Emma Delahey is a Melbourne-based Wellbeing and Confidence Coach for women. She inspires and helps women to develop their passions. Emma is a qualified Life Coach and has a postgraduate qualification in Positive Psychology.
Quite often in coaching sessions, the topic of ‘Meaning’ comes up. Sometimes it’s eluded to, other times it’s spoken about directly. It might be a question: What is it, exactly? A want – for more meaningful work or relationships. Or it might become a discussion about what’s meaningful in a client’s life right now.
It’s not perfect. I’m not ready. I always do this. People will think… These unhelpful statements can become way too familiar and can significantly influence your actions, happiness and future. Here are four crummy statements that don’t help. Replaced with soothing words that do.
‘Creative’ is a word that can be easily misunderstood. It’s mostly applied to specific talents, skills and types of work that feel distant to many people. A painter, a writer, a sculptor, a director. But every person is creative – in different ways, just like our different personalities. And the wonderful thing about creativity is, it’s innate. You can see it in children as well as in the photo albums and scrapbooks of your childhood.
Mantras. Those handfuls of words that elevate, encourage and comfort you exactly when you need it. The colleague with moods you’ll never understand, the friend whose self-defeating behaviour you can’t stop, the client who left inexplicably. Underneath the annoyance/frustration/sting, your deep wisdom knows all you can do is control your efforts and your response.
According to the experts what you do first thing in the morning has the greatest impact on the success of the rest of your day. In this series we asked our soloist community what rituals they use to kickstart their systems before getting on with work for the day.
Nowadays, there’s lots to learn, so many options, So Much Happening. This reality presents exciting opportunities as well as tricky challenges. If an unfamiliar task has barged onto your calendar, or you’re bursting to try something new, here’s a checklist for starting well.