Shaping Futures means Shaping Habits

Over the past few years, I’ve coached team managers, individual contributors, founders, and chiefs.

All have one thing in common:


A change in environment.
A change in job.
A change forced upon them.
A change they want to make.
A personal change.
A life change.


Sounds droll, tiresome, nerve-wracking, time-consuming, and more.

I get told that making a change often isn’t instigated by them. They say it’s driven by an external factor.

I don’t believe this is true. This feels like the truth when something happens. A nudge, a forced change, a disruption to your normal. For sure something disrupts your pattern or mode of operation, but perhaps you have been wanting or needing this change. Not always easy to hear though, right?

Let’s start here.

Not everyone believes they need a disruption to their norm. The trajectory we have been led to believe – the 30-year career, the wonderful pension at the end of the rainbow. The reality is this doesn’t truly exist any longer.

It’s important to understand any change and the factors behind it without overanalysing.

Here’s a quick diagram to help you look at your environment – what and who is around you, where you operate, and helps you to put change back to a place of understanding.

Then you can shape your habits and your future. To help you ride through change and disruption. Be warned, when you take control of the reins of your life, it isn’t easy BUT it is a ride that will help you and future generations understand that life really is worthwhile when you know what you want.

When you are ready, take a look at the diagram below and make notes.

Is the environment the place that makes you thrive?
Do you need other people around you?
The people you have, are they the right people?

And the important question this week: What support do you need to create positive habits to help you shape your future?

Start creating new habits, and revisit existing ones. Ensure they are pointing to the future you want – for you, your family, and your business.

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