Autumn Awakenings & Fresh Perspectives
By Doug Brown, Paradigm Associates LLC
Even while daylight is getting shorter and the days cooler, I love this time of year because I get inspired to take the time to dream and plan.
I use this period to examine what I have already achieved this year and begin to envision what I can accomplish in the next. We tend to hit what we aim at is a simple yet powerful phrase.
My triggers for change often revolve around what circumstances or short-term interests have developed or intensified. When these nudges prompt me enough, I take action.
I operate with the philosophy that all of us have an obligation to ourselves to live a fulfilling life. After all, others do benefit when we are happy and content. What do you need more of for you to feel more successful more often?
Stating the obvious, we don’t always have to quit something to start making changes. So- when will you start making your life even more fulfilling?
Let’s now shift from a personal to a business perspective. I like to ask my clients the following to help them think more expansively.
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If only I/we could _________, I/we would be able to _______.
When answered with an opportunistic (vs. fatalistic) mindset, this thought process becomes powerful from several points of view. It begins the envisioning process – What IF…? Second, this provides an opportunity to think about the desired emotional AND logical future state. Third, it naturally leads to examining what perceived obstacles might hinder us. Fourth, our minds quickly begin to identify the possible solutions.
Like I wrote earlier, I love reflecting and setting new targets this time of year. I hope you do the same.
Are you feeling stuck or think you could use another perspective? Reach out. I have many goal-setting tips, tools, and assessments ready for you.
Together, we can figure it out!
Doug Brown, Certified Business Coach
Paradigm Associates LLC