When dealing with setting goals and moving forward, a Life Coach can be an excellent way of creating a plan for success, however often our in-built thoughts, feelings and regressions around things that have happened to us or around us in the past, prevent us from achieving our goals. Sometimes we don’t even really understand that we sabotage our own actions to keep us in a place of emotional safety and familiarity.
Counselors, therapists and psychiatrists can be an essential part of our journey to emotional and mental health and well-being (particularly if you have been professionally diagnosed as having a mental health disorder), and they are able to help you deal with past traumas, unhealthy thought patterns, grief, loss, substance abuse and becoming better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.
Business coaches will give you fantastic advice, support and guidance for your business, but perhaps may not understand the challenges of living and running a business when you have mental health challenges.
Friends and family can be loving and supportive, but are often to close to be able to give you impartial advice, as what you do may impact on them. If they don’t have any lived experience of mental illness, they may find it hard to understand some of your beliefs, actions and behaviours.
So how do you move forward towards the future you desire, leaving the past behind you, if you are unclear about what is possible and the potential you have hidden deep within you?
As busy human beings, we don’t buy personal development books, CD’s or DVD’s on confidence, goal setting, changing our thought patterns or dealing with mind health issues because we want to spend countless hours reading them. I have read many of these books over the years and whilst some of them may have given me an “a-ha” moment or two, on the whole they have left me feeling somewhat empty. We all know that thinking positively, cutting negative people from our lives and setting goals for our future success are an integral part of a healthy mind and happy life, but what if some unknown, invisible part of you is draining your confidence, beating down your sense of self-worth and generally making you feel like a failure. If the so-called simple techniques detailed in a self-help book prove to be inefficient, what then?