Happy new year!  Who is coaching you as you grow this year?

Happy new year! Who is coaching you as you grow this year?

It’s a cliche, but it’s real.  The new year provides Five Hour Energy-type momentum and courage for most of us. Who doesn’t like a fresh, clean start!?

But who is helping you?

The best of intentions often fade into the chaos of a good life. The past two years for me have been overflowing with joyful partying! Around my house we’ve mastered the art of spontaneous celebrations with family and friends! That also means 15 pounds of craft beer, Doritos and cream cheese dips around my waistline. Now that I’m past 50…it goes on easier, and comes off harder.

And our firm is growing even faster than my waistline. Yesterday, we added Wendy Baker to manage our client activity – she will be helping handle our largest coaching portfolio thus far. It’s exciting because we are also building out a new inspirational office space to take our business to the next level. In this case expanding is good!

So…the new year means I’ll be losing weight, renovating an office space and building a stronger team over the next six months. It’s an invigorating challenge which has me thinking about the two pieces of coaching advice I most often provide to clients:

1) Nothing significant ever happens alone.

Wendy Baker is our newest team member. She will be managing clients and helping us host Good Leadership Events.

Wendy Baker is our newest team member. She will be managing clients and helping us host Good Leadership Events.

Humans are social animals who respond really well to support, encouragement and accountability from people we respect. Growing is easier when we have a safe place to think out loud and good friends to help us see ourselves clearly in the mirror. My friend John Martin is going to help me cut back on the cream cheese and craft beers…(he needs to drop a few pounds as well). Wendy, Erin, Melinda, Kristi, Krista, Heidi, Peter and Colbert are helping us inspire our clients. Everything good in life is a team effort, because nothing significant ever happens alone.

2) Boost your resilience by blending the Seven Fs.

Check your resilience by completing the Seven Fs Wheel @ goodleadership.com

Check your resilience by completing the Seven Fs Wheel @ goodleadership.com

Even though my outlook is optimistic and my challenges are invigorating…it’s still winter in Minnesota! As the Christmas tree came down so did the thermometer. Sub-zero temperatures create an automatic cocooning effect which makes me want to reach for the craft beer and nachos. I seriously need to recommit to blending faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future into both my personal and professional life. There’s a new treadmill being installed in my office this week….because blending the Seven Fs gives me perspective, strength and confidence. It’s an excellent strategy to boost my spiritual, emotional and physical resilience to help me stay positive and avoid feeling frustrated, discouraged or “stuck.” Follow this link to get your Seven Fs Wheel for a quick check-up.

Who’s coaching you?

The coaching industry exists because coaches know how to inspire higher levels of insight and commitment for leaders who really want to reach the next level. I have a coach, how about you?

If you need help, why not consider attending the Good Leadership Breakfast Series  starting again on Friday, February 20?  You’ll be surrounded by good leaders who really want to help each other grow. It’s a special meeting because our speaker that day is Minnesota Business Hall of Fame leader, Lynn Casey, CEO of Padilla CRT. And, it’s the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Good Leadership Breakfast. Season tickets are available now.

Good leaders thrive because they understand nothing significant ever happens alone. And they find spiritual, emotional and physical resilience by blending the Seven Fs: faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future into the personal and professional lives.

Who is helping you grow this year?