Each year I try to complete this exercise and encourage my coaching clients to do the same. I invite you to print out the exercise (using the link below), cuddle up with a cup of tea or hot cocoa in front of a warm fireplace, and spend some time reflecting on the past year and planning for the year to come!
Completing the Old & Creating theNew
Reach Beyond Your Limits to Create Success for the year2014
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is winding down and a new year is upon us, take time to give yourself a special gift. Commit to spending some quiet reflective time with your favorite person – you! This practice will ensure that you are committed to making choices about your life and to making 2014 the year that brings you back to yourself and awakens your dreams!
To help you accomplish this, I encourage you to complete the following exercise and then, if desired, process it during some coaching time with me in January or February.
Completing the Old
Look at all the areas of your life, reflecting on 2013. You may want to use the Wheel of Life for this part (click on the link below for this document).
List all of your Wins, Successes, and Breakthroughs
List all of your Losses, Disappointments and Breakdowns
In coaching we talk about what it means to be “complete,” making sure that you are ready to move on from here. Regardless of whether the item is a “win” or a “loss”, you are not as likely to take on the next opportunity in your life unless you are complete with past accomplishments and disappointments. When you complete, you create space for new things to show up in your life.
Here are some examples from my Wins and Losses in 2013:
Win – I finished organizing the basement and had a new living and working space created there.
Win – I downsized my riding program giving me more time and energy for some of my other programs.
Win – I worked with a consultant to develop a company logo and reorganized my websites.
Loss – I had to say goodbye to a beloved horse and dog.
Loss – I did not keep up with daily exercise as regularly as I’d planned.
Loss – I didn’t stay in touch with my brother and family as much as I’d hoped to.
Choose 5-7 Lessons you have learned this past year that you want to take into 2014. When thinking of what to include, remember that you will want to consciously use these lessons in the coming year.
Here are some examples from my Lessons in 2013:
Lesson – I re-discovered how important having organized and aesthetically pleasing space is to my sense of well-being, efficiency and productivity.
Lesson – I learned that I must practice what I preach about Life Balance and adjust my professional and personal expectations to ensure I maintain my own sense of balance.
Creating the New
Imagine ahead to December 2014
Write a list of your Wins, Successes and Breakthroughs for 2014.
Be specific and write them as though they have already happened.
Look at each area of your life and make the list as long as you like.
Here is an example from my “future” wins:
Win – I completed a new business plan which enabled me to make some good decisions about moving forward with my career interests and goals.
Combined with this, some clients enjoy doing a Vision Boardfor the coming year. This might take the form of a poem, story, collage, or drawing; anything that captures the essence and excitement of where you are stepping in the next year. For more info on Vision Boards visit: http://www.passionforbusiness.com/blog/visionboards
For a workshop on creating a Vision Board, visit click here.
Would you like to schedule a coaching session to assist you in completing the old and creating the new?
In your one-hour coaching session, we will spend time on the lessons learned from 2013. We will then look at your vision for 2014 and create a plan, including what you want to say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to in order to make your vision a reality. We will design the plan, including the accountability that works best for you. I am offering this session in January and February at 50% off my regular fees!