Invenio: Coaching and Mentoring May 2016 IIC&M - Page 47

daily lists, scribble ideas and jot down thoughts.’ I’ve talked about in webinars and written about in co-authoring books how I work with a journal and in today’s world of technology every single person has a technology driven journal in their mobile/cell phone. Every single idea should now be captured.

- Always have a way of capturing your thoughts or your ideas. This is important because you never know when the one thought or idea you have, often at the most inopportune moment, may be the one thing that provides your successful achievement or outcome.

- It does not matter how big or how small or how ‘normal’ or how logical or how outrageous that thought or idea is, WRITE IT DOWN!

- Lists UGH! I know that I hate writing down lists, but I have found a method that works for me. It’s important that you find a method that works for you.

- When you are in the position I am in right now and trying to work out what ‘wealth’ is in my career, the first thing I will do is create a Wheel of Career.

- From this Wheel of Career I will determine my ideals or aspirations. From these I will create one or two goals. When I’m talking about goals, I’m sometimes talking about huge goals with a deadline of maybe 2025 or 2030.

- Break each of these goals down into smaller goals or milestones – if necessary. So I’ve just set a goal for 2020 and now I’m breaking it down into manageable steps. I may not know the details of the manageable steps but I can tell you that I know where I want to be at the

end of each calendar year until 2020.

- Share your goal with your coach. I know I’ve done that. I’ve shared my long term goal and each milestone with my coach, my mentor, and my role model.

- Work out how you will celebrate when you successfully achieve each milestone.

- Now take each idea, one at a time and:

- Identify whether it is a big idea that needs to be broken down into smaller ideas, which will become actions or tasks.

- Identify where and how it fits into your overall picture – big goal and each milestone. Sometimes it may change your overall picture.

- Cross it out if the idea doesn’t ‘feel’ right.

- Tick it if you have added it to your goal and milestones.

Ideas come from strange places. I was chatting to friends on Facebook the other day and one suggested that I do one of those quizzes and this one was called ‘what career should you actually have’? The answer …

I have done at least two projects with different TV stations based in the UK and been a project manager implementing financial software, I have met some of the actors employed by them. I have also worked for film companies and met their actors. So when I got this result memories came flooding back and I smiled, BUT … why not?

So I’ve added it to my thoughts and my lists and can already see where it may fit in!

Although coaching is a process that starts with a dream or aspiration and one step at a time moves each person forward towards that dream or aspiration, one of the important things in coaching is to truly visualise your dream or aspiration in your mind’s eye. Having the clarity and the vision allows you to know that the path that you progress along (or tunnel that you progress through) has a fabulous light at the end of it.

and author of two of her own. Barbara is an advocate of achieving in every arena of life. Her clients hold her in high esteem as her style of coaching or mentoring makes the possibility of sustainable change compelling, exciting and achievable. Barbara’s style of working makes the knowledge of your future, clear, inviting, and achievable. She combines her extensive background and experience with a keen insight into the demands of balancing the personal with the professional.


Barbara J. Cormack


Barbara J. Cormack MNMC, AFC, AFM is your leading Spiritual Coach, Mentor and Trainer, published in five co-authoring books, and