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Is your life running beautifully like the proverbial well-oiled machine, or is it stuck or stalled in low gear?
Got Your Groove?
Maybe you’re thinking, “Everything is great, I feel totally connected to myself and my purpose, there is nothing I need right now.” If that’s the case, you can put this blog down and get back to your bliss.
But if you’re feeling a bit “off” or irritated or disconnected or unaligned with who you are and why you’re here, I hope the following will help. My experience is that life is about remembering and forgetting. When we remember we feel great, when we forget we need a little help to remember again. Every six months or so I need to rev up my engine and climb to the next level in my life. To do this I first reconnect to myself, and be ok with feeling a bit stuck.
As an Executive Coach I often see leaders who are tunneling toward their goal, working super hard, but then they somehow get off track, they hit a detour. They get stuck “in the weeds,” or they forget to implement a key part of their revenue strategy – or worse, they grow enamored with their vision of successand refuse to throw out the ideas/products/services that just aren’t working. And trust me, there’s no way to create growth and happiness if we’re tied down to ideas, products and people that just don’t work for us.
Get Back In Your Groove—In 10 Minutes
When this happens it’s key to stick your head out of the tunnel to see where your goal is and course-correct. And the best path is not always a straight one. Often there are things in your way that your executive coach will see – like bombs laid by your competition, blind spots that desperately need to be looked into, visionthat must be expanded or bottomless shafts of administrivia that could detour you forever.
Begin your assessment by asking some key questions about your own body, mind, spirit and successful vision. Here are a few to get you started.
- Am I learning, stretching, challenging myself?
- Where is my “edge”—that fearful place I bump up against and stop when I actually should jump?
- Am I building my network of fascinating people that inspire me to stretch by at least 3 people per month?
- Am I being honest with myself and others – about what I truly have time for, my priorities?
- Am I showing up as authentic and not fake or defensive or something that’s not truly me?
- What am I still afraid of?
- What could I do to get to the next level?
- Is my heart aligned with my behavior?
- How does my body feel?
- Am I intellectually challenged?
- Do I feel connected to my version of God, the Universe, my form of spirituality?
Once you’ve done this, for real, you can begin to assess your vision, your actions and where you are on your path. This is why a reassessment is so vital.
- What would you like? (Positive outcome you can create and maintain, reasonable size)
- What will having that do for you? (Benefits and how you’ll feel)
- How will you know when you have it? (Proof/criteria so you’ll know you got it)
- Where/when/with whom do you want it? (It’s key to know venue/timing/target)
- What of value might you risk losing by getting it (There has been a “benefit” of not having what you want—what is the pay off? Is it ok to have what you want?)
- What are your next steps? (Time to get into action)
And Bask In The Afterglow
It is essential to assess where you are in your life; otherwise one or both of the following will happen. First, you could wake up years later, miles away from where you planned, or worse, buried alive in one of those tunnels. Or second, you won’t get the hang of letting go, which is essential in order to avoid burnout and redefine your vision as things change (like the market, the competition, your client base, etc.).
By working through the above I got back into sync with my heart, mind, purpose, body. The result? Everything is in flow, and when the big waves show up I grab my surfboard.
So… how are you doing?