Life Coach, Josephine Formosa writes about the inspiring life of Helen Keller, and how we all can live life as a ‘daring adventure’.
To experience a taste of life coaching, Josephine is offering a free first session until the end of the year.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
— Helen Keller 1941
Life Coach, Josephine Formosa writes about the inspiring life of Helen Keller, and how we all can live life as a ‘daring adventure’. To experience a taste of life coaching, Josephine is offering a free first session until the end of the year.
Born in 1880 in Alabama, Helen Keller was challenged to live an adventurous life, when at age 19 months she contracted an illness that left her permanently blind and deaf. Helen’s parents knew, apart from her physical limitations, she was an intelligent girl, and when Helen was 7 engaged Anne Sullivan as a teacher. Anne herself had been blind, but had regained her sight through an operation. Hence, she understood Helen’s struggles, but teaching proved difficult until a ‘miracle’ breakthrough when Helen had water flowing on her palm and Anne spelt the word W-A-T-E-R, from that moment on Helen realised that everything had a name, and she wanted to know the name of everything around her.
At 20, the blind and deaf Helen was accepted to the prestigious Radcliffe College. Anne went with her and tapped out the words of the instructors into Helen’s hand. Helen graduated with honours. While there she wrote her now famous book ‘The Story of My Life’ which later became a movie. In 1909 Helen joined the suffragist movement demanding the right to vote for women. Fifteen years later she and Anne began their work with the American Foundation for the Blind… Helen became famous; she and Anne travelled the world speaking and inspiring all those they met. In 1964 Helen was awarded the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ – the nation’s highest civilian honour.
Although a century before life coaching became a recognised discipline, Anne Sullivan demonstrated all the qualities of a life coach. She believed in Helen, there was trust and respect between them. Anne knew that Helen had disabilities which imposed limitations, but she creatively and strategically supported Helen to achieve her goals by accessing Helen’s determination; her great memory and her passion to learn and help others. We all have limitations and untapped potential, and we have goals. Coaching focuses on the goal and supports the client to create the structure, strategy and action plan to achieve the goal.
Helen Keller’s life models the ‘irrepressible spirit’ that is within all of us. Anne Sullivan saw, believed and worked with that spirit to help Helen rise above her disabilities. She mentored, coached and supported Helen to develop her inner strength and actualise her life’s purpose.
A goal can be anything that you want to achieve; such as: improving existing relationships or forming new relationships and/or develop a better relationship with yourself; to balance personal and leisure time with other important commitments; develop skills to manage stress, anxiety, anger and other emotions; create a healthier body, mind and lifestyle; career change; discover your life’s purpose.
A life coach helps you assess the nature of your goal. Also to discover and enhance your strengths, skills, and inner resources and explore the blockages and inner resistances that could sabotage your efforts. A life coach assists you in designing an action plan to help you reach your goal, and keep you on track until the goal is reached.
Josephine invites you to a complimentary life coaching session. Josephine looks forward to hearing about your goal and embarking on a ‘daring adventure’ with you.
To discuss your goal, and make a complimetary appointment ring 9990 0956.