know I need to do. But even more than that, I will create structures and actions that allow me to be kind to myself and love myself, flaws and all.

You can do the same this week. Recognize your vulnerability and find structures that allow you to act in loving ways toward yourself.

Thank you for watching. I look forward to thoughts and comments below.

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