the inner brilliance blog
the inner brilliance blog
Three ways to salvage your New Year's resolutions.
You may not know this but Valentines isn’t the only important day in February. There’s another significant day this month...Quitter’s Day. February 12th is Quitter’s Day because it’s about 6 weeks into the new year, and that’s just enough time for most people to have given up on their new year’s resolutions. In fact, only about 8% of us are likely to achieve our resolutions each year. That’s an astonishingly low number. So what can you do to stick to your goals this year? Hire a coach of course!!
Get A Coach
So how can having a coach help you capitalize on your resolutions this year? First of all a coach will hold you accountable. Goals always carry more weight when you have someone to hold your feet to the fire! If you’re like me, I am totally not capable of doing that for myself. I need someone who will keep me honest, motivated and show me how far I’ve already come. As a coach that’s one of my favourite things to do for my clients.
Set SMART Goals
Secondly, you’ve got to have a goal that's smart. I don’t just mean that it makes sense or has a cheeky catch phrase, I mean it’s SMART. Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. This slick formula helps create a goal that has meaning, works for you and is something you can track. In my coaching practice it’s fun to take a client’s big, audacious goal and then turn it into a SMART goal that we can really tackle.
Deep Deep and Find Your Resilience
Last, but never least, you’ve got to have resilience. Even if you’ve already dropped that gluten-free diet, given up on the gym or quit looking for that amazing new job, it’s not too late to turn it around! A coach can help you stop beating yourself up, figure out what you’ve already learned and get you back on track. Often we learn more from our mistakes then from our achievements and during my coaching sessions I find it’s important to focus on what my client’s know now and leverage that energy.
So, if you feel like you’ve lost your mojo and your resolutions are ka-put you’re totally not alone. But it’s also not too late to achieve your dreams this year. Coaching can give you the edge you need to make big things happen so give me a shout and let’s schedule an Inspiration Session and get you back on track.
I was on my way home earlier this week, listening to CBC radio as I often do when I’m in the car, and I happened to catch an interview with NHL Hall of Famer Ken Dryden. He made a particular comment in that interview that has been rattling around in my head now for the past couple days. His comment, and I’m paraphrasing, was that a person's character isn’t grown, or even developed, it is “revealed”. That particular turn of phrase really struck me...what does it mean to have our character revealed?
Of course, Ken was specifically talking about how a tough, gritty game like hockey reveals a competitor’s true nature, but I found this theme continuing to come up in my coaching sessions. As I spoke with different clients, with different issues and vastly different perspectives, the phrase kept entering our conversations…. “character is revealed”. What I noticed is that my clients all had one thing in common; when uncomfortable, unstable or really off their game, increasingly their character continued to shine a little brighter. In fact, by bravely and tirelessly working through the discomfort and fighting through the challenge, that glow got even more intense. Clearly Ken is on to something!
As a coach it was really interesting to me that I could see their glowing character reveal itself, but they couldn’t. I realized it’s difficult to look at ourselves in that way, especially when we are frustrated, fearful or confused. I believe that’s where I can add the most value as a coach, by being a witness, and even a reflection, for my clients. Enabling them to see for themselves and supporting them as they connect to their inner brilliance. That’s the message I certainly tried to leave each of my clients with over the past couple days; that their character is revealing itself, their glow is shining through, and they have all the answers they need.
If you think you want someone to help you uncover your inner brilliance let’s connect.
Lindsay is the owner and principal coach at High Voltage Coaching. She loves to tell personal stories and share content that inspires others and creates conversation.