Let me tell you a story.
It's the story of a smart, dynamic, creative professional.
Ideas came easily and energy was never an issue. Clients liked having this one on their team.
Deadlines were sacrosanct, and there was quite a lot of self-worth tied up in the 'can-do, can deliver' reputation that built up over time.
And then time went on. Life changed. Family and kids and mortgages and management duties happened.
We assume that life changes. That we get older. That there's always someone behind us to take our job, take our client, make us obsolescent.
The only thing that doesn't change, apparently, is the gut-wrenching stress that comes with the curve balls our clients throw at us.... For some reason, that still hits every bit as hard.
Then one day, the person looking back from the mirror is like some kind of ghost of who used to be there.
No one really knows where the anger and exhaustion set in, It all happened so slowly. In fact, a lot of people probably didn't notice the difference.
Maybe this hardworking, competent, capabable individual didn't even see it happening either.
In our productivity optimised world, we don't notice the marginal losses, the death of a thousand cuts.
Somehow, the amazing, fun, creative job, became a set of manacles to your mortgage. But to start with, you had the bandwidth of resilience to bounce back. But like I said... marginal losses. Even the most resilient of us will eventually crack if they're not addressed.
We live in a world that values what we can quantify and produce on demand. Being a creative in an accountant's world is not easy. The stuff you can't measure is NOT optional though.
The importance of how and why we can use applied neuroscience to promote not just our natural creativity, but also our resilience and effectiveness is why I'm telling you all this.
It will probably come as no surprise to discover that I was that professional. It may not even come as a surprise to find that I eventually broke. Recovery was not fast, and it was not fun. And it took walking away from all of the things I'd previously loved to facilitate that recovery.
Now, I channel my creativity differently. I use it to intervene and give people the tools they need to 'spot and stop' marginal losses, before they become irreversible. I have dedicated years of training to building the skill set to make this possible, and the interesting thing about this is that I have changed in the process of doing that. I have developed the skills that I know would have made my life and work better when I was taking marginal losses on a daily basis.
These days, people ask me how I stay so calm when every thing looks like it's going wrong.... Or I have been put on hold for the umpteenth time by 'customer service'. Cos it's not always the big things that cause us to crack. We can quite often hold it in... but eventually, it finds a vent of some kind.
This is a pretty extreme case by the way. If you don't consider yourself to be at stage, great! Well done for being curious enough to check this out. Curiousity is an incredibly useful tool, by the way. It indicates that you've got an openness that would benefit from exploring the tools and techniques available in applied neuroscience, giving you access to more effective actions, reactions and interactions, day in, day out, personally and professionally.
So, if you're open to having that kind of resilience and resourcefulness in your life, get in touch. I'm always ready to explore the possibilities.