In the last few weeks I have been drawn to an old show theme H. R. PUFNSTUF. Do you know it?
H. R. PUFNSTUF. Who’s your friend when things get rough?
And it occurred to me that it is a theme presenting regularly. A theme about the Puff, and Stuff, people can get involved in that gets in the way of their real life living, and decision making. Which is an easy thing to do, as a way to distract from dealing with what’s professionally and personally important, when struggling with times that are difficult.
Yet it is a missed opportunity, for getting real, and authentic, in self directing.
In many ways it can be easier to get caught in the Puff and Stuff, of the world around, than to take personal action for real life traction. To be captured and distracted by behaviours, attitudes and thoughts, than to stop and listen to what is real, and important, in the moment. Reflecting. And understanding, to harness, potential.
It can be hard to do if it is not something they are used to do.
When finding that events are affecting people, and they are feeling misunderstood, at the end of their tether, at a cross roads, and/or unable to work things through. Or finding themselves in a situation that is not running smoothly, despite having many people around them to talk to. Or, even, feeling that no-one seems, to be listening, to what they are needing. It may be a common, or repeating story, to attend to.
Often times, when you drill down, it is a pattern that is ongoing. And this time it is presenting a new opportunity. To listen to themselves authentically.
I feel privileged to be in a position to do the listening, reflecting back, objectively and confidentially, assisting with better self-awareness, that consequently helps to build kinder and more fulfilling self relationships, and improved decision-making. Identifying where private testimonies and public personas are inconsistent, and finding that sweet spot in between. That place that works better, and more authentically, in the evolving of a life in the making. And creating steam, of self-esteem, in the processes of re-building. Helping cut through, the Puff and Stuff, to get to the core of what needs to be done. To create safe space, with a pragmatic therapeutic coaching / mentoring embrace:
Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having to neither weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keeping what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away ~ George Eliot
A coaching relationship can be the start of learning to listen to, yourself, authentically and adequately, and to become your own best friend, in a re-acquainting.
If you or your people need assistance, to manage, to deal with transitions, reawaken purpose, boost confidence or performance, and take tangible work and life actions, I have a track record, as a coach, a former executive, a business owner, with a wealth of life experiences, emotional intelligence, and creativity, as a therapist, to support and help sift the outcome and the process.
I assist individuals, and organisations, with the HR Puff and Stuff, and get things on track. The things that Executives and HR groups are not readily equipped, in time, skills, and resources, to deal with, internally. To have someone by their side, supportively.
Contact me if that is what you need.
And in the meantime be sure to befriend your own self relationship. It is the one that is the most lifelong and intimate, and worth an investment, for you and those you influence, most relevant.
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