Navigating life in a post lock-down world? We asked a business coach for help.
As countries around the world start to slowly explore what life could look like after lock-down, we asked business coach Joseph James for some guidance on how to adapt to our new normal.
Whichever way you look at it, this year hasn’t really gone to plan for anyone. If I had a plan for my personal or financial objectives for 2020, should I just throw it out and write the whole year off?
There’s a teaching in Nicherin Buddhism that I absolutely love and it’s the concept of turning poison into medicine.
When something doesn’t go the way you wanted it to, what lessons can you learn? How can you apply these lessons to move forward? What benefits can you find in situations like this?
Another concept I love is “from this moment on” – the point of power is always in the present moment, no matter how negative things have been, we can always choose to move forward from this moment on.
We still have six months of 2020 left, this is an ideal time to get clear on some lessons that you’ve learned and set some fresh goals for yourself.
Why is Pride Month a good time to be taking stock of our personal and financial objectives?
Pride is about celebrating who you are, owning your place in this world and being unapologetic about it.
Setting goals that are meaningful for you and creating a picture of your ideal life is the ultimate celebration of your life.
As we celebrate pride month, what do you want for yourself over the next year? What do you want to be true for you over the next 12 months? Those are some powerful questions we can ask ourselves
What are some of the factors that potentially hold LGBTQ people back from achieving their personal or financial objectives?
Growing up gay, you tend to see a lot of images of what success or happiness looks like, but mostly shown as heteronormative examples, this can subconsciously create a belief that those things aren’t also available for you.
We often spend so much energy trying to fit in, edit ourselves and avoid being discriminated against that we end up editing so many of the things that really make us shine as well.
The result of things like this can be a feeling that you aren’t good enough or don’t deserve to be successful and happy, your mind is so powerful that you literally live out what you believe to be true for you.
The truth is, we can choose to love ourselves more and choose new and empowering beliefs about life at any time, Pride month is an ideal time to do this.
When a major event such as the Covid-19 pandemic hits, how do you go about reassessing what’s important to you and what you want to achieve?
Covid has definitely made us all reevaluate our lives and what is important to us.
Some powerful coaching questions to ask yourself right now are:
What no longer works for me in my life?
What changes would feel really good for me to make?
What fresh goals can I set for myself between now and the end of the year?
What lessons have I learned that I can apply moving forward?
How can I love myself more?
A situation such as Covid-19 is new territory for everyone. What sort of help or guidance should I be accessing to try and make sense of what this means for me personally?
I would suggest looking at the questions above and going within yourself to see how you can turn poison into medicine, how can you make this situation and the last few months work for you? How can you use this time to make your life better and to help other people do the same?
What do we do about our plans for 2021? How do we plan for the future when there are so many unknowns?
Focus on the things that you can control, what skills do you want to learn? What daily habits do you want to cultivate? There’s a lot of uncertainty at the moment, so as much as you can, focus on setting goals around things that you can control.