Reflection before resolution

Many professions have a time of year or season that they are associated with and I am wondering if the period around the new year is our profession’s time. Not that one couldn’t enter a coaching relationship at any time during the year, it just seems that the majority of folk consider a new year as a fresh page and along with that blank sheet of paper come the resolutions, the desire to strategize and the requests for accountability. Now while it is really tempting to write about how you might be most successful in keeping your 2009 resolutions and to talk about the significant differences between goals and commitments I am instead going to acknowledge the importance of looking back at the year that was.

It is very difficult to sustain our goals, dreams and creations unless we pause to appreciate what we have accomplished, learn from our mistakes and soak in those special moments. It may sound like a cliché but our lives are about the journey so taking it in along the way is pretty key to our happiness and fulfillment. For those of us that don’t journal taking a ‘snapshot’ of the year is a great way to capture the activities of the last 12 months, this can be manifested in many different ways; make a 2008 best of/worst of list a la VH1, write a summary of the year in letter format as if you were updating someone on the developments of the past 12 months, post your 2008 highlights in the comments section of this blog (we would love to hear about your year!), go out with your close gal pals or guy pals and talk about your 2008 highlights and laugh about the stuff that didn’t go so well, review your journals or for the more visual of you pull together photos and images that best represent the year you experienced.

Which ever route you choose, when you are compiling your accomplishments (INCLUDE THEM ALL!!! Potty trained the kids? – note it!!), disappointments and special memories just be with them for a while, see and feel what comes up for you, what new information might be there for you? I request that we all look at our personal journeys and unfold the valuable learnings before dashing off into 2009.

Your life is worth noticing.

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