A Radical Approach to the New Year

I feel as if this Tip should be preceded by one of those warnings they give you on TV: “Warning — this Tip contains radical concepts and scenes of an explosive nature…”
That’s because I’m not starting 2014 with a nice gentle tip about setting New Year Resolutions but something altogether more challenging.

It’s inspired by an article I read a few years ago by US Coach Michael Neil.  In his article Michael describes a radical process he had gone through to breathe some new life into his coaching business. He called it, rather dramatically, ‘Blowing Up Your Business’ and the process was based on the idea that if you woke up one morning with amnesia and decided to start a business based on what you’d really love to do, and without any reference to past success or failure, what would it look like?

He writes: “It occurred to me that while blowing up a business has proven to be both great fun and fraught with learning, ‘blowing up my life’ might be equally valuable.  And with new year’s fast approaching, why not eschew resolutions this year in favor of something a bit more radical — reinventing your life as if tomorrow really was the first day of something truly wonderful.”

I don’t know about you, but I find this idea both exhilarating and terrifying. Exhilarating because of being given the gift of a blank slate and the opportunity to start afresh, opening up possibilities of a different future, and that feels really exciting. Terrifying because of what the exercise might illuminate and because it implies having to make changes that might not be entirely comfortable.

Equally, any writer who has stared with dread at a blank page without the faintest idea what to write on it, can attest that blank slates can be pretty intimidating!  So this exercise is fraught with complexities, wonder, possibilities and difficulties. But that’s just what it is: an exercise — a starting point.  Something to play with and get you thinking.

If you woke up tomorrow with the chance to completely reinvent your life, what would it look like?  What would you choose to keep and what would be different?

I’ve been thinking of writing this Tip for quite a while, but somehow this feels like the right moment.  All the craziness in the world reminds us that life is short and we need to grab it, shake it and make the most of it.  So for those who want to shake things up this year — or even just have a stab at making one or two changes for the better — I invite you to consider the ‘Blowing up your Life’ challenge.  I’d love to hear how you get on.

So light the fuse, stand well clear and have a great month!

© Annabel Sutton, Coaching Tips – 2014

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