My Spring Stretch

rcharron-stretchThis spring, much of my coaching and consulting work has focused on helping women to stretch in their careers.

I just listened to the commencement speech that Sheryl Sandberg gave at Berkley.
(http://www.businessinsider.com/sheryl-sandberg-berkeley-commencement-speech-2016-5)
In the face of the loss of her dear husband, she is able to stretch.  This is incredibly brave and very inspiring.

This causes me to pause and think about where I have been “stretching.”

I am working with some coaching clients who are challenging me to be the very best at holding the space for them as they struggle with job loss. I am helping them move from a victim mentality and “feeling stuck”, towards gratitude and exploring now possibilities.  They are working so hard, and I am delighted to support them to find their “fit”.

I am a “fixer”, and I am stretching to remember that not everything needs to be fixed by me.  Some choices fit for others, but bewilder me. I am working to accept their choices, without judgment. Everyone follows his or her own path and they do what feels right to them.  Letting go and lending a listening ear (if they ask for one) with an open heart is what works best. Boy, is this ever hard for a fixer! This is my “stretch assignment” and I am taking it seriously.

I invite you to be introspective.
Where are you stretching?
What are you learning?

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