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Post-Vacation Confusion

August 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Personal Leadership

Coaching Tip:
“I’ve just come back from vacation and feel confused about my direction.  What can I do?”

I completely understand! I just navigated a nasty bout of vacation confusion myself in the past two weeks. We take a delightful summer break, and return rested and refreshed. But often, we also return disoriented. Things that seemed fine in our business just a few days or weeks ago, now aren’t quite right. It’s like discovering a comfortable pair of shoes, suddenly doesn’t fit.

If you’re feeling this way, nothing is wrong. While disorientation feels uncomfortable or even disheartening, it’s actually a good sign. It’s signalling that your new, bigger vision has started to emerge. Here are a few tips to help you move from confusion to inspiration.

Embrace your feelings of discontent
There are two kinds of discontent, and it’s important for us passion-entrepreneurs to learn to recognize the difference. One kind of discontent is the negativity of our critical, judgemental voice; the other is the deeper call of our soul. This deeper call, a kind of divine discontent, is pointing you to your soul’s urges. It can help pinpoint where you and your business are meant to grow next. Embrace any feelings of discontent and let them start to show you the way forward.

Revisit your values and your purpose
When you’re feeling disoriented, especially when you’re facing unexpected changes – like a client ending, a contract not being renewed, or the loss of zest for your core services – the starting point is revisiting your True North – your true values and business purpose. Checking this inner compass will quickly restore your clarity, orient you to what matters, and reveal new possibilities.

Become curious
When we’re disoriented, it’s easy to knee jerk into fear and judgement. If we linger here too long, our negativity quickly blocks new ideas and inspiration. The antidote is to become deeply curious. Rather than getting locked into questioning what went wrong, ask yourself “I wonder what wants to happen here?” “If I knew I wouldn’t fail, what would be wildly wonderful to do now?” “What’s most attracting me?” “What if…” Cultivate curiosity when you feel disoriented and you’ll open the gateway to new, compelling possibilities.

If you’ve been feeling some post-vacation disorientation use these three tips to change vacation confusion into a new-found clarity about what’s really possible for you and your business this fall.


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