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What happens when two trained life coaches fall in love and start a family? They do the crazy thing and chase their dreams. From May 2017 to June 2018 Coach Training EDU co-founders John and Amois are traveling with their young family across the US on a #doyourlifeswork tour. They are speaking, connecting, and learning as they show their two girls and infant son the US. Here’s their instagram feed.

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The Robinson Milestone

A few times in my career as an Academic Life Coach I’ve reached a meaningful and memorable milestone. I remember my first workshop I delivered over ten years ago to a group of parents and students. I remember speaking at my first book launch, and now I had the honor of speaking at the same conference as Sir Ken Robinson, one of my education heroes. I’m struck by the power and magic of what can be accomplished by persevering and continuing to take one step, then another.

What magic are you creating – and what milestone are you reaching – by taking the next step?

 

The New versus the Routine.

After living on the road for so long, we’ve acclimated to spending a large chunk of time planning the next phase of the trip. From where we were going to stay, to whom we were going to see, and what we were going to do, we’ve been in hyper-planning overdrive with everything so new. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I find myself daydreaming about a life that’s nearly 100% routine when we head back to Portland.  I’ve been playing with the idea of planning crafting a life for the next year that’s nearly as routine as I can make it.

What’s your perfect balance between new and routine?

It’s Only a First Draft.

On this journey of visiting new places every two to three weeks, we’ve developed a few guidelines. One of the guidelines is to consider the first time visit a first draft. If it’s great, that’s fantastic. If it needs a revision, then we give ourselves the grace to come back and plan a better visit.

What happens when you shift from adding the pressure of making a visit perfect to making it merely a first draft?

How Will a Year Change You?

My wife Amois and I talked a lot about how this year-long, cross-country trip would change us. We imagined how different and wiser we’d be when we finally returned back to Oregon. It’s nearly 14 months later, and we’re now on Portland’s doorstep, just 3o minutes south of the city. I’ll see the city on Thursday.

One year from now, how will you imagine you’ll change?

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When the Landing Gear is Out.

The landing gear is out. I’m not sure I’m ready for the homestretch, that last bit of the race when I can see the finish line. I’m noticing the little things that I truly enjoy about this phase of life. I’m going slower and enjoying the process from a perspective of nostalgia.

What does it feel like when the landing gear is out?

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The Next Step.

When setting out on a journey, especially the entrepreneurship journey, there’s a temptation to have each next step laid out in perfect clarity. But it’s a trap that leads to procrastination. It’s only when you take a step that you gain the vantage point to know where to go next. Even when purpose is clear, the path may still be unfolding.

What’s the big step in front of you that you’ve been waiting, yearning, to take?

Similarities versus Differences

An important tool in life coaching is making distinctions.

What’s the difference between success and fulfillment?

What’s the different between attention and focus?

Much of the time we focus on the similar aspects of perception, but the mind is also designed to look at what makes something different from something else as a way to seek knowledge.

When looking at the world, how often do you focus on similarities versus seeking differences?

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The Rule of 9

I took a standup comedy course led by Alex Falcone, a Portland-based comedian. He had a rule: out of every nine jokes you come up with, 8 will be bad. You have to bust through those 8 jokes to get to that 9th. The goal changes from making something good, to simply making something.

What’s your creative rule?

Origin of Failure

The word failure comes from an old French word meaning non-occurrence. It’s surprisingly close to the Latin word for failure deficere, which shares the same root as the word perfect. The prefix de- means away from; the prefix per- means through. Both words carry the same root to make.

When looking at the difference between making something away from your idea versus completing the idea, what shifts in your perspective on failure versus success?

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It’s All About Recovery.

The point isn’t trying to be perfect. Tough challenges come up, and positive streaks get broken. The trap is judging oneself too harshly and giving up on the project. Coaching points out another way: assessing what happened and designing a way to recover quickly.

What’s your way of recovering when a streak, for example, workouts, work projects, waking up early, gets broken?

Bonus question: How to ensure you’ve learned something in the process?

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