During the Summit, I had asked everyone, “What is happiness to you?” While there is more evidence than ever before of the impact happiness has in our lives, and a multitude of specific avenues and interventions that help move our happiness forward, happiness itself is a personal experience that must be intertwined with your values, experiences, desires, and beliefs.
Whenever we want to create something in our lives, it requires a process of engagement and integration. Engagement means that you have the desire, conviction, and commitment to put your energy into whatever it is that you’d like to have more of — in this case, happiness (according to a vision of happiness that you shape). The next step, which we teach in iPEC’s foundational Life & Leadership Potentials Training, is to take that engaged energy and translate it into the specific action and creation of new experiences that are more aligned with the life or career (or business, health, relationship, etc.) that you wish to have. It’s that last piece that takes vision, desire, and new learning and integrates it into a new way of being and living.
The Summit is a beginning point that provokes your mind, in wonderful ways, with new trusted ideas and insights. And now it’s up to you to personalize that education, engage with it, and build your commitment to what you wish to move forward.
And that’s where coaching comes in. Coaching is an interdisciplinary field that helps individuals enhance their self-awareness, expand their consciousness, and build their engagement and commitment in a process to achieve a vision or goal. Then, working
together, they design a personalized course of action that makes use of the individual’s unique traits, values, character, and experiences.
One of the Tribe Coaches at WOHASU, Amanda Kaufman, reflected on her experience of being coached: “Coaching has allowed me to critically examine the thoughts and beliefs that I live by, and allowed me to examine new and different possibilities for the way my life is designed.
Since having a coach, I have changed careers, finally prioritized my health, and reinvigorated my marriage. I am happier!”
Coaches aren’t there to provide you the answers (because they are YOUR answers not THE answers) but certainly coaches have a depth of experience to aid along the way. Their role is to use processes, expertise, and a methodology to help you uncover your way to your vision—the life that you wish to experience.
As Julie Beckerman reflects for herself: “Happiness is freedom. Coaching is about exploring all the ways that I can be freer – to explore what I’m ready to explore so that I can be all the parts of myself through all the different and unique ways I express who I am. Working with a coach allows for that, encourages that, helps bring it out of me, and then celebrates as it shows up. Ultimate freedom of the self is my ultimate happiness.”
You had the chance to connect with coaches as your Tribe Facilitators during WOHASU. We strongly encourage you to follow-up with your coaches — ask them for an initial complementary strategy session and see what emerges for you. If you need to connect with a coach (or find the one you met at WOHASU), then you can find the list of coaches with their backgrounds and contact information on the website: https://happinesssummit.world/coaches.
Lastly, you invested time and money to experience this great event in Miami. Turn the inspiration and education you’ve just had into choices and actions that will make 2018 your happiest year yet. Whether it’s with a coach, a program, or do-it- yourself personal project, get into motion. You deserve it!
Have a happy year!