During the final wrap up sessions with my one-on-one clients, I love to ask this question:
If you were to give yourself a message or mantra to carry forwards with you, what would it be?
A couple of weeks ago I asked my client Charlotte, who just came to the end of a 3-month coaching programme with me, the mantra question. Her answer was so brilliant and inspiring, I asked if I could share it with all of you.
Charlotte left her job last year before heading off for some adventure and travel to understand more about what she wanted in life. Together we've been working towards creating a vision for what she wants her life to look like and piece by piece, with lots of exploring and experimentation, putting things into action.
Working with Charlotte these past months has been a dream and I've been so blown away by how much she's achieved in a relatively short space of time. If you'd like to know more about Charlotte and her journey, check out her website here.
So, without further ado, here are the 6 mantras Charlotte told me she'd carry forwards with her. I'm sure you'll find them as useful and inspiring as I do.
1. Sow the seeds
Charlotte explained how important it is to just keep putting stuff out there, even when you're not at all certain where it's leading or if it's making any difference.
The thing about seeds is that they take a while to pop their heads through the surface of the soil. Sometimes that can be a little disheartening. You take action. Nothing happens. Your head sinks to your hands and you wonder what the point of all your effort is.
But over time you come to see and understand that all the while important things are happening just out of view. And then one day the seed pops its head above the surface and you realise all your effort was worthwhile.
Your job isn't to worry about the results. It's to wake up each morning, keep creating and keep taking steps in the direction of the things you want. Tweet that.
2. Just show up
Making big changes in your life and walking the path to creating a life you love can sometimes (oftentimes) get overwhelming.
Sometimes you want to run away from the things you know you need to do. Sometimes it feels like you're pushing yourself just a bit too far out of your comfort zone.
You start to question and doubt yourself. You worry about not being good enough.
In these moments it's time to stop thinking so far ahead into the future, which is where the overwhelm and worry comes from. Instead, just focus on showing up.
You don't have to be perfect. You just have to show up. And keep showing up. It's enough. Tweet that.
3. Step into the spotlight
Creating the life you want to live means coming out of hiding. It means understanding who you are and being willing to show up as that person in all areas of your life.
It means standing up for what you believe in, speaking your truth and letting yourself be heard.
It's worth noting that stepping into the spotlight doesn't mean you have to go out into the world, all guns blazing. It's not code for "be more of an extrovert."
Stepping into the spotlight means something different for each of us. It simply means having the courage to let your true self be seen and embracing the vulnerability that comes with that.
Yes, it's uncomfortable. Yes, you might be judged. But stepping into your own personal spotlight and living a life true to who you are is the path to fulfilment and happiness.
4. Perfectionism is paralysis
I LOVE this one because it's so important and relevant for me to remember too. It's way too easy not to get started on something or not to put something out in the world because you want it to be perfect before the world sees it. I have a lot of work to do here.
Remember, life is about progress not perfection. Tweet that.
5. Be all you can be
We all know when we're letting ourselves down and not really stepping into our full potential. We all know when we're capable of more.
This isn't about playing a big game for the sake of playing big. This is simply about playing a game that feels the right size for you and your own personal potential.
Are you being all that you can be?
6. I'll handle it
If I find myself feeling anxious about the future, it's usually because I'm buying into a story that there is something ahead of me I won't be able to cope with.
The reality of life is that it can get difficult and painful and messy. But when you look back at all the things you've already lived through, you realise that whilst some things may have seemed insurmountable at the time, you somehow came through it to the other side.
Remember that whatever life throws at you, you can and will handle it. Tweet that.
Over to you...
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- What mantra(s) do you use that keep you on track for success or, what mantra(s) could you create for yourself today?