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Commitment to contribution

To commit yourself to contribution, is to commit yourself to being responsibly effective. It raises your standard of practice. It means asking a question of excellence:

'What can I and no one else do, which if done really well,
would make a real difference to society?'

The answer to this question is the realm of 'interdependence'.

One's purpose must be recognized in the context of others. As Dr Joan England put it, "We are social creatures who desperately need each other not only for company but for meaning in our lives… The pinnacle of our being lies in our membership in communities. In the process of individuation we must take responsibility for ourselves and develop a sense of autonomy and self-determination toward a global community."

I believe it is this 'interdependent orientation', - where we focus on contribution - that ultimately develops our full potential as life coaches.

It offers us an integrated opportunity to achieve and to matter. The mutual acts of collaboration and contribution in a coaching community, adds to the strength of all. This is due to the effect of the synergy principle, - where our combined effort is greater than the sum of parts.

As the great social scientist Alexis De Tocqueville observed during the foundation of the American democracy and prosperity, all the way in mid-1800s, in the classic text 'Democracy in America':

"As soon as several of the inhabitants of the United States have taken up an opinion or a feeling which they wish to promote in the world, they look out for mutual assistance; and as soon as they have found one another out, they combine. From that moment they are no longer isolated men, but a power seen from afar, whose actions serve for an example and whose language is listened to. …

In democratic countries the science of association is the mother of science; the progress of all the rest depends upon the progress it has made.”

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