The past year and a half has held a lot of transitions in my life. My father passed away. I moved my mother into a nursing home. I had to sell my childhood home, become power of attorney for my mom which then made me executor for her brother’s estate when he passed away. I am now trying to sell his home and handle both of their financial affairs in addition to my job as a CEO, executive coaching practice, and a family with six children.
I felt as if I was living a peaceful life and one thing after another compounded more responsibility on me than I never expected. Yet during all of this is when I started to knit and paint with watercolors. Yesterday my husband said that I’m ‘calmer’ than he’s ever known me to be. I attribute that to my mindful daily practices and simple goal setting that give me confidence, connection and calm.
I’m busy just like everyone else. I don’t have time for long journaling. Neither do my clients. I found myself buying weekly planners and writing mindful practices in the margins until I designed my own planning sheet to do this more simply. My clients loved it and asked me to convert it to a book so they didn't have to copy the sheet each week. I added sections for goal planning, strengths and visioning. This Flow-on-the-Go Guide has helped me convert feeling overwhelmed to clarity like nothing else I’ve ever done before.
Every morning I check off my three daily practices - yoga, drinking a full glass of water and meditation - in this colorful and fun planner. I revisit the three goals I set for the day from the night before. And at the end of the day I check off the ones I achieved, write what I’m grateful for and a word about how I’m feeling. There’s even space to note what’s changing and how I bring value. It takes a few minutes a day yet it’s changed my life and the lives of my clients.
I now see transitions as opportunities to better get to know myself as well as to appreciate the impermanence of life. I’ve released old patterns, know I deserve all that is good and accept joy in the moment. If you are searching for a new way of approaching life yet don’t have a lot of time on your hands I promise you this Flow-on-the-Go Guide will walk you through the steps. Success isn’t more time, money or status. Success is freedom. Get it here.
If you are ready to get off the treadmill to nowhere and have peace, confidence, executive presence, career advancement and high performance in the face of challenges, personal agendas, cynicism and bureaucracy request a free consultation call to see if coaching is a good fit to help you get calm, promoted, hired, happy, connected and effective before it’s too late.
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Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships. Request a free consultation call now.
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