Written by Valerie Brown, JD,MA
Lead Smart Coaching, LLC
Beginnings are Powerful
There is power in beginnings. Before you begin there is a gestation period where you mull things over. There is hesitation, procrastination. You can talk yourself out of beginning. Still, there is something impressive about a new beginning – a fresh start, a second wind – and even before you have arrived at a new beginning is knowing that you have committed yourself. With this commitment, unforeseen things can emerge, things that we could not plan or know were there, waiting for us.
It’s easy to get caught in the mindless trap of over thinking the ‘next step’, the ‘right action’. At those times, rather than seeing new beginnings as moments of exciting possibility, we are caught in second guessing ourselves and confusion. Learning a new domain helps us move from thinking about action and from clarifying intention to doing, acting. We put into practice our deep aspiration. We move even with doubt and hesitation by our side.
New Domains of Learning
A domain is an activity or interest. A new domain is one of the most powerful ways of getting unstuck. Say you are feeling stressed because you were passed over for a promotion, or you are consumed with loneliness and anger because of a divorce, or you are facing retirement confused about ‘what is next’. Most people cope with these scenerios by working even harder, withdrawing, lashing out, or dozens of other coping strategies.
Leadership experts recommend that instead of these strategies, move into a new domain which opens the way to new possibility. New domains may include:
Reflect on where you devote your time and energy:
- Are you working too many hours?
- Are you caught in rumination about a relationship?
- Are you overly focused on a particular role: mother, daughter, son, boss?
What might you not be paying attention to? These unexplored places may hold the answer to the way out of a stuckness or breakdown and give you a fresh start, a new perspective.