I was invited to submit summary of the 6 Steps to Get Yourself Working Again after a Health Crisis in “Business from Bed.” for MindBodyGreen a couple of weeks ago. I could write no more than 800 words and it had to be original content. Hm, how do you summarize a 200 page book in no more than 800 words? It was an interesting challenge.
Having summarized the 6 steps in the introduction to the book, I had a good place to start. At the same time, I knew it had to be stand alone piece, so it took a few days to make it both “original” and self-contained.
A few weeks ago Danea Horn, author of the new book “Chronic Resilience,” invited me to be a guest author for her blog and asked me 4 seemingly simple follow-up questions. I laughed when I my response to her first question was enough for an entire blog post! We agreed that I’d answer the remaining questions here…one question at a time.
Question: As you were going through your own illness, what was the turning point when you knew that it was time to begin to build your professional life as a coach? How did you make sure that your business was connected to your values?
Response: Life has a delightful way of offering up guideposts in this journey. Sometimes they are gentle nudges and other times swift kicks in the butt. I can’t identify “one moment” but rather many “one moments” that led up to the turning point. Some were prompted by my illness flares, others by employer actions, and a couple independent of both.
If business isn’t going well, if you’re not meeting people who feel like kindred spirits, and/or your health is less than optimal, you might simply be in the wrong environment.
For many people, especially those sensitive to sound, smell and/or temperature, location and environment are more important than any other factor that impacts there sense of well-being and ability to thrive. When any of these are compromised, it doesn’t matter what you do, you’ll never feel quite right. Even the people you love will not be as lovely to you if you’re not in an environment that nourishes you.
I have recently learned that I’m a “selective cave” person, meaning not only do I thrive in cave-like features of a place, I am particular about who enters my home. As a younger woman I didn’t know this but I did move a LOT. Now I understand why.