Long time WorkStyle by design readers will know I have a controversial ‘out of office’ email* when I’m away from the office for an extended period of time, ie: on vacation. I have been using this for over eight years now and the world has kept turning! Last month my coaching business turned 17 years old and this year I finally manifested a vision I had back when we incorporated on 21 July 1999.
This vision is to work for eight months of the year and to take r&r (rest and relaxation; rejuvenation and recreation) for four months of the year. Sounds enticing and enjoyable, and it is, so why did it take so long?
There are the obvious answers such as: income; business continuity; logistics.
Then there are the not so obvious answers: guilt /worthiness; what others would think; work ethic.
Believe it or not, it was the second set of answers that were the main obstacles. I have coached a number of clients in planning and executing sabbaticals, I have even taken a sabbatical myself. But this was a one off, not a way of doing business for the long term. The challenge was in my head, not in the numbers and logistics which is where we focus. Limiting beliefs really showed up, especially my work ethic – the old voices of my father, my teachers’, expectations of others. Working with my coach to unpack these ‘old tapes’ and realise that this old narrative was no longer relevant took time and effort. Again, more ‘attention density’ as I rewired my brain with new neural pathways.
Questions to Ponder:
- What out of date limiting beliefs are running your life?
- When is it time to update them, or better still, to let go of them?
- What is holding you back from manifesting your vision?
* here is the controversial out of office email I use:
Thank you for emailing Belinda MacInnes of Belinda M Pty Ltd, and the Professional Coach’s Business System Revisited.
I am currently celebrating 17 years in business by taking long service leave in the warmth and sunshine of the northern hemisphere.
During this time I WILL NOT be checking my email. As part of practising my WorkStyle, I WILL BE DELETING ALL EMAILS on my return (yes, truly!) so if your email is important and you want me to read it, please resend it to me after 9am on Wednesday 27 July when I am back in my office.
If you need to contact me urgently, please SMS/text me on +61 (0) 439 080 663 as I will be checking my SMS/texts on an semi regular basis.
In the meantime have a sensational day!
Belinda MacInnes MCC
Belinda M Pty Ltd