One of Spring’s greatest sights will soon be upon us – carpets of brilliantly coloured Bluebells appearing in our woodlands! Their glory is short-lived, as they must make the most of the sunlight, which falls on the soil before the trees above them burst into leaf and block their source of light. They seize their moment and come into bloom from mid-April onwards. And over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend you can go out and find them in local woodlands.
So how well do we prepare ourselves for our opportunity to shine? Are you setting time aside now to understand yourself better, reflect on your achievements and think about what your next steps may be? If the opportunity you’ve always dreamed of appeared tomorrow, how well would you present yourself and your skills? Are you ready to seize your moment?
These Bluebell bulbs have put in plenty of preparation ahead of their grand display. Seeds, which were produced the previous June, have scattered and germinated and developed into flower bulbs. Dormant from July onwards, the bulbs have soaked up nutrition from the soil around them for months and began to grow underground in January. Depending on weather conditions, their first shoots appeared in February and developed leaves in March.
Making time to build up your skills and knowledge is time well spent. It’s important to step back from your day-to-day commitments and consider what you would like to do next and how you will prepare for your next challenge. It is common today to find ourselves facing significant challenges, which we may not have foreseen. It happens in our work life, our home life, as business leaders and as human beings who care about each other. We need to assess our strengths, and our level of resilience in the face of new circumstances. We need to look carefully at our skill sets and often develop new ones fast.
Regular coaching sessions will help you to:
- Put time aside to reflect
- Consider your next steps
- Understand yourself better
- Set yourself achievable goals
- Get help and support in achieving your goals
At Blue Pebble Coaching we work with employees of large and small organisations, charities and business leaders and owners, supporting them to understand themselves and what drives them and to become more adaptable and resilient.
So when you go out and about looking for Bluebells at the weekend, spare a thought for your own personal development and take your first step investing time in yourself.
Izzy Ixer, Blue Pebble Coaching, www.bluepebblecoaching.co.uk
You can discover great places to go Bluebell-hunting on the Wildlife Trust’s website http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/dazzled-by-bluebells
The Bluebell Railway Walks website has detailed information about how Bluebells grow http://www.bluebellrailwaywalks.co.uk/bluebells.php