I know you are saying to yourself, “What’s the big deal?” You think that once you go through the surgical procedure, you’ll go to a couple of follow-up appointments and maybe attend some support group meetings – making the whole experience “a piece of cake.”
Well, it’s not that easy.
Like many people, you may be under the misconception that you will be able to succeed after Weight Loss Surgery simply on your own. Unfortunately, the odds are against you. Too many times, people assume that this type of surgery is a “Magic Pill” and their troubles will be gone forever.
Well if you believe that, you are just kidding yourself.
However, there is a way to make your post-surgery experience more effective. If you were to consider hiring a personal Life Coach, you would not only have individualized support, you would also have a collaborative partner who would hold you accountable without judgment.
A Life Coach’s job is to help you live within your personal integrity, or what I like to call your “truth.” To be a person of your word, you need to act consciously on your decisions. Saying, “I’m going to do this” to a Life Coach is a powerful motivator that has the potential of countless successes.
Through regular sessions, a Life Coach asks questions with the intention of determining how you are progressing toward your goals. Therefore, when you make a commitment to “change”, you are more inclined to accomplish any personally defined goal!
And that’s even before you factor in personal accountability – this is where the Life Coach commits to helping you keep your word to yourself. In this collaborative, non-judgmental relationship, you will become empowered, knowing that you have a partner whose only purpose is to see you succeed. By being responsible within yourself, you gain clarity, honesty, compassion, and a clearer picture of what the distant future holds.
By keeping your eye on the ball, mixed in with motivation, you can’t help but feel as though you have the power to cross the finish line. Yes, in a perfect world, we would be internally motivated and only need to be accountable to ourselves. But it is ultimately ineffective and less likely to keep you moving toward your eventual accomplishment.
A Life Coach helps you see opportunities that were out of your sight previously. Perhaps you might be stretched to playing a bigger game or even challenged to not just meet a standard, but to begin making shifts toward extending your own individual standards. You can then make your decisions based on this much fuller picture of your situation.
Basically, anyone who wants to make an improvement within any aspect of their life can benefit from coaching. If you notice, all great leaders have coaches. This is also true with athletes. The presidents of most companies and political organizations always have coaches or advisors who help them make improved decisions, plan better, show more support and set/stay on track with their goals.
Why should you be any different? You chose to take control and save your life by having Gastric Bypass Surgery. By hiring a Life Coach, you can take greater steps not only to change your physical body, but also your mind and soul.
Let’s face it, 95.5% of the time, it was not simply a physical issue that caused your obesity. It was the other factors in your life. How often have you felt the repercussions of low self-esteem, bitterness, loneliness, desperation and depression? They all stem from not having processes for that well-defined, healthy and fulfilling balance that you need.
Weight Loss Surgery only cures the symptoms of obesity. It does not fix the cause. But when you work with a Life Coach, awareness becomes the key to unlocking so many possibilities. The more conscious you are regarding the choices you make, the more successful you will become.
A Life Coach will encourage, support, challenge and empower you on an ongoing basis. If you want assistance after your Weight Loss Surgery in identifying, envisioning, planning and taking consistent action toward achieving your life goals, I encourage you to hire a coach!
Copyright © 2006 Jeff Cadwell Positive Coaching