This week I did something I used to do so regularly that I never even considered it. Something which just hasn't been on the agenda, at least mine, in recent months. Something so simple, yet at the same time so seemingly far from being straightforward. At least recently. This week I met a friend for a coffee.
We used to work together many years ago. So much has changed for both of us over the years. The past eighteen months have been no exception. While it seemed during lockdown that literally nothing was changing, each day felt like the day before and the 'new normal' we were experiencing in isolation was 'it', it was surprisingly refreshing to re-engage, reflect a little and realise that despite it all, change has continued. It is now re-adjusting again that seems the hard part.
My friend has established her own mindset coaching business as a side hustle during the long months of furlough, and is considering where to take it in the world now that the day-job is looming large back in her life. Our day-jobs are changing too. Are we 'back' in the office or still 'stuck' working at home. The language we use suggests we are so desperate to rewind and embrace how things were 'then'. But what if we were to instead embrace how things are 'now' instead and how things could be in that mythical future we dream of? Maybe just maybe, we do have it in us.
I am wondering where my work, my writing, my research are all heading. I have been working flexibly, juggling what used to be called a 'portfolio' career for several years now. Some people I speak to now automatically assume that my goal will be working towards a more traditional nine-to-five 'day-job' once I get my PhD done and dusted (ha! say fellow researchers). What if we continue to shift our mindsets and refuse to accept that pattern or tradition.
Life has changed. Life was always changing - perhaps we just didn't notice... If life, or the return to work-life, is not changing in the way you or your organisation might have hoped, perhaps some coaching, some re-connecting or just a chat over coffee could unlock things - maybe I can help. Get in touch.
HI, I'm Kevin and Third Quarter is my Consultancy. Follow my adventures here...