In this age of technology where there are more power cords than outlets, it seems we often talk about “unplugging” from our gadgets. Turning off our phones, computers, tablets, TV’s and more. I’m a fan of no electronics during meals to foster actual conversation with one another. Yet admittedly, there are times that I’ve let that rule slip with my family, just to have quiet at a restaurant table and forgo my teenager’s eyerolls and arguments. I won’t be winning any parent of the year award, but the point is, I make the effort because it’s important for many reasons.
During a session with my own coach a couple of years ago, I came to realize that it’s not just about unplugging that matters, it’s about making the clear choice to plug-in to something else. In other words, turn off the electronics, ignore the social media frenzy, and then design where I focus my attention. Will it be the people in my life, exploring a new locale, redesigning my work, reading a book, serving others in need of support, or maybe it’s even simpler than that? Perhaps it’s just being present with what or who matters most in that very moment of life.
Take a pause, right now, and reflect. If you had to pick one thing in your life that could get your most undivided attention, where would you connect and let all your energy flow? This is the “Power Plug Perspective” and I challenge you to use this as you make conscious decisions about how to move forward.
As we approach the New Year, we often think about our list of resolutions. A random list of things you’re going to change and do in the next 365 days that will seemingly make you a better person who lives a more fulfilling life. I personally know that by end of January, I will not have started one of the things on a resolution list. Why? Because, let’s be real, you can’t fully accomplish anything unless you truly connect with your purpose in doing it and who you want to be while doing it. Rather than just a list of what others say you “should” be doing, identify what you alone truly value, how your goals align with your values and how do you want to be (i.e. confident, calm, assertive, genuine, caring etc.)
As your coach, I partner with you to identify where to let go and where to focus. Then we delve into your mindset and behaviors to create a plan that empowers and motivates you.
For example, to begin, I propose:
- Make a list of what you’re not going to do. These are your “unplug opportunities” that seemingly may be charging your battery, but are actually sitting idle or may even be draining your battery.
- Make a list of what matters most to you along with your talents and gifts. These are your “plug-in opportunities” that charge you up and sustain you.
- Think and answer: What are the qualities you aspire to have and to exhibit while reaching your goals?
Whether it’s a new career you are seeking, or going back to work after a long hiatus, or overcoming a health challenge, or renewing a relationship, Contact me today to plug-in and use your energy to move forward!