A Self-Coaching Technique to Reframe Your Mindset
As the leaves turn and fall to the ground we are reminded that nature’s cycles are very much reflected in our lives too. The change of seasons can make us reconsider where we are heading in terms of our goals and intentions. This natural cycle can make us feel an eagerness to start something new, or re-visit something we put down just as the summer fun began.
Seasonal change is also a time for releasing things that no longer serve us, such as letting go of an old relationship, an old habit or an old project. We are reminded that everything is cyclical, constantly moving and ever-changing.
If we were to do a bit of self-reflection for the year so far, perhaps we might want to ask ourselves:
“What do I feel proud of that I have done so far this year?”
“Have I achieved to my expectations?”
“Is there anything I want to do but haven’t done yet?”
“How do I feel about my progress towards my intentions?”
Many people take little time to celebrate the trenches they’ve trampled through during the course of the year; instead they grind themselves down with thoughts about what they’ve not yet accomplished. It’s good to switch your mindset by focusing on what you have achieved, from taking a small brave step towards something that made you feel good, to overcoming the biggest challenge that made you feel temporarily powerless. Fundamentally you are an ever-changing, ever growing being and will not be the same person as you were at the beginning of the year!
To nourish your mindset take some time to notice where you are right now. Below is a self-coaching exercise you can do to help unravel your progress so far. This exercise is best done whilst you have some quiet time, try to be completely honest so you can open up your creativity. Take some paper and answer the following questions.
- What has been the most challenging thing you’ve had to overcome so far this year?
- How did you overcome your challenges?
- What do you need to change or let go of?
- What have you done that has been most fulfilling?
- What has been your greatest achievement?
- What can you celebrate right now?
- What do you need to finish before the year is out?
Once you have completed your self-audit for the year so far, notice how you feel as you look at your answers.
Grab another piece of paper and write out some intentions for the remaining months ahead. You may not have a clue, but if you’ve felt a little left behind this year, now is your chance to get ahead of everyone else! The most successful people are the ones who have taken some time to consider and write out their goals and aspirations. And the great news is, once you have an idea about what you want, your subconscious mind moves you towards getting it!