Much of the work that we do is around helping people tap into “what’s possible?” Due to our experiences, limiting beliefs and the general day to day “busy-ness” of life we often get blinkered into accepting “what is” instead of what’s possible. And don’t get me wrong – if your current situation is bringing you joy and satisfaction in all areas of your life, then well done you, and you don’t need to read the rest of this article. Get on with continuing your awesomeness!
If that paragraph made you think, even just a little, about the idea that maybe there is something more for you, that’s totally ok. We find that many people overestimate what they can achieve in a day, and at the same time they vastly underestimate what they are capable of in a lifetime.
So here are a few tips to get you on your way to thinking about “what’s possible”.
Identify the area(s) in your life you would like to enhance
At NEP we often break things down into thinking about 4 key areas – self, family, career and community.
Self – this is a big one and we put it first for a reason – without self-care there is no performance. What do you need to do more of to be your best self for all other areas of your life? This could be looking after your physical health, mental health, financial health, professional development etc. It’s all about you!
Family – For many of us that means our biological family, but it could just as well mean your inner circle of friends and confidants.
Career – We spend too much time working to not gain satisfaction from our work. And your career is not your manager’s responsibility – it’s yours. So if your company isn’t investing in the training and coaching you need, take matters into your own hands!
Community – this is pretty much anything else that’s important to you. This could be friends, charity work, sitting on committees, helping out at the kids’ school. This is totally your call to fill in the gaps.
Now think about “what’s possible” in each of these areas
Now look at each area individually and think about what’s possible in each. Here are some questions to help get you thinking…….
- What would you strive for if you were guaranteed you could achieve it?
- What are you tolerating that perhaps isn’t serving you?
- What would you like to be different this year?
And remember it’s your definition of what’s possible” that matters – no one else’s.
Now rank your current levels of satisfaction in each area
Once you’ve thought further about what’s possible in each area now you need to go through and rank your current level of satisfaction in each area on a scale of 1-10. A 10 would be where you are already living your full potential of what’s possible and nothing else needs to change.
If you aren’t at least an 8 on any area, that area probably deserves some conscious attention to make a plan to change something. Remember, if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
Now what are you going to do about it?
Here’s the situation – your happiness is your responsibility – no one else’s. So if you think there are some changes in the above areas that need to be made, you need to take responsibility to take those steps.
If you need some help making some changes, we would love to help you. It’s time for YOU to invest in YOU.
If you’d like to find out more, join the conversation in our next open workshop.