While reading the text, Co-Active Coaching: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life, the chapter on Client Fulfillment provides us with some important things to ponder:
Co-active coaching creates a different frame for fulfillment. It asks clients to look at what it would take to be fulfilled. And not just "some day in the future" when the goal is reached, but today, because fulfillment is available every day of our lives...Of course, envisioning a future that is even more fulfilling is by itself a fulfilling exercise. Working toward goals that make the vision real is also fulfilling. The point is that fulfillment is an exercise of choice and not something that will happen some day...
...fulfillment is a paradox in that we can be filled today and filled again tomorrow, maybe even in a different way, and then be filled again the next day and the day after that. It is disillusioning to try to capture fulfillment. "Having" fulfillment is like trying to bottle daylight.
Feeling Good is Not a Sign
...Living a life of purpose, mission, or service can be intense, sometimes heart-breaking and exhausting, and at the same time enormously fulfilling. The paradox of fulfillment is that it is possible both to have a sense of inner peace and to experience an outer struggle at the same time.
In fact, describing fulfillment may be as simple as this: Fulfillment is about being fully alive. Fulfillment is the state of fully expressing who we are and doing what is right for us. [Clients] describe it as wholeness, satisfaction, a sense of rightness and harmony...
- How is your sense of inner peace?
- What will it take for you to be fulfilled?
- What goals do you have to fulfill your vision?
- How does considering Philippians 1:6 play into your vision for yourself?
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.