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Seeing the Cup Half-Full

· Goal Setting,Motivation,Expectations,Obstacles

When Pauline was referred to me for coaching, she had a smorgasbord of issues that she was facing. She was going through a divorce while trying to regain power of her life’s destiny knowing that her power comes from love. She was determined to strengthen her independence with a sideline business, recognizing her own self-worth and working on overcoming negative self-talk. During her first session, I helped her to assess the areas of her life that she wanted to focus on before our second session. By the end of her first session, she had formulated action steps that would help her bond more with her immediate family (two adult daughters and a five-year old son), take a small but practical step with her own small business, and make sure she could devote some time for herself both physically and mentally through exercise and meditation.


Her successes were fantastic in just the first week. She met all of our goals but one, where her achievement was only 50% of what she planned. We talked about how to see this as a success rather than a failure, you know – the cup is half-full, not half-empty. Through some creativity, she superseded another one of her goals by 100%. She did this by multi-tasking something she wanted to do while doing a household chore we all dread, laundry!


What allowed Pauline to succeed that summer were her attitude to achieve and her realization that much of what we accomplish in life is achieved in some very small steps!

“About the only value the story of my life may have, is to show that one can, even without any particular gifts, overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable if one is willing to face the fact that they must be overcome."

– Eleanor Roosevelt