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Insights: Grand Designs
January 14, 2009
“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
- Author unknown
What is your Grand Design for 2009 or beyond?
As you might expect, my wife and I have quite different tastes in TV. Fortunately, though, there are a number of programmes that we both enjoy very much and it is a real bonus if two or more of these get to show on any one evening when we choose to watch together.
Last night we were fortunate to see one of our favourites –
To me, the value of the programme derives from two main areas.
Firstly, there is quite superb presentation by Kevin McLeod whose passion for design and building and clever ‘investigative documentary’ approach really bring the show to life.
Secondly, the unfolding story of how people realize their dreams, with all the twists, turns and surprises along the way, makes for compelling viewing.
Jenni and I have been watching Grand Designs for some years now and we’re still captivated by the programme as each episode showcases different people, different dreams and different approaches to achieving these.
There are three key lessons that I have learnt from watching Grand Designs:
Achieving is Fulfilling
Without fail - and notwithstanding the difficulties and challenges faced along the way - the people involved always express great happiness, fulfillment and a feeling of improved self-belief when their dream is finally realized.
Preparation brings results
Those who spend more time upfront visualizing and planning their dream in intricate detail invariably experience plainer sailing on the journey and greater satisfaction at the outcome than those who make it up as they go along.
Problems are Disguised Opportunities
When people come up against obstacles, distractions and diversions on the journey (as they all do) those who stay calm and look for the disguised opportunity always end up with an even better outcome than they expected.
These learnings are, to my mind, entirely relevant in the field of life coaching where we help people to understand their life purpose, set relevant goals that they dream of achieving – and then embark on the process of realizing those dreams.
So, let me translate my Grand Designs ‘a-has’ into some general advice that I would offer to anyone wanting a richer and more fulfilling life experience:
Why not make 2009 the year in which you achieve – or at least start work on achieving your grand design?
Perhaps your grand design involves embarking on a new career - one in which you experience personal freedom, enjoy amazing self-confidence and know you are on a path of growth; one in which you caringly impart the secrets of a happy and prosperous life to others?
If so, I would invite you to consider training, with New Insights Africa, in your own time and at your own pace, to become a respected Life Coach. If you have the passion and enthusiasm, we have the knowledge, skills and insights!
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