by Carol Pearson | Featured Contributor
You may have read articles about business leaders such as Richard Branson, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates habitually taking time away from work to think and reflect. These successful people truly value having quality time to think.
For many, the act of thinking is an underdeveloped skill. I’m not talking about daydreaming, fantasising or obsessing about things, but rather thinking seriously, or critical thinking. I am talking about using your mind effectively, asking yourself powerful questions, and challenging yourself to decide on a course of action or make a decision. Critical thinking is usually result oriented, highly productive, and uses a structured approach to help you think deeper and arrive at better solutions.
How about you? Do you schedule time to really think about the important things in your life? Your summer holiday is a great opportunity to think seriously about yourself, the life you are living and the year ahead you choose for yourself.
The break from everyday work pressures provides you with time, a fresh perspective and the motivation to focus and assess the choices you make in an objective way.
Here is the holiday homework that will change your life:
Whether you’re lying on your sun lounger, walking the coastal path, or on a flight, take time to slow down, disconnect from everything else and really use this time to do some serious thinking about your life, asking yourself the following questions:
Do I have a clear vision of the life I want to lead? If not, clarify what your values are and develop a motivating vision for the life you do want.
Am I usually filled with energy and motivation? Or do I often feel tired, trapped and stuck in a rut? What actions do I need to take to get out of the rut and live a life in line with my vision and values? When am I going to take them?
What’s holding me back from achieving the life I want, and how am I going to deal with whatever it is?
Make 2018 the year when you commit to think deeply, take action, move forward and achieve a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
Thinking can be done alone, with a thinking partner, or with a trained coach who will be fully present, listen attentively and ask some powerful questions.
Carol is a coach, workshop facilitator, speaker and the founder of Midlife Women, a coaching practice dedicated to helping women embrace change, build confidence, and experience a happy and meaningful second half of life.
Carol believes that having a positive approach and an inspiring vision is essential, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. However, to be successful, you must also take action. She coaches clients to develop the right mind-set and do the inner work to break through the obstacles that get in the way of achieving true success.
Carol enjoys coaching all clients, but she is particularly committed to working with women in midlife, helping them follow their passions towards meaningful, rewarding and happy lives. She works face-to-face or remotely using Skype, Zoom etc.
Having enjoyed an international corporate career in London, Sydney, San Francisco and New York for more than 20 years, Carol is now based in London, from where she juggles her passion for international travel and exploring different cultures with work, meeting clients and catching up with friends.