Pretty much everyone I speak to agrees that 2016 has been quite a year! As it draws to a close, most of us are looking back on twelve months of highs and lows on a personal, professional, national and international scale. I know many people are looking forward to 2017 and the opportunity for a fresh start.
As a coach, my objective is to help my clients create the transformations they want to see in their careers and their lives. Earlier this year, I wrote and published my first e-book Seven days to shape your future which is available free to all my newsletter subscribers.
Allow me to introduce you to one of my former clients, Emma Samways. Emma is the director of InEvents, a corporate event management company which specialises in creating memorable events for their clients. She is a dynamic and truly impressive individual who takes her personal and professional development very seriously and so I was delighted to receive this email from her last week.
‘I just wanted to let you know that I have just completed your Seven days to shape your future course. I thought now was a great time to do it and reset myself for 2017.
‘Upon looking back, I have a lot of pride and great sense of achievement over the last six months; however, I have a few low points.
‘I have looked at the values I have and how I want to do more to promote those in 2017. With this in mind, I want to work on a few key areas.
‘I want to maximise my learning experience and so book on some courses relevant to my business. This will satisfy my core values of education, challenging myself and credibility. I want to continue to challenge myself outside of work and so prioritising rugby in my life is important in 2017. I must keep attending training on a weekly basis as well as freeing myself up for all games so I have the opportunity to be picked for the team. I want to keep pursing the friendships I am making through rugby and continue trying to be open to new relationships. Finally, I want to increase the amount of fun I have. I am going to make a conscious effort to say yes to things more. I also want to put aside weekends to spend with friends further afield so I can keep the relationships up. This will allow me to find more positivity in life and improve friendships which is another core value of mine.
‘Basically, I found it really, really useful and a fab tool. I am keeping all my notes and will probably do the same thing again later in 2017 and see how things have changed/moved on/what I have learnt. Now to start making all the changes!’
If you would like to spend some time over the holidays reflecting on the past few months, establishing what’s really important to you at the moment and then planning for the future, you can sign up here.
Today’s pebble for you to ponder: are you ready to take steps to ensure that you hit the ground running in 2017?
What do you think?
Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching.
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