Posts tagged “Inspiration”

New Year New Challenge... 
At the start of each year lots of people make New Years Resolutions, I am not really a big believer in the New Year New You philosophy. The main reason is that it gives the impression that there is something wrong with who you are already, you don’t need to be fixed and you are enough! We are all capable of achieving whatever we put our minds to. There is no need to change who we are we just need to know that we all have the ability to realise our dreams. All we need is the courage to take the steps towards whatever they may be. 
Lead by example... 
As a Coach it’s important to reflect on yourself, lead by example, how can you inspire others to do the same if you’re not doing it yourself? 
After Christmas last year (2018) I found myself thinking of how I could challenge myself, what could I do to help me learn what my full potential is, how could I grow as an individual, as a Coach, as a Mum and as a friend? I believe you don’t really find out how brave, strong or capable you are until this is put to the test. We grow as individuals in times of adversity when the going gets tough we get tougher, we learn new things and we get stronger. The smaller things that scared us before no longer bother us because we have been through tougher times. I don’t think you should make your life hard intentionally that would be a bit silly – but I do think there is a lesson to be learned from all things we experience in life both good and bad. After all the bad can be good if you have learned something from it! 
Unfinished Business... 
I wrote a reverse bucket list of everything I had achieved in 2018. It was a great exercise of reflection and it inspired me to think further back to 5 years ago when I had trained for The Chester Marathon. I got up to 18 miles and developed tendonitis and was forced to drop out. I had a choice of carrying on and making it worse or resting so I could still do my job. Rest it was. I kind of fell out with running after that – it put me right off! So there was unfinished business here. Before I could back out of the idea I found the first UK marathon I came across, The Manchester Marathon, I registered and paid right away – no turning back! 
2018 – What a year! 
This year I will be entering my 4th year of working for myself! In some ways it doesn’t feel as long as that but in others it feels twice as long! If you work for yourself you will know exactly what I mean. It has been a steep learning curve and I am sure there is still plenty more to learn yet! 
One of my top learning points is to look back at the last year and previous years and write a list of all the things you have achieved. It’s kind of a Reverse Bucket list! It can be a very rewarding exercise; as human beings we tend to focus on the things we’ve yet to achieve rather than giving ourselves credit for the goals we have already met. 
The gap between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of a none event! Like no man’s land, no one really wants to do much. I thought I would use the time to reflect a little myself. I thought I would share some of my experiences this year and maybe it will inspire you to do the same. I have really enjoyed this exercise and it has left me with a real sense of gratitude. I have been very fortunate to have some really great experiences and share some successes with clients too! 
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