Episode #55 Living Your Why - Caroline Flanagan

Episode #55 Living Your Why

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how” – Friedrich Nietzsche This week I am talking about your Why: the things you need in your life in order to feel happy and fulfilled. This is what matters most. When you’re constantly busy and it feels as though there aren’t enough hours in the day, taking time to reflect on what matters most to you is so easy to forget and neglect. That’s why this week I want to remind you of the importance of your values and show you how to make them a priority in your life. This might sound indulgent and impractical in light of your daily challenges. But think about where you are now. With all the uncertainty and disruption, what better time is there to think about who you are and what’s important to you, and to make a commitment to honoring that? In this episode:

  1. How my childhood experience shaped my biggest Why
  2. How to discover your values
  3. Why you have a great chance of being happier at work than at home
  4. Fives steps to living your Why
  5. A powerful coaching question to help you live your why

Mentioned in this episode:

  1. Download my guide to discovering your values.
  2. The new book I’m writing this year is on Imposter Syndrome in the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) community. If you identify as BAME and have ever felt like an Imposter, I’d love to hear from you – get in touch: caroline@carolineflanagan.com


Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future. I would highly recommend working with her.

Sally Clare, Head of Diversity, Ambition UK

When I came into the office the following Monday, I could see the effect that you’d had. People were visibly changed as a result of your talk.

Oli Holmes, Accenture

I wanted to let you know that I have been promoted to counsel. Thanks very much to your coaching I have managed to get through one of the most challenging years of my career and managed to achieve what I had hoped to! I might not have made it were it not for your advice and guidance.

Client C, Solicitor

I am more than happy to share wonderful feedback about you. Working with you has been life changing and continues to inspire me and help me grow.

Coaching client, Director, PwC Legal

Caroline came to speak to our Balance Employee Network about “How to babyproof your career so you can balance your life”. I really enjoyed preparing this event together. Caroline took great care in understanding the needs of the audience to make her message even more powerful. The whole process from preparing the event invitation to getting feedback was very professional with a wonderful personal touch.

Louise Walewska, Presentation Client, HSBC Asset Management

Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this! Many thanks again.

Client T, UK, Babyproof Client