As a coach, part of the process of developing into the best coach I can be for my clients is self coaching, taking the time to work deeply on my own thinking and mindset.
Recently, I have taken time out run my own personal Kick Start 2016 session - no good offering it to others if I am not prepared to do it myself!
7 years ago when I started Catching Fireworks, it came out of my vision for what I would do if I won the lottery. I would use the money to fund 6 creative people for 3 years each, becoming a sort of patron of the arts. As I didn't have the money, (and had stopped buying lottery tickets!), I chose to use my skills and experience instead to support creative people.
In the back of my mind, this lottery goal was great, but also a bit of a red herring and a frustration. As much as I love what I am doing, there was a voice at the back of my mind saying, "yeah, but what you really want to do isn't going to happen, is it?". I had looked at how I could make it come to fruition. Perhaps I could enrol a multi-millionaire in my scheme; take out a massive loan; have a stonking great crowd funding campaign? All the ideas I came up with just wouldn't work, for reasons of practicalities, fitting in with my values, being true to my concept, etc.
So I went right back to the root of my vision. What would be the point of giving creatives money? (Yes, I know you can all give me 50 different answers to that one!). At its' most basic level, it came out of a desire to support creative people in their practices. If I did the lottery thing, yes, it would support 6 people.
Then I looked at what I was doing now as a coach. I am working with a broad range of clients in coaching sessions. I have an extensive network of marvellous contacts. When I see opportunities which I think will be of interest to people I know (clients or not) I pass them on. Where I can, I make introductions between people I think might be good together in some way.
In truth, the money idea is great, but I feel I am achieving something more and better every day through enabling people to work together, creating opportunities and opening up conversations. And what people create as a result is far bigger and exciting than anything I could imagine, and potentially even more inventive than 'just' giving the money.
As regular readers know, vision and its' importance is a key theme of mine. A question that often comes up is what do you do when you have reached your vision? Well, it depends; you can have grown so much on the way that your vision is now too small and you can create the next step. Or it could be that your vision is not a destination but a way of life.
I am clear that my vision is to spend the rest of my life using the resources I have (which won't necessarily be money) enabling creative people to be the best they want to be. For that to happen, I have to keep working and developing myself to be the best I can be.
If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, check out how we could work together and get in touch.