Left Coast Coach Teresa Young

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How to Rock the Life You Want (Spoiler: Be YOU)

As a musician who became a coach, I regularly ask my clients this jammin’ question, “so, are you ready to rock life?”

If your answer to my question is yes, then this classic Zappa quote may aid you. It touts in its fun way the fact of the uniqueness of each of us. And those who know about Frank will tell you that he was a man who walked his talk.

As a musician/composer and provocateur during the Vietnam era and beyond, Zappa created his own rock life legacy of compelling, original music and acerbic social commentary. From genre-busting musical styles and types of ensembles, lyrics that took down sacred cows, and a lifestyle that was part of his art, he lived his truth. His own unrepeatable creative life.

Enter… you.

Enter this season of opportunity in your beautiful life.

Are you considering stepping off the beaten path? Marching to the beat of your own drummer?

I’m having fun with cliches here to reinforce the truth that the question of whether and how to live in a way that’s unique you is oh, so human. And yet…

Read more of this scoop at www.liveleadplay.com!


Teresa Young coaches savvy folks ready to accomplish passion-based goals in healthy new ways. Clients include Boomers seeking fulfillment in the second half of life and GenXers and Millennials looking for meaning from the start. Teresa coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.

Are you a leader? (You are. But what KIND?)

Leadership can seem like a square concept these days, at least in some creative circles. But let’s get down into it. Anybody who is ever around kids observes the fascinating phenomenon of ad hoc leaders, for good or ill, followers ready and waiting for other-directed action, and quirky folks off in the margins doing their own thing.

Which type feels like you? I say it’s a juicy question of perception and self-concept, and how they play out. Because these days we’re actually all leaders, at least of our own individual little bandwagons trekking across the frontiers of 21st century life. We’re actually all “freelance skill merchants”, a term I first heard around the turn of the century from a futurist speaking at a Fortune 100 company.

We know life truly is what we make it these days. There are so many possibilities, and so few certainties. The old company-man-for-50-years game is gone. Yes, we’d all be wise to consider ourselves leaders, at least in our own game of life that we’re playing in company with others.


So in your personal and professional life, doing your thing, sporting your skills and rocking your relationships, are you by chance a water-cooler prophet? The type others want to hang out with and hear from?

If so, are you busy inspiring them to be their best selves, toward what you all want most?

Or are you the boss in the corner office, perhaps feeling isolated, stressed, unfulfilled, or missing work/life balance?

Or maybe you’re routinely carrying out somebody else’s plays while quietly—or not so quietly—cursing the calls?

Or feeling powerless to get in on the game you most want to play, including relationships?

So consider this, seriously: you are a leader. Dark energy, light energy, fire ’em up energy, change the world energy, get out of my face energy, this all sucks energy… you are having an impact.


Great news: my services include a phenomenal tool called the Energy Leadership Index™ Assessment.

I begin most of my coaching relationships with it because it takes the conversation deep, fast. You’re able to see and reflect on the quality of your “Energy Leadership”, both as you normally operate and when you’re under stress. Then we can quickly chart your course toward the results you really want… and deserve!

So, yes, friends, your effectiveness, your satisfaction, even your health—and that of others around you—are impacted big-time by the kind of energy you’re (unconsciously) leading with. Fascinating, right? Now find out firsthand how coaching with the Energy Leadership Index™ can blow the lid off what happens through your conscious leadership next.


Left Coast Coach Teresa Young works with Boomers seeking fulfillment in the second half of life and Millennials and GenXers looking for meaning from the start. Her clients are bold, savvy folks ready to act on what they really, really want. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.





Get down to the DOING for YOU… today!

You’re no doubt busy. Modern life is action-packed.

But let’s face it, there’s “busy” doing, well, not much.

There’s “busy” jumping through hoops that mean little to you.

There’s “busy” putting out fires because you’re in the habit of emergency mode.

Then there’s the real deal brick-and-trowel stuff, the paint the wall stuff, the busy-ness of working away incrementally at your own dearly-held plans, dreams, and goals.

Building the life that you want.


It’s a very different scenario that, over time, creates very different lives.

Because remember:

You can’t think and dream your way to that which you want most. As in, someday there’ll (magically) be time. Next week. Next weekend. Next month. Next year.

Gotta act. Move forward. Get real! Get down to the doing.

If there are big differences between your most important goals and this week’s to-do list, take a little time to ask yourself—and the people who are in your corner—what’s really up with that?

And FYI, professional coaching gets you to the core of that question and its answers, interrupts patterns as needed, and supports you in creating new ones that serve your goals.

Once you’re clear on what those big discrepancies are about and how to transcend them, you can go about the busy-ness—the good kind—of creating those new patterns. List, tackle, and check off the stuff that will satisfy you the most.

And don’t let the mythic 21-day approach to forming new habits get you down if it doesn’t work for you. Here’s a timely piece from BrainPickings on why it may take longer to get into your goal-centric groove. Whatever inspires you as an approach, well, do that. Just do it.


What’s the old adage about how to eat an elephant?





Time. (Check!)

And if the most important stuff starts making the list but still doesn’t get done, because, after all, it’s optional, rather than required by somebody or something outside you, well, take a look at that. Time to truly re-prioritize your life. Re-interrupt as needed, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, whatever habitually blocks your flow.

Just do it. Right?! :)

Because it’s up to you, my dear, you who want and deserve what you want.

You the designer, the artist, the bricklayer, creating your beautiful life, stroke by stroke. Brick by brick. Bite by bite.

So write it all down. The good stuff that wants to happen. Step by step, on top of your to-do list instead of on the bottom or in the margins.

In BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS if that’s what it takes.

Then get busy. The best kind of busy.

And reach out to get me on your team! It’ll be my pleasure as I act on my own beautiful goals and dreams.


Left Coast Coach Teresa Young works with clients to accomplish their passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.