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When Your Default Settings Work Against You

Feb 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Life Coaching, [None]

      I’ve been working on internet connectivity issues this week.  Who knew that when we first set up our wireless network a few years ago, there was a limit to the number of products we could connect to it?  Time passes quickly, and I don’t always have time to check to see if I have all of the latest equipment and updates that I need; until I am stopped in my tracks when I am unable to do something simple, like connect to the internet and stay connected for more than 10 minutes!

     I lost nearly two and a half valuable work days last week because I couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  Now, I’m not sure how this happened, but I am the resident “IT Expert” at our home.  (If you knew the limitations of my tech ability, you would be picking yourself off the floor laughing about now.)  Since my method of troubleshooting is mostly trial and error, it took me quite some time to isolate the problem.   

     The good news is that once I figured out the problem was my outdated wireless router, I headed down to my nearest Big Box store and which took care of the primary problem.   Unfortunately, I then encountered a new set of problems!  I will never recover that lost time, but I did learn some valuable lessons along the way.

      It turns out that some of my “default settings” on my computer were set to handle the OLD equipment, not the new.  This means that once I installed my new router and connected it to our computers, I still had a lot of work to do to get it working WITH my home  system and not AGAINST it.  And that got me thinking about my personal and professional “default settings”, and how I really need to look at them from time to time to see if they are interfering with my ability to move forward into the future I envision for myself. 

     As coaches, we are trained to help our clients identify what obstacles are keeping them from moving forward on their chosen path.  But how often do you, as a coach, check your own default settings to see if they might need some tweaking? 

     Our default settings are established at earlier times in our lives, and they are designed to help us cope with life as it is.  Default settings can:

  • protect us, by sheltering us from hurtful activities or relationships
  • make us more efficient, by giving us a specific system to follow
  • or motivate us, by giving us a routine to follow every day. 

     BUT, and this is where it gets really tricky, sometimes those default settings that worked perfectly well for us for a long time, begin to hinder rather than help us.  And this is likely to be different for every person reading these words!

     How do you know if your default settings need to be reset, and what will be the outcome when we have them set correctly?

     That’s what I would like to explore with you in the coming weeks.  I have learned from my internet connectivity issues that when the system you are using begins not working correctly, there are three steps to correcting the problem:

  1. Troubleshoot
  2. Diagnose
  3. Repair

      In the coming weeks, we will look at specific ways to troubleshoot your issues, diagnose the REAL issue, and make the necessary repairs to get your system working at optimum levels.  My goal is for this to be of help to you in your own life, as well as a tool you can use in helping your coaching clients break through to new levels of growth. 

     In the meantime, let me ask you this: 

     How are your systems running today?  Are you making consistent, measurable progress toward your goals? 

     How well does the day-to-day operation of your life match up with the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of this year? 

     Keep your eyes on this column; we have a lot to explore together! 

–          Julie Jensen




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3 Responses to “When Your Default Settings Work Against You”

  1. Yellowpieslinger says:

    can’t see the article 🙁

  2. Ann Robertson says:

    This is great, Julie. I hope you do follow-up with the series. I am new to this website, so maybe the next one is already out and I can’t find it. Keep it up, Ms Techy!

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