Making it count
Posted on: 2016-06-03 at 09:00
We’ve finally entered the summer season after what felt like a long winter. Fuelled by the positivity of sunshine and extended daylight, I want to explore the steps you can take to refresh your attitude towards your personal and professional goals.
Perhaps you’re a business owner or manager needing to make a step-change in performance, a student trying to make sense of the world of work for the first time – or you're preparing to retire and need to add colour and shape to this phase of your life.
Whatever your situation, I have suggestions for anyone encountering change in their lives. You’ll be amazed how taking the time to answer a few simple questions could start to transform your fortunes throughout this year and beyond.
Come on, be brave and take the first steps towards getting the life you want!
Beverley Varley, Founder, Life Transitions
A fresh impetus...
Summer's an inspiring time of year. Now that the clocks have gone forward, those extra hours of daylight encourage us to be more productive. We can feel inspired to make a difference to our own lives as well as those of the people who matter most to us.
As nature produces ever more vibrant displays, and new life abounds, we have the opportunity to take stock. We should feel inspired to review your ambitions and projects for this year, to ensure they happen.
It's worth remembering that you must have clear goals to have any chance of achieving them.
Do you know where you're headed?
Why not make this month the time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be?
When it comes to challenging yourself to grow and get the best out of your life or your business, there's no time like the present for self-reflection.
Fulfillment and success stem from having all elements of our life or business in harmony.
Start by asking yourself: are you contented with your lot? Or, if you’re honest, is there an area you’ve neglected?
If this exercise highlights some dissatisfaction, spend a few minutes exploring what went well and not-so-well for you up until this point.
Do this either in your head or on a piece of paper, whichever works best for you.
You should find it revelatory!
Time is precious - Are you spending yours wisely?
If modern life is characterised by one thing, it’s lack of time.
The demands of earning a living can overshadow what's most beneficial for us.
As human beings, we're programmed to be nurturers as well as hunter-gatherers. We get our greatest sense of wellbeing from being part of a clan, with all the emotional wealth that brings.
It’s therefore vital that our precious time is shared correctly between our relationships, our health and wellbeing and our need to earn a living. If this falls out of kilter, we won’t achieve our personal or business potential. More importantly, our mental health will suffer.
Take a few minutes to sketch out your personal pie chart including sections for work, friends and family, health and fitness and self-development. Decide which proportion each aspect of your life takes up now. Then consider what you'd like it to show.
Action! Planning for the life you want
We run workshops throughout the year on a range of topics, from making the most of your career, to adjusting to the world of work after graduating - and planning for retirement.
For details of our latest workshops, email us or call 0845 83 85 171.
Here to help
If you need to make a change but aren't sure what or how, why not get in touch?
We're offering a free, 30-minute personal review.
Just send us an outline of your situation, in no more than 200 words and we'll provide you with some ideas.
Do also drop us a line if you have any general questions, or would like to know what Life Transitions can do for you, or call 0845 83 85 171.
Bev's Coaching Blog
Posted on: 2015-11-30 at 12:00
Hi and welcome to my new blog - it's great to have you on board!
As a coach, I make it my life's work to help people understand and achieve their aspirations. I'm launching this new blog to extend that insight to more folk.
Today I'm taking a look at retirement planning. In future months, I'll be covering topics ranging from effective team building for businesses, to re-igniting your career post-redundancy.
I hope you find this and future editions inspirational - and please do let me have your comments and feedback!
Is financial planning for retirement a big fat red herring?
These are just a few examples of the things I see bandied around, week by week. The race to get retirement ready is on. Such stark statistics contribute to the growing sense of urgency around the nation’s future planning.
Against this backdrop, most people would cite having enough money to manage as their biggest retirement fear.
Yet I see this as a huge red herring. Yes, cash is an important means to an end, and it’s vital to invest wisely and source the right advice to make it go as far as possible. However, working out what you’re going to do with it – and all your new-found free time - has to come first.
Time vs money
We've all heard the saying 'time is money'.
But where retirement’s concerned, money’s never as valuable as time. Too many of the pre-retirees I speak to don’t recognise this until it’s too late. If you asked most people what they’re most worried about when it comes to their retirement, they’d cite money.
However, this makes me want to throw my hands up in exasperation every time I hear it. This is because I know, in reality, that the biggest adjustment people actually face when they leave work is identifying what to do with the time they now have on their hands. This becomes a problem because they typically don’t devote enough energy to planning for that aspect of their retirement.
If not careful, this can lead to a downward spiral of disappointment, disillusionment, depression and even physical illness.
What gets you out of bed in a morning?
Yet the way we spend our time defines us, gives purpose to our days, provides our social interactions – and gets us up, dressed and out of the house each day.
That’s why I always encourage people to look on retirement as a beginning rather than an end, and consider how they’re going to squeeze the very most out of the time they have left, by doing more of the things they enjoy. After all, life expectancy continues to grow. A report published by the Office of National Statistics in October this year suggests that male babies born in 2030 will live to 85.7 on average, while for females it’s 87.6. This means that the retired phase could, in future, mark almost a third of many people’s lives.
Do you know what kind of retiree you'll be?
Here are a few questions that might help you strike the right planning balance between time and money.
If you could do with a little help with answering questions like these, our 'Planning the retirement you deserve' workshop could be perfect for you. For more details and booking information, visit [insert newsletter link]
Food for thought...
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming - 'WOW - What a Ride!'
Why not get in touch?
If you’ve found inspiration in the above, keep an eye out for future blogs. To find out how Life Transitions can help you, call 0845 8385 171 or visit www.life-transitions.co.uk for more information.
Feedback from Student Taster Day
Posted on: 2013-04-06 at 12:00
Thanks to all of the University of York undergraduates and local sixth form students who made the recent Student and Graduate Taster Day such a success.
Here is just some of the feedback - please call Beverley Varley on 0845 8385 171 if you'd like to be similarly inspired...
- The workshop has helped me to see some of the broader options available to me. I also got lots of thought and ideas from other graduates who have experienced what I am going through. Liam 6th Form student
- I had an opportunity to share my own ideas of self-development and learn from other graduate’ experiences and how I can apply them to what I need achieve. Diana, Graduate York University
- I developed greater awareness and an understanding of myself. Sarah, Graduate York University
- Creating a structured action plan at the end helped me to consolidate the dozens of thoughts flying around my head. Izzy, York University
- I have come away with a clearer focus of what I need to do to achieve my career goals. Sarah, Graduate York University
- The course file and notes is very useful as I can now go away and develop my thoughts further. Katie, Graduate York University
- The feedback and group sessions where we gave each other support and advice was very helpful. Peter Graduate York University
- I have re-evaluated my goals and have been given new ideas on how to achieve them. Peter, Graduate York University
- I have definitely benefitted from the student and career management course which gave me a chance to examine my goals and make a commitment to achieve my goals. I would definitely recommend this course to others. Ian, MoD Reserve Army, Yorkshire Regiment
- It was really helpful to discuss skills and habits by rating my success at present and understanding what I already do well and where I need to improve. Janice, York University
- The course was good and imaginative and the techniques used included nice variation. Izzy, Graduate; York University
- Developing a 5 year plan was very good. It highlighted the importance of organising your thoughts for progression in life. Izzy , Graduate York University
- The course gave me a clear picture of the future that I want to achieve and also the knowledge and tools to get by and progress in my chosen career. Carol, York University
- I really enjoyed today’s course. It certainly gave me something to think about. Carol, Graduate York University