5 Steps to Transform Your Life
The longer you go the wrong way, the more unlikely your best life becomes.
Don’t wait for the perfect boss, job, or opportunity. Take responsibility for personal transformation.
Take charge of your trajectory by learning how to coach yourself.
David Novak and Jason Goldsmith believe self-coaching can transform your life. This post is based on their book, “Take Charge of You,” and my conversation with David.
5 steps to transform your life:
#1. Have a self-coaching conversation.
Joy can transform your life. Success demands you get beyond ‘don’t want’ and ‘don’t like’.
- What’s getting in the way of your joy?
- What would grow your joy personally or professionally?
- What’s the single biggest thing you can imagine that would grow your joy personally or professionally?
- What would it mean if you accomplished your single biggest thing?
#2. Adopt a self-coaching mindset.
- Change ‘nots’ to ‘not yets’.
- Practice neutrality. Open your mind…, “to whatever is going to drive your growth or performance, which means avoiding the trap of preconceived notions or prejudging what’s going to happen or how.” Novak and Goldsmith
- Shift focus. “The negativity bias suggests that individuals may be more likely to recall and be persuaded by negative information, rather than positive information.” S. Shyam Sundar
#3. Develop a self-coaching plan.
- Follow purpose.
- Practice humility.
- Seek input from others.
#4. Embrace the self-coaching journey.
Self-coaching goes beyond self-conversation, mindset, and plan. Turn insight into action.
Make a list of actions you can take that move you toward your single biggest thing. What action(s) will you employ today?
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein.
#5. Strengthen the self-coaching habit.
The journey is about constant improvement. Connect with an accountability partner to check on your progress at regular intervals.
My conversation with David Novak – unedited.
David Novak is the Co-Founder, retired Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories.
Jason Goldsmith is a globally recognized Performance Coach. Jason emphasizes combining the mental and physical aspects of optimal performance. As founder of Goldsmith Performance, Jason has coached multiple Major champions and top-fifty golfers.
Hello Leadership Freak,
Transforming your life starts to my knowledge AND experience with changing your mind. Henry Nelson Wieman devoted his entire life to the answer of his question: “What is able to change the mind, since the mind cannot do it on itself?”. He coined his final answer as Creative Interchange (Wieman, 1946 & 1958).
In order to transform your life one has to live Creative Interchange from the inside out. Creative Interchange is the natural learning and transformation process, we’re born with.
Sadly is not well known by US Citizens although Wieman was the leading US philosopher of his time… More sadly is that very few people live Creative Interchange from within.
Every item described in blog can be found in those two books of HN Wieman. So ‘Take Charge of You’ seems to be ‘old wine in a new wineskin’.
Wieman, H.N. (1946). The Source of Human Good. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Wieman, H.N. (1958). Man’s Ultimate Commitment. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
Thanks Johan. It’s always a pleasure when readers suggest added resources. Much appreciated. I wish you well.
Thank you Dan, this was stellar. Great interview, and now I’m going to get the book.
Thanks Melrose. It’s a pleasure to be useful. I enjoyed “Taking Charge of You.” It is very practical.
Good morning Dan. I loved this info on self-coaching, and I shared it with my team and my sons. Thanks.
Thanks for letting me know. I wish you well.