Life is tough but so are you!
September 29, 2021
Kylie-Ann Kobelt
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Life is tough but so are you.

If you’re a fellow Melbourne footy fan, you’ll know that it’s not over until the last quarter, you can overcome the toughest of conditions and come out the other side.

 

Our last quarter in business may look a little different for many of us this year. You have endured challenges you could have never predicted but you’re ready to come home strong. You may not think this, as there’s no big wins or finishes like you’re used to, but I assure you, the small wins matter. Both personally and professionally, those small wins all add up to big ones, especially right now where achieving them is no mean feat. They deserve to pop the confetti too!

 

Not sure if you’re ready to celebrate the small wins this final quarter?

 

Let’s take a moment to look at a bowl of chocolate chips. You might be thinking, “what is she on about? Football and chocolate chips?!” but consider this: one small chocolate chip on its own isn’t much but collectively, with all of the other chips in the bowl and the supporting ingredients in our cupboard, we can transform it from a mere chocolate chip into a delectable batch of cookies.

 

Do you see what I’m getting at?

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I want you to look at your own life’s bowl of chocolate chips and think of the incredible treats that can come from valuing the smallest of steps. The best part? You can adjust, tweak, and change to create your own recipe of success.

 

When we focus on the small things, we can see the greatness within them and that even the smallest items can manifest into greatness. Here are my five tips to hold on strong in this last quarter and farewell another challenging year in style.

 

Manage your expectations

If we manage our expectations, they don’t manage us. Whether they be expectations of ourselves, those around us or even what the next few months look like for us all, navigating this last quarter, during unprecedented times, requires a realistic outlook.

 

We need to observe the world around us as more than just our own and acknowledge that right now, people’s priorities, concerns, goals, and day-to-day life could look very different to our own. Manage expectations by acknowledging what can reasonably be achieved during this final quarter and the obstacles others may be facing to get there with you.

 

Learn to let things go

Life is too short to hold onto grudges and the old stories that we tell ourselves. Whilst we cannot change the past, we have full control over how we allow it to dictate our future. Learning to let things go, especially when they are out of your control can seriously declutter your mind and encourage you to focus on the things that spark joy.

 

Stay cool under pressure

If there’s something we’ll be hoping to farewell at the end of this quarter, it’s the increased level of stress many of us have been experiencing. When we’re put under pressure, our body can engage in its fight or flight mode, which is more helpful when escaping the wrath of a wild animal rather than achieving personal or professional goals.

 

Strategies for managing stress and staying cool under pressure look different for every individual but some of the most common and effective strategies you can implement including breathing and mindfulness exercises, practising gratitude, prioritising sleep, and wellness, and replacing stress hormones with endorphins through time in the fresh air, exercising.

 

Know what you can actually control

It can feel like every day right now, there is something completely out of our control that leaves us struggling to manage our expectations or stay cool under pressure. What these two previous tips have in common is that they encourage the individual to acknowledge what they can actually control in that present moment and alleviate the pressure within themselves to let go of the things they cannot.

 

Attempting to control or change things we simply cannot only leads to depleted energy and frustration. In this final quarter, I want you to focus on the things you can control which is: how you perceive a situation, how you react to it and how you respond to it.

 

Stay committed until the end

This is the extent of your personal focus and reliability. To be high on the commitment scale is to be able to effectively set goals and consistently achieve them, without getting distracted. Whether it be downtime, a new year of opportunities or the achievement of your goal in sight, whatever it is that’s in your focus during this last quarter, keep going!

 

Remember, life is tough but so are you.

 

Kylie-Ann Kobelt

Kylie-Ann Kobelt

Personal Life Coach, Business Coach & Change Mentor

 

Hi, I’m Kylie-Ann, it is not the things that happen outside yourself that affect you the most. What goes on inside your head is the most powerful indicator of your success as a person. So, if your thinking becomes clearer and more empowered, so does your life.

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