Reflect, Reset, & Realign for the year ahead

written by Erica Quam

Do you ever go home feeling like you've just worked hard all day and gotten nothing done? As a coach, you do a LOT each day! Sometimes you don't even realize it.

Your to-do list constantly gets interrupted by dealing with the actual day to day of your job. It's easy to get off track, lose your momentum, and get stuck.

Do you ever take time to pause at the end of the day to acknowledge what you actually got done? This can be a powerful practice to start now and carry with you into next year. 

REFLECTION

One way to incorporate this new habit is to keep a coaching journal...separate from a workout book. Journalling doesn't have to be a long saga. Keep it simple by jotting down a few thoughts or bullet points. You'll be amazed at how much you did, more clear about what's important, and better able to keep your focus the next day.

This year I'm starting the ritual of a receiving bowl - as another way to reflect. As I have things that I'm grateful for, I'll write them down and place them in the bowl. Next year, on new year's eve - I'll go back and read through all of the things I placed in the bowl.

RESET

The holiday season can demanding, stressful, and draining. There are lots of should's and have to's during this time of the year. It can be hard to take time to enjoy the meaning and wonder of the season. 

Do something special for yourself that you can designate as your 'RESET button'. Schedule a massage, go to a yoga class, plan a day with a friend, or simply go to your favorite coffee shop with a good book. Turn off your cell phone. Disable the alerts. 

You don't always have to go on a big vacation to recharge your battery. You just need to be intentional about it. Create an experience or space that will allow you to get grounded.

REALIGN

As the year comes to a close, there's a natural break in our normal routine. Coming back from the holidays can sometimes be a struggle. Before your break ends can be a good time to realign with our vision, dreams, and hopes.

Once you've taken some time to reflect on your year, think about what you want in the year ahead. Who do you want to be, what do you want to do, and how do you want to feel 12 months from now? Take time now to realign yourself with the parts of your life that are most important to you in the year ahead.

Do you do anything unique or special with your teams during this time of the year? Share your comments in the space below.


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