Oh, I wish I had a woodpecker that could, oh so persistently tap away at the bark around parts of my mind where old opinions and judgements lurk as if set in plaster, yet waiting to be cracked open releasing space for new truths and possibilities to stir.
Oh, I wish I had a woodpecker that could, oh so tenderly tap away at the bark around parts of my heart where old would and stories lay like fresh grubs waiting to be consumed leaving space for the new tales to grow.
While I’m waiting for my woodpecker I will keep on tapping away myself. Gently and persistently peeling away the bark so the light of day can consume the old tales of smallness, creating wide open space for a new and bigger me.
I’ve worked with many leaders over the last twenty years who want to talk about culture. I love it, but there is often an under-belly – a little bit, ‘do as I say, not what I do’. The leader who wants their team to be more creative, yet doesn’t manage how they respond to ideas that didn’t quite fit with their vision of creativity. The leader who wants to encourage team work, but raves about the performance of one guy, who just doesn’t join in the with team. Your team watches your actions, your behaviours, your facial gestures just as much as they listen to your words. But one false move and your words about change turn to dust. This blog from @thisissethsblog says this beautifully! #Coaching can help you plug the gap between your words, your intentions and your behaviour.
I was with a client recently and at the same moment we both remembered this quote. We both recoiled as we remembered that we hold ourselves back sometimes, not living our dreams, playing slightly smaller to keep out of too much trouble. It acted as a good reminder to focus on what we really want to do, what makes us smile and our hearts sing. We might be afraid of it, but are we not also afraid of being disappointed in ourselves? What do you dream of? What do you want to take a step towards? Coaching can help
This wonderful piece from @thisissethsblog String too short to be saved | Seth’s Blog had me chortling, admittedly in a slightly uncomfortable fashion… What ‘small bumps in the road’ was I holding onto as an indicator of my value? What small rejections? I love (and regularly talk to my coachees) about how we can hold onto the things that make us feel bigger, wiser, more capable and competent. What slight might you let go of and what ‘boost’ would you like to hold onto today?