Are you ready for change?

Many of my clients come to a point when they know that they want to change things in their lives but can’t quite articulate what that change should be or in what direction they need to go 

What do you need to do to make the best of yourself?

What do you need to do to make the best of yourself?

This is not dissimilar to having a pain in your leg that an osteopath discovers is actually a problem in your spine. A problem in the workplace needs careful analysis to determine what has happened and more importantly your options to move forward.

Three things to consider to get you on the right track for YOU.

1. What do you need to do to make a change?

Change often brings with it negative connotations -this is a mindset. Change seen as an exciting starting point feels a whole lot more palatable than the feeling that something has been imposed on you.

Just by swapping the way you think about change can open up a far more positive and generally productive mindset.

Clients have often settled for an unsatisfactory role because moving outside of their comfort zone is a risk they have not felt able to take. Building confidence, appreciating your own talents and deciding to move forward can be exhilarating.

2. Consider the best way to move forward

The route to take is not always obvious. There are often a series of options that may not be immediately apparent - researching alternative routes will help crystallise your thinking and highlight all the skills and attributes you have to offer. 

At times we can feel we have lost control of our destiny.  It is easy to feel that things have been done to us. A shift in our thinking can make the process of change much more rewarding. Feeling in control helps increase confidence and builds resilience - both important factors in achieving a successful outcome.

3.  Timing

Get the timing right and things fall nicely into place - unfortunately the reverse in also true! It’s all in the planning. You will know people who have meticulously plotted their career then market forces or personal circumstances have overridden their plans.

It is imperative to be flexible and a realistic approach is essential. Having a broad plan of action with all the component parts in place, enables you to react and develop effectively rather than allowing the shifting sands of circumstance to take over.

Working with a coach can enable you to get these three areas lined up, to your benefit.

I can help you by giving you a level of objectivity and independent space to think. I would guide you through a series of pertinent questions using coaching techniques which will prove an excellent investment in terms of both your time and potential. 

 

 

New year New Plan. How to achieve a good work/life balance in 2016

Photo by marekuliasz/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by marekuliasz/iStock / Getty Images

We all tend to take stock at this time of year and plan to make certain adjustments to get our lives on track for the New Year.

We make resolutions of things we’re going to start (a new exercise class) and things we’re going to stop (drinking alcohol, smoking or eating chocolate!).

We may even think about kick-starting our careers -going for that promotion, retraining or volunteering opportunities to enhance the CV.

How long these changes last and how far we get with our new intentions is a test of character! In fact, many people chose not to make New Year's resolutions because year upon year they haven't managed to achieve them. A classic fear of failure.

How to make sure you're not in that position, once again, this time next year.

I wish you all the best for 2016 - if going through this list raises any questions for you then do contact me and I’ll be happy to help you work to achieve the work/life balance you deserve this year.

 
  • Visualise how you’ll feel when your goals are achieved and hold onto that thought of wellbeing.
  • Think about what is important to you and choose your priorities.
  •   Decide to take control of your choices for 2016 to achieve a healthy work/life balance.
  •  Check your plans now, be realistic as to what can be achieved. Small steps lead to big results.
  • Be clear about how you plan to meet your goals and the time frame - remember SMART
    SMART is:-
    S-Specific
    M-Measureable
    A-Attainable
    R-Relevant
    T-Timely
  •  Identify the likely pitfalls that could derail you and how you can work around them.
  •  Celebrate noticeable changes and goals as you achieve them.
  • Be kind to yourself and remember martyrdom can be difficult for those around you.
  • If you falter you can always start again -missing one class doesn’t mean you can’t go again!