Let Go, Nurse Coach, it’s always easier said than done, and yet, as I have learned through my 10 years as a board-certified Integrative Nurse Coach, letting go of someone else’s outcome is so freeing!
I LOVE Groups. There is so much power in them. Sharing, insight, hope, connection, creativity and so many more characteristics that allow our clients, patients, and communities to thrive.
Some of you may think… oh noooo, being in front of a group is so scary! Yes, and absolutely no.
Imagine a Boat Anchor
How about if you imagine a boat anchor. What does it do? Its purpose is to hold a boat steady, steadfast, so it doesn’t drift off in a meaningless and perhaps perilous direction of a controlling tide.
Now, let’s pull the anchor analogy into a group coaching session. YOU become the anchor, you are creating stability, steadfastness and keeping the boat moving in a safe direction, without you and your dedication, the boat could be at risk of sinking. With your direction, the group is safe, steady, and stable.
You are the anchor for a Group Coaching session. You are not the leader or the facilitator, or the One. Instead, you are the purposeful anchor who keeps the space safe, you keep it directed and moving in an agreed upon direction.
When you can let go of being a ‘perfect leader’ or the ‘one in charge’ and instead, allow the group to ebb and flow and maintain the safe and supported space, it allows you to become freer and more open to encourage the group’s power to safely thrive.
How Can You Let Go?
And how can you let go? To be the anchor and not get in the way of the magical power of the group.
One beautiful awareness practice comes to mind from the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy’s Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP), it’s called, ‘Let Go’.
Awareness practices (also known as guided meditations) can help us move from anxiety and worry to calm and connection to your inner wisdom. There is a ton of science to support mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques and the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy believes in its credibility so much that you will learn techniques and tools to help you feel confident in using MBSR in nurse coaching sessions and for yourself in the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP).
‘Let Go’ Represents a Moment in Time
For me, ‘Let Go’ represents a moment in time where I can fully focus on myself and one thing to release. The ‘Let Go’ awareness practice is only 5 minutes long. You have the time, and you can do it anywhere.
Let’s Do It Together
Let’s do it together. Just click here, or watch the video above, be sure to leave a comment about what you noticed in yourself afterwards. Your comments help support our work, and likely your words of wisdom will inspire another Nurse and fellow human in their life journey.
I’ve also included a printable script you can use to practice, and you can also find this script in the award-winning textbook, Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellbeing.
If you’d like to learn more about mindfulness specifically for fellow Nurses, click the button below to learn about our specialty course Mindfulness Meditation for Nurses.
xo Nurse Coach Nicole
After two decades as an Intensive Care Nurse caring for the sickest of patients, Nicole left the one-size fits all healthcare industry, and created Blue Monarch Health, where she is; Active Aging Specialist, Health Protection Expert and Head Motivator! Instead of waiting for you to get sick, she meets you where you live, work and play, to enhance your health and vitality.
Nicole listens deeply, and takes you by the hand to co-create a health and vitality plan with you, so you can really do it in your life. She is an authentic, heart-centered stick of dynamite, who focuses your energies, builds up your strengths, and leverages your unique gifts!
Nicole Vienneau achieved a Master’s in Nursing Science from the University of Arizona, a board certification in Integrative Nurse Coaching from the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, and is Senior Faculty with the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy. She is a Functional Aging Specialist, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and group fitness instructor and a retired Reebok-sponsored Fitness Athlete. When she’s not coaching clients or writing blogs, or hosting the Integrative Nurse Coaches in ACTION! Podcast, you can find her teaching active older adult fitness classes, volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association, lounging in the sun with her cat babies, or on a hike with her awesome husband.