Photo from: http://coachfederation.org/blog/index.php/4563/It feels like it was almost just yesterday when we celebrated the start of 2015, and now we are already at the half way mark! How are your New Year resolutions? What are your top 3 highlights of 2015 so far? Scoring with a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with your accomplishments so far (where 10 is most satisfied and 1 is least)?
You may fall into the camp of being ready to celebrate all of your achievements, or may be someone who involuntarily shies away from such line of questions, or even someone who’s simply grinding along without much notice of the significance of today as you’re focused on the task. Whichever camp you are in – and we can all fall into all possibilities - it definitely pays for us to take some time out now for some self-reflection and to re-prioritize for the next 6 months.
Since I’ve asked you, it’s only fair, I think to share some of my highlights! The year started with my successful graduation from just a practicing coach to an ICF-credentialed ACC in January. This took longer than I originally planned BUT as soon as I added the credential onto my business card I landed 2 mentor coaching assignments in Hong Kong and also in China. Mentoring opened up a new path for me. I discovered that I really enjoyed nurturing and supporting the growth and development of the next generation of coaches, and I also learned a lot about my purpose and practice in the process! This year also saw my retirement from the board of the local ICF chapter which was a bit sad for me. The role gave me so much when I started on my coach journey 4 years ago and I was very touched by the parting words at the AGM from the board members I have had the pleasure of working with, and we were all very proud that that chapter is celebrating its 5th anniversary as a charter chapter with more than 150 members. On the work front I have been invited to become an associate for 3 new business partners. We have done some interesting projects which expanded my toolkit as well as my experience in leading experiential activities. I have also done more coaching assignments this year which just encouraged me to take on more. On the personal front our high school alumni choir which I am a part of has given 3 concerts this year with some varied and challenging songs that we managed to sing beautifully to the applause of the audience.
Looking forward to the next half of the year I am working with 2 fellow coaches from the UK and China on creating a retreat for the development of women in leadership in East Asia, with a focus on personal and leadership identity and presence (hence starting to read Joanna Barsh’s Centered Leadership and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. If there is any other research which you think we should also be aware of please definitely let me know by commenting below). I will also be spending some quality time tagging along with my girlfriend who will be leading a tour of China with the Sydney Children’s Choir in July. I am also expecting more interesting projects and coaching assignments that would mean a rich and productive year for me as I look back at the end of the year.
- On reflecting on your half year so far, what have been some of the highlights for you? What have you been most proud of?
- As a result of the reflection, are there any areas where you would like to focus more on to achieve different results?
- How would you like to look back on 2015 at the end of the year?