This past Sunday we had brunch with some friends and as we ate our falafel waffles (they are THE best), my husband prompted everyone to share something we were most proud of in 2018. Um, yes please! If we’re friends or we coach together, you know I geek out about this kind of conversation.
Because here’s the thing: by taking even a few minutes to reflect on your success, it allows you to tell and hear new stories about yourself. It also helps bring out what’s most important to you.
What came to mind for me this year is earning my ICF coaching certification. I started a 9 month program at the end of January and for the next 24 weeks, dedicated myself to learning everything I could to advance my coaching skills. And organizing all things coaching. As I started to share this with my friends, it was became evident the significance for me went far beyond becoming a better coach. It was the first real financial investment I had made in my education since earning my MBA in 2007. It was my way of saying “This is your business. This is real.” Which may sound funny because I’ve been coaching since 2012. But when you’re an entrepreneur and you’re having fun, there can be this ever-present feeling of “but this can’t be true, can it?”
And that morning I got to tell a new story about myself. Out loud.
I am the kind of Coach who invests in making sure she’s providing the best experience she can to her clients.
I am the kind of business owner who builds up a fund for professional development each year and is excited to spend that money.
I am in this for the long haul.
The other three stories shared that morning also had the theme of “investment.” Investment in a virtual assistant to free up time. Finishing a doctorate program. Being a voice for equity and an advocate for others in her community.
So now I turn to you! I want you to spend a few minutes writing about this question:
What is something you’re most proud of in 2018? And why?
(You knew I’d ask!)
If you don’t have time right now, open your calendar and block off 5 minutes.
What’s your answer? Why is that the one you chose to share?
If you’re struggling to come up with something – maybe you’re trying to make it too big. This isn’t a time for comparison.
Fingers crossed what came up for you is in line with the kind of person you want to be. And if not, don’t load it. It’s just information and you get to decide what to do with it. And – ding ding ding! If you want to think more about it, you can!
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