Life Coaching Articles

How to Love Your Body | Your Own Self-Guided Exercise

How to Love Your Body | Life Coaching Exercise | Molly Roman

Did you know that how you feel can impact whether or not you achieve your goals? Feelings create our actions. And how we feel in our own skin is one way we either move towards or away from what we want. If we feel confident, then our actions are rooted in those feelings. If we feel insecure, then our actions mirror that self-doubt. So it’s important to learn how to love your body. Continue reading

Purpose and Power: What Are You Creating?

Your Purpose | Life Coaching Tips | Molly RomanThroughout each day, we receive several opportunities to live our purpose. Every decision we make is a choice to live that purpose or not. We can choose to live a life of creating outcomes or one of escaping circumstances. Each generates a result, but only one paves the way for our purpose and the meaningful results our purpose creates in our lives and in the lives of those we touch. This choice, to create or escape, is our power. It’s the sword we wield to command outstanding and rewarding results.

Whether we realize it or not, Continue reading

Peace, Faith and Waiting: What to Do When We Hate the Wait

peace, faith and waiting | life coaching tips | Molly Roman

Living in faith is a four-step process:

1.  Ask God what to do.
2.  Listen for the answer.
3.  Act in faith on His guidance.
4.  Repeat until the goal is achieved.

Today, we are focusing on Step 3: Act in faith on His guidance and specifically, how to find peace when God asks us to wait…. and then… …. wait a little more and then ……….. wait until what feels like an eternity has passed us by (woof).

It is a fact: Continue reading

2 Steps to Resist Restlessness and Reclaim Your Joy

Joy | Life Coaching Advice | Molly RomanOften times on our path, we hit a moment (or several) of wanting to be further ahead. We want to be over the mountain and through the woods because we feel we are ready to be there, flying high in our accomplishments. The reality, and much to our dismay, is that we aren’t there and maybe not even near our joy. God hasn’t placed us at the finish line just yet. Our time has not come and so we sit waiting and squirming like a toddler in church until the last hymn is sung.

What happens when we want to skip ahead of God’s plan? We begin to Continue reading

Finding Peace in the Unknown

Peace | Finding It | Coaching Tips | Molly RomanWe are raised to know that if we do x, then y and z will occur. If we study hard, we will get good grades. If we work diligently, we will improve our skills. And if we do our chores, we will receive a reward. But when we transition into adulthood, it’s not so simple anymore. If we go on a dates, we may not find our true love. If we work our butts off, we may not get the promotion we want. And if we take a leap of faith, we may not know what will happen.

It can be exhilarating and daunting all at the same time. The future is so ambiguous. Most of us aren’t equipped to respond to that uncertainty and will instead spend it in anxiety and stress. So we don’t have peace. And what happens when we live in the stress and anxiety? We are more likely to move away from our goals and perhaps, choose the worst-case scenario — quit building towards our dreams altogether.

I’m here to tell you that if you feel anxiety, stress, discouragement and frustration or have abandoned your dreams, you don’t have to feel that way and you can hold those dreams close to you and create peace in your journey. You can take power over your path once again and live peacefully as you travel towards the light at the end of the tunnel. You can do this by understanding one simple truth:

If it’s in your heart, it is meant for you. It will ultimately happen.

God places our purposes in our hearts; sometimes, he gives us one grand view and at other times, he dangles the carrot so we move an inch closer to the dream he has given to us. It’s our compass and it’s how we know where to go. The result? Feeling total meaning and joy. Not a bad deal, right? God gives us a purpose. We know that the contents of our heart is our beacon. And if we can stay the course, we will be so fulfilled (Pretty rad stuff if you ask me).

What’s in your heart? What is it that you want for your life? What is it that you want for today? That is your path. Inch by inch, mile by mile. Follow it. Live it. And create peace in your path.

 

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Insights to Happiness | Coaching Challenge

Happiness | Life Coaching Challenge | Molly RomanDid you read Elisa’s story from our last post? What a major life lesson she shared with us! She did and had everything you can think of that could make a human being happy, yet she wasn’t. She had a great job, she and her team performed like all-stars, she purchased a new home, had a fantastic local support system and she traveled the globe and volunteered in something she is so passionate about. Looking at Elisa’s life from a high-level view – we can all say “Wow. She’s made it. She must feel overwhelming joy and happiness.”

But what Elisa shares with us is that even though she had her biggest year ever and accomplished several of her goals, she didn’t feel happy. More importantly, she shares with us that the lack of Continue reading

Make Your New Years Resolution About Time | Creating The Best Year Ever

Time | Life Coaching Tips | Molly RomanThe other day I was listening to talk radio and the host brought up the point that we humans in our modern world should have an incredible amount of free time compared to our grandparent’s day and age. With the technology of the dishwasher, we can hit a button and have our dishes cleaned while we do something else. We can drive up to a restaurant, never leave our cars and have dinner in about 3 minutes. And in fact, we can have toilet paper and other necessities placed on our doorstep so we never have to leave the house (Hallllllo! We have Amazon!)! But with all that extra free time – he posed the question – What are we doing with it?

If I’m going to be honest with myself, I would say I spend a lot of it perusing facebook, texting with someone, watching the latest show on tv, getting fired up about world issues or our political climate and then spending resulting time feeling irritated or depressed about our current events. I’m not creating a focused or productive environment for myself because I’m filling my time up with entertainment, which does not align with my goals for myself.

So this is what I want you to spend 5 minutes doing today. A short exercise. Continue reading

My Biggest Year and I Wasn’t Happy | Elisa Shares Her Eye Opening Experience

Happy | Life Coaching Articles | Molly RomanI choose happiness. That’s what I do. I choose it. I’ve always known it’s a choice and so that is what I live by. But this last year – no. Didn’t happen. It was one of the biggest years of my life and I wasn’t happy and in fact, I couldn’t choose to be happy no matter what I told myself.

I moved to a new city for a promotion when I became Manager. I served a team of 5 and we absolutely killed it. Each year our company awards 3 people in the entire organization ‘all-star’ of the year; all 3 winners were from my team. And everyone on the team surpassed their sales quotas and made a ton of money.

It’s easy to say ‘Oh it was a money driven year; that’s why she couldn’t be happy’. But not true. I also Continue reading

Leading the Way | Jamal Robinson, Entrepreneur and Visionary (Part 2)

Entrepreneur Desiar Jamal Robinson

In Part 1 of our interview with Jamal Robinson, Entrepreneur and Owner of Desiar Eyewear, Jamal shared with us his insights, lessons learnt and personal philosophies that push him forward. This week, learn more about the man and the driving forces behind his success.

Part 2: Be Inspired | An Interview with Jamal Robinson

V-of-G: What does the word ‘success’ mean to you?

Jamal: Success to me is family; it’s the driver for of who I am. No matter the amount of worldly or monetary success I achieve, that’s what is important. It’s leaving a legacy. I want to make my family proud and leave something for the world that wouldn’t be around if I wasn’t there.

 

V-of-G: Who inspires you?

Jamal: The older I get, the better understanding I have of family. My grandparents for example; hearing their stories, they really inspire me. Hearing about my ancestors inspires me. My mom and dad inspire me. My dad was in multi-level marketing and listened to motivational speeches on tapes. He would play these when we would go on soccer trips. Those messages were engrained in me early on. My mom, she is a hustler; she works harder than anyone I know. I get my work ethic from the both of them.

And then I also look up to people like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, to name a few. I really like to study people. I studied Daymond John when I got started. I really like to study Jay-Z and people like that. I put a lot of effort in reading up on them and watching their moves.

 

V-of-G: What daily habits or routines keep you focused and motivated?

Jamal: My family. Everything I do is for my family. I can’t take my foot off the gas pedal because I’ve made a commitment.

I’ve committed to myself my expectations of life. I’ve committed to being an entrepreneur. I’ve committed to global impact. I’ve committed to wanting to impact others for the better. I’ve committed to running successful business ventures. I committed to these things and committed that to myself. What keeps my eye on the prize, I have a family and beautiful girlfriend that, God willing, will one day be my wife. I’ve committed to being a provider for our family. Those things are what keep me going.

V-of-G: If you could give a gift to everyone on this planet, what would it be?

Jamal: Love. I think that is the one thing that everyone can share with everybody. If you take away hate, prejudice and instead you give love, you receive it. It’s the ultimate gift.

 

V-of-G: What change do you want to see in this world?

Jamal: That people believe in themselves; I think that belief enables people to go beyond their own expectations. I think that is one thing as I mature and get older, that drives me to be successful (besides being a competitive person). It’s also for the little boy or girl seeing that if I can do it – they can do it too. That belief can’t stop you. At the core of our accomplishments is belief. That’s a change I’d love to see in the world from the most senior person to the youngest. There is never a limit to believing.

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V-of-G: What is your role in developing that change?

Jamal: My vision is to change the world in business and philanthropy by creating global enterprises that enables others to live their dreams. What that breaks down to is the companies or the charitable organizations that I’m a part of, align myself with people whose vision is to do just that. So no matter the industry or sector, that is what I feel my role and responsibility is as a businessman and entrepreneur – to create, start, run, grow businesses and bring along team members that are passionate about that entity or that business. And do that, not just in a confined area, but in a global perspective. And the same front for the non-profit sector too. My role is just moving up my vision, creating global enterprises that help others pursue their dreams. As long as I keep that vision in me, I’ll feel like I’m doing my duty in this world.

 

V-of-G: How has spirituality played a role in your success?

Jamal: I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a destiny for me. I’m just on the road He’s laid out.

At the beginning of the morning, I think that anything that happens after this point is a bonus. And when I go to the sleep, that’s a double bonus. I made it through the day.

If I don’t go sleep today and God takes me, then I’m okay with that because I know where I’m going. And that’s all based on Faith.

 

V-of-G: How do you know how to identify God’s guidance?

Jamal: God has always been with me; I just haven’t always been on the same page as him. He is with all of us. But we have to acknowledge his presence and also what’s required of us. That’s part of being human. He gives us options and it’s up to us to decipher. It’s acknowledging he is with us; temptations will always be around and that is the decision he gives us. There is nothing we can do about that. But for me, it’s just acknowledging his presence and being as intentional as I can with doing what’s right. I’ll always fall short, there is only one perfect person. But I don’t have to intentionally fall short and say ‘Oh well, God has my back’. I need to always learn and do better. The more I expose and dive into the bible or going to church or putting myself around spiritual leaders, the more perspective I have.

 

V-of-G: What advice do you have for someone who has a dream?

Jamal: I believe in you. Anything you want in life, you can make happen. The quote I love the most is by Steve Jobs – “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” That’s my encouragement to anyone.

I believe in you; there are no limits in life, just take a look around. Follow the 4 words. If you have the dream, believe it. If you believe it, do it. If you do it, repeat it – success or failure; start the process again.

 

V-of-G: What advice do you have for someone who finds themselves discouraged as they work towards their goal?

Jamal: My advice would be “I’ve been there too.” We all get down; we are human. It’s not bad to feel that way. You don’t have to sulk in it or pay attention to it. We all fall short. If you are feeling down or not able to reach your goals, it’s okay. You took a swing; and that is the biggest part. You are taking action. You have 2 options in life: you can sit where you are at or you can say you want to do something different. Each second of the day we have a choice. I would encourage them to acknowledge they are in that space and it’s okay to feel down. But also, you have an option to pick yourself up. We’ve all been there.

 

 

This concludes our interview with Jamal Robinson, Entrepreneur, Visionary and Philanthropist. Please leave your comments and let us know what you think!