This is not our usual New Year image of bright lights and fireworks. We wanted to do something different to honour the new decade, a new chapter, a fresh start for all. Maybe a new path or a path travelled before, with new growth. This picture illustrates that no journey is necessarily a straight line, unlike the images we see in magazines and on social media platforms.
What we’re up against:
At times the world leads us to believe that growth and transformation are instantaneous, just like a Google search. It’s fair to say it’s not the case with life or career. It can be hard work, challenging, monotonous, uncomfortable, exhilarating, exhausting mentally and physically and at times overwhelming. It can also be empowering, inspiring, enjoyable, exciting, emotional, seasonal, bicultural and generally awesome. Whatever your path, regardless of the image here or those thrust upon us, nothing is perfect even if it appears to be. What we do know is there’s always the potential for a hard knock or hiccups along the way. Something to derail you from your goal. We also know that it is at this point when people give in, throw in the towel because it’s too hard and not as they envisaged. The journey improves with resilience. Easier said than done at times, and we get that.
Our clients have shared that it’s the steps to the left and right that provide the growth, the learning, the teaching, the how and why, to challenge the importance of what they’re striving to achieve. Let’s call them learning steps, where we gain knowledge, experience, know-how, self-belief and confidence. It’s the steps backwards before moving again, the ones to the left and right that we need to discuss, to keep things real and attainable because not everyone is lucky enough to travel a straight path. The before and after stories make it easy to believe that’s what happens to the majority. Without sharing the steps, the ones that prepare you for what’s to come when you achieve your Point B.
Whatever your journey looks like, (ours is all over the place, no direct straight lines here,) or throws at you, your next step may not be spectacular but is significant. Twist and turns won’t break you if we learn from them.
Here are a few questions to ask your self if you feel like you’ve derailed and need to get back on track.
- What is the driving motivator behind my goal?
- What will it mean if I don’t achieve my objective?
- How will I feel if I don’t reach my goal?
- What impact will this have on my career/life?
- Who else does this impact?
- What’s stopping me from moving toward my objective?
- What will I do and ask myself when I notice I’m off track?
- What behaviour should I be displaying now?
- How important is this to me?
Why isn’t there a number 10? There just isn’t.
Here’s to a fantastic period of growth.
Make 2020 your best year yet!