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How Did You Learn to Navigate Life?
Written By: Elisa Hawkinson ~ 10/19/2021

Have you realized as an adult, possibly even a spouse or a parent by now - along with running your own home and business - that you were never taught the skills you needed to succeed in each of these areas, let alone how to juggle all that?

Successful Adulting Areas
Are you sensing your own personal care could use attention? Are organizational skills challenging your personal and business life? Are lapses in communication skills showing some rough edges? Then, there are some questions to be asked such as, how well are you balancing or juggling your personal time?

Often, life just seems to crash in on us and all we want to do is curl up in a fetal position full of stress. Fortunately, there is more support as we recognize and admit we could use help. But it costs investing time in ourselves.

What Did Your Parents Teach You?
BLOGPOST_NavigateLife10192021.jpgThink about what you were taught. Most likely it was what they were taught by their parents and went even farther back generationally. For instance, you may have learned to cut the turkey’s tail off before roasting and it comes out years later that your great grandma did that because the pan she had was too small. The tail had to be cut off so that is what she taught her daughter to do and so on.

Yesterday and Now
As a grandmother today, I am learning about new vegetables to prepare and eat that never graced a table I sat down to. I never learned how to grow them, let alone pronounce them. And the list goes on. Disposable diapers were new to my generation. We were taught to wait to potty train until the child was ready. Now I learn that we were conditioned to keep buying diapers much longer than needed. Pediatricians now recommend starting potty training at 18 months. The same goes with feeding a baby. Teaching baby self-feeding blew me away. My grandson was served pieces of fruit and vegetables and chicken well before I could believe it. I served mashed food, that I prepared, not store-bought in bottles, one spoon at a time while he sat in a highchair. My little grandson eats all varieties of food beautifully by himself. The changes blow my mind! We won’t even go into the plethora of new items at baby showers that are now needed for raising a baby.

BLOGPOST_NavigateLife10192021B.jpgNow, What Do I Do?
Today there are so many business coaches, speaking coaches, sales coaches, and self-help books. There are endless resources available to succeed in targeting contentment in life and profit in business.

I recommend you D.E.C.I.D.E.

  • Decide to invest in yourself by setting your target to reach a goal you are shooting for. Did you clarify and set your target when making your decision? That is important or you don’t know what to aim for.
  • Establish new habits for yourself and your household. Regularly stay in habit mode to reach your targets (for spiritual, physical, professional, relational, intellectual, and recreational goals). That may sound like a lot to juggle, and that is life in the 21st Century.
  • Choose to be content and at peace in your life today and well into the future by learning how to ‘adult’ well.
  • Invest valuable time strategically to reach your goals. Investing your time online won’t help you succeed as quickly as the resources I encourage you to take advantage of.
  • Determine to act! No putting this on your trophy shelf of “Gonna,” “Shoulda,” “Woulda.” There’s no more room there!
  • Emotional Intelligence is the ‘adulting’ skill that balances mindfulness with compassion; first internally and then sharing with others. Recall, you can’t share what you don’t have.

If you would like to experience personal life navigation coaching through tools, exercises, and new habits guiding you toward calm, clarity, and success, I invite you to join me for private sessions and/or with others attending my courses at LifeSkills Academy.

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