SO BUSY BEING BUSY

You know how some professionals are so busy working and mentoring others, but often find it hard to take their own advice?

Well I was one of those, and I wore my ‘busy’ like a badge of honour. 

Living and working on four continents, I’d been dedicated to my career for over 20 years as the consummate Human Resources professional.  

In reality I’d also looked to my career to validate my sense of self-worth, drowning in overwhelm on some days and completely bored on others.

I ignored the various warning signs and my little voice that constantly whispered: “Something feels off”.  

Instead, I trundled along on the get-up-go-to-work-come-home treadmill, knowing that I was physically, emotionally and spiritually spent, and carried on regardless.

I pushed my thoughts to one side and repeatedly told myself: “It’s fine, I’m fine, it’s all good”.

Until the day it wasn’t. 

As I sat exhausted and crying in my doctor’s office (again), I finally understood the reality of what I’d been ignoring for years.

I wasn’t living in integrity with myself, and my life simply had to change. 

SHAKING UP MY OWN KALEIDOSCOPE

Putting the various pieces together, I realised I had fallen out of love with my work and become utterly lost through prolonged, debilitating burnout.

Given that this was at a time when burnout wasn’t spoken about quite as freely as it is now, I kept ‘schtum’ and started doing some research.

I unearthed mind-blowing data about individual vs organisational burnout, toxic environments, lifestyle factors and circadian and ultradian rhythms, amongst others.

I saw how much I’d been sabotaging myself, and that I’d actually reached burnout once before (with a horribly toxic boss), but sadly didn’t know what it was at the time. 

Like shaking up a kaleidoscope forms a new image, I decided right then to shake things up for myself and create a brand new vision for myself from all the ‘broken bits’ of my life. 

I gave myself permission to change my career trajectory and set about completing my coach training.

Importantly, I finally stopped ‘trying to do it all’ and was able to make different choices for myself and my life.

A simple yet profoundly important decision.

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

WHAT ELSE SETS ME BUZZING?

A new consciousness is emerging. I’m all about unlearning, tuning in to the expansive power of self-awareness and mindfully crafting our own joy. 

Conventional belief systems have been powerfully challenged and all the old paradigms are crumbling, which means becoming even more agile and responsive in this new VUCA** world.

Together with my University Certification in Executive and Management Coaching, I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Anthropology.

I am trained as an internationally recognised Master PSYCH-K® Facilitator and will shortly be completing my new accreditation from The Burnout Academy.

Fun facts: My ancestry is part Greek, South African and British, and I only discovered the delights of coffee in 2017 while living in Central America … better late than never, right?!

I love photography, travel and scuba diving, and while I relish artful design, movement and music (’80s and other) … I find my ultimate peace in the deep stillness of the African bushveld. 

PS Nature is the new nightclub. Visit @yourmojocoach on Insta to see some of my amateur nature photos 🌿

Busy being busy

**The term VUCA originally described the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity of situations. Harvard Business School suggests today’s world calls for Vision, Understanding, Courage and Adaptability.

I much prefer the latter interpretation, don’t you?

I am guided at all times by my values – to be accountable, always learning, holding integrity, embracing freedom and strengthening trust. 

I subscribe to and uphold the codes of ethics and conduct of the coaching profession as covered by COMENSA and the ICF as well as The PSYCH-K® Centre International.

If you’d like to connect, click here or on the ‘Leading Edge Empowerment’ button below to schedule your complimentary 30-minute Discovery Call.

You’ll discover some opportunities you may not have recognised, get some valuable insight into what’s getting in the way of your peace, and perhaps a little reminder of your MOJO too.

And if it looks like we’re good travel partners, I’ll be happy to share how I can support you in a tailored coaching programme

DISCLAIMER

PLEASE NOTE: All results are examples of individual achievements and are not guaranteed. You are advised to apply this work within the boundaries of your own personal development, as it is not a substitute for professional medical treatment but a complement to it. It does not constitute medical, financial, spiritual, health or legal advice; you are required to take ownership for your needs and seek appropriate assistance as necessary. Proper medical exams and diagnostic evaluations by your physician are an important aspect for healing and wellness.