It's not too late to start
or re-start that summer project! The fact that you dropped it or
haven't started yet, plays no part
in whether you begin
now. You can let those unhelpful ideas go...
After delaying during July, one of my clients is using the first half of August to ready their self-presentation materials (resume, LI profile, etc.) for an active job search. Another is taking advantage of more flexible summer hours to build new relationships to weave her net. And, still, another is taking a public speaking course to get ready for showing up differently at Fall interviews. I'm working on the next phase of a bigger project - you'll be the first to know when it's ready! Some hints to set yourself up for success: √ Define the parameters – what kind of project is it? What is the specific outcome? √ Energize that outcome – visualize how 'Future You' will feel about it. √ Break it down in chunks – check for realistic expectations and time frames (that means you ‘time optimists’!). √ Break it down again and again until the bites are small enough for you to say "I can do that." √ Identify the best ways for you to block time for action and for reminding yourself. Many of my clients find that the first step is the hardest, so here are some tips: ➛ Don’t wait to ‘feel’ motivated, it’s getting started that creates motivation and momentum ➛ Try phrases to ease your way in like, “I’ll just open it,” or “I can stop after 7 minutes” ➛ Make it a game! Create points and/or devise a competition with yourself ➛ Get theatrical! Dress up like the person who would do this project – get into character I want photos! 💯% Don’t forget to acknowledge small steps. They are wins and a bunch of ‘wins’ add up to ---YES, you already know.
What's your project? Want to explore whether coaching is for you? I'd love to explore with you.
Judy Garfinkel helps you clarify "what's next." Her expertise in building confidence and resilience supports personal growth and the ability to navigate career and work transitions – especially now! She crafts bespoke resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and bios that open doors for her clients and land jobs. Judy is Immediate Past President of the International Coaching Federation - Connecticut Chapter, where she led 250+ member coaches. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org