You might think that I’m getting in early for Christmas, or my birthday – which is now less than two weeks away, but no! Anytime is actually great for celebrating, and it’s something I do with coaching clients on a regular basis.
The kind of celebrating is one you can do alone or with friends, but a piece of paper is a really great help either way.
Here’s what it looks like… list all of your recent achievements; consider all the little things you’ve done that you felt proud of, even for a moment.
1. Planted my own rocket and basil
2. Tidied my desktop and keep files managed
3. Helped a client gain an ROI of 80% after the second week of coaching!
4. Inspired myself writing out my presentation for Friday
5. Blogged for 100 consecutive Days – inspired self and others, and learned to insert photos!
6. Studied Theoretical Foundations of Coaching with David Rock
This is a simple example list, and I’m going to do a more comprehensive one over the next few days, but I just wanted to share an example. It’s too easy to look at what’s not yet been completed, or see skills that are lacking, but that kind of thinking doesn’t tend to move you forward.
When you look at what you’ve accomplished, and what you’ve learned, you can then ask yourself – so what does this mean for me? Now what can I tackle that I once thought was too hard or too scary?
When I was in New Zealand a few years ago, I stood at the top of a water slide called “the coffin” because once you let go of the top, you were plunged into absolute darkness, speeding down (and around in unexpected directions). My brother-in-law said to me “this is the scariest one” and I stood waiting for the green light and realised that I felt scared. It was so easy to take on what he said, which was just how that slide was known. My thought “I’m actually a bit scared” was followed by “What! You just did a bungy-jump last week!” and all of a sudden the anxiety was gone, replaced by confidence and anticipation. A scary idea? Bring it on, I’ve tackled some of those before – and come out the other side with a great sense of accomplishment and valuable learning.
What are you going to celebrate? And what can you then do as a result of seeing how amazing you are?
Cheering you on,