‘You have no idea what you are truly capable of.’
And that could pretty much be quoted as my long-held belief about an individual’s capability and my own, personal driver when coaching individuals and teams as part of my consultancy business. Let me explain where that grandiose statement comes from.
If my father could see me now I know how proud he would be of what I have achieved and perhaps, more importantly, the potential I possess to achieve even more in the time I have remaining on this planet of ours. That is not meant to sound remotely morbid. I am merely referring to the long-held adage that we all need to make the absolute most of our time here on planet earth and live each day as if it were our last squeezing every last drop out of it. And from there seeing where we end up.
In the work I do with individual clients and teams I will talk about how you make plans for a successful career and more broadly speaking, a successful life. Having 5-year plans is all well and good but I often say ‘good luck with that’ as so many changes so fast these days that it is becoming so hard to keep up and keep pace with how life is changing.
There is a university in the States that each year produces a video called ‘Shift Happens’ highlighting this pace of change and what we can expect in the (near) future. It’s always quite an eye-opener especially when it points out facts like virtually all of the top 10 occupations in 2018 hadn’t even been thought of ten years ago or how anyone studying a technical degree will discover that what they learned in year 1 is out of date only a couple of years later
I reckon one thing will stay constant in the face of this remarkably fast-paced world of change that we live in, however:
People. And the relationships we have with them.
Don’t ask me where I first heard the well-worn saying that ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’ but for me, it is so true. Surround yourself with totally awesome people who inspire you every single day, give you their advice and guidance, lead by example and are always there when you need them. These people will accelerate your own awesomeness and get you to where you truly should be, much faster than any degree or any MBA ever will. By the way, these inspirational individuals are very easy to find. All you need is access to the internet and to jump on TED Talks.
Focus on being your absolute best every day, do it and doors will open for you. And you know what? It’s not that hard.
I always tell people that if you are someone who is able to give 100% effort in whatever you are committing to every day and you ‘turn up’ to that commitment with a great attitude every day then you will get noticed. There are not that many people like that, out there. The door then swings ajar and then it’s up to you.
The Nickell Business Coaching Retreats are framed and shaped to put you in front of individuals who are the ‘one hundred percenters’ where great attitudes are a given and par for the course. That is what has gotten them to where they are and what they have achieved in their lives, to this point. They wanted it so bad they let nothing stand in their way.
Athletes, business entrepreneurs, explorer-types and health nuts will create an environment for inspiration and determination to make life better. That’s what we are absolutely aiming for and know we will deliver based on who we have lined up for each event and each retreat. There is also plenty of time for sharing, downtime, fun and good food.
Each and every retreat has been designed to create the perfect environment for clear thinking, rejuvenation and clear and precise outcomes. It’s not just about the 3 days together but equally more importantly maybe, what happens afterwards and when we all return to our normal lives again.
I never wanted these events and retreats to be about 3 days of ‘adult entertainment’ with no actual outcome or commitment to any action. There has to be some tangible change and outcome as a result of the time and monetary investment made. Otherwise and seriously, what’s the point?
Surrounding yourself with awesome people, learning from them and adapting that stuff to your own lives. That’s what this is all about.