In June, I delivered a complimentary webinar to my newsletter subscribers (that’s you!) on how to trailblaze your path to balanced brilliance.
In case you missed it (or forgot to take notes!), here are some practical highlights and top tips:
- To create successful change, you need structure and self-discipline. When you’re tired, angry, or depleted, self-discipline goes out the window. The more structure you have, the less self-discipline you need.
- Creating structure in your days, weeks, and months is one of the very best ways to make positive change stick. For example, build a powerful morning routine that gets every day off to a brilliant, motivation-maximising start: exercise, meditation, breakfast with your family, setting positive goals and intentions for your day.
- Learn to handle procrastination. We are busy and constantly distracted. There will always be distracting things going on personally and professionally — some of our choosing (going shopping to buy something new) and some out of our control (new boss at work). Don’t kid yourself that although you are very busy and over-committed now, there will be the right moment when things are different and you will have time to take action. That’s a dream! Take action now. As Yoda says in Star Wars, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
- The intention to change isn’t enough.When you create a new habit, a new neural pathway is created in your brain. Your old habits have created strong pathways that need to be changed, and it isn’t easy. Each time you follow your new habit, your new neural pathway gets more defined and you get stronger. It’s like going from conscious competence (where you have to focus) to unconscious competence (where it happens naturally). Don’t expect change to be easy, whether it’s a new exercise routine or a new time management approach — it takes time and it’s challenging, but you CAN do it, and it gets easier.
- Neuroscience tells us what I’ve been sharing with my executive coaching clients for years. It makes no sense to work to the point of exhaustion, to blur your work/life balance to a degree that work takes over your life and your energy. When your brain is tired you are less effective, you think less clearly, you make poor decisions, and your emotional intelligence becomes stupid! There is a point of diminishing returns. By using your strengths and working consciously and smartly, creating an optimum work/life balance, your performance at work improves, you shine, you’re a role model, you have gravitas, and you’re happier (as is everyone who loves you)! So work out your individual plan for ideal work/life balance and follow it.
If you would like to talk with me about how coaching together can help you create successful change and craft your own individual work/life balance, why not register now for one of my Discovery Sessions?