5 Steps To An Achievement Enriched 2017

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“……Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference” Reinhold Niebuhr.

January is always my busiest time of the year. It is great that people want to hit the year running and make the most of what they can achieve. Over the years I have noticed a theme. The words ‘in the past’ or ‘last year when’ seem to pop up a lot in coaching conversations and create a theme of not wanting to let go. It can seem hard to let go of the past as whatever has happened can give us a sense of identity. Maybe this is why we hold on to challenging situations a lot longer than we need to. We replay situations over and over, of when we were achieving and when we were not achieving and still don’t go in the direction we need to. By not letting go of these situations we create pressure on ourselves, damaging self worth little by little as we carry on. Maybe a great start to the New Year could be letting go of anger, fear and bitterness; the key players in the search for success in every situation. So like Maria in sound of Music said ’Lets start from the very beginning’ for 2017.
1. Letting go of frustration. Whether its with yourself, a situation or someone else. Carrying frustration will only cause anxiety and make whatever it is you are frustrated about seem bigger than it actually is. Give yourself a frustration window of say five minutes. Vent your frustration for this time only. And when you are finished close by saying ‘I let you go’. Try this for five minutes every day if you need to, working your way through to once a week until you feel like you don’t need to give it attention any more.
2. Taking responsibility. Responsibility is huge. It’s easy to always focus on what others did. What could you have done to make the situation different? Don’t give your power away by playing the blame game. Empower yourself by making responsibility your friend.
3. Worry Off. You worry about being late, you worry about deadlines etc. Worry may pretend to be a necessary part of the scenario but serves no purpose unless you want high blood pressure. Ask the question when you are about to play ‘worry out.’ How will this serve or help me in whatever the situation is?
4. Stepping out of the box. Try something different. Maybe its volunteering trying a different niche. Put yourself out there and show what you have to offer.
5. Laughter. It might seem silly, but if you are honest, how often do you laugh? Laughter creates joy and holding joy is a great gift and helps you see life and situations differently. Hence, letting go.

Give these five nuggets a go and let me know how you get on. It really can be a beautiful world, letting go one step at a time.