2013 Oil Change
I picked my car up from the dealer for my 30,000 mile service today. I always feel so responsible when I get that done, and the car is running well. I wonder why as human beings we often do not take the time to 'change the oil' for ourselves?
I have been coaching leaders at some capacity for nearly 20 years. One of the best decisions I have made in my professional career was to apply to Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Certification Masters Program back in 2005. I am so grateful I was selected to attend with coaching cadre sweet 16! Over 35 cadres graduated this program to date, and this community is amazing. After 22 years in corporate roles ranging from sales and marketing to C-level leadership, I started my own Leadership Coaching and Human Capital Solutions firm on January 10, 2008. We celebrated our 5th year in business this month, and 2013 looks very bright. How fortunate I am to be able to do what I love and support my family. Coaching is such a phenomenal concept. A one-on-one relationship with a certified coach that you can trust and has your best interest at heart. That stretches, challenges you to get unstuck, to question your 'stories' you hold onto so dearly, but for the sake of what? It cleans out your filters...changes the oil.
I have worked with several amazing coaches over the years. It is a good practice for coaches to be coached, and each time I engage I am instantly reminded in the power of coaching. We tell our clients that they have to do the hard work in making behavioral shifts, and that is true, but a coaching session is just such a gift. I had one of these experiences today. It allowed me to reflect on the last season of my life and helped me to see how much progress I really have made! Five years ago I was stressed out, scared to start out on my own, burdened with the reality of being the bread winner, a mom, the wife of a stroke-survivor, and college tuition right around the corner. No one would blame me from being stressed either. I have heard from so many dearfriends and colleagues, "You have a lot on your plate." Well, I guess I do, but honestly in this day and age, who doesn't have a lot on their plates.
I did a lot of soul searching and reflecting in 2012. Invested in coaching, new certifications and continuing education. I re-prioritized my family to play a primary role in why I am here, and came to accept many realities that have become my life. And does it feel good! I have to say that I am probably the most 'at peace' with my life, family, business and relationship with God that I have ever been. So what now? Things are chunking right a long nicely, so what's next?
That is what is becoming more crystalized with the help of my coaching session today. When you talk out loud about what you value and observe to someone else, it is liberating to have them pick up on 'stuff' I might skate right by. And when we tell our 'story' to someone else, it is easy for them to call out what chapters of our story may be holdig us back, or that we need to dive into more deeply.
Today I made a declaration to focus on three areas:
1. Continue seeking joy in my life - I have a lot of it, and now I am hooked and want more!
2. Focus on wellness - I want to eat right, get some exercise and meet my grandchildren some day! Just ordered Playful Planet's Storyland Yoga for kids and families to try out with Kate.
3. Simplicity. Every day I hear someone else is downsizing, simplifying, and minimizng the abundance of perishable goods that once seemed important and now do not. I am ready...
Couldn't agree more. I can't wait to reflect after 5 years on this incredie journey. Thanks for being my coach!