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Provision #753 (01/01/12): Unbidden Desires


In the Western calendar, today is New Year's Day: a traditional time for looking back on the past year and looking forward to the New Year. Both activities have real value and it's a shame that the start of every quarter does not arrive with the same reflective energy. To ponder how the past year went and to set goals for the future are quintessentially human activities. So don't squander the day!

Many people come to coaching because they want assistance with these two reflective practices. In thinking about the past, we all have blind spots and critical voices. By offering honesty and empathy, coaches assist people to see and to value what is there. It is incredibly liberating to stop, or even just to pause, our avoiding, exaggerating, and berating tendencies. That's what a good coaching conversation can do for us, and I encourage you to contact LifeTrek Coaching for a complimentary session: Click Here.

The real genius of coaching, however, lies not in reflecting on the past but on the future. Coaches assist people to set and achieve goals. That may be the simplest of all definitions when it comes to the work of coaching. We don't set goals for people and we don't tell people what to do. We don't nag people or make people do what they are "supposed" to do. We rather invite people to set goals for themselves and assist them to navigate the journey.

That's where the name "LifeTrek Coaching" came from. It was my goal, all the way back in 1998, to help people with their goals in life and work. That trajectory represents the trek of coaching. It is a moving target and, at least this side of the grave, it never ends. Which is why some people always have a coach. There's always another aspiration to unleash and another possibility to consider.

Which brings me to the subject of today's poem. For many years, I have been in the habit of writing and sharing a poem with the readers of LifeTrek Provisions on the first Sunday of the New Year. Lately, I have been thinking about the relationship between bidden and unbidden things. The dictionary defines that relationship in terms of choice, intention, and will. Unbidden things are uninvited, not asked for, neither commanded, ordered, nor summoned.

"I bid you to come forward," on the other hand, is an obvious invitation and request. We often think of bidden things as desired things and of unbidden things as undesired. Health and family emergencies or natural disasters, for example, are unbidden. So, too, with things that disrupt or interfere with our plans. When a campaign or strategy goes awry, the military refers to that as being "Overtaken By Events. And being OBE is definitely not desired.

Yet coaches, who are in the business of that most bidden of enterprises, setting and reaching goals, have learned to be on the lookout for unbidden desires. All that is bidden is not good and all that is unbidden is not bad. There are things that well up inside us to guide us, and we would do well to acknowledge and appreciate those things as the source of ambition itself.

Where do goals come from? Why do we bother with them at all? It is from the deep reservoir and churning energy of unbidden things that the bidden arises. So before we run too far away, pause with me for a moment to consider the treasurers of the unbidden:

Unbidden
2012 Bob Tschannen-Moran

Things happen
Overtaken by events
Emotions race
Unbidden

Blocks happen
Stifling creativity
Urgency impairs
Unbidden

Insights happen
Discerning truths
Clarity emerges
Unbidden

Feelings happen
Spilling over
Provoking thoughts
Unbidden

Heartaches happen
Gasping for air
Confusion reigns
Unbidden

Dreams happen
Revealing secrets
Hope arises
Unbidden

Breaches happen
Sudden terminations
Swelling grief
Unbidden

Connections happen
Awakening hearts
Restoring souls
Unbidden

Yearnings happen
Moving mountains
Cleansing spirits
Unbidden

Inklings happen
Subtle noticing
What must be
Unbidden

Shifts happen
So unsettling
The sun rises
Unbidden

Dreams happen
Unleashing aspirations
Possibilities emerge
Unbidden

May you find your own treasures in the unbidden things of 2012.

Coaching Inquiries: What things are unbidden in your life right now? What things are welling up inside you? What things are happening around you? How could you learn from them and collect the treasures these things have to offer? Who is your coach on the trek of life?

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In the fall program, 47 Title I resource personnel from a single school system are going through the training program together. Others are registered from around the country. Now training inquiries are coming in from around the globe. Want to participate in this exciting learning experience? The January training program launches on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 8 PM Eastern US Time. More sections will be offered as enrollment grows. Read more about the program by visiting the Training Tab on the Center's website; sign up today to receive an early-bird discount of $100 USD. Submit questions using our online Contact Form.

Maestro Conference. We teach our coaching training program using the Maestro Conference bridgeline. It is an amazing and yet simple technology that allows conference calls to break into dyads, triads, or any size breakout session. Once you experience it, you'll never go back to old-school conference lines where everyone has a microphone in one room together. Interested in checking it out? Learn more at www.MaestroConference.com.

Evocative Coaching YouTube Videos. Interested in learning more about Evocative Coaching, our coaching model and training program for coaches in K-12 schools? You can visit our website, www.SchoolTransformation.com, as well as our YouTube Channel, where we have posted three video clips describing how the process works.

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You can purchase all of the books mentioned in LifeTrek Provisions as well as a whole lot more from Amazon.com. These great books will move you forward in your own life trek. Here are links to a few recently mentioned books (some of which are available on the Amazon Kindle and other e-book readers):

Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner Amazon
Five Kinds of Minds by Howard Gardner Amazon
A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink Amazon
Everything you Need to Feel Go(o)d by Candace Pert Amazon
Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil Amazon
The Depression Cure by Stephen Ilardi Amazon
The Nature Principle by Richard Louv Amazon
Flourish by Marty Seligman Amazon
Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life by Hammerness & Moore Amazon
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge Amazon
The Other Brain by R. Douglas Fields Amazon
The Root of Thought by Andrew Koob Amazon
The Heart's Code by Paul Pearsall Amazon
Evocative Coaching by Bob & Megan Tschannen-Moran Amazon

Old Provisions never die; they just keep on providing inspiration for life. You can purchase some of your favorite Provisions' series, for a nominal fee, bundled and formatted either for Palm Pilot document readers or as Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Here are the titles currently available with a link to purchase:

Listening e-Book and Audio Series. Bob Tschannen-Moran's series of Provisions on Listening has been turned into a 41-page e-Book together with an audio series that he recorded along with Margaret Moore from the Wellcoaches Corporation. In addition to learning the "10 Keys to Better Listening," this e-Book and Audio Series will enable you to appreciate the humor and insight of Bob's perspective and voice. If you're not ready to start work with a LifeTrek coach, this series on Listening is the next best thing. Working through the 10 Keys, and listening to the audio recording, will assist you to reap the personal and professional benefits of better listening. Order your copy today for $10 U.S. Click.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching International, www.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformation, www.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of \Coaching, www.CertifiedCoach.org
Author, Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time, Online Retailers

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