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Your summer of self-discovery

Summer is the ideal time to take a breather, look back at the year so far and ask yourself – am I going in the right direction? In this Dossier, Associate Editor Anita Chaudhuri talks to the UK’s top coaches about the best strategies to get your life on track

Recently, I bumped into a ‘frenemy’ at a party. ‘So, what’s new?’ she asked, a smirk forming on her perfect coral lips. Panicked, I burbled on for a couple of minutes about how busy I’ve been this year, how I’ve had so much going on, maybe I’ve taken on too many projects. There was a pause before she went for the jugular. ‘Have you actually finished any of them?’ I went red and mumbled something about not having the time. Naturally, I was furious.

I lay awake that night running through all the clever and witty responses I could have used. Until, eventually, I could no longer ignore the obvious. She was absolutely right. Although I have a beautiful vision board pinned to my kitchen wall and not one but two planners filled with habit trackers and strategies, I haven’t really achieved that much yet. And although I am taking action towards my goals, progress feels slow and uncomfortable.

“When you set sail in a boat, you may feel that you’re going adrift.It’s just that you can’t see the end point yet ”

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Psychologies agony aunt, Mary Fenwick, chuckles when I regale her with my tale of woe. ‘For me, the metaphor that comes to mind is from sailing, a hobby of mine. When you set out on a journey in a boat, you can’t actually see your destination. Only as you sail towards it, can you literally see further over the horizon. You may feel that you’re going adrift but that might not be true. It’s just that you can’t see the end point yet.’

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