A few weeks ago, I introduced the PULSE© coaching model that I use to help clients get their lives back in balance. Last week, I wrote about the first letter in the acronym – “P” for paradigm. This week I’m writing about the second letter in the acronym – “U” for unearth.
Imagine an archaeological dig that unearths treasures that have been buried for years. I did some research about archaeological excavation and discovered the following interesting facts:
Archaeological material would, to a very large extent, have been called rubbish when it was left on the site. It tends to accumulate in events. A gardener swept a pile of soil into a corner, laid a gravel path or planted a bush in a hole. A builder built a wall and back-filled the trench. Years later, someone built a pig sty onto it and drained the pig sty into the nettle patch. Later still, the original wall blew over and so on. Each event, which may have taken a short or long time to accomplish, leaves a context. This layer cake of events is often referred to as the archaeological sequence or record. It is by analysis of this sequence or record that excavation is intended to permit interpretation, which should lead to discussion and understanding.
Our life becomes our own archaeological sequence.
All you need to succeed already lies within you. Now it’s time to unearth it and reclaim it. You already have treasures that lie within you. You have strengths, character traits, and gifts that only you possess.
Sadly, many times these are hidden or buried. Perhaps they were visible and used at one time but due to circumstances or insecurities they got put away. Tragedy may have caused them to be buried.
Your life is a series of events that leaves a context. Each layer or event has made you who you are today. The exciting thing is that the strengths and character traits you possess are still present. The precious gifts that lie within you don’t disappear. They may become squelched or hindered but they still exist.
There was a time in my own life when I began to lose sight of my own talents and strengths. It’s often easier to believe a lie about yourself that you’re not strong enough or good enough or that you will ever succeed. It’s not enough to just push through those times. It is imperative to have a specific plan in place. We need to learn new tools and behaviors that allow us to dig deep and tap into that strength that is inside each and every one of us.
My passion is to empower clients to move past self-limiting barriers and begin to live the life they are meant to live. When you choose to live in truly active manner instead of always reacting to situations around you that’s when the real magic happens.
For over a decade Jenny Jacobs has studied the principles of healthy living, life balance, stress management, positive psychology, and self-development. Jenny is a dynamic speaker, coach, and blogger and is passionate about helping people integrate their personal and professional selves.
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