Dangerous things tweets…… I tweet to say I’m off to do some #solstice scene setting for the year ahead and Charlie tweets back asking if I’ll share it with you here… so here’s it is

There’s a number of times a year when I take the opportunity to review where I’m at. How I do that depends on which aspect of my life I’m looking at. Sometimes I might do a collage, paint a plate or just go for a walk. Other times the templates might come out as I dive into some business or strategic planning tool. And other times I’ll get the cards out …..

Today the cards in question are from the Frameworks for change Coaching Process but could quite as easily include other business or non business cards sets. Using cards can be a great way to tap into our inner wisdom to provide insight to the current situation. ‘Acting as if’ the cards do relate to the situation is what allows us to creatively explore the opportunities that exist.

If you want to find out more about the process then read the notes from a group session here otherwise join me for Part 1 as I ‘act as if’ the cards chosen will provide some insight for me personally to the next 6 months. At the same time you may notice insights as you read my exploration and experience your own relationship with the cards. In Part 2 I thought I’d see how they could apply to the Apprentice candidates tonight to give you a sense of a different application of the same cards. Anyway back to Part 1….

Vision: As I think about this card it reminds me to get my head up from all the paper, lists, objectives, goals, KPI’s, the cash flow forecast and all the rest and get in touch with the VISION of where I’m headed. If I was coaching myself I’d be asking what would it look, sound and feel like. And as I do that, even very quickly, I realise it’s very much about head up from PC and looking out and connecting with the world. Might not mean much to you but it certainly does to me.

Optimism: I do know optimism will help but when we get a card it’s not about what we already know or are doing. We explore what else we could be doing. So for me this is about remembering the physiology that helps me be even more optimistic. I’m not sure the amount of time spent hunched over my pc over recent months really means I’ve been in an optimistic physiology much of the time. Must remember to: Sit up, shoulders back, head up and remember to move more often.

I spent time wallowing in a state of negativity and unexpressed resentment: (yes the card set includes setbacks too) ouch -there’s certainly a theme going on – so what more is there to be gleaned from this card that’s not already been covered? *Pause as I think a little* For me I wonder if it’s the wallowing aspect of the card. An image of hippos comes to mind – do they wallow – I imagine it’s a great effort to do anything fast and perhaps they’d just prefer to stay where they are and do what they’ve been doing even if it’s not the cleanest water or a little deeper than they’d like. Mmm… an antidote to ‘wallowing’ is needed and another reminder to get my head up.

Honesty: (I’ve shared my personal response to cards in blogs and newsletters many times and often think I could just put a card back but never do and share in the belief that others will benefit too however uncomfortable this might be for me – thanks Charlie J). Although on reflection not too bad really as I think it’s honesty with myself. Perhaps I have just been wallowing and need to be honest to myself about that and take myself more forcefully in hand and get the body moving. After all it’s me who has the ability to make any changes not anyone else.

Leadership: What I’m reminded here of is when I’m facilitating a group and the leaderships skills that I use then. It feels like I use these skills on behalf of others but just manage myself through all those lists and KPI’s etc! What would I do differently if I was applying leadership to my own life not just trying to manage it? That certainly sounds different.

I’ll let you know how I get on being more open to vision, optimism, honesty & leadership over coming weeks and months. Do share any insights you had for yourself as you read the blog.


Alison Smith

Transforming purchasing relationships with vision, optimism, honesty & leadership

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* The process, the insight, setback and mentor cards used here are from the Frameworks for Change coaching process © Innerlinks – www.innerlinks.com.