Is it time for you to find a new path?

20170429_180358Sometimes potential clients ask why people look for an Executive Coach.  If I imagine flying above the current situation and hover above the many varied and different challenges we face it often comes down to the fact that clients want to find and take a different path.  That might be a new way of managing particular relationships, changes to their leadership style or sometimes a whole new trajectory for themselves.

By the end of a coaching programme people are often immensely pleased with the changes they’ve made – but the one area they under-estimate is what they might be leaving behind, what they have to give up and how people around them might respond to this ‘new’ personality.  At this moment, I find the poem ‘The Journey’ by Mary Oliver incredibly helpful and I hope you do too. Get in touch if you’d like to know more about coaching and you might find the possibilities offered by Sister Stories Women’s Circles intriguing as well.

The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
‘Mend my life!’
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognised as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

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