Recently I have been thinking a lot about transformation. I notice we often don’t recognize how much we have changed, because transformation occurs over time. I see this happening with my clients, and part of what I do as a coach is name it so they see it. One way to put your own transformation into perspective is to think about where you were last year at this time. This is good exercise to do early in the year before we get so focused on upcoming goals and improvements. It's a time to acknowledge ourselves and to see our wholeness right now. And, our movement forward is augmented when we acknowledge our progress.
Here’s series of questions to ask yourself for this reflection:
What perspective about yourself were you standing in last January?
In what ways were you stuck and how did that change?
What steps did you take to promote your self-growth?
What is the most important thing you learned last year and how did that transform you?
What do you appreciate about you right now?
For myself, last year at this time I had not yet made a full commitment to owning my own business or to becoming a certified Co-Active Coach. That gradually came into focus as the year moved forward. By April I had applied for my business license, In July I committed to the certification process and by the end of the year I had nearly completed certification. There were many other transitions along the way. All in all, 2013 was a huge growth year for me. No matter what happens next, I learned so much and I am grateful for the experience and transformations that occurred. Right now, I appreciate my ability to stick with it.
In addition, I can appreciate how I stayed rooted in gratitude, and I am committed to continuing that this year. Being grateful is a profound practice which supports being both positive and persistent. It puts any setbacks in context and having a positive outlook opens me to possibility. This is not an inauthentic cherry-coated attitude, however. It does not mean that I suppress my difficult emotions, in fact, by accepting them as part of my wholeness, I move through them more fluidly. I believe that a negative perspective arises from all those suppressed emotions that we don't allow ourselves to feel. When we don't feel them, they remain under the surface and we get stuck Then when we are immersed in a negative perspective, nothing seems possible and that creates a its own reality. Transformation is sometimes gritty raw courageous work, but it's worth it. And, seeing our capability to transform is a profound recognition of who we really are. Will you acknowledge your own transformative power today?