Welcome to the new year and thank you for checking out my first journal post.
A “new anything” can conjure up a lot of feelings – excitement, pressure, curiosity, anxiety, familiarity – all of which are completely normal. At the start of a new year, we often ask ourselves questions like:
- What do I want to do this year?
- Who do I want to be?
- Where do I want to make a change?
These are big, lofty questions that usually require some digging and reflection. Coaching creates an open space to articulate these inner dialogues with the help of the right questions, probes and healthy dose of curiosity.
Whether we realize it or not, all day long we’re having inner dialogues that influence us to move in a certain direction. The more in touch we are with these inner conversations, the greater chance we have of sorting out the “truth” versus the “story.” These inner dialogues are how we create our reality. Sometimes they help us and sometimes they hurt us.
So what are these internal conversations that hold such great power for you?
Who (or how) you want to be
The vision you have for yourself. A dream, goal or feeling you want back. Who you want to be doesn’t have to just be what shows up in your (job) title; it’s also about how you want to be in your life.
Who you know you are
This is your true essence. Your most capable, unique self at the core. It can be easy to downplay or lose sight of your abilities and potential, but it's within you, ready to be (re)discovered.
Who (or how) you think you should be
Your voice of doubt or questioning. It can show up as pre-conceived notions, external pressures or stories you’ve told yourself over and over. These "saboteur voices" can be as powerful as your vision or essence. You'll want to be attune to their existence and impact.
Understanding these dialogues, and how they all work together, helps you get closer to a feeling of “wholeness.” We are always a work in progress.
This new year is a fresh opportunity to look at life–and yourself–through a new lens. I challenge you to bring greater awareness and focus to these conversations and get back in touch with what these dialogues are telling you. I can guarantee that the answers you're looking for are within them.