Do you struggle with no time to get anything done?
Take a pause break and listen to an oldie but goodie song from the 60’s that captures one band’s perspective on this age-old problem.
Before they start life coaching, many of my clients identify their lack of time as the biggest reason for not meeting their goals. They explain that they just need to have extra time to become successful and happy. Just recently, during a coaching session with one of my executive coaching clients, he admitted that he works 60-65 hours a week and wants to achieve work-life balance and do the things he wants to do. I asked, “What would happen if you fewer less hours? Would your job still get done?” He answered that it would. So, I continued to ask: “So, what is preventing you from working fewer hours?” He replied, “me.” Before he could move forward on his goals, he needed to discover the root cause of what was really going on.
Up to now, my client had been thriving. He had been extremely successful and never questioned the hours he worked. So, what changed? Understanding this process and what shifted as he began to question his current work style and consider other options was important to evaluate because this was influencing his current behavior. Only when you drill down and begin to understand what motivates your actions, what triggers your responses, and what drives you will you be able to get back in the driver’s seat and choose how to respond.
It is too easy to let life just happen. Remember, you can’t change the people around you, or affect the weather, or control the world. All you can do is choose how to respond. Yet, in order to do so effectively, you will need to understand what is going on underneath the surface. Root cause analysis doesn’t have to feel like a root canal. Working with a coach can easily help you identify what’s going on. Once you bubble up what’s really going on up to the surface, you can look at it, review it, and then choose what comes next. Otherwise, all the actions in the world will be forced and will be met with internal resistance because you will naturally sabotage your efforts. When this happens, you have 2 choices: blame it on external events, or reflect on what’s really going on inside.
After working for many years with coaching clients, I have discovered that if it’s a priority, it will get done. So, the key is to truly identify your real priorities. The ones that are really driving you and not the ones that you believe you are expected to do. How do you drill down to your top priorities and claim them as your true heart’s desire? The first step is to be honest with yourself. It is important to understand how you got to this place. You may have traveled a short time on this road, or have been derailed from your original route. With coaching, you can get the support you need, as well as the objectivity to help you clarify your long-term vision that best fits you and helps you leverage your natural talents and experience to date.
The most successful people hire coaches. Success and happiness can’t be achieved with a hit-or-miss approach. You need to be laser focused on your highest priorities.
Using the 80/20 Principle, 20% of your critical priorities will yield 80% of your results. The question is how to identify your highest priorities? If you haven’t developed a personal strategic plan, it will be challenging to start this process without support.
Is it worth investing in you? Try a free life or career coaching consultation with Wanda Ropa, your success coach, to get you started and get clear about where you’re going with your career, or with your life so you can develop a strategic plan that really works for you. With clarity, success becomes a natural outcome.
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Posted by Wanda Ropa, The Success Coach.