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Great Expectations - And How To Meet Them

March 11, 2014 - Updated: March 13, 2014

By Michelle Carnovale

At our jobs, we rely on performance reviews to let us know how our professional performance measures up to expectations. We make regular visits to doctors and dentists who give us feedback where your physical health is concerned. But rare is the occasion when we check in with ourselves to see how well we are managing our lives. We’re too busy, too tired or too afraid of the answers we might find to even bother asking ourselves how our present reality measures up to what we really want out of life. It is a frightening thing to look within yourself and realize that you may have taken a wrong turn on the path towards self-fulfillment, due to pressures from society, family or any one of a number of other obstacles.

To right your course, the first thing to do is take inventory of your life. Too often, we don’t examine our lives as a whole, but in bits and pieces. When in conflict with your partner, you take inventory of the relationship. When struggling at work, you reflect on how your job is going. When your kitchen sink leaks, you contemplate the condition of your house. These are all important aspects of life, but for a look at the whole picture, try the following exercise. Below is a life-coaching tool called a Life Wheel. Rate each section from one to 10, where one is not satisfied at all and 10 represents extreme satisfaction.  

Pick one area of the Life Wheel in which you want to improve – start with the one that excites you most. Now ask yourself, what is one thing you can do this very day to get you one step closer to your goals? Whether it’s making a phone call, writing out your vision or researching what it is you want, once you’ve done it, celebrate your courage to move forward and progress in a world where most people settle for mediocrity!

To help you keep that momentum, consider working with a life coach. For many people, the concept of life coaching is an abstract one – what exactly is it? Essentially, it is a collaborative partnership between coach and client whereby the two work together to clear the debris scattered along your path towards fulfillment, focusing on the present and changing the future by creating opportunities for growth and learning. A life coach will keep that fire burning within you, holding you accountable to your goals and commitments and helping you realize your potential and develop the necessary tools to become an active player in a more satisfying life. The result: a life with more purpose, balance and passion in which you are your best self. After all, you deserve it!

Michelle Carnovale is a CTI (Coaches Training Institute) trained life coach and owner of Serenity – A Place of Health & Wellness.

Visit Michelle’s web site at or call her at 905-850-6065. The first 30 minutes of your first session is complimentary.

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