This post was done in the context of a joint publication with other colleagues on the 10 tips to navigate your career during a pandemic".
Once you have a fair idea of what gives you purpose, what are your core values and strengths (see all the previous tips mentioned below), you are ready to brainstorm and reflect on how you wish to ‘invest’ your time. ...
Have you ever thought about 'Whose expectations are you carrying'? (...) There is nothing wrong in taking on other people's ideas and suggestions and incorporating them into your expectations, belief system and goals. However, when you 'uncritically inherit the burden' of certain things you should be doing (or not doing), you are giving away your right to determine what makes sense for you; you are sleepwalking through life or blindly following someone else's recipe.
Even the most basic reflection, that is, simply assessing how we feel right now, is an exercise that most of us do very rarely. Yet, knowing how you are at a given moment can be a powerful tool to help you consider how balanced your life is and whether some changes are necessary (or even urgent).
In coaching, this starting assessment is often done using the Wheel of Life. Here is how I do it. Do your own at the same time!
Research has now demonstrated that living in alignment with your core values is one (maybe the) essential element to living a happy and fulfilled life. Though we live with ourselves everyday, do you really know what your core values are? What are the beliefs you hold most dear to you?
This summer take some time to find your signature strengths! And invite your friends, family and community to do that too. Reflecting on them and sharing them with others will allow better to understand yourself and others, as well as to create new ways of building on your distinct strengths to create a happier life for all. I'd love to hear all about it! What are your signature strengths?
I am used to thinking about strategy, annual plans, budgets, and all that comes along with it. (...)
You cannot be a successful entrepreneur if you cannot ultimately sell whatever you are 'producing'!
Rationally, that is as clear as water. But emotionally there was a whole other battle to fight. (...)
Life lesson: asking for support can deliver much better results than adhering too close to some false sense of pride or ego.