As I write this article we are quickly approaching the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holiday seasons. The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends, giving thanks for the blessings in our lives, and reflecting on the year that has passed.
From a life coaching perspective, the holidays also offer a natural setting to spend time in self-reflection and to develop a plan for what direction you want to take your life in the quickly approaching New Year. Many people use the turning of the calendar to set a New Year’s resolution. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 45% of Americans “usually” make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% of people are “successful” in achieving their resolution.
What does this tell us? Well, based on those statistics, approximately one in every two Americans will make a New Year’s resolution (which would be approximately 159 million people), but roughly only one out of every ten of those people will be successful in achieving what it was that they “resolved” to do. In other words, there are a lot of people who recognize that they want to make positive changes in their lives, but for whatever reason they end up not achieving their goal, and miss out on getting where it is that they wanted to go in their life. Think about what that means in terms of disappointment and missed opportunities, year after year.
With that said, life coaching is not about looking backwards but rather looking forwards. By examining where you are at in this moment (not how you got to this point - just where you are at in this moment) and envisioning where you want to go in the future, you can develop a thoughtful strategy to lead you from where you are to where you want to be.
So, I ask you to consider how you will fill in the blank in the following sentence as it applies to your life. “2017 will be the year of ___________________ in my life.” It really is up to you to write your own future. The past is what it is, but the rest of your life is still unwritten! Write it yourself, take proactive measures to help guide your direction in life. Don’t just throw your hands up and let your life go whichever way the wind may take you.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
Sure, it may be daunting to actually achieve whatever it is that you wrote in the blank. But consider this statement; “Even the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.”
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
This is where professional life coaching can step in and help. Through my training, experience, and professional life coaching techniques, I am prepared to walk alongside you as you examine where you want to go and as you develop a plan for getting there. As you continue along your journey, I will keep you on task, motivated, inspired and accountable as you push through the roadblocks and get from where you are to where you want to be.
As this holiday season approaches consider giving yourself, or someone you love, the gift of working with a professional life coach. “Next year” is now. Don’t let yourself face another year of great intentions only to see those dreams fall by the wayside as the roadblocks creep up on you. In 2017 start living your life with more meaning, passion, clarity, and fulfillment as you achieve the goals that you have in your life. You can do it, I can help!
May God bless you and yours during this holiday season, and may 2017 be the start of a beautiful chapter in your life.
About the Author:
Coach Shane is an International Coach Federation (ICF) trained life coach and graduate of the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) program from the Christian Coach Institute (Charlotte, NC). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), both from Lakeland College.
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