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When we lop off the heads of the poppies, all we are left with is a sea of weeds.
This New Year will be no different for me in some ways, and definitely different in others.
This is what I do each year:
For me, it’s more about the ‘How’ than the ‘What’.
Experiences are what make my life more memorable and fulfilling. For me it’s about people and places rather than necessarily the activity, time or object, though these will often play a part too.
It’s the Journey rather than the destination. And so by this account, I create an overview of the direction I choose to go in which is driven by my purpose and it is this which draws my focus and creates my energy to fulfill that which I set out to do.
At times the road is rocky and I may be presented with blocks and stops as well as choices and opportunities. It is my core values which help me decide on the latter, but the former? This is about having strategies in place for the wild cards we may get dealt….when setting our course, an integral part is to think about and anticipate what could get in the way of our path. What are the potential blocks and stops? We need to factor these in and create a strategy for them, should they appear.
An analogy for this is the radar on a boat – thanks to this facility, we can be warned about rocks we do not see and can be alerted to avoid damage. It is key to identify the potential ‘rocks’ on our route. When we ‘call the ghosts’ (fears) in what it is we wish to achieve, and identify them, they are no longer the gremlins or fears that we conjure up….they become actual objective specifics about which we can do something. Once identified, and a strategy in place to manage them, they are no longer fear-filled and therefore are far less likely to occur, because we are prepared.
Be clear about your Consequence for ‘In-Action’ *
Celebrate your Successes
*For one of my clients, this was about gifting away her very precious diamond earrings – something she’d really struggle to part with, and so was a strong motivator for action and achievement. For others, it could be gifting the equivalent amount of money to a charity that would’ve been otherwise spent on a holiday to celebrate their success.
** To be accountable, seek the support or services of an ‘unreasonable friend’: someone who will not be taken in by your excuses. This could be a colleague or a professional who is detached from your personal circumstances.
For further information and professional coaching to enable you to ‘Hatch a Plan’ for 2018, please pick up the phone and contact Jane to get into action-mode and establish how to realise your potential and make this year a happy and fulfilling one for you.
Jane Butler is a Business and Personal Relationship Coach, Mediator and Facilitator and is available for individual and small group consults. She may be contacted on 021-732 230 or by email : email@example.com.
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