Next Chapter of Your Life Story
The first turning point in my life was when I was
10 years old. My Grandmother died from a sudden heart attack. This was
my first brush with death, and it really hit me. Peggy was a 4’10” tower
of life, love, understanding and fun. She was my confidant and like a
mother to me, and all of a sudden this wonderful 60 year old lady was
gone forever. It was then that I realized that life can end in an instant
and that you don’t have forever. Since then, I’ve always been driven to
both plan for tomorrow and live for today. It’s a tough juggling act,
but the first step is being clear about my priorities. This experience
has also motivated me to ask others about their most important values
and priorities, with this question tagged on, “Why wait?”
In light of the reality that your time is not unlimited,
how might your daily “to do” list change? What crucial items would be
added? Beyond the business and busyness that consumes each day, what do
you want to accomplish? Contribute? Complete? Create or build? What legacy
or reputation do you want to leave behind?
Perhaps it’s time for an adjustment, or maybe a
large change—time to create the next chapter of your life story. Here’s
a simple exercise that can help.
- GET CLEAR Where should
you focus your energy? It’s tough to know, when you have many competing
priorities that are all “number 1”. No matter how busy you are, you
can take at least 15 minutes to start doing some strategic thinking
about where your professional and personal life is headed---and where
you want it to go. Begin by listing your top 3 professional and top
3 personal goals.
- GET HELP No captain sails
a ship alone. When the stakes are high and time is limited, why be inefficient?
Increase the resources you utilize---starting now. Review your network,
including colleagues, strategic partners, books, seminars, the internet,
mentors, friends, family, professional coaches or consultants. List
5 new ways to use your professional and personal resources to help you
achieve your top goals.
- BUILD AN ACTION PLAN
Each day is filled with demands on your time and attention. It is easy
to become side tracked, short-sighted or lose momentum. A clear picture
of your goal, with a detailed action plan is an essential ingredient
for success. Spend 15 minutes, writing an action plan, (and building
in accountability), that will help you turn good intentions into good
- GET OUT OF YOUR WAY Everyone
has blind spots and self-limiting habits. What are yours? Perfectionism?
Procrastination? Abrasiveness? If you’re tired of trying to run full
speed with an anchor tied to one foot, enlist the support of one whose
unbiased, informed input you trust.
- GET MOVING The world
won’t wait till you have enough time, a complete plan, sufficient budget
or clear mind space.
Each day, find simple ways to:
• Motivate yourself into action
• Hold yourself accountable to follow your plan
• Eliminate what’s not working
• Celebrate your achievements
Coaching is a confidential partnership, dedicated to
helping people move from the important to the significant…transforming
goals and dreams into reality. When you are at a turning point and realize
you want to make a change in your life, Coaching can help you do that
faster, easier and more successfully.