The Joy of Living. And How to Recapture it When You Lose It.

Looking for Joy…

My conversation yesterday was the latter. A highly successful professional, a famous name in his field, who felt like he’d lost his way, like his success had peaked and the only track was down. He wanted to recapture some meaning to his life and work, to feel fulfilled, to feel excited about what he was doing. He didn’t use the words joie de vivre, but I often think of them — the joy of living, the love for life itself with nothing needing to be done or achieved, the feeling of being alive I sometimes call it.

Even when a client comes with a very specific problem, there’s always a place we arrive at which looks like some version of,

I want to feel like I’m doing a good job, to feel inspired, with a sense of purpose, and that I’m supporting the people around me.

We All Get Lost From Time to Time…

Looking in the Wrong Place…

Remembering what You Already Know…

This isn’t something you don’t already know, it isn’t something my client doesn’t know, but, like him, we sometimes forget that’s how life works. And remembering can be that turning point we’re looking for.

With love,



About the author

Cathy Presland is an expert in personal and professional leadership and an advanced transformative coach. She has more than two decades of experience in government and international organisations and her focus as a coach is to support individuals and organisations to improve their leadership and effectiveness, in a way that removes and reduces the need for tactics and techniques. Read more and get access to free courses here.

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