Last fall, our Quantum Coaching Daytreat focused on being in the flow. To symbolize this, all attendees were given a rubber ducky to help remind them to go with the current of their lives… and stay clear of the mud and reeds and rock piles or at least make something wonderful out of it if they did head in that direction. It is the shift to making something wonderful out of these non-flowing situations that allows us to stay clear thinking so that we can navigate our way back into the flow.
My blue Ducky sits on my desk. She is looking at me right now. She knows she was born to float along and enjoy the ride. She was not born to compete although many towns and villages proudly tout their rubber duck races in their local waterways. She will do it if she has to but Duckies always get where they are going if they stay true to their nature, their journeys and occasionally get a little help from their friends.. hmmm… sound familiar?
I have several other Duckies on my bookshelf… a nice reminder to me of our wonderful event. But it strikes me that these duckies represent all the various aspects of my life and practice… My self care, my coaching programs, my business programs, my writing projects…- well all of it….
And I notice, it really works well for me when all my Duckies are in a row. This means, I have balance, I have a plan, I am working on my projects and being in my life in a way that moves me forward toward my vision and my goals and also brings me some semblance of happiness even in tough times.
So I am asking you, my dear coaches and wellness professionals and friends, do you have your Duckies in a row or are they all going in different directions?
We often generate way more ideas than we know what to do with. This is OK. This is good! We do not want to shut down that process ever. If anything, we want to encourage it. I often have times, mostly when I am feeling my creative juices flowing where tons of ideas come to me. It is damn inconvenient at 4 AM… but I have learned to not ignore it because I do not ever remember those ideas in the morning if I roll over and go back to sleep.
Coaches tell me all the time:
"I have so many ideas coming at me and so many different things I want to do, I get overwhelmed and I don't know where to start!"
Sound familiar? What to do?
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW:
I often hold Visioning Sessions with coaches where we lay it all on table and sort through the ideas and projects and we breathe them into order so that they serve the vision and goals the coach wants to achieve. This is particularly helpful because we often cannot see this clearly if we are "in it." We can rise over it together and take a meta-view… this allow us to see the map more clearly and the best route to success.
Coaches and all our clients for that matter can always benefit from this type of session. It offers a new perspective on things and gets your Ducky out of the Reeds where its vision is limited.
BIG BOOK – BIG PAPER
Even if you think you have little ideas.. they deserve a big platform. I have this notebook that is my IDEA BOOK... Any ideas that come trotting through my head wind up in this book.. if I can remember them long enough write them down. So I often suggest coaches get one notebook… one place where all their ideas can go.
This idea book or log allows you to do a brain dump.. so that any other thoughts that come to you can be put there rather than taking up more critical ram in your head.
My favorite thing to do is to get BIG PAPER and MINDMAP my projects under my vision and goals. Because I am also very visual this helps me really see how everything ties together and know that indeed my ducks are in a row.
We talk about MindMapping in our Quantum Business Coaching Processes now but essentially we place your goal in the middle circle from which we create all the offshoots from that goal that are components to your project and then offshoots to each of those that support the process. Well, maybe you have to see it, but trust me your Ducky would love it!
In case you feel Stuck, Paralyzed or Not Going Anywhere Special or you have misplaced your Ducky… know that is it not too late. We are at that beginning of a beautiful year. Just always ask yourself as I do several times a day: What is the very next thing I can do to move me toward my goals. Surprisingly enough the answer is rarely- "Do the laundry, eat something or go shopping."
See you other Duckies out there In the Flow!
Going Quantum With You-