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3 Life Lessons We’re Learning this Year

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We’re already one quarter into the new year, my how time flies! At the Best Life Coach Collective, we’re getting ready to conduct our quarterly planning meeting and lay out our next set of goals in great detail. On a quarterly basis, we also like to use this as an opportunity to reflect on life lessons we’re learning – what’s going well, what could we do better, and nail down clarity on where we’re going. Here is what we’ve uncovered and how you can do the same.

Life Lessons We’re Learning

Relationships are critical to our wellbeing

Co-Founder Steph Nelb learned just how much relationships can impact our mental, physical, and emotional well-being when she went from working in an office part-time to a fully remote role. Living and working from home led to less human interaction and before too long, she realized the importance of needing to make relationships and connection a priority.

We know Steph is not alone in this and many are feeling the impact of isolation during the pandemic. There are a few strategies Steph recommends to help anyone struggling in this area. “It all comes down to establishing good habits. I have a weekly routine to go climbing with friends which gets me out of the house, connecting with those I care about and doing something I really enjoy.” It doesn’t always have to be activity-based either; you could try setting a weekly time to call a loved one each week.

Managing time wisely is an art form

As a Peak Productivity Coach, co-founder Sarah Mae works with entrepreneurs who are struggling to do it all. For her and her clients, establishing excellent time management skills helps them to get through the endless list of tasks they tend to have. As Sarah puts it, “When considering time management techniques it is important to remember that, while you may be tempted to navigate straight towards Pomodoro techniques, project management apps, and fancy planners, if you’ve tried all these before and they haven’t worked for you, it’s time to start digging deeper.”

Sarah keeps it simple with 3 recommendations: foster a time abundance mindset, prioritize boundaries, and stop breaking promises to yourself. “Do you have an abundance mindset around time? What are your priorities? Are they in line with the life you want to be living? What options are you giving yourself when it comes to sticking to your commitments?”

Read more here: https://risewithsmae.com/worklife-balance/3-time-management-strategies/

Get out of your comfort zone!!

This lesson is one we’re constantly learning as we build the Best Life Coach Collective. Owning a business, just as with most things in life, requires constantly stepping outside your comfort zone in order to grow. It’s not an easy feat and it requires dedication, resilience, and courage. However, if you can get comfortable with the uncomfortable on a regular basis, the gains are significant! For example, we took an idea less than one year ago and blossomed it into the Best Life Coach Collective you see today with a talented roster of certified coaches in our directory

The biggest challenge to fight in stepping outside your comfort zone is your mindset. An excuse we sometimes find ourselves telling each other is “it’s not perfect yet” or “I’m not sure this is ready to launch”. Whenever this happens, we remind each other that striving for perfection in all that we do is not sustainable. It leads to burnout, lack of confidence, anxiety, and prevents things from getting done. We’ve often heard the Voltaire quote, “perfect is the enemy of good”, and we still strive to do our best; however, we embrace progress over perfection and accept that we are imperfect human beings who will learn as they g(r)o(w). 

Reflect on Lessons You Are Learning

We hope these life lessons we’re learning may also help some of you live your best life. We encourage you to try a similar exercise for yourself on a regular basis. We choose quarterly for a frequent opportunity to look at what we’ve done, where we’re going, and get extremely detailed on how we plan to achieve our goals.

If you’d like to try this for yourself, set aside some time to sit down with pen and paper, then reflect on these questions.

What have you done well these past few months? What would you like to do better?

Which values are most important to you right now? Are you living life in accordance with those values? If not, what needs to change?

What goals would you like to achieve over the next 6 months, 1 year, 3 years? Map out the 6 month goals with detailed steps to acheive them. For the one and three year goals, map out the general path you need to take. Then outline where you must start and what needs to be done now to set yourself up for success.

All of the Best Life Coaches take their clients through similar exercises to get clear on their vision and understand how that can become a reality. If you’d like to work with a coach who can help you work through these questions and check in with you on progress, consider hiring a Best Life Coach.

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