This time of year as the tulips and daffodils peek through the earth and the snow to show their brilliant red and yellow faces, we have a wonderful opportunity to thoughtfully and consciously plant seeds in our life and our work.
Flash forward six or eight months from now to autumn harvest. What would you most love to harvest?
Your thoughts now, your focus now will bring to fruition wonderful ideas, projects, hopes and dreams.
Or disappointment, frustration, stress and upset.
Today, in this new beginning of spring, I’m planting three new crops.
The first involves self-acceptance and compassion. Through the winter, during many changes in my personal and business life, I have often felt like a beginner, a kindergartener. Quite humbling. And, I’ve sometimes been too hard on myself. I now plant and will continue to nurture and nourish the seeds of self-acceptance and compassion.
The second involves focusing more fully on all the positive aspects of my relationship with my sweetheart, Gary. Sometimes during the overwhelm of the transition, I tended to put my focus in the wrong place. A breeding ground for disappointment, frustration, stress and upset, to be sure! In this new light of spring, I now plant and will continue to nurture and nourish the seeds of focusing on the positive, which naturally generates more positive.
The third involves more fully supporting my coaching clients in thoughtfully and rigorously planting the seeds most meaningful to them. I love that conscious choice, the foundation of coaching, makes such a difference from feeling that we’re at the mercy of external circumstances to thoughtfully choosing how we would most love our life and work. I now plant and will continue to nurture and nourish the seeds of consciously choosing.
What about you? Which seeds will you plant?
In his book, "The Relationship Handbook," George Pransky tells us that thoughts generate moods and emotions.
To instantly put yourself in a better mood, change your thought or drop your thought.
Hard to imagine any thoughts that would cause negative emotions as I look at this sleeping angel!
When I think my cat's annoying me by circling my feet as I make dinner, I feel frustrated. When I think my cat's doing what cat's do, my emotions neutralize. When I think my cat is a loyal companion, I feel warm and friendly.
Which thought do I choose to think?
Changing or dropping a thought in a moment isn't always easy. Sometimes it seems impossible. And, I have found it to be an incredibly rewarding practice.
Our egos can create havoc with this one! "But, my cat shouldn't try to get food while I'm making dinner. I just fed him." Okay, would I rather be in a bad mood or change my thought? Of course, in this case, I can also employ all my best cat training techniques!
One of the most noticeable differences between coaches who grow successful businesses and those who don't: Those who create thriving businesses know, own and leverage their strengths.
One of the most significant differences between people who get or create their dream jobs and those who don't: Those who create amazing career fulfillment embrace and work from their strengths.
To that end, I have created a StrengthsFinder™ resources page for you.
If you have never heard of StrengthsFinder™, don’t wait a moment longer.
If you took the StrengthsFinder™ assessment years ago and said, “Oh yeah, that’s me” and put it in a drawer and forgot about it, I urge you to give yourself the lifetime gift of more fully owning your strengths now!
To your strong work,
P.S. If you’ve ever said, “Doesn’t everybody do that?” about one of your natural strengths, then drop everything now for a few minutes and dive more deeply in your own completely unique set of strengths.