Why Making Time to Focus on Self Is Necessary
“I was able to get perspectives from other senior executive women who have mastered things I’m going through,” starts Susan, who manages a $40 million budget and directs a global business operation for a Fortune 500 hospitality firm. Susan looked toward the PAUSE Retreat to give herself time to focus on self-improvement and reflection.
She was engaged with Joan Fletcher of Winning Ways, Inc. for executive coaching, supporting both personal and professional growth. The retreat offered Susan the ability to step away from the “hectic swirl of demands” so she could dedicate uninterrupted time to focus on her objectives. Often those things that we are really good at lead us in one direction and Susan knew the retreat would give her clarity and space to set her own course.
“The most unique aspect of the PAUSE Retreat was how I discovered things about myself, alongside other executive who brought no biases, and were ready to put on a solution-oriented hat to help me.” Susan quickly added that the connection to the other participants wasn’t like summer camp, where time bonds you. “We did so much individual work, but did it in a group setting where we were driven to go inside ourselves and share information. We all discovered things about ourselves together.”
Susan also marveled at the caliber of women at the retreat: “The women were from a host of different industries that I never would have met under other circumstances. Unless they were the wives of some of my colleagues at an office party,” she added with a chuckle.
All of the women were invested to help each other with solutions and resources and that created an incredible bond. “We were encouraged and shared what we discovered, and then got valuable perspectives we would never have the ability to tap into before. The group Joan cultivated allowed us to meet at an equal level and could listen to and contribute to each other. We also faced similar expectations and challenges.”
Susan revealed that she is meeting up with attendees in a few weeks and is looking forward to seeing them again. Several of them have stayed in touch. “I know that one woman in our group was able to make a move she was planning that we discussed at the retreat. We all want to see how we can help her on her next steps. This is my cohort now and I look forward to seeing them all again.”
One unexpected outcome of the retreat was that one of the connections Susan made helped her finish an article she was writing. One afternoon, the retreat participants were encouraged to pair up with another and take a walk on the beach. Susan arrived at the retreat in the midst of working on the article, but knew that the story was missing the one component that would drive home the point. She hadn’t spent a moment thinking about it until during the beach walk when her partner shared a story about a past work experience that filled that void in her article. “I was able to get a key element to the story I needed, and when I wasn’t even thinking about it.”
The retreat offered Susan the time she needed for clarity: “I was able to focus on literal steps that will help me move toward my personal and professional goals. While some of it is still under construction, the ability to focus on me, with a group of other women who could layer in valuable resources, solutions, and experience allowed me to grow—without the constant swirl of life demands that can distract us from what is truly important to us.”
About the PAUSE Retreat
A leadership retreat designed for women just like you who are pushing forward, checking items off to-do lists, and who have been focused on the demands from work and home—but who want to stop this cycle and take control of their priorities. The retreat is led by Joan Fletcher, founder of Winning Ways, and one of the foremost thought leaders on personal and professional performance improvement in North America. She developed this retreat to help women discover their best leadership style, create a plan to reach their highest potential, and rest so they can meet the challenge head-on with new skills and renewed vigor. To learn about the next retreat, visit WinningWaysinc.com.
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