Take the Plunge
Last week's question was, What is ONE Thing you can do this week to celebrate yourself?" I said that I already had the celebration I was looking forward to by going out for a dinner with my parents after presenting them with the book that I wrote about them. We also celebrated my mom writing her book in one week because she volunteered herself for my experiment of being coached to write a book in one week. I felt extremely proud of both of us and thoroughly enjoyed that celebration. And I did part of my second celebration, which was to sit outside on my deck in the sun and read the book that I wrote. I read about 1/3 of my book and I have to say that I love what I have read so far. I did some editing while reading it, but for the most part, just enjoyed reading it like I would enjoy reading a novel. I hope my parents will let me share it when it is edited because I think it is a great story. But even if they don't, I am so happy to have had the experience of writing their story and having them enjoy it. And I fully enjoyed the process of creating the book and then reading it myself. I think it will be a family treasure.
I hope you enjoyed whatever you did to celebrate yourself. It sounds like an easy thing to do, but one we rarely make the time and effort to do. But it is equally as important as working hard and achieving positive results. We need a balance of both.
This week's challenge is might be more on the work side of the equation. It is, "What is ONE thing you could do this week that scares you, but could allow you to step into greatness?" Whatever popped into your head that you may have quickly dismissed because you don't want to do it, is probably the thing. It could be taking steps to change your job or making an investment. It could be taking action towards a dream you have for yourself. It could be making a major purchase or signing up for a course. It could be having an honest conversation with someone you need to clear the air with. This isn't a challenge to be reckless - just to dare greatly.
For me, I decided that I am going to sign up for my coaching certification program, which will start in September. I completed all of my coaching training in 2018 and wasn't sure if I needed to do the 6 month certification program. I felt I had the skills I needed by completing my CTI coaching courses and practicing them by doing many coaching sessions. I thought I might not need to do the expensive certification program. But I have been assisting with these coaching training courses over the past few months and just finished assisting one this weekend. These are intensive training weekends to introduce and practice various coaching skills. I have loved assisting in these courses because I have been able to experience the training over again in a new way. It has also been a great opportunity to witness master coaches model how to coach and teach these concepts. After a weekend of witnessing the amazing skills of these coaching leaders, I decided that I would like to do whatever I can to improve my coaching skills and develop the kind of mastery that I have witnessed in these courses.
The fear in the decision to enrol in this certification program comes only partly from the financial investment. It also comes from the time commitment and increasing my number of clients to meet the coaching hours required for certification. I have been afraid to make the full commitment because of other commitments in my life, but I know this is an area in my life that I would like to grow, so the benefit outweighs the fear. So I have accepted my challenge to myself to take the plunge and register for the fall and also to start right away to find the extra clients I need to complete my certification. I welcome any help in passing the word along to anyone you know who you think would be interested in growing in some area of their life or getting support in achieving some goal or challenge.
And, as always, I would love to hear from you on what step you would like to take that may be scary, but will move you toward your full greatness. Feel free to share in the comments below, on Facebook or in our Weekly ONE Thing Facebook Group!