About this time of the year, several things happen in my life. I begin to “power down” some of my activities. For a couple of years now, I have made it a practice to take a sabbatical from coaching for most of December. This is good for me and, I think, it is good for my clients. Many of them are involved in Advent observances as well as personal and family activities, so their time is limited.
In other areas, I start to “amp up” my activities. My wife and I begin preparing for the holidays—planning family events, decorating, buying presents, attending Advent celebrations at church, and starting to bake holiday goodies (I am the designated baker at our house).
I also begin to think about professional activities for the new year. I join with my coaching clients in evaluating how our sessions have gone this year, review my goals for the past year with my mentor coach, and start thinking about ways to improve my coaching involvement and skills. This means looking at training opportunities for the coming year and thinking about new clients.
How do you end the year and prepare for the coming year? Are there tasks you did not accomplish or opportunities that passed you by in 2016? Have you failed to identify your growing edge—spiritual, personal or professional—and move into it?
Perhaps it is time that you found a coach to walk with you in the coming year. I would be glad to discuss this with you. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.