Like any good coach, I test my own advice.
Running a daily journal has become the latest tool for navigating my life. And this new daily habit is starting to pay off.
I started the practice of writing my journal when I was at Te Moata Retreat in March. Now it permeates all parts of my life, so much so that before I even get out of bed in the morning, I write down my intentions for the day.
It acts as a reminder to be purposeful about on the day ahead; what I’d like to achieve, what I need to let go, what I’m grateful for and how I want to be. Coloured pens, stickers and images bring it all to life.
The best part is that all this activity is that it’s got me to a new situation – literally!
My new office – the Wellinton BizDojo
Right now I am sitting in a large, light, airy open space; dub music in the background as one of the 100+ people sitting or standing at their desks, talking to screens or huddled together in one of the many meeting pods. I’m dying to know what they’re all doing and I’m sure I’ll find out over time.
As it says on the BizDojo website, this is a “coworking and collaboration network whose mission is to unleash people’s potential”. Awesome – we can all do with more of that!
It’s time to get out of my own way
Working from home has had its advantages for managing the recovery and maintenance of my mental health. But it’s been a long three years but now it’s time to test run a new strategy.
If you’re wondering where I’m at with my projects, here’s an update.
First, the Heart Strategy.
The Heart Strategy, a collaboration between Keong and myself, is a visioning workshop that allows people to define their purpose and then benefit from a set of tools to craft a pathway to get there.
To date we have had some amazing feedback on the pilot workshop we ran in March. One attendee told us that it created change on a cellular level, so subtle and powerful that she didn’t realise its effect until a few weeks later, once she reflected upon two major changes she had made in her life.
I know from my own experience that once I’ve been through the visioning experience, decision-making takes on a life of its own. The hard work of knowing what I want is already done. From then on it’s about having faith, making small decisions and putting thoughts into action.
(The process is also great for teams and small enterprises which mean we’ve also been pitching the concept to decision-makers with great success. When working with a small team, individual heart strategies are integrated to create the basis for an authentic team culture.)
Watch this space for our next public workshop.
Just to remind you, I work with people wanting to make a meaningful career transition, who are engaged in self-employment or small business; or who would like support in the recovery from burnout, depression or anxiety.
My coaching practice brings together the background and experienced gained from life, self-employment, small business and as a mental health survivor. My goal is to help others understand how amazing they are already. I know I’ve got a lot to give and can’t wait to help more people.
So if you are ready for a change but not sure how to navigate the obstacles that are getting in your way, then I’m the coach for you.
If you are anything like me, making progress in life and business is faster when a third party checks in on the things holding me back.
It’s then that I find out that they are usually imaginary barriers. Then the solution is to make just one decision, any decision. As soon as I do, the impasse is broken – until the next time.
I have openings for two clients in May. Please contact me to talk about how I can help.
Recovering from a major mental illness event takes time.
Here’s the thing. Firstly, the confidence that you once possessed is likely to have been sucked out of you. Rebuilding confidence takes time and only comes from reaching small milestones. Each one of these milestones needs to be acknowledged and treasured, to counter the setbacks that are sure to happen.
Secondly, social withdrawal is common amongst those with depression and anxiety. Getting back into the swing of things means rebuilding relationships and networks. Important friendships may have been neglected and it takes time and effort to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
Lastly, it takes energy – and there is never enough of that! Simple day-to-day events can be exhausting and you might wonder how you managed to get so much done in the past. Don’t expect too much.
Recovery from a major mental health event is a journey – where the desired destination may never be achieved. It requires courage to take each day as it comes, enjoying the moment and trusting yourself and the process.
Getting support from a coach can be one way to lighten the load. Find someone who can help you track your progress and remind you that you are on the right track. Celebrating success is important as well as having support in the low times helps.
I know. I am a Well-being & Transition Coach who has first hand experience with mental illness. My passion is to help others know how great they are already. Please contact me if you think I could help.
Remember, there is nothing you need to change. You are already awesome!
Leigh Johnson, Well-being & Transition Coach. I chose this title because that’s what I represent. I want to help people create change and achieve well-being using the skills and experience I have gained in my life and business.
How can I help?
If you’ve ever had a time in your life when you know there are new possibilities out there, but don’t know how to move forward, then you could be one of my early clients.
Or maybe you’re thinking about a career change or realignment, or a transition to self-employment or starting an enterprise.
On the other hand you may have suffered from one of life’s set backs; burnout, anxiety or depression and would like the support of someone who has first-hand experience with similar issues.
Or maybe you just want to find a way to achieve your potential but not sure what’s stopping you.
If any of these sound like you then contact me here and let’s have a chat.
I’ve been there!
More than that, I want to share the insights, tools, training and innovative responses I have learned on the way.
My passion is to help people know how great they already are. Using a personalized coaching program, let’s discover together how you can achieve your possibilities.
Who’s coaching the coach?
I give credit to Cassandra Gaisford (www.worklifesolutions.co.nz ) for helping me unclutter my thoughts and clear the way to make the decision to become a Well-being & Transition Coach.
While at Te Moata I spent several days digesting Cassandra’s latest book, Mid-Life Career Rescue (Employ Yourself): How to confidently leave a job you hate, and start living a life you love, before it’s too late (You can purchase her book here on Amazon.)
Prompted by the Actions Task outlined in her book, here are some of the questions that got me to this point;
• What inspires me?
• What’s my passion?
• What am I good at?
• What do I enjoy?
• What’s holding me back?
• How will I feel if I stay the same?
• How will I feel if I make the change?
My shutters are up. I’m ready for my first clients.
It’s been a long three years, working my way through depression and anxiety, but now I’m ready to use my unique talents to help others live more rewarding lives. Let’s do this together.
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