Finding sources of inspiration and energy is an important part of maintaining wellbeing during a busy working life. Here VDS Training consultant Carolyne Crowe shares reflections on the people, hobbies and processes that serve that function for her.
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Carolyne Crowe is a vet, a coach and a consultant at VDS Training
I’m often asked what or who inspires me and where I get my energy from. The answer is many things.
I am inspired by what my children say and do. They make me stop, reflect and try to be better. They can be challenging but they make me confront my own behaviour and improve myself.
I’m inspired by my friends and colleagues, by what they do and how they go about it
I’m inspired by my friends and colleagues, by what they do and how they go about it. I aim to surround myself with interesting, genuine and fun people who push my boundaries, challenge and encourage me.
I’m lucky – I have great friends and an amazing family, but relationships require time and effort. It’s easy to switch off from interacting with others when I’m tired, but I’m inspired to lean into the relationships and pick up the phone because I know I will feel better if I do.
Different situations call for different relationships. I know when I’m in some situations or moods, certain people may drain my energy levels, so I make choices about who to interact with when.
I’m inspired by what I read and watch. I love reading the autobiographies of ‘successful’ people. I don’t want what they have, but I am inspired to use some of the techniques they use to make my own life a little easier, more efficient, better.
I gain energy from exercise. Not having the time or money to commit to team sports, horse riding, or a gym membership after having my children, I took up running. To start with it was a way to get out of the house, do some exercise, and then get on with being a mum. But over the past 10 years I have grown to love it.
Running outdoors gives me energy, headspace, time for myself, time with my labrador, and connects me to nature. I know that whatever the distance, I will feel better for doing it. Focusing on that end goal is what gets me out of bed when it is dark, wet and cold. I visualise the smile on my face and the mental pat on my back that I will give myself when I return home. It’s a simple thing but it works for me.
That same focus and visualisation helps me get started on the long ‘to do’ list I always seem to have. No, I don’t always get everything done, but I do get started. I try to tackle the ‘biggie’ first as I know doing it first will make me feel a whole lot better than leaving it until the end.
I’m very goal orientated: I understand why I’m doing what I’m doing and what’s important to me. That gives me the drive to keep going when it gets tough, even though those who know me know I’m sensitive, emotional and question myself a lot. I want to make a difference in the life I lead and staying true to my goals inspires me and gives me the energy and desire to keep going.
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