Many people are stressing thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. However 80% of the resolutions set for 2016 will be given up by March 1st, 2016!
In January, I prefer to reflect on the past year and think about want went well and what I would do differently. There is great news! Lots of research now supports the benefits of gratitude. Gratitude activates brain regions associated with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that influences pleasure, behavior and motivation. Research shows the impact. By counting my blessings, as opposed to life challenges, I see that the benefits in my coaching practice include enhanced resilience and productivity.
Looking back, I reflected on many personal and professional wins. Sometimes we never realize how one experience will have an incredible impact on another. My first career was as a school counselor in the Boston Public Schools until I burned out nine years later. I still remember how to do the college search process and make it really fun! My oldest daughter, Kira, is now a senior in high school so this process took priority in 2015. The process is similar to career coaching. I had to continually remind myself, the college process is about finding the right fit for growth and happiness for my daughter not for me. We narrowed it down to six colleges and she had all her applications in early. Now she has the opportunity to decide between her two top choices, having been accepted to both. I am feeling so thankful that we are moving to the next step even with the new stressors this will bring.
My next exciting win was facilitating one of my favorite trainings, the MBTI Team Type Training, in new locations outside Cambridge and Boston. I also had a wonderful opportunity at the Apio organization in California and at the Augusta Levy Learning Center in West Virginia. After twenty years of training on personality and communication, it is so gratifying to still get positive feedback and testimonials. Individuals saw results in how they communicated and influenced others as well as how they now manage their stress.
I continue to be grateful for my clients, colleagues, friends, and family for all that they teach me and the energy they provide to keep me passionate about my career and the impact I am making. My youngest daughter, Kaitlin, is keeping me up to date in the social media world and is my personal videographer for my once a month Spark Your Success minute videos. I continue to be thankful for all the fun, family and business travel that keeps me recharged while exploring so many fabulous locations. I will never outgrow my travel bug that I definitely inherited from my Mother. My professional travel highlight for 2015 was attending the Career Directors International coaching conference in Orlando where I had an opportunity to meet fabulous new colleagues and continue to add to my coaching expertise.
I am really nervous and excited to share that I am participating in Barbara Sher’s book writing class. What does that mean? Barbara Sher is a Career Coach and best-selling New York Times book author. I participate in her weekly class where I am learning to write my first book! Barbara, at eighty years old, reminds me that following your passion only gets better with age. She is just as passionate as when I first met her when I was in graduate school at Northeastern University over 20 years ago. I am honored and grateful to be in a group with individuals from all over the world. I will keep you posted about my book Career ReCharge. Feel free to contact me anytime to share your personal recharge career strategies. In 2016, I will be facilitating my new class that I designed on Career ReCharge at an organization in Cambridge, MA and in Chicago.
Finally, I am very grateful for having been chosen by Career Thought Leaders, a national career organization to present at their conference. I will be presenting in Denver, Colorado on March 30, 2016 on how I use my resiliency recharge model with Executives.
What are you grateful for? Make a list and celebrate and enjoy 2016!
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