The lazy days of summer are here, and the last thing on your mind is transformation. Or reinvention. Or creating a brand new experience of your life or your work.
I beg to differ.
Summer is the perfect opportunity to take the first step towards living and working in a way that aligns with who you really are and what you really want.
One of the foundations of the work that I do as a coach is opening up new possibilities. (That’s the “dream” part of the “Dream it. Design it. Live it.” mantra.)
It’s all about seeing what could be and finding a new level of clarity about what matters most to you. And it’s an enormously fun and inspiring part of the process.
It feels like play.
(From here, we can choose whether we want to honor what we now know by making changes – in our mindset, perspective, actions, daily life and work. Or not. But that comes later.)
First, we need to let ourselves have the possibility.
In the relaxed, vacation-minded state that summer brings, we’re perfectly primed for dreaming.
Here are a few ways to do it:
Tell a new story. If you were to write or tell the story of your ideal lifestyle or workday, how would it unfold? Who is the hero? What’s the plot?
Draw a visual map. You don’t have to be an artist. Let your perfectionist tendencies go and draw out where you are now and where you would ideally like to be. Stick figures are great.
Visualize yourself in the future. With your coach, on your own, with a friend– walk yourself step by step through your ideal day, or a meeting with yourself in the future.
Play “I really, really want…” I did this with my coach many years ago. And I’m happy to report that I’m now living out what I discovered I wanted back then (in my hammock).
As a coach, I take a powerful stand for the possibilities my clients unearth when they get creative, explore and settle on their vision. Together, we honor what matters and literally re-create their viewpoints, their goals, their work and their lifestyles.
I invite you to do it, too.
Visualize what your version of success looks and feels like. Write out a brand new story for your life. Draw the present and the future and identify the gaps.
You can explore the rest later. For now, let the fun and free-flowing energy of summer bring you to your first step. Kick back and create a big summer daydream for your life. In the most deliciously fun way you can dream up.