Q37: Why Do I Feel Bad That My Work Isn’t Hard?

“Why do I feel bad that my work isn’t either hard enough or sufficiently worthy or intellectual?” Self-employment feels too easy to my client; it’s all dropping into her lap. Hard work was hardwired into me at birth. And it is worthy, it really is. I ran my life and my accounting business according to the principles of hard work once upon a time* and guess what? It only works! But it isn’t The Way. It’s just one of the ways. When I am tired and not thinking straight and I want to get something done, I fall back on […]

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Celebrating Our Successes: Coaching’s Dirty Little Secret

My clients are modest and quite uncomfortable about celebrating their successes. But, of late, some have started deliberately to focus part of their weekly check-in reports on including an element about celebrating achievements, counting up precisely how much work has been done and how far they’ve come before rushing onwards and ever onwards to fix what’s perceived still to be wrong. It’s always been like this when it comes to celebrating successes; clients don’t like it. We are forward focused and desperate to get “there”, to that place of nirvana where everything is ship-shape and Bristol fashion, to a place […]

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