Who is reading your label?

You make faster progress when you have accountability.

It’s a million times easier to help someone else unpick what’s keeping them stuck, or unhappy or frustrated and help them figure out what to do about it than it is to do it for yourself on your own.

We’re too close to our own problems and often emotionally attached to them which means it’s practically impossible to be objective. We can be fearful of facing up to an uncomfortable truth on our own; maybe the business idea isn’t very good, maybe you’re in the wrong role, or maybe that person isn’t considering your point of view. The fear is real and that’s why sometimes it can be easier and feel safer to stay stuck and unhappy.

And many people do stay stuck and unhappy.

Often the root cause of a problem and therefore the solution, is something so obvious we can overlook it. We are riddled with assumptions and bias that can stop us seeing something that is blatantly obvious to other people who are less close or involved in the situation.

It’s difficult for us to ask ourselves challenging questions. Sometimes we simply don’t want to admit that we’re wrong, and we’re fearful of what changing direction might involve.

I heard this expression recently, and for me it sums up why asking help from others is so helpful and important ‘You can’t read the label from inside the jar.’

You can’t effectively identify or solve your own problems because you’re just too close to them.

When you talk situations through with others, they bring a different perspective. They ask questions that open up new thinking patterns and opportunities. They challenge bias and assumptions. They provide space and legitimacy to focus on you, which in itself can help the questions and answers to flow.

Talking to someone else can help us let go of some of the fear because we realise that we’re not alone. Sharing our challenges and opportunities with other people also holds us accountable and makes us more likely to take action.

I believe that everyone would benefit from having someone to help them read their label. That might be a coach, a mentor, a network or an accountability group. Different things suit different people (and different budgets).

However you read your label remember the same principle; it’s very difficult to work on your own problems on your own. Having someone who will listen, reflect, ask you questions, be candid and kind in challenging your bias and allow you time and space to respond is perhaps the most important gift you can give to yourself.

Introducing the Lucidity Accelerator Programme

Are you feeling like you’ve got no head space to think and worry that you’re not making progress plus you’re not sure where to start to make the changes required to get you to where you want to be?

It can be overwhelming and it’s hard to know where to start and what to prioritise to get back on track.

That’s why for the last couple of years I’ve joined forces with Juliet Corbett, strategy expert, and together we’ve developed the Lucidity Accelerator Programme. In 6 months, we’ll help you focus on where you’re putting your time, and your energy to help you go from exhausted and overwhelmed, to optimistic, focused and confident.

The Lucidity Accelerator Programme is a six-month transformational group coaching programme designed for managers and leaders like you who are ready for the next stage of their professional career but feel stuck as they are moving up. Here’s what you get when you join the Lucidity Accelerator Programme;

  • An initial one-to-one call with Juliet to work through your personal roadmap, clarify your goals and help you take your initial steps towards success.
  • Six two-hour facilitated online group sessions with Juliet Corbett – the programme facilitator to accelerate your progress in the right direction.
  • A 1:1 with Lucy Gower halfway through your programme to check in on your progress and help you to remain focused and keep momentum.
  • A final 1:1 with Juliet to ensure you leave the programme with clear success outcomes and next steps once the programme ends.
  • Spotlight opportunities in every single group session to share your challenges, opportunities and progress as well as receive personalised advice and guidance specific to your situation.
  • Accountability for taking action on the goals you set yourself.
  • Exclusive Lucidity Accelerator workbook for logging goals and taking notes.

The next Lucidity Accelerator programme starts in January 2022. We’re looking for people who are committed to making progress in their working life to join a group. If you’re serious about investing in your own development and would like to be the first to know when the next Lucidity Accelerator Programme is taking applications email me at lucy@lucidity.org.uk with the title ‘2022 Lucidity Accelerator Programme’. 

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