Mind the gap

You know how certain recorded phrases you hear time and time again become embedded in your memory, so much that you can even hear the intonation in your head when you see the words written down? Some of mine include ‘Cashier number two please’; ‘The number you are calling knows you are waiting’ and, the most prevalent one, ‘Mind the gap.

Because some of the London Underground platforms are curved and the trains aren’t, there can be quite a gap to step over when getting on or off . The recorded message ‘Mind the gap’ has been used on the Tube since 1969 to warn passengers to avoid this hazard.

Not all gaps are a hazard. Granted, a gap between your income and your expenditure is a problem; the sometimes long gap between going for an interview and finding out whether you’ve got the job can be very uncomfortable. However, the gap between the end of one working week and the start of the next is usually rather good and a longer gap where you can take some time to relax and reflect can be very rewarding.

Part of my work as a coach is to help clients mind the gap: to notice the gap and decided whether to avoid it, celebrate it or close it. For instance, we look at the gaps between where they are now and where they want to be or at the gaps they have in their skills and experience. Using tools like ‘the wheel of work’ or ‘GROW’, we work towards a clear and specific picture of the current situation and what will be different when the client bridges the gap. Together, we build an action plan or a personal development plan that the client can use to take steps towards the state he wants to achieve.

Today’s pebble for you to consider: what steps will you take this week to ‘mind the gap’ in your professional or personal life?

What do you think?

ps if you’d like some help to bridge a gap you’ve identified, why not email me to see how we could work together?

Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching.

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