Integrating Happiness with a Coach

Integrating Happiness with a Coach

By Luke Iorio, Certified Professional Coach and President of iPEC and One Idea Away

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!

Luke

 

 

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

http://www.talbenshahar.com/

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.

The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. Tal is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices Yoga. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

Mark Williamson

Mark Williamson

Dr Mark Williamson is Director of Action for Happiness, a movement of people taking action to create a happier and kinder world, with an active community of over a million supporters. He is passionate about creating a more balanced and caring society that focuses more on helping people and communities thrive. Mark has a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was previously Director at the Carbon Trust and Senior Manager with Accenture and has also worked for HP Labs and Orange. He holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland, and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Bristol. He is a Sainsbury Management Fellow, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google. He works with Google’s sales teams and customers and helps grow customer brands through digital marketing. In his prior roles he worked as Chief Evangelist for Google+, led the marketing team for the Company’s flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific, and the marketing team for AdSense, Google’s publisher-facing product.

Before joining Google, Gopi was on the management team of two Silicon Valley venture funded startups. While a consultant with McKinsey & Co., he worked on engagements helping the management teams of large corporations improve business performance and maximize revenues. He has also led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US. Gopi earned his Bachelors degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. He received his Masters in Business Administration degrees from the Indian Institute of Management and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, global traveler and Burning Man devotee. He has spoken at TEDx, Renaissance Weekend, The World Peace Festival and Wisdom 2.0. He hosts a TV program on cable and YouTube called Change Makers.

“Focusing on gratitude shifts my mind and heart away from seeing areas of my life as problematic, worrisome, or lacking and toward acknowledging the abundance, what is working well.”

Richard Layard

Richard Layard

Richard Layard is a British labor economist, currently working as program director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. His early career focused on how to reduce unemployment and inequality. Richard was Senior Research Officer for the famous Robbins Committee on Higher Education. This committee’s report led to the massive expansion of UK university education in the 1960s and 1970s.

Following research on happiness begun in the 1970s by economists such as Richard Easterlin at the University of Southern California, he has written about the economics of happiness, with one theme being the importance of non-income variables on aggregate happiness, including mental health. Richard is co-editor of the World Happiness Report and Global Policy Report, and co-founder of Action for Happiness.