• jennyburrow

Are You Happy on Your Island?

Updated: May 7, 2021

Imagine your life is an island, floating in an ocean. Your island is fine, it’s average, technically you have everything you need. To people on their islands looking over at yours, or passing by on a boat, your island actually looks pretty great.

But to you it feels like something is missing. Perhaps you’re not really sure what’s missing, or perhaps you know exactly what is.

Across the ocean is another island. Perhaps you can see that island in the distance and you can see that it has everything you want. Looking at that island makes you feel excited, but you have no idea how to get to it. Or you have ideas but you’re terrified of trying, because the water might be full of sharks, or you might drown.

Perhaps you can’t see the other island, but you feel deep down that it must be out there. An island where life feels more than “just OK”. But you don’t really know what that island looks like, so how on earth can you start trying to find it, never mind make it on to it?

You might think that I’m about to say that coaching is like a lifeboat that will pick you up and carry you to your new island. But you’d be wrong! As your coach, I’m not going to do the work for you. Coaching is powerful because you do the work. And despite all the fear and uncertainty, you have to want to do the work and want to get to that new island.

What coaching will do is provide you with a safe space to explore ideas for how to get to that new island. I will give you a supportive nudge to face your fear and try out an idea, then reflect on what you learnt from it. I might help you test the water (literally!) and find that there are no sharks, or that the sharks are actually friendly or will just ignore you!

Coaching helps you to identify the strengths, skills and experience you have that will help you get there. You might suddenly have the insight that you’re actually really good at building rafts, or that you know the perfect person to help you with that. Perhaps it will help you notice that there is another island halfway to your dream one, which you can focus on getting to first.

And if you don’t know what your new, dream island looks like, I can help you get clearer on that. I can help you to look at things from a new perspective, identify what you don’t like about your current island, and perhaps remember what your island used to have that you really miss now. I can support and help you to test out ideas on your current island.

Or perhaps coaching could help you realise that actually with a few tweaks and changes your current island could be that dream island!

As your coach I am not your rescuer. I am a companion for your journey. A companion who will support and cheerlead you, but also challenge and push you when you need it. Yes, you will be doing the work, but you won’t be doing it alone.

I think I’ve really dragged this metaphor out as much as I should now! If you want to make changes in your life or career and would like my support, or you’d like to find out more, please get in touch. I’d love to chat (and I promise I won’t talk anymore about islands!).

All you need to do is send me a message and we'll book in a free 30 minute call.

Jenny x


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