The new year is a time of reflection for many. I’ve become more aware and engaged in reflection since becoming a life coach. Awareness has offered me not only the knowledge to set and achieve new goals, it has given me the knowledge to reflect back and appreciate all that I’ve accomplished and experienced (good and bad) in the previous year. Something I will admit that I was lacking in years prior.
Over the past couple of days of reflection, two very obvious messages appeared; the message on the front of this card from a friend and former client, and this bookmark that was part of the card my husband gave me for my 50th birthday this year.
I haven’t nailed down my vision board for 2018 like I normally do January 1st but I do know that as I embark on a new chapter in 2018 I feel more aligned to my calling in life than I have in a long time. I’ve felt it for many months now, however it took re-reading these messages for it to land with me.
I do make a difference. I haven’t owned that. I’ve often brushed it off and dismissed it. However, after reflecting on a question that a coaching friend posed to her clients in her Facebook group “What have I learned about myself this year?” (Thank you Lisa Bobyak) it hit me, it is who I am and one of the gifts I have been given. As we learn in coach training when dealing with our saboteur (or internal demons) we are challenged to ask “Who am I not to?” We learn that you don’t serve others by not living fully.
So, this year I ask you to listen to that voice in you that nudges and whispers…and take those seemingly baby steps toward your passion. Piece by piece, week by week, month by month and year by year, life provides you with adventures and your purpose…IF you listen with curiosity and are brave enough to take those tiny, and often scary steps.
One of my very best friends lives by the motto: “Impact one person every day.” Be true to yourself and listen…you do make a difference.