A couple of weeks ago, I sat in the school hall with Oscar listening to his new high school headteacher talk through the logistics of starting in September. Apart from feeling a little overwhelmed at the time with the volume of information, there was a moment right at the end which made me sit up straight in my seat. He said, “I want every child to leave this school feeling that their best days are ahead of them (not behind them).”
When I think about my life right now, I can honestly say, with excitement, that I do believe my best days are yet to come. A book launch in September, another book already starting to take shape and form in my mind, a holiday to Sardinia, swimming in masters nationals…and so much more.
There was a time though, when that was not my reality. A period of my life when I was spinning so many plates it felt impossible to put them down, surely it would all come crashing down around me? It felt like I was wading through a never-ending river of treacle, Groundhog Day.
I believe when you understand your value and start to really value yourself, everything shifts and changes. The inside out revolution.
Even if you were to do exactly the same task, let’s say the washing up for example (because it is my least favourite task), you are doing the same tasks but from a completely different energy.
There’s an old proverb, “Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” – Zen Kōan.
Although it appears nothing has changed on the outside (doing), everything has changed on the inside (being). Of course, you may want to make some changes, but even without changing a thing, your best days are yet to come when you can activate the right perspective.
That’s exactly what one of my clients Dr Emma Beale did. Emma is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Switzerland. Although she is technically in the same role as when she started the Career Design Mastermind programme, she now views that role in a completely different way. Listen to her emotional journey on the Women In STEM Career & Confidence podcast episode 033 🎧 iTunes, 🎧 Spotify, 🎧 Other Platforms.
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