Light in my life often comes with AHA moments when pieces of insight, knowledge, or experience come together in a way that feels right – makes sense. With my own personal journey through childhood to my middle years, many of the valleys and peaks of life were marked by my limited understanding of the impact my inner emotional world made on my experienced reality. Too often my “head” got in the way of living in balance as I would logic my way through in some ways, but sabotage other things with negative self-judgement or fear.
In working with college students this week during my group coaching AHA (Academic Habits for Achievement) workshop, I feel honored and thankful for getting a glimpse in to the emotions that feed their decisions or lack of action. Being “Present” with them allowed for a raised level of trusting relationships, especially as pieces of their personal story shed light on what gets in the way of asking for help or even acknowledging help is needed at all. The pictures they drew for their semester vision inspired me to follow my own vision to provide more opportunities for college students to put energy into personal development while on their academic journey.
Believing that emotional intelligence is one of the greatest gaps in academic success feeds my understanding that what we feel about learning, ourselves or our situation impacts our engagement, attitudes, and actions. Coaching for Life and Learning frees the heart, mind, and spirit for self-discovery and allows a student to reflect and learn with Inside Out Insight!
Check out Patti Dobrowolski’s TedTalk “Draw Your Future” for a little fun too!