Self-leadership is about understanding who we are, what drives us, and harnessing our strengths and aspirations to maximise the impact of everything we do.

The Art of Opportunity is a practical framework I developed to help nurture self-leadership skills. This essentially involves cultivating a questioning mindset to allow us to turn visions into actions.

The Art of Opportunity consists of six key invitations to guide us on our journey. The key word is “guide”. Each person is unique so change it in any way that serves you.

The Art of Opportunity: Six Invitations

1) Think Big and bring your dreams to life. What might be possible?

  • What might your world look like in 25 years? 5 years? 1 year?
  • Who do you see yourself becoming?
  • Let’s play: Imagine you can magically make the vision a reality right now, what does it look like? What feelings and emotions are you experiencing?
  • Stepping further back, how might your vision contribute not only to your work and business, family and friends but also to your community and beyond?

2) Craft a Living Vision that grows with you, always open to change and embracing new opportunities (Vision & Plans).

  • Having a flexible and adaptable vision is essential to continuously challenging yourself as your world grows bigger and staying mindful of the fact that we are always part of something bigger.
  • This ongoing iterative process also enables you to develop strategies and plans to bring parts of your vision to life in the present.
  • It also means you can approach each week and each day with a clear idea of what your next steps are.

3) Act with Intent by establishing daily practices that deliver (Moment by Moment Decision-Making, Energy & Focus).

  • Always remember: Today is the only day you ever truly live! You can’t change yesterday, and you can’t do something tomorrow today. In truth, you can only act now. Today is the day ‘insights get turned into action’.
  • Focusing that action on what truly matters helps you stay aligned with your vision even amidst distractions and competing demands.
  • Prioritising conserves energy and attention, whilst also enhancing decision-making.
  • By intentionally designing your days, you maximise purpose and fulfilment, transforming the journey itself into a series of meaningful daily destinations.

4) Remain Curious and learn to ask bigger questions and experiment with new ideas and new ways of being (Curiosity, Habits, Mindset, Skillset).

  • Curiosity is in truth what defines us.
  • Without questions, who are we?
  • This is where ongoing coaching support can be truly transformational in uncovering hidden horizons and new ways of engaging with the world.
  • It is about being curious around ingrained habits, thinking patterns but also about where you might need to upskill if you are to fully live into your vision.

5) Build Communities around you that share your values and help keep you energised and motivated (Support Network).

  • I know from personal experience that such external support can be critical in truly embedding the learning and continually nudging us to stay on the path to mastery.
  • I have a Coaching Community with whom I meet every second Monday and their support and energy have been a critical part of my world over the past number of years.
  • The truth is that we only truly know who we are in the company of others. Communities thus serve as a mirror and as a lens into who we might become.

6) Master Deliberate Decision-Making (Decision-Making).

  • This is about developing the ability to make clear, confident decisions that are aligned with your values and vision.
  • It is about not being afraid to tell the world what you think.
  • We make decisions all day every day.
  • Some echo for minutes, others for months whilst a few echo throughout our lives.
  • How do we distinguish and decide accordingly?

Short Case Study

Meet John: A business owner launching a new venture, stretched thin and seeking balance.

When we started working together, John had just launched his new business and was struggling to find balance across his life. So, we started dreaming big and built a vision for his business and life outside of work. I challenged John to ask bigger questions about purpose, productivity and profitability.

As a result of our work, John enhanced his decision-making skills, identifying which business activities offered the greatest return on investment and which personal activities provided the most fulfilment. This enabled him to balance his professional and personal life more effectively.

We continue to work to ensure John doesn’t lose sight of the bigger picture and stays intentional and strategic in his decision-making. Ultimately, it is not just about doing more but rather more of what matters and less of what doesn’t.