Hi, I'm Natalie.
I’m a Rehabilitation Counsellor and I care about helping people do more of what matters to them in work and in life.
How? By not being the expert.
Seriously. I don't have all the answers and neither do you.
Hey - now put away that sad trumpet for a second.
This is actually fantastic news.
Put yourself in the shoes of one of your clients for a moment - I'm talking about a person with a longstanding injury or illness, who has already seen every health professional under the sun. And they still don't feel like they have their life back on track.
Our clients have lost ownership over their life and their health. When you're unwell, it can feel like your livelihood depends on the answers an expert can give you.
The thing is... there is one expert here that we haven't consulted: our clients.
Having an injury or illness is one of the most disempowering things a person can go through. Suddenly your time is no longer yours. And maybe your body and brain don't quite do what they used to do. Other people have opinions and ideas about what you can and should and can't do and, suddenly, your life isn't yours anymore.
So it makes me wonder, what would it be like to hit pause on our search for details and ask some bigger questions to our clients, questions only they can answer?
- What do you want to stand for in life?
- What really matters to you?
- What would be a useful way for us to work towards that?
I wonder what kind of positive change we could help our clients create with the answers to these questions.
This is what being Able-Minded is about. It's what I write about here and where I hope we can build a community of people who pride themselves on the questions they ask rather than the answers they give to their clients.
So... will you join me?
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