The Weekly ONE Thing-Heartfelt Thanks!
Last week's question was "What is ONE Thing you can do this week to be vulnerable?" I said I was going to play a game of doing 50 sample coaching sessions for my 50th birthday. I'm off to a good start, with quite a few friends who said they are willing to play my game and I have a number of sessions already booked. Even if you are not interested in coaching, please pass on my name or contact info to anyone you think might be interested in having a fun conversation about what they want for themselves in their life.
And if you stretched yourself and did something last week that made you vulnerable, give yourself a pat on the back (or even better, a hug). Whenever we go outside our comfort zone, we grow. But it is obviously uncomfortable when we do that. So acknowledge yourself for your bravery. Whatever your experience was, take some time to appreciate yourself for doing something to grow, connect or create something new. The funny thing about going outside your comfort zone is that you actually expand your comfort zone. Things that were once hard become easy and you are ready for a new challenge. For myself, I find that this kind of growth is cyclical. There are times I feel like I'm ready for growth and times I need to recharge before I am ready for the next challenge. Acknowledge yourself, wherever you are at.
This week's ONE Thing question could tie into into Father's Day. The question is, "What is ONE Thing you can do this week to acknowledge someone you love in a meaningful way?" You could do something special for your Dad or Husband or Grandpa (or all 3) for Father's Day. You could let a friend know what their friendship means to you. You could communicate with a mentor or personal hero, what you admire about them. You could tell your child/children something special you notice about them. It could be to thank a co-worker or boss. Whatever you choose, it will be a double-win because you will be gifting someone else with your appreciation and you will feel great just by doing it.
For myself, I am going with the Father's Day theme. My dad is an amazing man. That is not just my biased opinion. He is so beloved by everyone in our family, by his friends and colleagues, his former students, and anyone who comes into contact with him. One memory I love to share about my dad is, when I was a little girl and he took me out for tea (and cheesecake) and made a plan for us to do this on a regular basis. He told me it was 'my time' to share with him what was going on in my life and he hoped that as I would grow up, I would continue to share what was important in my life with him. I don't know how often we got to go out for tea or dinner like that, but the times that we did left such an impression on me. It made me feel important to have my dad's undivided attention and advice. I felt seen and heard, which I think every person wants to feel. It is one of the reasons I love coaching. I think the coaching relationship offers people an opportunity to be seen and heard and acknowledged for who they are. So my ONE Thing is going to be to take my dad out for tea or coffee, (and possibly cheesecake), and give him my undivided attention. I am going to make a date with him next week, so I won't be able to give a full account in next week's blog. But I already feel great just thinking about my plan.
As always, I would love to hear from you on what you will do this week. Feel free to share in the comments below, on Facebook or in our Weekly ONE Thing Facebook Group!