I Choose How I Feel, and Today I Choose Happiness!
However, red ribbon and a Christmas jumper were my goals, as my daughter Iona was performing for MXM at the Actor’s Church in Covent Garden that evening, for their Christmas Concert to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Trust.
Almost as quick as Santa, and courtesy of everyone’s favourite partners John Lewis, I achieved my goals with a smile on my face! As I was walking with purpose among the crowds, enjoying the festive decorations, I smiled. It's very easy to forget to stop and pause and remember to be kind to yourself, as well as others, as you hurtle towards Christmas. I know we do this at other times of the year too, however for some reason at Christmas it seems to be worse and all sense of pragmatism goes out the window. When you are being pulled from pillar to post, it's still ok to put yourself first. Everyone should follow a good friend of mine’s view of “just saying no” (cue an ‘80’s song, I hear you say), especially before Christmas, rather than rush about trying to please everybody else.
The future world of work has changed. This change has been aggressive and due to a virus, and not (as has been talked about for years) as a result of AI. How we feel about the way we work and how we interact with organisations has radically changed, forever.
Personal resilience is the capacity for an individual to remain both flexible and strong in the midst of ambiguity and change.
As a coach, you know you can make the biggest impact when your coachee wants to be coached and has made that decision for themselves. The likelihood of successful, sustained behaviour-change is just so much stronger.
It's quite amazing what we can realise when we put our mind to it and have an open, growth-based mindset - perhaps even more so in these strange and unprecedented times!
It's been a strange few weeks, and I've been reflecting on how I've responded to what's happening in the world, noticing my behaviour, and considering how I've been feeling.