I have been a fan of Dancing With The Stars since season 1. In my next life, I want to come back as a dancer. This season, Bindi Irwin, the 17-year-old daughter of Steve Irwin of Crocodile Hunter fame, is competing. I don't think I have ever been so impressed with a contestant on this show in all the years I have been watching. I absolutely love this young lady!
This little girl's spirit is simply beautiful. She hasn't danced before. She spends most of her life at their family zoo in Australia, hanging out with kangaroos, wallabies, and crocodiles. She isn't a professional dancer. She isn't six feet tall and clothes hanger skinny. She will probably never be Vogue cover material. And she seems to be absolutely fine with that. At 17, she seems more comfortable in her own skin than a lot of 47-year-olds I know.
But the most beautiful thing about this young woman is the way she leaves nothing on the table. She truly plays full out. She gives her all with total abandon, and she works her little butt off to be her best. While I have zero patience for the pampered, spoiled, completely self-absorbed "beautiful" people (yes, their names begin with K), I want to hug Bindi Irwin.
When you go after something, do you play full out? Do you give it your all--damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead? Can you end your day knowing you left nothing on the table?
Or are you a dabbler? Do you worry about what others might say or think? Do you worry that it won't be "perfect" enough? Do you begin already "knowing" it's not going to work?
You are here. You are a player in this game of life, whether you like it or not. Play full out today.
I know. It's not even Halloween yet, for pete's sake! How can I possibly be talking about the holidays? Go to any mall and you will see that, not only are Halloween decorations on clearance, Thanksgiving items are already being discounted to make room for the Christmas displays. Holiday movies are being advertised. I have neighbors who will be putting up their Christmas lights in just a few short weeks. Personally, I would really love it if we could at least have Thanksgiving before we are bombarded with Christmas.
So why, you ask, am I bringing this up on October 25? It's simple. Every year, I see clients getting derailed by the holidays. They get stressed. They get frustrated. They feel pressured to "be happy," or to buy gifts. They put their goals and dreams on hold. For some of them, this is a time of profound loneliness.
I don't want that for you.
It is not too early to think about your outcome for this holiday season. A little preparation in advance will pay off big time in the next few weeks. Create your personal plan following these simple steps:
1. Get clear on your outcome. What do you really want for yourself this season? What is most important to you? What do you want to focus on most over the holidays?
2. Make sure you understand why your outcome is important. Why must you achieve your outcome? How will you feel when you have accomplished it at the end of the holidays? What will it cost you if you don't do it?
3. Go to work on creating your action plan. Make sure it includes time to take care of yourself and stay on top of your other goals. Schedule your gym time and your coaching calls. Get up a half an hour earlier and start each day in a great state.
4. Make sure to spend a little time each evening in gratitude. Celebrate your successes and congratulate yourself for enjoying the holidays, your way!
Would you like to know what it is? Would you like to have it, that little secret sprinkle of magic that makes all the difference in the results you get from your coaching?
The key is consistency: staying on track with your scheduled appointments. I get it. It's a busy time of year. Work is busy, school is busy, family life is busy, the holidays are coming up. But guess what? It's really no different from any other time of year. There will always be something out there to tempt you into putting your dreams and goals on hold. It takes commitment and dedication to achieve what you want for your life.
Consistency is what allows you to measure your results. How can you really measure the effectiveness of your coaching if what you are measuring isn't performed consistently?
Consistency creates accountability. The simple fact of knowing that you have a coaching call coming up next week is often the catalyst needed to move something along.
Consistency builds your belief in your own ability to create results. It helps you to establish a track record of success. Too often at this time of year, I see clients stall in their progress. It isn't because their goals aren't clear, or they don't know what action steps they need to take. It's simply because they didn't stay the course.
Consistency with your coaching calls is a model for the consistency in doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals. If you treat a coaching session as unimportant, don't be surprised to realize you are doing the same thing with your goals and dreams.
While the rest of the world is distracted and rushing around, what if you were focused, on task, and setting up the first quarter of next year to be your best ever? What would you do differently this holiday season?
Fall has arrived. The days are getting shorter and grayer. As I look out my office window at the trees in the woods across the street, I see the glorious colors of fall emerging. Although I miss the lazy, warm days of summer, I love the change of the seasons. This is a busy time of year! School is back in session. Major holidays are coming up. There will be parties and traveling and family gatherings.
It is also the time to pause for a moment and reflect on where you are and what you have accomplished so far this year. As the leaves change, what are the changes you would like to see in yourself, in your results? Are things the way you want them to be? Have you achieved the goals you set for yourself earlier this year? It is not too late to finish the strong. Now is the time to make sure you have your game plan in place to stay on track during this hectic time of year.
Commit to yourself and to your goals. Do not let this time of year be an excuse to lose your momentum. I don't know where this quote came from, but I love it: "If you're tired of starting over, quit giving up." There will always be something to interrupt your progress, if you choose to let it.
Get out your calendar NOW and block out time each week to review your progress toward your goals for this last quarter, and make sure you are taking the action steps necessary each week to achieve them. Take care of yourself. Eat right, get rest, exercise.
Schedule your coaching calls. This is time for you. Remember what you wanted when you made that commitment to yourself and follow through.
Set up your VIP Vision Day to plan your 2016, preferably before Thanksgiving. Then, when the holidays arrive, you can truly enjoy them. And you will start the new year with you plan in place and the knowledge that you CAN make your dreams come true.
Board certified executive coach, mentor and life strategist.
"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
--Norman Vincent Peale