Jesus, Life Coach: Learn from the Best [NOOK Book]

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There was a time when only athletes had coaches. Now, everyone from CEOs to at-risk youth are being "coached." The International Coaching Federation-which began with only a handful of people-now boasts membership of over 5,000, and currently more than 150,000 people call themselves "Life Coaches." The benefits of coaching have been well documented, but having the right coach is critical.

Jesus had only three years to train the twelve disciples, yet in that time he managed to ...

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Overview

There was a time when only athletes had coaches. Now, everyone from CEOs to at-risk youth are being "coached." The International Coaching Federation-which began with only a handful of people-now boasts membership of over 5,000, and currently more than 150,000 people call themselves "Life Coaches." The benefits of coaching have been well documented, but having the right coach is critical.

Jesus had only three years to train the twelve disciples, yet in that time he managed to turn this ragamuffin group into "lean, clean marketing machines." Divided into four critical sections-Focus, Balance, Productivity, and Fulfillment-Jesus, Life Coach presents a faith-based coaching program with Jesus as the model. Delving into the principles Jesus used to transform those around him, the book offers proven strategies and countless applications for modern-day coaches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418513665
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/14/2004
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 269,554
  • File size: 389 KB

Meet the Author

Laurie Beth Jones, author of the national bestsellers Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Jesus in Blue Jeans,
is a highly acclaimed speaker and consultant who conducts seminars worldwide. She is also the founder of the Jesus, CEO Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to "recognize, promote, and inspire the divine connection in all of us." She divides her time between offices in California and a horse ranch in Texas.
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Jesus, Life Coach

Learn from the Best
By LAURIE BETH JONES

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2007 Laurie Beth Jones
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7852-8783-4


Chapter One

FOCUS

* * *

My friend Joe Mathews shared a poignant story with me recently. His best friend's wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a short time to live. Joe said he watched in awe as Dan and his wife, Christine, began to live each day with tremendous clarity and love. When it was nearly the end Joe finally got up the courage to ask Christine the question: "What does it feel like to live each day knowing you are dying?" She raised herself up on one arm, and then asked him, "Joe, what does it feel like to live each day pretending that you are not?"

One of the most powerful questions for focusing is asking yourself: "What would I be doing with my time if I knew I had only six healthy months to live?" It can immediately cause you to reorganize your priorities.

Focus is the beginning of power.

Last year I spoke on the phone with a client that I have been coaching. A highly successful entrepreneur, he had a vague idea of what he wanted and needed to do next in his life to take him to a higher level. He said he had read The Path but had not written down his answers to the questions. For his first assignment I had him go back and write down the answers to the questions. In writing his vision specifically, he got very clear about what he wanted to create and experience in his life.

I ran into him recently, and he was laughing exultantly. Everything he had written in his vision since our first discussion had come true-not in three years, but in ninety days. He said, "As soon as I got clear about the 'vision thing'-wham! Everything started coming to me so quickly. Now you need to write the next book to tell me what to do when all of my vision starts coming true all at once." We laughed about the dilemma of the fishermen who followed Jesus' instructions to throw the net on the other side of the boat and hauled in such a catch of fish that it threatened to overwhelm their vessel.

Such a catch of fish is waiting for you, too. Are you ready?

When Jesus, your personal Coach, looks at you, he will ask you one question: "What do you want me to do for you?" That was the question he asked again and again in his ministry-whether it was a Roman soldier, anxious about the failing health of his favorite assistant, or a woman who had been suffering a hemorrhage for twelve years. "What do you want me to do for you?"

Jesus is asking you to focus now. All the power is here. All the goodwill is here. All the intent is here right now.

It is up to you to decide on who you want to be and what you want to be about in this world.

The following chapters are designed to help you focus-to help you go from being a lightbulb, illuminating a small space, to a laser beam, powerful enough to cut through steel.

WITH JESUS AS YOUR LIFE COACH, YOU WILL ...

Have Your Tent Stolen

* * *

Now we see only reflections in a mirror ... but then we shall be seeing face to face. -1 Corinthians 13:12 (NJB)

Recently I had the pleasure of hearing Ray Anderson, founder of a textile mill in Georgia named Interface, speak to a group of business leaders in Santa Fe. He told the following story.

It seems that one day Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson, went camping. As the night wore on, Sherlock woke up, leaned over, and asked Watson, "What do you see?" Watson responded, "Sherlock, I see the North Star, which has helped guide us to this spot. Beyond that I see the Big Dipper and the tail of Orion. I also can make out the edges of the Milky Way and know that there are universes expanding beyond that."

Watson was about to continue his rapturous explanation when suddenly Sherlock elbowed him and hissed, "Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent!"

Laughter rippled through the audience as the multiple real-life applications of this story became apparent. Watson was rhapsodizing about the beauty of the universe, and Sherlock the detective was concerned with the crime that made their new view possible.

Jesus once described himself as coming "like a thief in the night." I love the idea of his coming to steal our tent-the tent of our limited perspective-the tent of our fragile and segmented understandings-the tent that we think is keeping us safe, but is really just keeping us from seeing the universe.

Like children huddled in a tent, we talk to each other in the light of our little flashlights, considering ourselves bold adventurers-but we haven't even left our own backyard.

I wrote a chapter in Jesus in Blue Jeans regarding God's impatience with "stiff necked" people. Stubbornness is first cousin to arrogance, and pride always precedes a fall. When we think that we know it all ... when we refuse to try another way of doing things ... when we are determined to remain inflexible and ignorant, we are doomed to failure.

Some time ago I hosted a birthday party for a friend. When one of the invited guests arrived, she admitted that she was a little late because she couldn't find her glasses. She laughed and said, "I finally just grabbed the closest pair I could find. I think these are my mother's." We all chuckled as she described how difficult it had been to drive over to the house, looking through lenses that belonged to somebody else.

How often do we just grab our parent's glasses when we head out on a journey, and not use "new eyes" to view the world? I am continuously amazed and chagrined at how often we repeat our parents' negative patterns. It is how a culture is created, I suppose, and how one declines.

If only we would open our eyes to new ways of relating, seeing, and doing. If only we would focus not on the tent that has been stolen, but on our suddenly expanding view of the universe. Watch out, oh you who desire growth.

Jesus will steal your tent.

QUESTIONS

1. Where in life are you using your mother's or father's glasses?

2. How big is your tent?

3. How limiting is it?

4. What is the value of the kind of "thievery" we are talking about in this chapter?

Dear Lord,

Thank you for stealing the tent of my small-mindedness and limited thinking. Help me realize that nothing is lost, but much more is gained, when you steal away my oh so comfortable limitations. Amen.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Jesus, Life Coach by LAURIE BETH JONES Copyright © 2007 by Laurie Beth Jones. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Focus: With Jesus as Your Life Coach, You Will ... 1
Have Your Tent Stolen 4
Practice Planned Abandonment 8
Keep Your Focus 14
Learn to Use Your Sword 19
Redefine Reality 23
Be Asked Open-ended Questions 27
Identify Your Source of Light 32
Have Your Readiness Assessed 38
Have an Individualized Education Plan 42
Be Seen 50
Have Fun 56
Overcome Procrastination 61
Use Your Greatest Strength 69
Be Off to a Rough Start 74
Balance: With Jesus as Your Life Coach, You Will ... 81
Have Help to Find Your Balance 84
Know That Your Ladder Is Secure 90
Do Succession Planning 94
Have to Justify No Longer 100
Be Given New Perspectives 109
Hear Outrageous Requests 114
Respect Your Fragile Things 118
Have Some Bad Hair Days 123
Leave Regret Behind 130
Honor Your Ancestors 134
Not Lord It over Others 140
Know The Difference Between Archetype and Stereotype 145
Learn a New Way of Dusting 152
Know That He Is Driven by a Desire to See You Succeed 156
Be Bathed in Loving Words 160
Productivity: With Jesus as Your Life Coach, You Will ... 165
Come Alive with New Possibilities 167
Understand Relationship Economies 171
Not Receive Borrowed Armor 177
Not Be "Childized" 182
Practice Positive Confrontation 187
Receive Bread--Multiplied 193
Swim Upstream 196
Show Yourself Friendly 202
Learn to Listen 208
Get Wet 213
Receive Continual Feedback 219
Take Action 224
Be Willing to Ask for Help 228
Think Inside the Solution 234
Maintain a Sense of Wonder 238
Remove the Chip from Your Shoulder 243
Give No Weight to Negative Thoughts 248
Fulfillment: With Jesus as Your Life Coach, You Will ... 255
Have New Stories 258
Improve Your Self-esteem 262
Be a Voice, Not an Echo 266
Learn of Your Divine Connection 271
Be in a Future State 276
Understand the Power of Presence 279
Have a Safe Space 283
Know That He Is Always Reaching Toward You 289
Experience Amazement 292
Become the Message 295
Look at the World Through New Eyes 300
Have Unbounded Joy 304
Paint What You Love 308
Thoughts and a Prayer 313
Epilogue 314
About the Author 317
Acknowledgments 319
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