Summer is a fabulous time to stop and reflect on where you are and what’s next in your life and career. Sitting on a dreamy white beach listening to the waves crashing on the shore is a wonderful time for contemplation, but spending a few days at home can be equally as productive.
Even if you’re not taking a holiday at this time of year (which many of my hospitality clients will not get the chance to do), try to take advantage of any quiet time you can grab and ask yourself, what next?
If you could be best version of you, what would you be doing?
So often we get stuck in a rut, ticking along in life and career, doing things the same way because that’s just the way we’ve always done them. Perhaps there’s something missing in your personal life, something you’ve always wanted and thought was beyond your reach. Maybe there’s a role you’d love to go for but don’t feel confident enough to apply. What would it feel like to achieve this?
Aim high. Think about your ultimate goal. What does the best version of youlook like? Look at yourself and try not to compare yourself, your life or career to others. Challenge yourself – what are you going to do to change your personal life or turn your professional ambitions into your new reality?
Confidential coaching conversations
If you aren’t sure where to begin with all this reflection and future thinking, coaching could be a worthwhile consideration. Coaching conversations can help you establish what your aims and/or aspirations are and give you more clarity around how you can achieve them. By investing in coaching, you’re giving yourself freedom, time and space to focus on you. It’s an opportunity to talk to an independent person and put yourself at the heart of the conversation.
Individuals turn to coaching for all kinds of different reasons. Some have a specific goal in mind, others just know they want to change but don’t know where to start. Some people come with options and a decision to make, others are looking to re-energise and refocus.
This is why coaching is so effective. It can work for anyone in any situation. It’s simply a safe place to open up and talk about you, your life, your family and career.
Take small steps towards your ideal
Once you’re clear about what you want to achieve, start taking small steps towards making this happen. This is when the value of a coach becomes really apparent. Having someone to hold you to account and keep you on track can be really beneficial!
The important thing is to make each of the small steps energising. Turning your ideal into your reality should never be a chore. Enjoy the process as much as the outcome. As you tick the small steps off your list you’ll gain momentum and things will start to happen. Believe me, I’ve done it and it works.
Create your own feel-good factor
When you are clear about what you’re striving for and you start to see the difference it can make to your life, you will build your own feel good factor. I’ve experienced this a couple of times in my life and it feels fantastic. I first worked with a coach when I wanted to change my job role to one I had longed for many years. I did it and it felt SO good. I subsequently used a coach for support with a personal challenge relating to my need to be fit, in order to deliver to my clients, family and friends. The sense of achievement and wellbeing was immense.
My thoughts are to use any downtime wisely and invest in yourself. It is entirely possible for you to change your own reality and bring your dreams to life. As a coach, there’s nothing more rewarding than to be part of this journey.