The aha moment – have you had any good ones recently?
I hope so!
You might not realise it, but they can be the transformational turning points that change your life.
OK, some aha moments might be a bit more mundane – like when you get the answer to 7 down in the cryptic crossword puzzle you have been mulling over for a while, or when you finally get the joke everyone was laughing at and you couldn’t see the funny side.
But I am thinking more of the moments when people finally get 'It'. When they realise they have been tackling not just the crossword, but their whole career, perhaps even their whole life the wrong way. They are ready to face up to the Big Stuff that has been holding them back.
From the client side
I was talking with a client recently who was describing how she had come to the point when she just knew she could not go on doing her job the way she had been doing it. Sadly for her, the aha moment had come after an extended period of sick leave. It was only when her body cried out ‘enough is enough!’ that she was able to gain the insight, the aha moment that was the catalyst of a profound review of how all of her life, not just her work, needed to be moving forward.
It’s not just about doing the right thing
Now you may think you had an aha moment that day when you got home and swore blind you were going to change career. You really meant it that time and you set to and started researching jobs, defining your own skillset, reviewing your resume. You did like all the career coaches say, you took action! And that may well have led to a result. You may have got into a new career...but you may also have run out of steam before it all actually came together.
You see, if you think you know what you want, you may believe that taking action, consistent action over time, is all you need to get the result.
Well, it helps a lot, there’s no doubt about that.
But something needs to shift at a deeper level for things to really begin to happen.
The insight of the aha moment
It is not just a matter of 'I hate my job' being enough of a catalyst. There needs to be a deeper insight into why this is.
There can be many more powerful catalysts to change and the key difference of this kind of aha moment is that the insight triggers a much more fundamental change. You don't just add a few things to your to do list, or even cross a few things off. You commit to approaching your life in a fundamentally different way.
And the client I mentioned earlier? Instead of slipping back into the old job and the old ways as many of her friends and family were encouraging her to do, she has taken a month off to go travelling. It's something she has always wanted to do and something that now will definitely not feature on her ‘If only…’ list.
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