I do love spring time and this year it feels a long time coming. The weather becomes slightly warmer, the nights get excitingly lighter, the opening up of daffodils, the lush colours in nature, the new blossom, the birth of baby lambs with a spring in their step.
The feeling that new things are available to us.
It’s a welcome reminder that we have the chance to start afresh or to change up something familiar to make it new again. And also a reminder that many of us are transitioning for various different reasons, and not all of this is comfortable.
During this first quarter, my work has led me to partner with people who are seeking new beginnings - in many scenarios, people are beginning again due to a change in circumstances out of their control; a loss, grief, or a redundancy. I have been inspired by the resilience and agility demonstrated by many as they see this as an opportunity to ‘do something they love’, to learn, to renew, to reset or refresh.
A beginning - however big and bold, or small and subtle - can feel daunting. There is often fear of the unknown, anticipation of what’s to come, frustration at unanswered questions, trepidation of getting outside your comfort zone.
But new beginnings can be many other things too:
> An opportunity to learn and chance to grow
> An experiment to gain more insight into what we do and do not want
> A chance to release something that no longer serves us
> A time to develop a fresh perspective
> A season to create strong connections and build strength in your community
If you’re transitioning or are faced with a new beginning, take time to reflect on:
> What are the positives in this situation?
> What is the opportunity available to me?
> What could I not be seeing?
> What can I learn here?
> How can I break this down to be more manageable?
> What can I let go of to free me?
> How can I carve a way forward in a way that suits me?
If you want to discuss your transition or understand how coaching can help you navigate a current transition, be it in your personal or professional life, do get in touch.
Gemma Brown is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.