Follow your dream
21st November, 20120 Comments
One of the best things about being a coach is seeing my clients succeed. In the last few weeks, several of my clients have made significant life changes and found themselves revitalised and excited about their new direction. One client has relocated to another part of the UK with her family and is finding the whole experience as fulfilling and rewarding as she’d hoped.
Another client has taken early retirement after managing his own company for 20 years. He’s spending quality time with his family, making new friends and rediscovering the joy of returning to long-neglected hobbies, while another client has finally decided to leave her job, study a course in hypnotherapy and start planning to open her own business.
It’s incredibly satisfying to know that I’ve played a small part in helping clients live the lives they’ve always wanted, but I recognise that these people all have something important in common. They’ve been honest enough to look objectively at their lives and identify that something is missing or not working.
It takes courage, commitment and energy to start making those changes as it’s all too easy to continue doing something you don’t enjoy, particularly if you’re afraid of change or don’t know where to get help and support.
Recognising that you need to take control of your own life is the most important first step. Fairy godmothers always appear in children’s stories, but the only real way to make change happen is by doing something about it yourself.
If something is missing in your life, take time to work out exactly what that is. Are you looking for job satisfaction? Friendship? A new relationship? A new challenge? Would making that all-important first phone call begin to change your life?
Make a list of ideas then condense everything into one sentence, for example: “I want a job that provides enough money to buy a new car by Christmas." By clarifying what you want, you can start planning to move towards it and having a timescale will ensure you keep focused. Remember, as the poet George Eliot once said: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
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