A Blank Slate

A brand new year and a blank slate. The next chapter of your life awaits your thumbprint. What will you achieve in the next 365 days? Who will you be next year? When was the last time you surpassed your “limits” in order to achieve all that you had hoped?

Think about the possibilities in front of you right now. Imagine your best year – if you dare…

Getting clear about your vision usually makes up at least half the effort required to realize it. The process of defining your vision precisely and completely will bring the required “next steps” to the surface. And once you can describe exactly where you want to end up, there’s just one step between you and success!

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Forgiveness

You messed up. Looking back, you wish you’d made different choices, but well… what’s done is done. Or is it?

If you’ve ever felt like you would “give a body part” for a do-over:

  • Consider if it’s truly the end of the line. There might be a “second chance” just waiting to be discovered. Give yourself some time to brainstorm way out of the box to maximize any “golden opportunities” that might exist. Life is just teeming with alternate perspectives, if only we would seek them out!
  • If it is the end of the road, you’re plum out of do-overs, and moving on seems next-to-impossible, your “to do” might need to become a “to be.” In other words, instead of taking action, the situation may call forth your capacity for forgiveness. Of yourself.
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The Power of Humor

As coaches, we are very serious about and committed to our profession. So how do we bring humor and laughter into our repertoire both personally and professionally? When is the last time you had a deep, total belly laugh?

Exercise

Look for the opportunities in your own life to stop and laugh along the way. How can you bring that laughter into your coaching this month? How can you support your clients around noticing the “humor” opportunities in their own lives?

(Hint: to get you started, pull out and watch the funniest movie you have ever seen and have a “belly laugh” party – either by yourself or with others).

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What Lights You Up?

Think about your clients. Notice the differences between the clients that you love working with and those that you just like working with. What are the differences? What lights you up as a coach as you work with your clients?

Inquiry

Take a few minutes after each client session this month to notice how you feel. What is showing up? What is your “learning edge” as a coach?

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Sharpen Your Skills

Choose a coaching skill you would like to focus on this month. Which one wants your attention and focus? Begin to notice how this skill is showing up in your coaching relationships. Does it need strengthening? Are there resources you can tap into that will support you in sharpening this particular talent?

Exercise

For the next six months, choose a “ coaching skill of the month” as your focus. Notice what shifts and changes happen in your coaching as you direct your attention to this one aspect of your work with your clients.

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The Power of the Written Word

One sure-fire way to clarify a situation is to write about it. There’s power in the written word! Leverage your power by writing about something significant to you – what makes your heart sing? What gets you bounding out of bed in the morning? Block out a half-hour just to write and let yourself be surprised by what you learn!

Extra credit: Create a structure to keep the passion of your insights alive!

Inquiry

How can I strengthen the impact of my coaching? (Hint: it might involve a journal!)

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Noticing Your Thoughts

Every thought to which you give your attention and focus (whether positively or negatively) tends to gets bigger and bigger and contributes to your “energy.”

Exercise

This month, focus your awareness on how you think about your coaching. What thoughts keep showing up around your work with your coaching clients? Your coaching practice? Is there something you want more of? Less of? Take some time each day to journal about what you are noticing.

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Noticing Growth

A flourishing garden is one of the highlights of summer. But did you ever notice that the flowers seem to blossom when nobody’s looking? Encourage your clients to notice where they’ve grown. Then take a few moments to point out the growth you’ve observed that they may not have seen!

Inquiry

How has your coaching grown when no one (even you) was looking?

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