Published in May, 2016 Invenio magazine

As someone who has a career spanning a variety of different occupations I sometimes reflect on where I want to go next.  What do I want to do under this heading of ‘career’? 

Auditor … Accountant … IT Consultant … Project Manager …
… Trainer … Facilitator … Mentor … Coach …
… Author/Co-author … Radio presenter … ?

May celebrates coaching and it’s a fabulous resource that everyone has access to.  On my own website I talk about coaching as a wonderful journey of self-discovery and achievement.  It truly is and yes each person could coach themselves, but the added value of having a coach gives you someone else who is non-judgemental, non-directional, motivating, and completely on your side.  The coach is the one person who will provide you with absolute support while asking you those questions that you may know need asking, but don’t want to ask yourself.  Your coach is the one person that you can share anything at all with – from your inner-most hidden dreams, to your biggest fears and blocks.

It was interesting as in my last radio show (co-hosted with Dawn Campbell) when we were talking about ‘wealth’ I asked the question ‘how does wealth fit into each segment of your Wheel of Life?’  As coaches we often find that those questions resonate with us and remain in our sub-conscious mind.

I was reflecting on my workload; found myself asking this question and the answer that popped up was that there isn’t ‘wealth’ in my career currently.  Wealth means much more than just finance and in our show we talked about John Templeton’s quote ‘happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not from material wealth’. 

As coaches it is important for us to understand the words used by clients and what those words mean to the client.  It’s easy for us to all use a word but to not have the same meaning.  So what do I mean by ‘wealth’?  I found this sentence on the businessdirectory.com website: ‘some say wealth may be time plus mobility plus cash but I also think health is wealth, this is because it may be subjective.’  This dictionary also provided the explanation that non-monetary wealth are things which depend on scarce resources and for which there is a demand, but are not bought and sold in a market and hence have no price.  So when I am looking at wealth in my definition I’m looking for happiness, satisfaction, enjoyment, fun, entertainment, community, companionship with my colleagues, and yes as we all need a financial reward.

So what next?  I’m a great one for meditating on questions and allowing the question to float away into the universe and waiting for the inspiration to come through the answers that return.  All too often we ask these questions and think about the logical response, but what if we were to think about the intuitive response, or the inner-most secret desire response, or the outside the box response, rather than the ‘normal’ and logical response?

Since our show my sub-conscious mind has been bombarding me with ideas of ‘what next’.  Some out of the box ideas that I had thought about years ago and dismissed.  Some new ideas that I will need to investigate in more depth.  Some current work that I can see in a different light.

Richard Branson wrote in one of his blogs on the Virgin website ‘If you have a thought but don’t write it down, by the next morning it may be gone forever. I’ve always carried notebooks and make daily lists, scribble ideas and jot down thoughts.’  I’ve talked about in webinars and written about in co-authoring books how I work with a journal and in today’s world of technology every single person has a technology driven journal in their mobile/cell phone.  Every single idea should now be captured. 

  • Always have a way of capturing your thoughts or your ideas. This is important because you never know when the one thought or idea you have, often at the most inopportune moment, may be the one thing that provides your successful achievement or outcome.
  • It does not matter how big or how small or how ‘normal’ or how logical or how outrageous that thought or idea is, WRITE IT DOWN!
    • Lists UGH! I know that I hate writing down lists, but I have found a method that works for me.  It’s important that you find a method that works for you. 
  • When you are in the position I am in right now and trying to work out what ‘wealth’ is in my career, the first thing I will do is create a Wheel of Career.
  • From this Wheel of Career I will determine my ideals or aspirations. From these I will create one or two goals.  When I’m talking about goals, I’m sometimes talking about huge goals with a deadline of maybe 2025 or 2030.
  • Break each of these goals down into smaller goals or milestones – if necessary. So I’ve just set a goal for 2020 and now I’m breaking it down into manageable steps.  I may not know the details of the manageable steps but I can tell you that I know where I want to be at the end of each calendar year until 2020. 
  • Share your goal with your coach. I know I’ve done that.  I’ve shared my long term goal and each milestone with my coach, my mentor, and my role model.
  • Work out how you will celebrate when you successfully achieve each milestone.
  • Now take each idea, one at a time and:
    • Identify whether it is a big idea that needs to be broken down into smaller ideas, which will become actions or tasks.
    • Identify where and how it fits into your overall picture – big goal and each milestone. Sometimes it may change your overall picture.
    • Cross it out if the idea doesn’t ‘feel’ right.
    • Tick it if you have added it to your goal and milestones.

Ideas come from strange places.  I was chatting to friends on Facebook the other day and one suggested that I do one of those quizzes and this one was called ‘what career should you actually have’?  The answer …

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I done at least two projects with different TV stations based in the UK and been a project manager implementing financial software, I have met some of the actors employed by them.  I have also worked for film companies and met their actors.  So when I got this result memories came flooding back and I smiled, BUT … why not?

So I’ve added it to my thoughts and my lists and can already see where it may fit in!

Although coaching is a process that starts with a dream or aspiration and one step at a time moves each person forward towards that dream or aspiration, one of the important things in coaching is to truly visualise your dream or aspiration in your mind’s eye.  Having the clarity and the vision allows you to know that the path that you progress along (or tunnel that you progress through) has a fabulous light at the end of it.

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